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Friday, March 16, 2018

Louisville women's basketball -- Cards "bench" Boise St.


If I told you that Myisha Hines-Allen and Asia Durr combined for just 13 points in a 32-point romp in the NCAA Tournament, you might raise a questioning eyebrow or wonder if Paulie got into the Yuengling before writing this. 

But, buoyed by a 33-point bench effort and getting 14 from Kylee Shook and 10 from Bionca Dunham, Louisville muscled their way past Boise St. in the stretch and advances to Sunday action against Marquette at the KFC YUM! Center. 

The bench was impressive, no doubt but starters Sam Fuehring (14 points and 11 grabs), Jazmine Jones (10 points and six grabs) were also essential in the #1 seeded Cards going on a 42-20 second-half blitz that left the Broncos at the starting gate in the second half and proved once again what Jeff Walz has been telling us all year: 

The Cards play as a team and if someone needs to step up, they do. 

A 51-30 rebounding edge over BSU and 52 points in the paint, compared to Boise's 14. Louisville never trailed in the contest and after a first half that saw the Cards up only was Louisville's defense and a strong third quarter that put this one comfortably out-of-reach and moved the Cards forward in the "Big Dance". 

The Cards scored the first nine points out of the break, with Arica Carter and Asia Durr fueling the burst and Louisville went on to outscore the Broncos 22-4 in the first seven minutes in the third quarter to hold a 54-26 lead after Dana Evans put in a layup with 3:34 left in the third. Give the freshmen Evans a salute as well, she finished with seven points, and solid defense for Louisville. Myisha "Dooblay" Hines-Allen was a cold 2 for 7 from the floor but had 14 grabs (11 on the defensive end) in just 17 minutes. 

Kylee Shook got the crowd (no attendance provided but I guessed about 7900) roaring when she nailed two threes in the first quarter...the only two  threes UofL would sink in 10 attempts. Asia Durr 4-14 performance from the floor was the result of Boise throwing a lot of effort into stopping her. Fortunately, the rest of the team was there to pick her up and secure the lopsided win.  

"We just got beat by the #1 seed" BSU head coach Gordy Presnell matter-of-factly commented in the post-game presser and that Broncos 23.7% shooting for 40 minutes didn't help matters at all. BSU's two top leading scorers on the season (Marta Hermida and Riley Lupfer) were held to a combined 18 points on 7-26 shooting and BSU went a chilly 4-30 from three-point range. 

Cards advance to take on Marquette Sunday, who broke a 15-15 tie with Dayton to plow past the Flyers 84-65 in the second game. Louisville will need to pay heed to guard Natisha Hiedeman, who had 32 points and eight threes in the win and forward Erika Davenport, who offered 16 points and 13 rebounds to send the Golden Eagles to Sunday. 

I saw both Sam Purcell and Beth Burns intent on the scout of Marquette, so Louisville definitely knows who these two women are and that Marquette likes the "three ball", hitting 12 of 26 offered.


Using Fred McGriff today
because the Cards went fence
F-Free Throws -- The Cards went 12-17, which tops out at 70.6%. That's what we grade a capital "F" by Paulie standards...Bionca Dunham's 4 for 5 get a nod and tip of the cap. 

R- Rebounding. 51-30 in Louisville's favor. BSU Coach Gordy did remind us that their starting, all-conference last year, center went out early in the season. They still had height with three 6'3" players, but Louisville dominated. I award the capital "R " easily.

E- Effort. Despite MHA and "nite-nite"s average outing, everyone else really shone. 12-0 fast break points, eight steals and 16 forced turnovers. Kylee, Sam, J.J, Bionca and Arica were superb. I have mixed feelings, so I'll go with the small case "e" here. 

D- Defense. A nightmare if you had to go against it. No more than 12 points allowed in any quarter and the 23.7% shooting night say it all. I see a capital "D" here. 

Fred recap:  F-R-e-D

Survive and advance. It's what this time of year is all about. Mission accomplished and with the approval of a loud and amped-up fan base. See ya Sunday...

(A special "muchas gracias" to Mike Gilpatrick to the photos and post game today. Hear him on radio with us a 11 a.m. Saturday morning on the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour).





Meanwhile, back on the UofL campus, the Hit and Pitch Cards had trouble doing both yesterday against the visiting Notre Dame Irish, falling 10-3 to their ACC foe. 

A six-run third inning lifted the Irish to a comfortable lead over Sandy Pearsall's squad. Louisville scored all their runs in the fourth inning when Caitlan Ferguson's double cleaned the loaded bags full of Cards, but by then the score was 8-3 and Louisville would fail to push anything else across the plate in the final three innings. 

Danielle Watson got the loss for UofL, going 2.1 innings. She's now 12-4 on the season. 

Sandy Pearsall saw it this way: 

"We put together a game plan for today but simply did not execute it well at all. Credit Notre Dame for taking advantage of our mistakes." 

The two squads match up again today at Ulmer Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.


A noon start for this ACC match at "the Ellis" for Lou Lax and the Eagles today.  The Cards have been on the road for the last two weeks and come into today's match after a 21-14 win at Mercer. 

Louisville (6-3, 0-2) faces a B.C. squad that is ranked #3 in the nation and sports a 9-0 record. The Chestnut Hill gals have knocked off four top-twenty teams this season and defeated Louisville 14-11 last season. 

If you can't attend, it'll be on the ACC Network Extra. I'll be dashing over there after radio this morning. They got a food truck and Tessa Chad. Who could ask for more, except maybe a upset win for Scott Teeter's squad? 


We invite you to get your day started the right listening to The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour this morning at 11 a.m. 

We're on WCHQFM 100.9 on the air AND also present to you a Facebook Live broadcast at the very same time! 

We're without one of the "A" team for a considerable while...Case Hoskins tore his Achilles playing soccer...just hours after our broadcast last week and is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday. Subbing in this week is our ol' buddy Mike Gilpatrick, from River City Cards, a guy who can tell you just about anything you ever wanted to know about Detroit Tiger MLB. 

We'll review the WBB win with him today, the Sunday match-up, softball, lacrosse, the men's NIT quest and as much as we can crowd into  mere hour.  The other "knuckleheads"...myself, Worldwide Jeff and Jared will be in the magnificent media mansion on Mellwood to bring you the best in UofL athletics! 


Louisville women's basketball -- Let the Games begin! -- Weekend view -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

NCAA Tournament Time

Happy Game Day!  The moment we have all been waiting for is here!  At noon, our anticipation to see Louisville women's basketball take the court in the NCAA Tournament will reach its peak.

The Cards face 16-seed Boise State in front of a home crowd at the KFC Yum! Center.  The Broncos (23-9, 14-4 Mountain West) won the regular season outright and claimed the crown in their conference tournament to receive an automatic bid to make their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance.

Boise State last lost on Feb 3 to UNLV.  Just over a week later was Louisville's loss to UConn.  Boise State rides a 10-game win streak into the match-up, the first ever between these two teams.

Riley Lupfer is a sharpshooter for the Broncos, averaging 16.4 points per game.  Her 3.75 three-pointers per game is fifth-best in the country.  For comparison, Asia Durr averages an even 3 threes per game.  Lupfer has hit 120 threes on the year.  Shalen Shaw heads the post for Boise State, averaging seven rebounds per game.  11 of the 15 players on the roster stand 6'0 or taller, which has helped in the rebounding and blocks columns.

"Boise State is that way. It's in Idaho!"
As a team Boise State averages 69.2 points per game while giving up 61.4.  They have a rebound margin of +6, high ranking in the country.  Most of the Bronco's scoring comes in the two middle quarters, scoring 55% of their points then.  They shoot .355 from behind the arc and .731, both excellent figures.

What does Louisville have to do to win?

A 1-seed vs 16-seed match-up is expected to be an easy win for the higher seed.  The confidence boost plus the home crowd should help some.

Let Asia Durr find her shots.  If she isn't hot early do not let that cause hesitation when looking to her later in the game. "Nite-Nite" is a scorer and she will find ways to put up numbers.  To help Durr get some open looks the Cards need to pass the ball.  An extra pass or two can often put the defense out of position just enough to get some elbow room and a good look at the basket.

Combine size with strength to overpower Boise State down low.  Myisha Hines-Allen is having a highlight year with her double-doubles so feed her the ball.  "Doo-Blay" and Sam Fuehring play with a fiery emotion and they won't rest until they haul in every last rebound.

The missed lay-ups need to be cleaned up.  You can't get any closer to the basket unless you pull a Brittney Griner and dunk the darn thing.  Everyone on the team has missed an easy lay-up at some point this season and it usually follows with "#$@&%*!" coming from Walz on the bench.  A heavy presence and solid scoring down low will open up the exterior for better looks.

I won't give a prediction to the game in hopes of preventing a jinx, but all know who most of us will be rooting for (sorry Keith B, Boise State fan).  Make sure to get out there and cheer the Cards on if you can manage to get off work.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to provide pictures due to the fact it is near-impossible to get off at the bank last minute.

The Irish Visit for St Patrick's Day Softball

Thanks, ACC.  I think the university as a whole has had enough poor luck in recent years.  Playing Notre Dame on St Patrick's Day sounds like a tough one.  Game one is scheduled for today at 2:00, moved up from the 4:00 original start time.  Saturday's first pitch is 1:00 and Sunday is noon.  Days and times can change, weather pending.  I will have my green Louisville shirt on Saturday at Ulmer hooping and hollering.

The weather calls for rain this weekend.
After 25 games of non-conference play and a 20-5 record the Cards finally face ACC opponents.  The Irish took the series 2-1 last season at Ulmer Stadium.  Anyone remember the stormy Monday night last year?  The Cards went on to win 7-4.

Danielle Watson and Megan Hensley should do most of the work in the circle.  The question surrounding this team's success is if they can fix issues they have battled in the past.  Louisville continues to have problems with defensive errors, with most of them coming from the left side of the infield up to the front of the plate.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series 18-16.  A sweep sounds pretty great right now.  The Irish are 16-8 on the year and has relied on their offense to carry them.  Ali Wester is hitting .455 and Katie Marino has already sent five balls out of the park.  Can the UofL pitchers shut down the ND offense?

Lax Comes Home

After a two week trip to the southeast region of the US, the Louisville lacrosse team comes back home to the LLS where they will face Boston College.  That game will be starting right about the time the radio show concludes.

Trust me when I say the food truck is good.  The trick is keeping your food down while cheering on the high-scoring, fast-paced offense Scott Teeter has going on.  Even the hungry, stingy defense has drawn attention.

Record Breakers

The swim and dive team broke two school records at the NCAA Championships.  Rachael Bradford-Feldman made it into the record books by one hundredth of a second in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.67.  The 400-medley relay team clocked in at 3:26.93.  The 200-free relay team finished with a time of 1:27.19, the fastest at the nationals for Louisville and falling a bit shy of a their record breaker on the day.

Another Day at the Office

Make sure to tune into the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour tomorrow morning at 11:00 on WCHQ (100.9 fm).  If you live outside the range of the station you can listen online for free or check out our new Facebook Live option on WCHQ's Facebook page.  Paulie and Worldwide will be in the studio with your truly.  Case is recovering from an injury so we send him best wishes.  In his stead we welcome my partner in crime from River City Cards, Mike Gilpatrick.  If you want to know anything about the Detroit Tigers or Louisville Baseball he is your man.  We have a full lineup ready to go so make sure to tune in!

Pick 'Em closes at noon

If you haven't submitted your picks for the NCAA Women's Tournament Pick "em" here at CARDINAL COUPLE....what are you waiting for? A full moon, good crops, the Easter bunny?

We have a $25 Panera Card for da winnah! $15 Cracker Barrel card for second-best. Jared Anderson verifying brackets while turning quarters into nickles and dimes! People from all over the continental United States entering. It is your manifest duty to grab a writing utensil, fill out a bracket and send it to us. We have dozens of chimps sitting up in the Bracket Central suite with nothing to do but ride Bill the Goat and Frank the Mule around the offices and play jarts!

You better have something in the comments section by noon today or I'm telling Mom!


Happy Friday and Go Cards, especially women's basketball!


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Louisville WBB -- Know the Foe: Boise St...Softball crushes NIU, Lacrosse wins -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Another Thursday, another jam-packed results day and future events preview to get to. I do believe this is one of the busiest times of the year (March) for us at CARDINAL COUPLE, but we're ready for the challenge. Let's hit the gym, diamond, turf, brackets, etc. and do this! 

Will Coach bring out the yellow
gear to upstage what will surely
be another Sam Purcell clothing
The WBB Cards got what they wanted in NCAA bracketing. Two in Louisville, which we all knew was guaranteed, two in Lexington...a little more speculation on whether that would happen or not, and Louisville MUST win the KFC YUM! Center games to travel to Lexington. Then...if all goes according to plan, the NCAA Final Four in Columbus. The Lexington region looks tough, thanks to Jared for dissecting that and more yesterday, today let us look at "first up" for Walz and crew.

Sam Purcell calls it three two-game tournaments. That's a very interesting way of viewing it.  

The Boise State Broncos gallop in from Potato-land to run by the river on Friday at noon. It's one of four NCAA opening day games at noon for the WBB side and certainly the one we'll be focusing on. Friday is a busy day at the YUM! with two games and the men continue their NIT pursuits on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. against MTSU. No game time has been announced yet for round two of the NCAA WBB Tournament on Sunday. My guess is around 1 p.m.? We'll see what happens and let you know. Maybe the women will play the first half against MTSU and let the guys finish the game. They could probably do better in the first half then the men did against NKU...

This "fake state" school (last time I checked...Boise hadn't seceded from Idaho and formed their own state) comes to the YUM! with a 23-9 record. They were 14-4 in the Mountain West Conference and won the regular season, plus conference Louisville. They took the  MWC Tourney with wins over Air Force (60-46), Colorado St. (76-51) and a thriller in the finals...62-60 over Nevada. It took a buzzer-beating shot from A'Shanti Coleman to get the Broncos their second consecutive MVC Tourney title. 

BSU is no stranger to the "dance"...having been four previous times and 2018 marks their third visit in the last four years. 

BSU is on a roll, winning their last 10 games and 15 out of their last 17. Their last loss was delivered to them by UNLV on Feb. 3rd in Las Vegas. They had a bit of trouble getting the horses out of the gate in the non-conference slate...with losses to CSU-Bakersfield, St. Mary's, Northern Arizona and San Diego....all non-NCAA Tournament bound schools. 

Similar opponents? We've seen they have faced the Air Force Academy, like the Cards. Three times, as a matter of fact, and won all three. 

They also played both San Diego and San Diego State this year. That's got to be confusing:

"Who ya got tonight?"

"San Diego."

"San Diego State?"

"San Diego isn't a state, they're a part of California." 

"No, the school. San Diego State."

"The school left the state and formed their own state?" 

Riley Lupfer leads the Broncos in scoring with 16.4 ppg and shoots 47.1% from the court. 

She's also the one who questioned whether the Cardinal players knew where Boise State was. 

Wouldn't it be great to see Asia or someone stop her in the post-game handshake line and say. "Idaho. Your school is in Idaho. Go back there, now. Your season is over." 

Martin Hermida, a Spanish import, is good for 10.8 points a night and leads the Broncs with 4.8 assists. Shalen Shaw, kinda of a neat name...I think, is the top board-grabber with seven a contest. 

We'll find out how Coach Walz plans to corral these Broncos later this morning...they have a 10:50 a.m. press conference scheduled at the Media Room in the KFC YUM! Center. Maybe we'll learn more. Pressers like this are sometimes are unfortunately plagued by some media moron who knows nothing about UofL WBB and uses it as a briefing. Read your facts sheet before you sit down in the room, first timers! 

These two have never met. The game will be shown on the "deuce"...ESPN 2. We got Beth Mowins and Nell Fortner on the call. That sounds like turn down the TV volume and listen to Nick and A.J. call it on 790 WKRD to me. Opinions may vary.

Interesting Sidebar:  The Broncos play their home games in Taco Bell Arena. From nacho fries to original recipe chicken for them, it looks like. I wonder what BSU gives away if the team scores 80+ points a night. Free tacos? A chalupa?  Can a guy get a couple of burritos and a beverage here? 

I see Louisville by 27. Whatcha think? 

Tournament time. It's the most wonderful time of the year. 


Hello, Megan Hensley! The junior slugged a grand slam homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and came to the circle in relief to pick up a win in Louisville Softball's five-run win yesterday at chilly Ulmer Stadium. 

Her blast broke a 4-4 tie game wide open as the Cards get their 20th win of the season against just five losses. She also pitched 4.2 innings of shutout softball against the Huskies after relieving Darrianne Hale, who relieved Kyra Snyder. (What a relief...) 

Funky Funke, Mike and Maddy Newman all had two hits in the win for the Cards. Hensley goes to 7-2 on the season. 

Louisville opens ACC play on Friday with a 4 p.m. game at Ulmer Stadium against Notre Dame. 


It was a slow start yesterday for Louisville Lacrosse at Mercer yesterday, trailing 7-1 after the first ten minutes.  It was time for a Teeter time-out and whatever the Louisville head coach said to the squad should be framed and kept for future reference. The Cards proceeded to score the final 11 goals of the half, two by Tessa Chad in less than a minute and go into the break up 12-7. 

"We didn't come out of the gate like we need to." Scott Teeter commented after the contest. "But they responded after we challenged them in the timeout. We went on a pretty good run there after that and scored some goals, but it shouldn't take that."

The LAX Cards also had the first three goals of the second half, blowing out to a 15-7 advantage and went on to take their sixth win of the season. Louisville is 4-1 on the road this year. 

Chad scored her team-high six goals all in the first half.  

"That was just Tessa leading by example, just taking the game over by herself," added Teeter. "I thought there were quite a few of the seniors that stepped up, as well. Their play, their ability to demand the ball really elevated our team during that stretch, which was great." 

"Sweet" Caroline Blalock and Ally Hall added four scores each for Louisville and Madison "Upright" Hoover got a hat-trick with three goals in the win. 

Louisville comes home to face Boston College, in a return to ACC action, with a Saturday noon start. 


Do you have your NCAA WBB Tournament picks lined up? What double-digit seeded teams will make the Sweet Sixteen? Can anyone keep UConn out of Columbus? 

You are cordially invited to provide an entry to The Cardinal Couple "Pick 'Em" Challenge for the Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament. It doesn't cost a penny and you could win a $25 Panera Card if you are the best. We've also got a $15 Cracker Barrel card for second place. 

Check the comments section on Tuesday and Wednesday for examples and leave your selections in today's comments section. One point for a win, most points wins. Earliest entry breaks any ties. 

Our bracket czar Jared Anderson has his war-room set up with all entries laminated, posted in strategic locations and he has a variety of colored markers and trend analysis scenarios lined up for the judging and scoring. A report from the mothership indicates he has 15 entries as of midnight last night and will be prepared for the last second rush of contestants. Remember, Jared...USF and FSU are two different schools...I hope he isn't dyslexic.

You need to have your picks in by Friday noon. A highly trained chimp-infused bracket staff is in Bracket Central closely monitoring the comments section, mixing up blenders of Banana Smoothies and Daiquiris and hotly debating scenarios, strengths and which pizza place to call for delivery. Pineapple and ham seems to be the favorite of the crew and Bill the Goat has been banished to the "Back 40" to consume empty pizza boxes and brackets that the chimps feel have no chance whatsoever. 

Play ball! Men's Tournament starts today. Get ready with the Visine and remote control. Gonna be a crazy week. 


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Louisville WBB Bracket Time -- Softball Changes Time -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


We are only two days away from the first round of the tournament.  Our women’s basketball team prepares to host Boise State Friday at noon.  It’s a tough time for people to try and take a half day or sneak out of work early so you can catch the event on ESPN.  Assuming the Cards win they will face the winner of Marquette and Dayton in the second round at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday. Game time not set in stone yet.

The road to the championship is never a stroll in the park.  Louisville has the potential to face some tough opposition along the way and here are a few of those potential match-ups:

1 Louisville vs 5 Missouri (Sweet 16)

Missouri has had a mild rate of success against ranked opponents.  They downed the likes of South Carolina and Tennessee while falling to Mississippi State by four.  Junior Sophie Cunningham is averaging 18 points per game, but her assist-turnover ratio is almost dead even.  Turnovers has been the weakness for the Tigers.  Missouri’s strength has been rebounds, dominating the glass all year.

1 Louisville vs 2 Texas (Final Four)

If you take away the three losses to Baylor and the loss to UConn the Longhorns haven’t had a loss against a non-elite opponent since when January when they fell by two at TCU.  Texas got upset in overtime by two to start the season but has not fallen to a non-ranked opponent since.  The Longhorns’ offense has had a roller coaster year.  Texas does not have a standout player this season, but instead relies on a well-rounded starting five.

1 Louisville vs 3 Tennessee (Elite Eight)

The Vols cruised for most of the season until the ran into a long stretch of high caliber teams, falling to Texas A&M, Notre Dame, and Mississippi State.  Tennessee faces South Carolina three times with their only loss coming in the SEC tournament.  The assist-turnover ratio is ugly for the team from Rocky Top.  Their free throw shooting sits just a half over .700.  Tennessee has one of the tallest rosters in the country and is no stranger to rebounds and blocks.

1 Louisville vs 2 Baylor (Elite Eight)

The Bears might not have Brittney Griner anymore, but we don’t have Shoni Schimmel.  Instead we have Asia Durr and an entire roster of players who are capable of putting up big numbers.  The high-powered offense has put up 90 or more points a dozen times on the season.  An early season (mid-November) loss at UCLA is the only blemish to a near perfect record.  Kalani Brown is one of the top players in the country.  She puts up 20 points per game and 10 rebounds per game and could give our forwards a challenge.  She’s one of four players averaging double figures in points for the Bears.

1 Louisville vs 1 Mississippi State

The Bulldogs sent UConn home in last year’s tournament and they come in with the confidence of doing it again, or at least taking out another top dog.  Mississippi State was perfect until the SEC Championship, where South Carolina defeated them by 11 in a regular season rematch.  They have wins over Tennessee, South Carolina, Oregon, Missouri, and Texas A&M.  Mississippi State is not afraid of playing several guards, but why worry when you have a 6-7 player clogging the lane.  They will use speed and agility to overwhelm opponents.

1 Louisville vs 1 Notre Dame (National Championship)

The Cards have beaten the Irish twice, once by 33 and once by two.  Notre Dame has not had a healthy roster all season due to ACL injuries, but they are still tough.  Notre Dame’s only other loss fame to UConn.  The Huskies used a 26-9 fourth quarter to win.  The Irish have a whole roster of star players.  Their biggest weakness is the small roster size.  Foul trouble or a poor shooting day by a couple of players will be their downfall.

1 Louisville vs 1 UConn (National Championship)

This is a rematch fans are craving for.  Had a first quarter not doomed the Cards in the original match-up things could be different. Geno and the Huskies seem to have Louisville’s number and the two teams always find a way to meet in some type of championship game.  In terms of national championships, the third try is the charm, right?  Of all of Jeff Walz’s teams this one has the best shot at taking down the giant.

NCAA Women's Tournament "Pick 'Em" Contest

Have you filled out your bracket year?  Make sure to submit your entries here!  I hope to stay organized enough to have everyone's brackets marked down and stay up-to-date with them.

Hey, if Sonya can run this thing for years without any trouble except Paulie wanting her to rig it in his favor, I should be fine.



Here is the submission example Paul gave us:

ROUND 1 PICKS: UConn, Miami, Belmont, Georgia, USF, FSU, California, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Villanova, Drake, LSU, Ohio St., Green Bay, Oregon, Miss. St, Syracuse, Princeton, NC St., Creighton, UCLA, Ariz. St., Texas, Louisville, Dayton, FGCU, Stanford, WKU, Tenn., Michigan, Baylor.

THE SWEET SIXTEEN: UConn, Georgia, FSU, California, Notre Dame, Ohio St. Oregon, Syracuse, NC St., UCLA, Texas, Louisville, FGCU, Tenn., Michigan.

THE GREAT EIGHT: UConn, California, LSU, Ohio St. Syracuse, Texas, Louisville, Michigan

FINAL FOUR: UConn, Ohio St., Syracuse, Louisville.

THEN THERE WERE TWO:  Ohio State, Louisville

CHAMPS: Louisville.



The original time of 5:00 has been set to 3:00 to help account for cold temperatures.  The softball team hosts a midweek game at Ulmer Stadium, where they are 9-1.  Northern Illinois visits but is 0-4 all-time against the Cards. Snow on the ground this morning but they cover the infield, so Play Ball!

Pitcher Danielle Watson is tied for first in the country in number of wins.  With such a large bullpen and Coach Pearsall starting to give some of them a chance she may not have a chance to add another win.

On offense, things are getting better.  Caitlin Ferguson is three-thousandths off from batting .400.  Celene Funke and Sidney Melton are a combined 12-for-12 on stolen bases.

Sandy Pearsall and UofL Softball aim to get their 705th victory.

Enjoy your Wednesday and the stress of selecting a perfect bracket and Go Cards!


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Louisville women's basketball -- Selection Monday -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


The University of Louisville women's basketball team now knows the road ahead of them. And, it turned out just the way the Cards wanted...logistically. Louisville will open as a #1 seed in the Lexington Region and play their first two games in Louisville, opening Friday, March 18th at noon against  #16 seed Boise State. 

Also in the Louisville first and second round site are #8 seed Marquette and #9 seed Dayton. The winner of that matchup advances to play the Cards on Sunday at the KFC YUM! Center. Going two for two would advance the Cards to Lexington for action starting March 23rd. 

A crowd of over 500 packed the Thornton's Academic Learning Center's fourth floor to witness Selection Monday with the team. A nice change of venue, with all the trappings...a free food line, cheerleaders, pep band and autograph tables lined with players. More on that later. A nice 300 seat auditorium to view the broadcast, too.  

I represented Cardinal Couple at the event and arrived a little after the doors opened. Once inside the fourth floor, I found a pretty huge crowed already at tables and in chairs awaiting the show. Right away, I saw familiar faces and spent a brief period strolling through the crowd, speaking with people and just taking it all in. I picked Sam Purcell as my first interview and you can hear that one at this link: 


After my enjoyable chat with "Sammy P" I sought out the other "Sam" on the UofL coaching staff and did find Samantha Williams. She was surrounded by well-wishers, but after they slacked off a bit, I chatted with Samantha. Neither of the "Sam's" claimed any knowledge of the Central Florida Chimps Aerospace University (CFCAU), who I think might make a strong run in the "dance" and an institution that has approached me about a position as Floor Warden for Freshmen Scholarship Chimps.  Here's Samantha (who was dressed stunningly) and the ol' Pauster. Here's that audio below:  


I did consider another coaching interview, sisn't see any but saw my pal Lamont Russell hovering nearby and wanted to get a few words with the guy who "carries" the team. His graphic design and video coordinator work at Louisville is invaluable in helping the team prepare for opponents, and as a former DI basketball player, he also has a vast knowledge of hoops, the squad (his little sisters, per him) and can really "pick up" the players. (See photo).

Lamont and I had a great chat, I didn't probe too much into his occasional "picking up girls mid-game" and we talked about the event and team. Hear his words below: 


Following Lamont Russell, I went to a fan who I know pretty well and I wanted to get a little fan perspective on the event. We decided to keep him "anonymous" and we chatted about the season, the Selection Show and a few other topics, as the players entered the big room and headed to a couple of long tables to sit and sign autographs. Here is anonymous fan: 


I decided to get in line with those waiting for autographs after my talk with anonymous fan and while waiting to reach the tables, Jeff Walz grabbed the main microphone and talked a bit to the crowd. 

Walz thanked the fans that were in attendance and went on to cover a lot more material with them...but the line was moving pretty quickly and I decided to cut these Walz remarks short, because I was getting closer to Dana Evans, first one seated at the table. Part of Jeff's opening remarks are below: 


I decided to try something I thought might be fun, going through the autograph line and interviewing each player quickly as I progressed. It may be un-rivaled in interview certainly was a madcap seven minutes... and I did have a 8x11 picture that was free and on the table of the team that each player signed as I strolled down the tables. You can hear my questions and the great responses here: 


After the dash through the players, I needed a moment to re-compose. After resting a bit and getting a quick beverage,  I saw Walz surrounded by people and decided to see if I could get a bit more from Coach. He was gracious and chatted with me while he signed shirts and stuff. I appreciate his time and "exclusive".

Hear Coach's comments below: 


It was time to go into the auditorium and see the selections. The seats were filled and I spent a little time with the media group, stationed behind the cameras, chatting with a couple of our occasional CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR guests Mike Gilpatrick and Daryl Foust. I also chatted with Howie Lindsey and decided to follow him to the entrance to the auditorium's seats. We were able to see the big screen, see the fans and players and watched the drawing there and I took a few of the pictures you see here. 

Louisville has an interesting road to Columbus. In the Lexington bracket are also Stanford, Tennessee and Baylor. Several people I spoke with after the show was completed expressed concern about Mulkey's Bears and Kalani Brown. At least her dad...ex NBA'er Dee Brown...has no eligibility. 

It's all about survival and advancement now.

Just survive somehow.

As I prepared to leave the facility, Walz got hold of the microphone again and thanked everyone for attending. He also made a heartfelt plea to the fans in attendance to get their tickets and bring a couple of friends. Louisville was been allotted 3500 tickets for rounds 1 & 2 and he'd like to see all those gobbled up by start of NCAA action.  

Leaving the Learning Center, I had a sense of pride about the huge turnout I had just been a part of. It was a fun-packed two hours and I hope the University definitely considers this venue again. A lot of familiar faces and great fans. This program has a lot of love for it out there in our community and beyond and if most of our "media" is too short-sighted to see that on a regular basis, shame on them! Their loss. There were the TV Stations there last night, a few other journalists and website folks there to cover. I hope they stay with this team during their run. I hope many more jump on the bandwagon. Forget about all this "f@#$%&!" men's BB drama and back WBB!!!

Three tournaments of two games each. A simple but revealing way to look at the Cards March march. It's showtime, ladies and gents. Let the games begin. 

It has to be good fortune that ROBBIE BARTLETT has been chosen to sing the National Anthem on Friday....right? 


You know who play who, where and when by now. Download a bracket, make your picks and join us in the Cardinal Couple Women's Basketball NCAA "Pick-Em" Challenge. We've got a $25 Panera Card for the winner and I'm working on a prize for runner-up as well. It's fun and simple. Be the envy of your friends and be a winner! Say you don't know much about WBB? Hey, neither do we! Enter anyway.

With Jared Anderson the analysis director of your picks, you can be assured of a comprehensive scoring reliability and frequent updates. 

1) Make your picks.
2) Enter them in any comments sections here at Cardinal Couple from now until Friday.
3) In case of tie, earliest entry wins, so don't dally. 


Here's an example of an entry. The CARDINAL CHIMPS went through a couple of blenders of banana smoothies to come up with their choices. They chose against Central Florida Chimps Aerospace University, since a few of them were indicated on taking fruit kickbacks and payoffs from zoo keepers and  were expelled. 

ROUND 1 PICKS: UConn, Miami, Belmont, Georgia, USF, FSU, California,  So Carolina, Notre Dame, Villanova, Drake, LSU, Ohio St., Green Bay, Oregon, Miss. St, Syracuse, Princeton, NC St., Creighton, UCLA, Ariz. St., Texas, Louisville, Dayton, FGCU, Stanford, WKU, Tenn.,Michigan, Baylor. 

THE SWEET SIXTEEN: UConn, Georgia, FSU, California, Notre Dame, LSU, Ohio St. Oregon, Syracuse, NC St., UCLA, Texas, Louisville, FGCU, Tenn., Michigan.

THE GREAT EIGHT: UConn, California, LSU, Ohio St. Syracuse, Texas, Louisville, Michigan

FINAL FOUR: UConn, Ohio St., Syracuse, Louiville.

THEN THERE WERE TWO:  Ohio st., Louisville

CHAMPS: Louisville.

Come along and join the fun! 


Monday, March 12, 2018

Louisville Women's basketball -- Where will Louisville WBB go?...March Sadness -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


OH yes. It's the most wonderful time of the year, if you're a college basketball fan. Louisville women's basketball fans are assured of a couple of things. A #1 seed in their region and a chance to open at home. 

ESPN's Charlie Creme has the Cards as the #1 seed in the Lexington bracket. College Sports Madness has UofL as a #1 seed but doesn't specify which bracket. The Cards are #3 in the nation in both the AP and USA Coaches Polls.  We are, therefore 99.99999% certain that the Cards will open in the KFC YUM! Center on a day to be determine yet. I mean, there is a astronomically remote possibility that the YUM! could decide it would rather bring in Bonzo's Travelling Circus or a reunion of the Monkees...but we're expecting to be at the big facility by the 2nd Street bridge on Friday, hopefully. 

We'll find out tonight. Unlike past years there will be no open party atmosphere for the fans to watch with the team. No Sports and Social Club gathering for the faithful down on the 4th Street Mall. In fact, one of the local radio stations is using the venue for men's tournament bracket free fill out and drop off purposes. 

Louisville will gather at the Thorntons Academic Center for Excellence around 6 p.m. to view the 7 p.m. Selection Show on ESPN. Media and "select" fans are invited to join the Cards, so I'll mosey on down and see if I can gain admission. Maybe we even get our "shared" photo guy and writer Jared Anderson in there also. 

Coach Walz and the players will be available to the media following the announcement of the Cardinals' seed and region. 

Region. That's the question. I logically assume, as just about every fan I've talked to does, that the Cards will get the Lexington region. Unfortunately, the NCAA is very illogical. I joked on radio Saturday that they'll probably form a fifth region for schools they don't like and hold it in Kauai, Hawaii next to an active volcano or hot lava.  

Who will the Cards face? It's pure speculation now. I wouldn't be surprised to see Oregon as the #2 seed and the committee may toss Tennessee and Ohio State in there as well to make the road tougher. Who knows. maybe Baylor drops and they end up in our region? 

I can't think of no better song for today than the classic "Where Do We Go From Here? (Games People Play)" by the Alan Parsons Project. Hear it here:

Please, just keep us on the opposite side of the sheet from UConn. I'd just as soon not tangle with those dogs again until the final game of the year. It is purely my personal wish, I know a lot of you want a rematch with them. I'd rather they get upset and knocked off. 

Tournament time, in our case here at Cardinal Couple, a joyous time of the year...filled with the anxious tracking of Walz and his Warriors .

So, we wait. On the other hand...


I'm not a fan of the "new" TBS way of announcing the NCAA men's brackets. Basically, we knew the Cards were out 10 minutes into the show. The "Gumball" even made a point of specifically saying so when it was revealed there were no "at large" teams starting with the letter "L" on the list. When Miami popped up, the Cards balloon burst. 

Alabama got in. That's a surprise. The Cards weren't even on the "first four out" list. 

So, hello N.I.T. for Padgett and his players. They'll bring in N.K.U.(that's Northern Kentucky University) for the first round of the 32-team format. Tuesday 7 p.m. on ESPN and at the KFC YUM! Center. 

Will you go? Will you watch? 

March Sadness, indeed, for the guys. Two years out of the last three now. This is a streak we don't want to see continued. 


We've sponsored a "pick 'em" for the Women's NCAA Tournament the past several years and gotten a fairly good response on it. We had a good response on our ACC Tournament "pick 'em". 

I'll be in touch with the tracking director of the ACC brackets (Jared Anderson) and see if he's interested in tracking stuff for the "Big Dance" for the women. We'll let you know tomorrow, after the brackets are released. 

We'll hit up "tightwad" Arch and see if we can get another Panera Card if we "do-do" a challenge.