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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Volleyball News, Women's Golf in Minnesota -- Never Forget -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


It's official.

The Friday night volleyball match against Kentucky is now sold out. In this next "battle of the Bluegrass" the venue is Cardinal Arena...the home court for the Cards nestled on Floyd Street in the SAC building. If you haven't purchased a ticket yet, too bad. 

Louisville traveled to Lexington last year and fell to the Cats in Memorial Coliseum. We'll have much more on this as the game draws closer. I haven't found an official announcement on whether this one will be shown on the ACC Network Extra or not. 

The Cats are 4-4 on the season...after losing their first three, they've taken three out of their last four. They are now a ranked team at #20 in the latest poll.  Louisville stands at 6-3 on the season. The Cards fell out of the top 25 in yesterday's poll.


The Chip and Putt Cards are participating in the Minnesota Invitational and are currently in sixth place after two rounds on the Prestwick Golf Club course in Woodbury, MN. Louisville is 13 strokes back of leader San Jose State. 

Lauren Hartlage leads the way for Courtney Trimble's swingers with a two round, two under par 142 total. She's tied for sixth place in the overall standings.  Also participating for Louisville are: 

Mairead Martin           73-73  t-21
Olivia Cason               73-74  t-31
Margot Bechadegue    74-73  t-31
Lauren Thibodeau      76-72  t-38
Kristen Engle             78-74  t-66

The Cards complete action today and are paired with Kentucky (tied for 4th place) and Middle Tennessee (tied for 4th place). Hit 'em straight, Cards and stay out of the sand! 


It was 17 years ago today when the United States was the victim of a series of four coordinated attacks from the Islamic terrorist group al-Queda. 

2996 people lost their lives in this cowardly, airplane hi-jacking attack and over 6,000 were injured. The North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a thwarted attempt where the plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, PA. Others died later due to 9/11 related cancer and respiratory complications over the following months and years. 

343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers were killed. 

As you go through the day today, remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attack. 

Do you remember were you were that Tuesday morning? I do.

I was out making sales calls for the coffee company I worked for. I had walked into a chain drugstore to buy some replacement batteries for a electrical device associated with my work. A morning show that was on the television near checkout was interrupted with the news.

I stood there at the counter with several other patrons and employees and watched with shock, disbelief and horror as those almost two hours unfolded...leaving eventually to listen on my car radio and then heading to my father's house to watch on television.

It was not a day to be selling coffee. My elderly father recalled Pearl Harbor. The friends he lost there. Dad was one of the lucky ones. 

I attended a Louisville football game 11 days later in Champaign, IL against the Illini. I'll never forget the thousands of American flags that myself and other fans were waving in the air throughout the game and during the halftime remembrance. We are not Cardinals or Fighting Illini that day. We were Americans.  

Never forget. Always remember. The hated and eventually captured Osama bin Laden. We must never allow something like this to happen on our shores again.  



  1. Go Cards golfers! Some new names there for Louisville. Always steady Lauren Hartlage doing her thing. I can only imagine how crazy it will be in Cardinal Arena Friday night. I hope this one will be on TV or internet somewhere. I don't have a ticket.

    9/11. I was 23 years old and working as a stock clerk at a grocery chain that is no longer in the Louisville area. Working third shift. I got back to my apartment around 8:30 a.m. and was about to go to sleep when the news broke on television. I watched. I was horrified.

    Curtis "I'll never forget" Franklin.

  2. Paulie, you remember our buddy Keith, the fireman, who drove up there to do what he could. Some of his stories are chilling.

    Never forget.

    1. Yes, indeed, I usually see Keith once a year or so when he comes back to town for a UofL football game. I think he's in Houston with his wife but they work for FEMA and they are sent to all the major misfortunes that hit our nation.

      Thanks for commenting all. Keep 'em coming.


  3. I had the big bar right off the main drag in Gatlinburg back then and we had a pretty nice crowd in that Monday night for Monday night football, if i remember right. I went back and checked earlier, it was New York Giants at Denver that night and, if I remember right, we had a bunch of rowdy, vacationing New Yorkers in the bar.

    So, I went in early Tuesday morning to help get things cleaned up and assist my prep cooks since we opened at 11 a.m. to serve lunch. We had a few of the TV's on in the main room while the waitresses and servers were wiping down tables and stuff.

    We couldn't hear the TV's too well back in the kitchen but around 9 or so a waitress came in and said a plane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center buildings. We all went out to watch and finally went back to the kitchen around 10 to finish things up.

    I remember we had a huge lunch crowd and they all had their eyes glued to our TV's watching.

    Over the years since then and until I got out of the bar business, I had the occasional customer come in that were a part of that sad day in New York, including fire-fighters and law enforcement officers.

    My response was always the same. "You eat and drink 'on the house' today". One guy brought his wife back every year for a week or so vacation at both of my locations until I sold out, got married and moved to Florida. I got to know him pretty well. His tab was always "on me" the first day. He lost over 20 friends that day. He was an ambulance driver. He told some pretty heart-wrenching and sad stories.

    I'll say it, too. Never forget.

    -- The Real Joe Hill --


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