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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rick Pitino Fired...Taylor Stone named ACC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



STONE ALSO SCORED GAME WINNER VS. UNC



It was a pretty good week, last week, for Taylor Stone...a defensive back on the University of Louisville Field Hockey team. The Herndon, VA junior not only scored the deciding goal in a 3-2 win over #4 UNC on the road in Durham, NC...but she was also named the ACC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week. 

Stone's score helped the Stick Girls increase their win streak to seven games and stay tied for first place in the ACC with Virginia. These two squads will meet on Saturday noon at Trager Field in the final ACC regular season game for both squads and to determine the regular season conference champion. 

"T"...as she's called...is part of a staunch defensive wall that the Cards throw at opponents. Louisville (11-4)  has allowed just 23 goals in 15 games this season (1.53 per contest) and the Cards are 6-0 in Trager this year. Along with "Stone Wall" in the back, Ayesia McFerran guards the net, and sophomore Carter Ayars and frshman Alli Bitting also form the back line of resistance for opponents seeking to score.. 

Stone has played on the USA Field Hockey team the last four years (U 17, U 19, U 21) and started all 21 games last year for the Cards as a sophomore. Her freshman year saw her on the field in 16 games with eight starts...missing four contests with an injury. 

Her father played basketball at American University and grandfather (Bill Stone) is a former member of the UofL Board of Trustees. Don't mess with her...she also holds an orange belt in Karate. 

Maybe the new phrase for opponents when they leave the Trager with a loss should be: 

"You just got Stoned..." 


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SEE YA RICK


The UofL Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Monday to terminate Rick Pitino from his job as head men's basketball coach. 

In other news...grass is green, cars run on gas (or electricity, in Worldwide's case) and it's still dark at 7:05 this morning.  

See ya, Rick. Don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out. Rick knew absolutely nothing during his time at UofL (just ask him) and that included a player's parents living in the Galt House...sponsored by UofL? 

We'll find out the fate of Tom Jurich Wednesday. Pitino didn't show up yesterday. Steve Pence represented him. 

I hear Miami is nice this time of year. Maybe you could go buy some plastic flamingos for your front lawn. Do us one last thing...offer Check Smrt a room in your guesthouse. What is this man's role (still) with UofL and why is he advising the board after his abysmal advice earlier? 

Smrt, Pitino and Pence....the new Three Stooges. 



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JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO TURN YOUR RADIO ON AGAIN...

Thanks to The Morning Jam guys at WCHQ 100.9 FM (Crescent Hill Radio)...Kevin Cox and Bryce "Blue" Gill for inviting me to join them on a regular basis to do a sports update segment on their show Monday thru Friday. 

I'll be with the guys at 7:45 and 8:45 a.m. to update the previous days action and stories and to give out information on upcoming local and national events and stories. 

I hope to be in studio for a lot of these but will also send them in via DropBox if I am not in studio. 

Another reason to listen to WCHQ...(or delete it from your pre-set stations). Maybe I'll get a key to the executive washroom now...plus learn the secret handshake! 


paulie
xxxxx


Monday, October 16, 2017

Volleyball Finishes Winning Weekend for UofL Women -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Volleyball Completes Sweep of Georgia Tech


Photo Credit to Jared Anderson
As we predicted might happen, Louisville volleyball surpassed last season's win total yesterday with a victory over Georgia Tech. Jeff mentioned that Georgia Tech was a bit of an enigma, and they seemed to continue their Jekyll and Hyde performance yesterday against the Cards. Louisville made short work of the Yellow Jackets in the first set, winning 25-13, but GT came up big in the second, leading the majority of the game and stretching to a 16-21 lead before Louisville went on a massive run to win 25-21. The second game win was enough to propel the Cards to a simple sweep, despite hitting their worst percentage of the day in the third set. Fortunately for the Cards 0.128 hitting percentage, GT was up to the task of being worse, hitting only 0.027 in the third. Louisville led nearly the entire set, which was close until about the 30th point, when Louisville began to stretch their lead. The Cards ultimately won 25-19.

Photo Credit to Jared Anderson
Melanie McHenry was back to her normal self yesterday, hitting a solid .265 with 14 kills. She peppered in an ace, three blocks, and an assist to go along with 6 digs. As important as Molly Sauer is to the defense and Wilma Rivera the offense, this team chugs along with the significant play of McHenry. Sauer and Rivera were their usual rock solid selves, and Jasmine Bennett had a great day with 9 kills and 5 blocks. Louisville has played well to this point, around halfway through the season. They'll take their talents on the road for awhile, but with 12 regular season games remaining, there is still a lot of time to continue making noise.

Here's what Coach Dani Busboom Kelly had to say after the victory: Post Game with DBK

Photo Credit to Jared Anderson
The Cards will face their first rematch test up next when they travel to Miami on Friday. Louisville served Miami their first loss of the season, and the Hurricanes would likely enjoy repaying that favor. No television listed for that one, so we'll have to keep a sharp eye on the Louisville Volleyball twitter account for the play-by-play updates. They do a great job, as do almost all of the sports accounts, so head to the right side of the site and give them a follow. If you don't do twitter, the bar on the right hand side of the page is a live feed so you can get your updates there.

The Cards are 7-1 in the ACC...good for third place in the standings. Pitt remains undefeated in conference play, as does NC State

Until next time, Go Cards!
-CH-

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Worldwide Looks On The Bright Side -- Sunday Cardinal Couple


First off...

You might have figured out that many of us here at Cardinal Couple like musical references and borrowing themes from songs.

Today's theme: "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life" from Monty Python's Life of Brian.

You can listen to the tune HERE....be advised there is one "potty" word in the lyrics...if that kind of thing brings you down. There were plenty of potty words out at PJCS yesterday...

To that end, we're going to keep this first section really short.

Football


Boston College, who is, let's face it, the traditional doormat of the ACC Atlantic division, came in to
PJCS and hung an L on the Cardinal Football team, 45-42.  Novels could be written about this one, and I suspect, if you combine the output of various sports media properties associated with Cardinal Athletics, essentially one has already been written.

Paulie reports that Louisville played
 "efense" quite a bit  ( no "D") 

Moving on.

Swimming and Diving


The SMU Classic has wrapped up and UofL Swimming and Diving finished the competition in 2nd place.  8th ranked USC just narrowly edged UofL out of the top spot, by half a point.  UofL came into the competition ranked 7th, and beat out 6th ranked Michigan by 8 and a half points.

Mallory Comerford won all 3 of the events she entered, the 500 free...she's not just a sprinter, folks...the 100 free, and the 200 free relay.  Beyond those victories, there were a lot of 2nd and 3rd place finishes.

The other victory for the Cards last night was in the 200 medley relay, with Alina Kendzior, Maria Astashkina, Grace Oglesby, and Lainey Visscher.  Molly Fears, who won the 1-meter springboard event Friday evening, came in 4th in the 3-meter event.

This meet was a great showing, in a unique format, by one of the most successful teams at UofL right now against very high level competition.

Field Hockey


Minnie
We've said it many times before.  ACC Field Hockey is mind-bogglingly good.  UofL met the latest
challenge in the conference gauntlet with the #11 Cardinals squad meeting the #5 North Carolina squad.  

While it was a bit of a lackluster first half, they did go into halftime tied with the TarHeels at one apiece.  The Cardinals goal came on a corner with 12 minutes left in the first half.  Marisa Martin Pelegrina inbounded the corner, Katie Walsh provided the stop, and Minout "I score goals" Mink fired it home.  If you're keeping track, and I think Jared has given up at this point, that's a team leading nine for her on the season.

The Cardinals would score again early in the 2nd half on another corner.  Abby Grimes gets the tally on this one off the stop by Marigrace Ragsdale.  The insert came from Marisa Martin Pelegrina.  UNC would tie it up again at 2-2 on a rebound from a shot.  The final, game winning, score of the game came just a couple of minutes later with just under 10 minutes left in the game when Taylor Stone to the rock to the hole unassisted.

Ayeshia
With about 8 minutes left in the game, UNC called a timeout and lifted their GK to get a little more offense on the field.  The Cards were able to hold off the extra attacking and finish out the game with the 3-2 win.

This is another huge positive result for the Field Hockey squad.  After their woes early in the season on penalty corners, it's good to see them pull that part of play together and get two goals out of their corners.

In ACC standings, this win leaves the Cards tied for 1st with only Virginia, dropping UNC to 3-2, compared to the 4-1 records of UofL and UVA.  Duke also holds a 3-2 record to hold the tie with UNC in 3rd.  Beyond that, the standings are Wake Forest at 2-3, Syracuse at 2-4, and Boston College at 0-5. The Cards face the Hoos next (at Virginia) for top spot in the conference. 

Next Up


On tap today, all four of the golf and tennis squads are in action.  Only Men's Tennis is here in the 'Ville, at Bass-Rudd hosting the Louisville Invitational.

For a entry in the  Panera Card drawing...be the FIRST
to identify this guy in front
 (by name in movie) in the
comments section.
In team sports, Volleyball finishes the weekend at home with a 3 o'clock start (note the later than
typical start time!) against Georgia Tech.  I've said in past articles and on the radio that GT really shouldn't be a major challenge for this UofL team the way the Cards have been playing, Dani Busboom Kelly, after the Clemson match Friday, disagreed, and GT really is something of an enigma.  In one week of play, they lost in four to Boston College, who isn't an absolutely awful team...but they're not very good, either.  Then they go in Friday and beat Notre Dame in 4.  OK, Notre Dame isn't the powerhouse they used to be, they're rebuilding (and rebuilding fast!), but they can put up some stiff competition and GT rose to the challenge.  Admittedly, Notre Dame is also a bit of an enigma this year, having split a two match home and home weekend with Ohio State, though that's somewhat explicable by pointing out that each team won on their home floor.  Then they went 1-1 on a weekend at home losing to Miami and beating Florida State.  And, ok, you can kind of explain that by pointing out that FSU isn't nearly as good as we thought they were early in the season, but they are still a good team.

The takeaway from all of this I think can only be, if you're trying to predict outcomes in ACC volleyball right now, Good Luck!  If UofL shows up and plays the way that we know they are capable of playing, this should be a win today, but things are topsy turvy enough around the conference that it's really hard to get a good feel of how good various teams are, and that certainly includes the engineers from Atlanta.

This one will be on the ACC Network Extra. Could we possibly get out buddy Cortnee Walton doing some audio?

CCRH


Julie JC Sullivan also goes by the
moniker "Bird Lady".  
The recording of The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour is up on the Soundcloud.  You can listen to the replay, here.  I was able to catch most of the broadcast via TuneIn in my car on my way to Indianapolis where I joined my mother for a zany 20 minute dash in and out of an opening weekend Ikea store.  What I will say is that the Swedes (did you know that they're actually headquartered in The Netherlands, now?) know how to do traffic and crowd control really well.  Over 7,000 had entered the store as we were going in at around 1pm, and yet we were able to make it in, pick up what we needed and get out in 20 minutes.  Impressive!


Back on topic, I was able to hear Jared, JC, and Case cover the latest, and deal with the tense confusion of pre-recorded shows ("This event will have been played by the time you hear this.").  They did a fine job, and it was an excellent show, please check it out if you didn't hear it at broadcast time.

-- 
JMcA

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cards Take Care of Business -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

WSOC Wins 3-0 on Senior Night


Although it wasn't the last home game of the women's soccer season, Louisville honored their seniors before their game against Pittsburgh. The Panthers came into town winless in the conference with only a 3-8-3 record overall. This was one of the games I picked as a definite win for Louisville in the preseason, and they did not disappoint. The Cards jumped out ahead early, taking the lead in the first three minutes of the game with a Brooklynn Rivers goal. Rivers would get another point later in the game as she assisted Gabi Vincent's goal in the second half. Rivers' goal wasn't the end of the early start for Louisville, though, as Taylor Kerwin extended the lead with a goal in the eleventh minute. It was Kerwin's first goal of the season, and she looks to be a key member of this Louisville team going forward.

Louisville was in charge for the entire game, putting up 14 shots to Pitt's 2. Although the Cards were only able to parlay all of those opportunities into 4 shots on goal, it was the continued pressure that allowed Louisville to put a stranglehold on the game. In addition to the extreme shot advantage, Louisville also had a 9-2 corner advantage, and I would venture to say the possession difference was similar. 

It was a good night of celebration for the seniors, with the team getting a convincing win, a large
crowd there in support for the double header, and all four active seniors were able to see the field at the same time. The Cards still have 3 games left in the regular season and there is still a chance to finish at or above .500 in the conference. In fact, last night's game ensured that Louisville cannot finish worse than .500 overall. The Cards will host Wake Forest next Thursday before heading to North Carolina to face UNC and NC State in the final week of the season. I'm hoping to see some postseason action from the Cards but it has definitely been an improvement on last season for this team. We'll see how they can finish out the year.

PAULIE INTERVIEW WITH INGER KATRINE BJERKE

(Watch for Kim Pemberton's Style and Fashion show runway appearance at the start!)

HEAD WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH KAREN FERGUSON DAYES DISCUSSES THE WIN

( Kim makes a brief cameo appearance...)

THE UNCUT VERSION OF THE INTERVIEWS

(River City Cards got this uncut version of the Bjerke blooper and no Kim parade)


Volleyball Also Wins 3-0


Cardinal Arena also played host to a winless conference team as Clemson came to town with a 5-13 overall record. Louisville made short work of the visitors, not allowing the Tigers to score more than 16 points in any game of the sweep. The win pushes Louisville to 12-5, matching their win total from last season. It was an unusual off night for the Cards statistical MVP as Melanie McHenry had only 6 kills and hit .063 on the night. She did finish the night with 7 digs to pad her stat sheet, but it was definitely not what we've come to expect from McHenry. Fortunately, the rest of the team was up to the task with a very balanced effort. While the Cards did their job as a balanced team, it was quite clear that Clemson is not very good. The Tigers best hitting game of the night was only 0.095 with the other two being 0.000 and -0.042. 

This is mentioned on the radio show, but Coach Dani Busboom Kelly has done great work with this team in her first season at the helm. Louisville has plenty of time to make even more of a splash in the conference. The Cards will get plenty of chances to prove if they've truly turned a corner as they have a lot of rematches on the schedule. Louisville gets its first shot at beating last year's win total when they take on Georgia Tech tomorrow in Cardinal Arena. The match is at 3:00 PM, and if you're looking to make it out, be sure to plan for IronMan traffic.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour


As Jeff mentioned yesterday, the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour was recorded Thursday night due to
some scheduling conflicts. Jared, JC Sullivan, and I had a good time down in the studio having casual conversations about Louisville women's sports and trying a bit too hard to pretend we were doing a live show. Paulie chimes in with a few prerecorded segments and it's all in all a pretty good show. Tune in at 11AM to 100.9 WCHQ FM or at crescenthillradio.com or using the WCHQ app. 

Until next time, Go Cards!
-CH-

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Comes Round Again -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Weekend Review

It's time again for the weekend round-up.  We're helping you get your weekend planned.

First off, this Saturday's Cardinal Couple Radio Hour has already been recorded because of a noon-ish start for Football, so don't expect to hear the results of tonight's events when you tune in tomorrow.  Just fair warning.  It's a bit of an unusual line-up with this one as Paulie and I were both unable to be available for taping time, so Jared "The Money Man" Anderson, Case "I build things" Hoskins, and JC "no periods" Sullivan held the show down.  I haven't heard it yet, but I'm looking forward to it.  It will air (barring technical glitches) at it's normal time at 11am tomorrow.

(A report from Jared, Case and show engineer Monk indicates that all went well with the pre-record. We haven't heard back from JC yet. She may still be traumatized from being in the studio with those two. J and C with JC...)

Soccer Double-Header

See Bjerke kick the ball! 
Jared and Case have both been excited for this one.  Both Soccer teams take the field in Lynn Stadium tonight.  The women get it started at 5:30, hosting Pittsburgh, and the men should get underway at 7:30 with North Carolina being the guest.  With NCAA sanctions being announced for  UNC today, they may not be the happiest of campers

The action for both will be on The ACC Network Extra.  Look for Jared banging on his drum, and Case ranting about overtime rules...that may not be as visible on video, though. Paulie will be entertaining the other writers in the press box and, hopefully, get post-game comments after the women win. 

Golf and Tennis


The Men's Golf team is in Johnson City, TN for the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, while the women are in Chapel Hill for the Tar Heel Invitational at the UNC Finley Golf Course.  Both of these events go through Sunday.

The Tennis teams are similarly scheduled.  The Women are at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional in Murfreesboro, TN, while the Men are hosting the Louisville Invitational.

No video listed for any of these events.

Men's Basketball


As David Padgett starts to pull the program back together, the Men's Basketball will have an exhibition event tonight at the KFC Yum! Center.  At 7pm, the first of two Red-White Scrimmages will get underway.  No TV listed for this event, but a live stats link is available.

Regardless of how you feel about the revelations concerning this program in the past weeks, the show must go on, and by all accounts Padgett is doing an excellent job of providing stability and beginning to build a solid foundation for the future in the midst of crazy turmoil.

Jeff Walz revealed yesterday (hear soundclip below) that the women's will put on a ten-minute exhibition at halftime...so there's another reason to hit the KFC YUM! Center tonight!

https://soundcloud.com/user-748907999/dr0000_1197mp3

Football


Hosting Boston College with a 12:20pm kickoff tomorrow.  This one is listed as ACC Network...is it possible that it's not on linear TV at all?  The ACC website shows it as being on "RSN", or the Raycom Sports Network, so that will likely mean on one of the Fox Sports channels.

It's homecoming, so buy your sweetie a corsage if you're attending.

B.C. hasn't been much on the field this year, so, hopefully, the Petrino guys will have a big win over the Eagles. Paulie was still trying to get rid of one ticket as of this writing. Seems Rick Pitino may not be there....

Field Hockey


A Doozer
The stick squad only has one this weekend, but boy is it a doozy.  (Is someone that participates in a
doozy of an event a doozer?  Paulie, please Google Image search "doozer" and select and appropriate picture.  Yes, I'm a child of the Fraggle Rock era.)

Heading down to Chapel Hill to face the 5th ranked UNC Tar Heels.  They're only the third highest ranked team in the country, at number 5, but that's obviously still in the elite ranks of the sport.  After a bit of a road slump, the FH'ers got it back together with a great homestand and hope to carry that momentum back out on the road with them.

 In ACC standings, UNC and Louisville are tied, both with a 3-1 record.  Handicapping this one?  Yeah, I wish you luck.

Cross-Country


Who am I? 
Cross-Country is being recognized for having a fantastic course out at E.P. Tom Sawyer park, revised this year, and as a result, they are hosting both the NCAA championships as well as a Pre-Nationals event.

The Pre-National event is tomorrow, listed as all day, though I they get an early start, so if you want to head out to a fantastic park out in the east end of Louisville, you might want to set an alarm.  The races get underway with a 10am seeded men's race.  The women's seeded event starts at 10:45 with other events at 11:30 and 12:15.  Louisville has runners in all but the men's seeded event.

If you can identify this former UofL women's athlete in the picture...let us know in the comments section. First correct answer gets you in the drawing for a Panera Card. 

Swimming and Volleyball


OK, swimming and Volleyball seems an odd pairing for a section, but I have my reasons, bear with me.

Most of the women's swim team is in Dallas to compete in the SMU Classic.  This is an event that our women's team has competed in for several years.  It's a bit of an unusual format.  Each school sends 8 swimmers and 1 diver.  Each swimmer can only compete in 3 events during the day with one of them being a relay, but each school will put a swimmer into every heat of every race.  The diver for each team will do six dives on 1-meter and 3-meter springboards.

This is always a fun event, and our swimming team now has a well established tradition of taking a group selfie on the moving sidewalk at DFW airport.  How that last bit is relevant, I'm not really sure, but it's a fun tidbit.

The Men's side of swimming is not competing, but you can see them in action.  Specifically you can see them in action tonight at Cardinal Arena.  You didn't know Cardinal Arena had a pool?  Well, you're right, it doesn't.  The team will be in attendance for the Clemson Volleyball match.  The Men's Swimming team always brings a raucous attitude and atmosphere to the volleyball matches they attend, and for those of you of gender and sexual orientations for which this is a draw....well, this is a family friendly site, so we'll just say these young men are in very good shape and you'll get to confirm that with your own eyes if you are in attendance.

Volleyball is playing two matches this weekend, the first is the aforementioned Swimmers-In-Attendance Clemson match this evening with a 7pm start.  Also in action Sunday, this one with a bit of a later start than usual, getting underway at 3pm against Georgia Tech.  With the way UofL Volleyball has been playing of late, neither of these two teams should provide any great deal of threat, but last week's matches shouldn't have been much of a threat either and we dropped a set to both Virginia and Virginia Tech.  The team needs to come out energized and ready to play.



So there's your weekend planning information.  You can pick your poison if you're in town tonight, Men's Tennis at Bass-Rudd, Soccer overload at Lynn, men's and women's hoops downtown or Volleyball with a dose of swimming at Cardinal Arena

Have fun!

-- JMcA

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Asia Taylor Interview...Minnie and the Stick Girls face a Saturday test -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


ASIA TAYLOR


We caught up with Cardinal Great Asia Taylor this week. She's in Sydney, Australia, preparing for a season in the WNBL with the Sydney Flames. Although we couldn't establish a phone connection, Asia was kind enough to answer a few questions we asked her. Enjoy this exchange with "A-Tayy" !!

PAULIE:  First off, let's take a step back. You made the playoffs with the Mystics and eventually fell to the Lynx. That had to be a little bittersweet since you previously played for them. Describe the season and what you learned from it?  

ASIA: It was awesome being in the league and playing with the best players in the world. There's no substitute for that experience! The season was a learning lesson, though, and made me extremely hungry to advance in the league. 

PAULIE: You're now in Sydney getting ready for the WNBL season. You have a solid team coming back and you're one of the key players on the roster. How does it feel to be back in Australia? 

ASIA: Sydney is amazing and I'm so excited to be back here!! It feels good to be back in this type of role. I get to show a lot more facets of my game here and continue to improve individually. I accomplished a lot last year but I'm not satisfied with that. I have even higher goals that I'm pursuing this year. 

PAULIE: How long does it take to get over the jet lag/time change? 

ASIA: Well...it feels like it takes from about the day I get here until the day before I get ready to leave (LOL. I'm just kidding!!) I figure about 12 days...two weeks. 

PAULIE: You're playing again with 6'7" center Jennifer Hamson (BYU/Indiana Fever) with the Flames. That has to be a lot of fun, right? 

ASIA: Yes! Jen is a good teammate and it's always good to have her as an extra life line back there blocking shots and rebounding! 


PAULIE: You lost Tahlia Tupaea again this season. How will the Flames adjust to that? 

ASIA: That's a huge blow to us. "T" is extremely talented and helped us a lot last year. We just have to hold things down while she's on the road to recovery and hopefully we can get her back by December. 

PAULIE: Can you find a decent ham and pineapple pizza over there? 

ASIA: Ha, ha, ha! And, Yes, I can! There are plenty of places to grab a slice here. My favorite is actually Domino's..they are in Sydney...and it's only $5 for a whole pizza. True heaven! 

PAULIE: Describe some of the differences between WNBL and WNBA ball? 

ASIA: I actually love the treatment we get in the WNBL! The games are broadcast all over Australia, which is amazing, our fans are die hard and we're taken care of with travel, apartments and our cars! 

PAULIE: What's your favorite "off-court" activity? 

ASIA: Going to the beaches with my teammates. 

PAULIE: Your thoughts on the 2017-18 Louisville women's basketball squad and their chances? 

ASIA: I only know a few of them but from what I've read and heard...the team is super talented and I wish them the best of luck! I know CARDINAL COUPLE will keep me up on them! 

PAULIE: Your thoughts on the UofL MBB scandal? 

ASIA: What has happened is truly unfortunate, but I'm not one to judge on legal matters. I can only speak from my personal experiences with them and I have nothing but respect for Coach P. and Tom Jurich for the way they treated me during my time there. I hope what has happened doesn't stop the amazing support from the Cards fans and that everyone comes together to help rebuild our reputation back to being the outstanding University that Louisville is. Support the student-athletes with your attendance. They love and depend on you, the fans.  

We thank Asia for her great responses and for doing this!
-Paulie-


#12 LOUISVILLE TRAVELS TO #5 UNC SATURDAY


The #12 UofL Field Hockey team has done a lot of right things this season. At 10-4 and 3-1 in the ACC on the season, they are currently on a six-game win streak. Last weekend, they stormed through New England and took convincing wins over Boston College (4-1) and New Hampshire (5-2). Memories of the three game losing streak earlier this year are fading quite nicely into the past. As head coach Justine Sowry likes to say...paraphrasing former UofL football coach John L. Smith, they've torn off the rear view mirror and concentrated on what's ahead. That losing streak came against some pretty formidable competition, in the Cards defense, at #2 Duke, #9 Northwestern and #16 Maryland. 

The Cards are a perfect 6-0 at home, in Trager Stadium. They have all-American goalkeep Ayeshia McFerran back again between the pipes. Making sure she stays out of trouble are defenders senior Abby Grimes, junior Taylor Stone, sophomore Carter Ayers and freshman Anne Marie Habelow. Delaware, St. Louis, Massachusetts, and Virginia represented there, if you're keeping geological track. They've been very stingy on goals allowed...just a 1.5 goals per game average for the 14 Cardinal opponents this year. 

And, then, there is the offense. Averaging 2.5 goals a game...nine different Cardinals are responsible for scoring 34 goals this year. The leader is Minout "Minnie" Mink, who has almost 1/4th of the squads net finders with eight goals. 

Minnie's a scorer. She told Coach Sowry that when she arrived on campus back in the summer of 2016. Coach Sowry uses the same phrase when she's asked about the Haaksbergen, The Netherlands sophomore forward. And that's what she's done at Louisville for the last two years. She led the Cards in scoring last season with 15 goals. She had a goal in each game of the Cards weekend trip and she's scored in the last four Cardinal contests. 

Yet, she doesn't start. Coach Sowry was vague when asked about that. We've seen it before in other sports with other players. A chance for visualization from the sidelines, to pick up the flow of the action and get the overall picture before entering the battle...maybe. It seemed to work for UofL WBB a few years back when Gwen Rucker would start the game so that Keisha Hines could get a look at what lay ahead for her in the pivot. 

Minnie holds the school record for freshman goals. She was named to the 2016 All-West First Team (yes, they have Louisville in the Western region. Because of all those tumbleweeds blowing down Floyd Street and the cactus popping up everywhere, I suppose.) She was also named to the All-ACC team. In life back in The Netherlands, she played for the Dutch U-18 National team and she lists winning the European championship with them and scoring the decisive goal in the championship game as a couple of her favorite personal sports moments.

(I'm pretty sure her interviews with Cardinal Couple came in third...) 

She'll lead the Stick Girls into action this Saturday against the TarHeels down in Chapel Hill, NC. Louisville runs into a 11-2 TarHeel squad that saw their junior back Ashley Hoffman named National Defensive Player of the Week after a shutout 3-0 win over #3 Virginia last week. Hoffman also leads the TarHeels in goals scored...so Louisville would be well-advised to keep a watchful eye on her. 

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FUN FACT QUIZ ON LOUISVILLE FIELD HOCKEY (Answers below) 

No cheating! 

1) How many different nations are represented on the Field Hockey Squad? 

A) 8  B) 6  C) 12  D) 9 

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2) How many schools play Field Hockey in the ACC? 

A) 5  B) 7  C)  9 D) 11

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3) Which of these players for Louisville FH is actually from Louisville

A) Annie Mulford  B) Bethany Russ  C) Carter Ayers  D) Katie Walsh 

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4) How many years in a row has Louisville FH made the NCAA Tournament? 

A) 10  B) 8  C) 6 D) 3 

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5) In which of these Conferences did Louisville Field Hockey NOT participate in? 

A) MAC  B) Big East  C) KWIC  D) AAC


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ANSWERS

1) A. 8 nations represented. US, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia. N Ireland

2) B.  7 schools. UofL, Duke, UNC, Va., B.C., Wake Forest, Syracuse

3) D. Katie Walsh played for Louisville Ballard. 

4) D. The Cards have made three straight NCAA appearances

5) D.  The AAC does not offer a Field Hockey league. 


So, how did you do? 

-- 5 correct. You're ready to grab a clipboard and join Coach Sowry on the pitch! 

-- 4 correct. Not bad. Join me in the press box next home game

--3 correct. Average. We'll let you sit in the top bleachers

--2 correct. You need to pick your game up. Report for practice 8 a.m. Friday

--1 correct. Really?  OK, you're assigned to chasing errant shots during practice. 

--0 correct. We're lining you up in front of one of the water cannons at halftime.



paulie
xxxxx 







Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Jared Anderson looks at...WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


MEN'S SOCCER 

I would like to start today's column by sending the men's soccer tram a congratulations on their #5 ranking and a 5-0 win over Florida Atlantic last night. I'm not sure if they were running around or swimming on the pitch -- bot they won. Mohamed Thiaw (PRONOUNCED CHOW)  recorded a hat trick (abracadabra!) to double his number of goals on the year. It was Louisville's first hat trick since 2012. 

The guys face #4 North Carolina Friday evening after the women's game at scenic Lynn Stadium. 


WOMEN'S SOCCER


Leader of the "Fighting Bjerkes".
Speaking of Coach KFD's "Fighting Bjerkes" they'll start the action at 5:30 on Friday hosting Pittsburgh. These Cards look to bounce back after a 1-0 road loss against Virginia -- no late game heroics like Lamar Jackson to Jaylen Smith in this one. It will be senior day for the women, despite having a home game next Thursday. The Cards have five seniors on the roster -- Kaela Dickerman, Alison Price, Inger Katrine Bjerke, Daryl Bell and Shelby Cohen -- so make sure and get out and honor these hard-working girls of the pitch

I'll let our soccer guru Case Hoskins hit that more later this week. I'll just bang the drum.

A two-for-one at Lynn Stadium to see the men and women's teams play sounds pretty awesome! The season wraps up soon for both squads so I'd advise everyone to get over there and enjoy this world-class facility.


WOMEN'S BASKETBALL


Asia Durr stole some thunder yesterday when it was announced the rising junior is a College Sports Madness Preseason All-American. She joined the 1,000 point club last season and set a school record with 119 - 3-pointers. 

A semi-bold Jared prediction. I don't think she'll top that this year but I wouldn't be surprised to see another triple digit mark on threes again this season. 

Also, speaking of Asia's -- Paulie is hoping to have his exclusive interview with Asia Taylor (Catching Up --Round II for Asia) this time from Australia. (It's Asia in the Land Down Under, not Paulie...) ready in time for Thursday's column.


SOFTBALL

Recently, I mentioned softball and their National Association Academic honors. Yesterday, we saw where 10 players from last season had a 3.5 GPA or higher, which is fantastic! Smart and talented. 

Sticking with softball we should see a schedule released soon. Sidney Melton, who healthy and ready to go, by the way...was keeping me informed and they expect to know the full schedule around Halloween. 

Let's hope this is a treat, not a trick and the opponents aren't too scary. 

As I get back to changing twenties into tens and five, giving people money and reminding them of their account numbers -- please remember to stay positive and support your Louisville Cardinals. Be patient. Things will get better. 

Go Cards!
Jared Anderson






Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Not burying Tom yet...but is the Fat Lady getting ready to sing? -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



I had pretty much made a vow not to write anymore about the Jurich saga and UofL until after the 18th. of October. That's an important date to remember because it is when the board of trustees is going to review the situation and evaluate Tom's performance. 

I changed my mind, though, after the Courier Journal came out with articles about Tom's financial situation and how the athletic department wasn't turning a profit. I also got a phone call from a well-meaning relative in North Carolina ( I have several down there and they're pretty much equally divided between TarHeels and Blue Devils...except for the one cousin who is a big Elon backer.) This particular relative that called can't understand why Jurich isn't gone already. I asked him about how he was doing in those sham classes he had enrolled in at Chapel Hill. 

Let's face it. We are hostage in our fair city to a newspaper that prefers the University 80 miles to the east of us. (Not, not Transylvania). It's why I cancelled my subscription, except for Sundays, years ago and I'm about to end that as well. Millennials and others talk of "cutting the cord" when it comes to dropping cable, dish or commercial television. I'm ready to "dis the delivery" completely now. The Internet and cable have made daily newspaper, even Sunday newspaper needs obsolete. 


I wonder if Kelsi wears a waterproof music player when she is
practicing.?And if she figured out how to program it if she does.
Technology, wow....Worldwide would insert here. He cut the cable years ago and dissed the delivery. He seems OK. I bet he could also figure out how to transfer musical files from my computer to the new waterproof music player I won in a raffle. For me, it was shortly around paragraph two in the instructions that I ran into trouble. I know what "Windows" is. I found "This PC" on my laptop, I found the "Removable Disk" folder there.   I thought I transferred the musical files I wanted to the device. I even got a computer confirmation telling me I could unplug the USB cable from the device. 

But I got no music. Just the lady's voice complementing me on my new acquisition and choice of product. 

PAYING THE PIPER

Anyway, (Steady, Paul...concentrate and get back on track. =) we were on Jurich. Yes, Tom gets paid well. Why shouldn't he? The C-J showed figures and I honestly figured he was making more than that. In our society, if you perform well, get great results and are admired by your peers and bosses...it usually, and well should, translate out into $$$$$ increases. 


Take a look at the Belknap Campus when I was there in the 70's. Not many vestiges of that sleepy little college campus remain. Take a look a Floyd Street and Denny Crum Overpass since the late 90's. You see growth, success and sign of a vibrant college campus. Take a look at where Louisville has gone in conference alignment. Louisville was a proud member of the MVC (Missouri Valley Conference) when I was there. They've progressed through the Metro, C-USA, Big East and AAC to the ACC. This is hard for fans from some other ACC programs to understand. Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia, for example, have known the ACC and nothing else for a very long time .

How did athletics get there? Under the leadership of Tom Jurich. Do you remember when Maryland left the ACC? Do you remember who most pundits thought would replace them? Connecticut. Cincinnati. Louisville was a solid "show" bet here. Very few gave the Cards a shot at membership. 

How do you like UofL now? Who engineered the victory? Tom Terrific, that's who. The man is worth every dollar that is provided to him. How quickly would have UConn or UC tossed $20 mil at him five years ago to guide them to major conference affiliation?  If this board had the sense God gave a goose, if they're listening to the high profile, high dollar donors to the program and if they'll look at the overall picture and not just the last few months the choice should be as clear as the Montana sky. Keep Tom. Unfortunately, the board is a sham, Postal is an interim puppet for who knows what interest and the board would have difficulties reviewing the performance of a worm on a fishing hook, much less an athletic director's performance. 

UOFL ATHLETICS FINANCIAL STATUS

The Courier-Journal also took task to the financial situation of the UofL Athletic Department. Why aren't they showing a profit?   

This could be the four-iron that hits the green and sends Tom back to the clubhouse eliminated from match play. $7 million dollar subsidy to UofL Athletics in 2014-15 from the University prevented a $4.6 deficit. Again in 2015-16, helping reverse a $4.4 million deficit. 


UofL pays their coaches quite well. There are several "Million Dollar Men" on campus. Pitino was one, Petrino is another. Add Dan McDonnell and Jeff Walz to that exclusive fraternity. But, you pay good money for quality coaching. You can't control the idiocy of the coach, however, and that's why Rick took his third strike and walked back to the dugout with his bat on his shoulder. 

People rail about the $1.3 million dollar gender equity commitment subsidy provided to Athletics from the University. It's the best money spent on campus. It represents tuition paid by non-scholarship female athletes who otherwise might not attend the University if not for the chance to play. The University gives this money to the Athletic Department. The next time you see a freshman attack score on the pitch or a speedy right-fielder make a running catch of a dying quail flyball...thank UofL for this policy and payment, 

In their first two years in the ACC, Athletics spent $10.6 given to them by the University. 

Look at these schools: 

-- Houston spent $36.3 million in University money and $15 million in student fees. 

-- Memphis spent $21.5 million in University money and $15 million in student fees. 

-- Cincinnati spent $25 million and their athletic department is $140 million dollars in debt. 

And WE have a spending problem?  Seriously? 

I hope that, in ten days, the board wakes up and smells the coffee. I hope they retain Tom Jurich. However, I'm getting feedback of this "Carrie Nation, clean out everything" agenda the board is supposedly on. From more than one or two sources. 

This website is here today and you are reading it, thanks in part to some very encouraging words I received from Tom when Sonya and I were first considering it. 

And, no, I do not receive a penny from the athletic department, general fund, gender subsidy, university coffers or Knights of the Round Table. I can't even get a gratis Handicapped parking permit. Our fund raising drive is in November. I'll make some serious choices about our future after that. My pockets aren't as deep as they used to be because of a new hip, ailing knee and a few more little mysteries of life. 

I hope the board will listen to the voices around them. The donors, coaches, staff, student-athletes and fans who want Tom to stay.


Maybe we need Shoni to
"bark" at the board...
Toss interim President Postal in the dumpster and re-instate Jurich. Do the wise and right thing, Board of Trustees. You've cleared the bad apples out of the bag, including the $44 million dollar, 17-second man who had 'no knowledge' of strippers, scandals, payments, shoe deals and/or the student TARC bus schedule on campus. And, this guy had a golf cart and Sandy Pearsall doesn't. It boggles the imagination.

Keep Tom Jurich.  You don't have to be a scientist to figure out that this a successful formula.  You don't need a trip to Goobertown to realize how well we got it in Louisville. Tell the fat lady in the stage wings not to grab the microphone yet and we're NOT ready for her to belt out a tune yet. 


Do the right thing, Board of Trustees. Don't waste good. Keep Tom. 


paulie
xxxxx