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Friday, June 9, 2017

Who's Turning Left This Weekend?

Emmonnie Henderson Takes 2nd


Emmonnie Henderson's outdoor shot put career with the Cardinals is over, but she went out with a bang...well, maybe a thud of a heavy metal weight landing in grass, but the thud was a long way away!

With her best ever throw, at 17.92 meters (59 feet 9 1/2 inches), she took second place at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Eugene Oregon.  That finish also earns her a first team All American honors, and a spot in the UofL history books with the best ever women's finish at the NCAA Championships.

Many of the Cardinal faithful, of course, remember Henderson's contributions on the hardwood as part of Coach Walz's basketball squad.  She does still have a year of overall NCAA athletics, should she wish to return to Walz's squad and patrol the paint some more, but I suspect that is not in the plans.

We here at Cardinal Couple, will certainly continue to watch E's career, and hope for a continued arc of success and perhaps an appearance in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo?

Congratulations and good luck, E!

Baseball


It's time for some more left turns around the basepaths for the UofL Baseball squad.

Kade McClure will take the mound just hours from the time of this writing, with the Cardinals Ace, Brendan McKay being held for his normal rest, likely for tomorrow's game.  There's been a lot of tongue wagging in the sports media about Dan McDonnell's decision to go with McClure for the first game, rather than the staff ace, although UK has made basically the same decision, to give the extra day of rest to their ace and high altitude weatherman, Sean Hjelle.  At 6'11", I'm sure he never hears the end of the "How's the weather up there?" comments.

Perhaps the biggest matchup in the NCAA Super Regionals, the Cards and Cats were inexplicably given a noon start time by the worldwide leader in sports layoffs.  Tickets have been sold out for this one, both chairbacks and berm space.  If you want to see this one in person, perhaps you can join the Louisville Firefighters out on the overpass beyond left field.  Give them a hat-tip for their selfless work and efforts, they certainly deserve it.  This one is televised on ESPN2, or you can enjoy the aural delight of Sean Moth on 93.9FM.

Belmont


We do have some more horses turning left this weekend in a major event.  With the possibility of a triple crown already off the table for the year, the Belmont does lose a little bit of it's luster, but the Belmont is always a well-done event.

Anyone that has followed Cardinal Couple over the years, and particularly listened to the radio shows, knows of my epic lack of horse handicapping skills.  Head over to Paulie's site for his Belmont picks.

Hippy Hippy Shake


Finally, best wishes to Paulie as he undergoes a hip replacement and will be spending a little bit of time on the IR list.  I know we were all looking forward to an anesthesia powered Paulie article, but it's not to be.  Let's hope Sonja at least gets some audio recordings for posterity.

Good luck to Paulie, and let's hope he's not stuck with a hip that makes him always turn left.  Rest up, recover, and come out and show us that Hippy Hippy Shake.

-- JMcA

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