Saturday, April 18, 2015
Softball rained out...More on Jude...and a bit of Football -- Saturday Cardinal Couple
Rains Came...Softball cancelled
Louisville Softball's game against Ole Miss Friday night was cancelled due to heavy rains in Oxford, MS. It's trending...the Cards final game in the FSU series at Ulmer also got cancelled due to rain.
April showers bring May flowers, right? All over our nation.
The Cards will put on the gloves and grab the bats today to try and get one in against the SEC squad.
Jude Schimmel: A personal view
Jude Schimmel will be autographing (and selling) her book Dreamcatcher Sunday evening at the Cardinal Hall of Fame cafe Sunday Night from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Cardinal Couple will be there to catch some words from Jude and witness the gala event. It should be quite fun.
I was thinking about the Jude experience here at UofL and will share with you some of my memories about that.
She first came on my radar when we found out about Jeff Walz's interest in a flamboyant guard out of Oregon. Shoni. We saw that Jude was also on her sister's team and was an emerging star. You know the story. Shoni arrived, endeared herself to the Louisville WBB fan base as a freshman and Jude committed to the Cards the following year.
While Shoni was wowing Cardinal fans that freshman year, I followed Jude's senior year in high school. She was putting up incredible numbers. I chanced to ask Coach Walz after she committed to Louisville if she was part of "a package deal"...brought in because of Shoni's decision to come to the 'Ville'...
Walz was emphatic in his answer. He made it quite clear that Jude's game could stand alone on it's own and she, too, would make a name for herself as a Cardinal.
I trust in Coach's decisions. We soon found out it was correct.
As a freshman, she came in off the bench and became part of our "attack Yorkie" nomenclature here at CARDINAL COUPLE. She and Shelby Harper would enter games and display a ferocious tenacious performance. Diminutive but determined. Small but scintillating.
Jude continued to provide a spark in her sophomore and
junior years. Smart, intelligent on the court. I loved seeing her and Shoni on the court together. I yearned to know what those sister conversations consisted of when they stood there together at mid-court during free throws or time stoppages. Jude had her setbacks. A nagging ankle problem. She overcame the adversity.
Shoni graduated and moved on. Jude had a season to go. Would she start next to Bria Smith? How would the incoming, talented freshman class affect her playing time?
Jude continued to grow and prosper. She was the brains, the heart and the leader on the floor. Those senior year contributions were incredible. Once again in her life, she showed that she was just fine without her sister by her side on the court.
Jude goes into the next phase of her life now. I'm confident that she'll prosper and continue to grow. It will be fun to see where she is 5...10...20 years from now.
Her story is already prolific and it has so many more chapters. One of many from a family full of love, commitment and care. Making her way, on her terms and
in her own fashion. I maybe envy her a bit...with so much ahead and so much time to accomplish. Glamour Magazine, book-writing, meeting with the President...she just may be the pro-typical Renaissance woman.
These days, I live the one-day-contract philosophy. It will be fun to see her make her mark on our world. One day at a time.
FOOTBALL? LOOKING FINE!
We don't stray too far from our commitment from UofL women's sports here at the "Couple"...but I did attend the Spring UofL Football game last night. I searched for current WBBers that may have attended but didn't run across any. Admittedly, it wasn't an intensive search...but I did run into a former WBB baller and chatted her up at halftime in the concourse.
One thing that kept coming up in our discourse (name being with-held by request) was her still-strong love for this university and the women's basketball program. The chat was pleasurable. She was aware of our site here but admitted that she followed it very sporadically and mostly during hoops season. Gotta love the continued love for WBB at Louisville that she and many other former "hardwooders" still express.
Oh yeah...about the scrimmage. The Red team was ahead 30-0 at the half. QB Reggie Bonnafon and the first team looking strong. I heard later that the final score was 59-0.
Petrino must be pleased. I left shortly after the half. Things appeared to be in good hands.
We'll be on the air at Crescent Hill Radio WCHQ 100.9 FM today from 11-noon with the CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR. It's also available online at:
Catching up on women's athletics at UofL, that's what we do. Worldwide has an interview with Anne Kordes and we have softball and lacrosse sounds as well.
It's great fun and you should join us!