Category Archives: NCAA

The Stakes of the Battle of the Bluegrass

BY CHRIS HAAS Kevin Ware, backup guard turned national hero, was not a fan of the “beat UK” chant that surfaced at the end of the Missouri State game on December 17th. He said: “It gets old; it’s boring. It’s just another game. Nobody’s from here except a couple guys on the team. We really […]

Russ Smith’s improved draft stock

BY CHRIS HAAS Russ Smith finished the 2013 NCAA basketball season with a plethora of accolades. He was the leading scorer on a National Championship team. He was named a third-team All-American and a member of the 2013 Big East All-Conference team. A year earlier, he reached the Final Four and broke the all-time Louisville […]

The King reborn

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER Before the beginning of the 2012-2013 basketball season, I heard Rick Pitino say that Luke Hancock was the second coming of Kyle Kuric, except better. I took this, like everything Pitino says, with a grain of salt. The man tends to exaggerate (“Mike Marra is the best high school shooter I’ve ever […]


BY CHRIS HAAS John Calipari said his Kentucky Basketball team was “outhustled and outworked,” in the 67-62 loss to Baylor on Friday night. The Cats were out-rebounded 41-25, recorded zero steals, and faltered down the stretch despite having a 9-point advantage in the second half. The talent on this team remains palpable but so is […]

Why everyone should go to Lady Cards games

Earlier in the season, Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz offered the first 2,500 fans through the doors a voucher for a free beer. While I think this is awesome and I encourage him to do it again, Louisville fans shouldn’t need booze bribery to attend a women’s game. Basketball fans should be psyched to […]

They Still Have a Shot

The UNC loss had many UL faithful asking, “Just how good were NBA draft picks Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng?” The majority of the 2013-2014 Cards were contributors on a championship squad, and the majority of them, except for maybe Chane Behanan, have a ring to show for it. A talented mix of returnees and […]

Sports Shorts Tuesday: T-Will, Titles & T-Bone

Branding is one thing. Brandishing, another altogether. Rick Pitino has used the former, advertising terminology, regarding his mission at U of L. As in “rebranding the program.” I hate such talk, but know what he means. Brandishing is what former Cardinal baller Terrence Williams has been charged with. As in waving a gun about in […]

Thursday Throwdown: Swop, Smackdown, St. X & More

Got to start out with my man Swop. Forced to walk the plank off the Cruiser Cardinal by Cap’n Rick, Jared Swopshire swam to shore off Lake Michigan, landing in Evanston at Northwestern. Where he’s been toiling this season for the ever underperforming Wildcats under the mediocre tutelage of Bill Carmody. As I’ve mentioned probably […]

Tuesday Sports Update: A Little of This & Some of That

Anybody out there watching Celtic take on Barcelona in a Champions League match at Camp Nou? Didn’t think so. Surprisingly, Celtic is up early, 1 nil. But you really really don’t care, right? I’ll move on. * * * * * Despite all the negative tests, Lance Armstrong did take performance enhancing drugs, it seems. […]

Friday’s Snippets: Many Sports Included

Revised 9/07 10:20 am U of L finally released its men’s (and women’s) basketball schedules. Last year’s Final Four team warmed up for the conference campaign with the most ambitious home schedule of the Pitino Era. Long Beach State, surprising Ohio, College of Charleston, Vanderbilt and Memphis all visited the Yum!. Cardinal fans actually had […]