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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Moon Golf Invitational -- ACC Championships -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Cards Place Second, Hartlage Wins Moon Golf Invitational

In sunny, warm Florida is the Louisville women's golf team.  They wrapped up play at the Moon Golf Invitational yesterday.  The Cards placed second overall with a score of -6 (858).

UCF ran away with the win at 849.  The Cards' score of 858 just snuck in at second. Oklahoma and Campbell tied for third at 859.

Lauren Hartlage took home the gold in the individual.  The junior used a birdie in the final hole for the one-stroke victory of 10-under par.  It is her first individual title of the season.

"It was a solid week for our team as we begin the spring season and always great to be in the last group with a chance to win the tournament," said Courtney Trimble.  "We played really well all week, but stumbled a little coming down the stretch and it ended up costing us the tournament."

Women's golf has a break from events for a few weeks before heading to the Tar Heel Classic in the Dominican Republic March 15-16.

Swimming and Diving Prepares for ACC Championships


#19 Louisville is in Greensboro for the ACC Championships.  Both the swimming and diving teams
will participate in the events.

Last season, the Cards finished runner-up at the Championships, a program best.  They hope to reach that mark or improve on that this season.

Molly Fears is the front-runner for several diving events, in what might be the fastest growing part of the swimming and diving program.

Mallory Comerford, Grace Oglesby, and Mariia Astashkina are expected to lead the charge on the swimming side.

Women's Basketball News

Women's basketball is slated to face a slumping Virginia team tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m., in Charlottesville.

The Cavaliers are 10-15 on the year and 4-8 in the ACC.  They started the season with losses to Mississippi State and Kentucky.  Their four conference wins have come against Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Boston College, and Duke.

Jocelyn Willoughby averages 13.9 points-per-game for Wahoo and is also the leading rebounder with 7.8 a night. VA fell to the Cards 91-43 earlier this season in he KFC YUM! Center and Louisville has a 8-2 advantage in the lifetime record against them.

Paulie will break down the preview against Virginia tomorrow.

Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!

Jared

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Louisville Women's basketball -- Cards #4 in nation, still projected as #1 seed -- WGolf -- Asia Taylor -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


LOUISVILLE NOW #4 IN RANKINGS, STILL HEADED TO CHICAGO


Another Monday night, another release of the NCAA DI Women's College basketball rankings. The Cards not falling as far as a few thought they might, checking in at #4 behind Baylor, Oregon and Connecticut. Notre Dame rounding out the top five and Miami, who knocked off the Cards on Sunday ... climbing to #14. 

As the Ducks fans were rejoicing in this ranking, they were losing to Oregon State 62-67 in "the Civil War" -- the moniker assigned to the games between these two schools. It was at Oregon State and payback for the Ducks quacking past the Beavers on Friday night in Eugene 77-68. 

One bracketology projection for the Cards revealed/updated last night has the Cards as a #2 seed and going there with Connecticut. Another has Louisville still as a #1 seed and going still to Chicago. As Jeff Walz says, and we echo, it doesn't matter where you are in mid-February...being alive in April is pretty important, though.

How will the recent loss to Miami affect the WBB squad on Floyd Street? One would think that it motivate them (along with a few tough practices) to rebound at Virginia on Thursday and come out motivated and firing. Asia and Sam have come out publicly and said they knew it wasn't their finest hour. 

It's been suggested that the Cards needed this loss, to show them that you have to bring it every night, every game. I'm unsold on that theory. You don't want conference losses that directly affect your seedings and opponents in the tournament. 

We'll see how the Cards respond on Thursday at a Virginia team's lair where they are 7-8 overall and 3-4 in conference. At 10-15, they're probably not a team that will be inn the Big Dance, unless they pull off a major miracle in the ACC Tournament.


LOUISVILLE WOMEN'S GOLF LEADS MOON GOLF INVITATIONAL 


Louisville women's golf successfully landed on the moon, disembarked from their shuttle and space-suit hopped to.....wait, wake up Paulie!!....The Cards are NOT on the moon, but in sunny Florida playing in the Moon Golf Invitational being held in Melbourne, FL. 

And, Louisville leads the way at -7, tied with UCF. 

They played 36 holes yesterday and Lauren Hartlage emerged on top of the list with an -8 under performance. They'll finished it up with 18 holes today.


HOORAY FOR ASIA! 

This is a segment about a different Asia that "nite-nite". You remember Asia Taylor, right? 

She continues to find unqualified success in "the land down under". Now in Perth, on the western side of Australia, "A-Tayy", she's been named to the WNBL's "Super Five" list for the third straight year. She joins Lindsay Allen (Las Vegas Aces, Notre Dame, Melbourne), Kelsey Griffin (Nebraska, Canberra), Nia Coffey (Las Vegas Aces, Northwestern, Adelaide) and Bec Cole (Australian Inst. of Sport, Dandenong). 

The Cardinal great has shown that she can continue to excel no matter which Aussie squad she plays for. 

Asia is back from her season down under and here in the states, preparing for another WNBA season and working with her Hoops With A Purpose organization. She has not yet decided to return to the WNBL next year yet nor undergone contract negotiations with anyone "over there" yet. 

Sonya's favorite player in women's basketball continues to shine brightly. 

More on Asia at the link below: 

https://thewest.com.au/sport/basketball/perth-lynxs-asia-taylor-in-wnbl-all-star-five-again-ng-b881109933z




paulie
xxxxx






Monday, February 18, 2019

Louisville women's basketball -- Canes stun Cards 79-73 -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


SHARP SHOOTING MIAMI GIVES LOUISVILLE SECOND LOSS OF SEASON


Me and the dynamic duo at Miami game
As Jeff Walz put it in his post-game presser, 73 points is enough to win a game. The problem Sunday was that Miami totaled 79 points with 55% shooting success (including 6-8 from three point range) and a huge afternoon from senior post Emese Hof (25 points) to catch and pass the Cards in the fourth quarter Sunday afternoon in front of 12193 fans in the KFC YUM! Center Sunday afternoon in downtown Louisville. 

The Canes came and conquered the Cards late on breast cancer awareness day. Stunning, yes. But, earned by the visitors from the bottom of Florida. 

This was a game where Louisville (23-2) started out hot early, climbing to a 22-13 first quarter lead, behind 10 first quarter points from Bionca Dunham. The Cards would push the margin to 14 early in the second quarter when Kylee Shook nailed a three with eight minutes until halftime but Miami refused to go away. The Katie Meyer coached squad would trim the UofL lead to five before the quarter ended but a four-point run by Jazmine Jones late and a key Asia Durr jumped boosted Louisville to a 37-29 advantage. 


Cardinal Couple favorite Robbie Bartlett
nailed the National Anthem
Miami (22-5) won the final three quarters point-wise (66-51) and started the third quarter on a 6-0 run to trim UofL's lead to two with 6:41 remaining in the third. 

Louisville was getting good looks and shots but the ball simply wasn't going through the net. The Cards missed their first eight shots of the third quarter, shot 31% for the quarter (5 for 16) but went from a 39-39 tie to push to a 51-47 lead by the end of the third quarter, thanks to a couple of Shook threes to close out the third session. 

Miami would not go away. The offense really picked up for the Canes (32 points for UM, compared to 22 points for the Cards) and Hof, plus senior guard Laura Cornelius were leading the way...shooting a combined 10 for 12 in the final ten minutes. Dana Evans' three gave the Cards a 63-59 lead with six minutes left but Miami tied the affair at 70-68  on a Hof jumper with four minutes left and the Utrecht,Netherlands post put the Hurricanes ahead to stay after two Cardinal turnovers with 1:27 remaining. The Canes hit their free throws the rest of the way and (going 9 for 10) and Louisville walked off the court with their first loss in the YUM! since Florida State won 50-49 back on 1/21/18.


A rough afternoon for Asia Durr from the floor (5-17 and 1-10 from three-point range) and she acknowledged that in her post-game comments by saying "I sucked today, I played like butt." A realization, though...by Shook, Durr and the rest of the Cards that this was not the final game of the season and that there were opportunities to learn out of this loss. 

Sometimes you run into a buzz-saw and can't turn the power off. Miami was the Hurricane yesterday and also hit their free throws late (19 for 25 for the game) to secure the upset.

i'm not the guy to EVER question any decision Jeff Walz makes, but, several people asked me why "B" sat the entire fourth quarter. Injury? (we found out "no"). OK, we'll get to that in a bit. 

An excellent coach job by Katie Meyer and a eye-popping performance from her Hurricane squad to stay close to, catch up with and eventually down UofL.  Walz will tell you that offense wins games and, although the Cards did put four in double figures (Durr 16, Evans 14 and Dunham and Shook with 12 each), it was Miami who scored the most points when needed, in the final quarter and created a three way tie (for now) atop the ACC with a Monday night match-up between NC State and UND directly affecting the logjam. 

My question on why Bionca Dunham sat the entire fourth quarter was addressed by Walz
in the presser as well. She is not injured, just a coach's decision. 

(GAME PHOTOS BY THE INCREDIBLE JARED ANDERSON) 


LISTEN UP ! 


LINK: POST GAME ASIA DURR AND KYLEE SHOOK

LINK: POST GAME JEFF WALZ

LINK: POST GAME WITH MIAMI'S KATIE MEYER AND EMESE HOF. (AUDIO ONLY)


THE FRED REPORT


Fred, whaddya mean UofL lost in the YUM? 
FREE THROWS -- The Cards had limited opportunities but went 6-7 from the line. Asia had 5 of them. That's 85% and good enough to earn a capital "F". 

REBOUNDING: -- After a even first half in board grabbing, Miami eventually won the boards battle 34-30. Dunham led the Cards with eight. Not the boards blowout that I expected, with Miami being the taller squad, but, still -- no letter earned.

EFFORT/EXECUTION -- The Cards battled well, committed just eight turnovers and really only fell short in one area -- making shots. The effort was there, the results just weren't happening. Kylee played one of her best games of the year, with four made threes. I normally don't award a letter after a loss, but I'll offer a lowercase "e" here. 

DEFENSE -- Miami could miss and the Cards couldn't stop Hof in the paint or Cornelius' drives in the fourth. 30-18 there. Louisville did force 13 Cane turnovers, but 32 points is way too many to allow in one quarter. They did stop Mompremier. I see no letter assigned here. 

FINAL FRED TALLY:  F-_-e-_


SOFTBALL FALLS TO NORTHWESTERN 


A 4-2 loss in the final day of the ACC vs. Big 10 challenge for Louisville. The Cards did take an early 1-0 lead but four straight scores from the Wildcats made it 4-1 going into the sixth.

Rebecca Chung's RBI double in the sixth scored Caitlin Ferguson to get the Cards to a two-run deficit and UofL did have two base runners on in the seventh with the go-ahead run at the plate...but couldn't push the runners across the plate. 

Louisville returns home after going 1-3 in Chapel Hill and is 4-5 overall. They'll face Virginia next, in the Tennessee Classic on Feburary 22nd. 


Have a marvelous Monday! 

Paulie




  










Sunday, February 17, 2019

WBB, Softball, Lacrosse and The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour -- SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

The broadway show Rent has a well known song, Seasons of Love, that opens up the 2nd act of the play, the theme of the song is about the passing of time, one year, or 525,600 minutes, in the story of the show.

I sometimes find myself thinking of sports seasons in terms of a lifetime. The season opener is the birth of the new team (pre-season could be gestation?), and the end of post-season play being death of that particular team, that season. There will not be another team and season exactly like that one. The analogy doesn't work on all levels, so don't overthink it, but it's interesting to think in those terms about seasons.


Basketball


There are only 3 home games for women's basketball left in the regular season.  This a team and season, that is in its retirement years.  Years of travel and enjoying a life of leisure (hopefully).

Basketball hosts Miami today for a 3 p.m. tip.  This is the annual pink game, where the promotional attention turns to breast cancer awareness and fund raising.  A worthy cause, to be sure.

We previewed this game a lot yesterday on the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour, we discussed the Miami bigs and how the Cards will game plan for them.  We expect challenges for the likes of Sam Fuerhing, Kylee Shook, and Bionca Dunham, and we expect the guards to focus on Asia Durr.  We're looking for big games from the likes of Dana Evans, Arica Carter, and Jazmine Jones.

If you can't make it to the KFC Yum! Center, you can catch this one on ESPN2, or the usual ESPN-based streaming platforms.

Don't forget to wear pink. 

Softball


A team and season that's still in its toddler stage is the Softball season.  The home opener is still two weeks away as the team takes its tradition tour of warmer climes to start its season.

This weekend sees the Cards participating in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge alongside UNC, and competing with Michigan and Northwestern.

After a disappointing pair of losses Friday, particularly with the loss to Northwestern after having an 8-3 lead early in the game, the Cards rallied to knock off a very well regarded Michigan team yesterday. Michigan is ranked 14th, 15th, or 17th in the nation, depending on which poll you look at, so this is a big win for the Cards.

Originally scheduled for a 12:30 start, the game yesterday didn't get underway until almost 5pm due to weather.  A low scoring affair, the Cards got the win, 2-1, on scoring in the 6th inning.  After Michigan got on the scoreboard with a 2-out single, hit-by-pitch, and an RBI hit in the 5th, the Cards strung together some success in the home half of the 6th.  Sidney Melton got a single, Celene Funke got to take a stroll.  Megan Hensley came up and got an RBI to get Melton home, and then an error on the throw from centerfield, let the speedy Funke get home for the 2nd score.

Danielle Watson takes the win to put here at 2-2 on the season.

Today, Holly Aprile will lead her team, again, against Northwestern, looking for more redemption, with the game already underway.  Taylor Roby is in the circle for the Cards.

Lacrosse


Another toddler team, Lacrosse took the loss against a top 20 and very good Denver team yesterday, 18-2.  This just wasn't a pretty result, but this is what rebuilding will look like.  If there's any positive to this one, the Cards were down 11-0 at halftime, so there was some improvement in the mile high snow in the 2nd half.

The Blalock sisters, Caroline and Sarah, account for the UofL scoring, Caroline going it on her own, and also providing the assist for her twin, Sarah.

The Lacrosse team will have their home opener Saturday the 23rd against Mercer.  First draw is at noon.  While there isn't any video listed for this one, I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up being on ACC Network Extra, we'll update if we find information to that effect as time draws closer.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour


It's good to be back in the states after a lovely vacation to Australia and New Zealand (mostly NZ).  It was also great to be back in the studio for the CCRH.  We've switched the streaming over to Youtube, so the stream is available at:


We had a good discussion (even if I was a little out of the loop on some of the goings on) about Basketball, Softball, and Lacrosse.

Check it out!  Jared and Daryl couldn't be there, so Mike Gilpatrick joined us and dropped his usual drops of random knowledge and bad jokes.  He definitely got a rise out of us with his bread joke in the opening.

-- 
JMcA

Saturday, February 16, 2019

A Down Day for Spring Sports -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Women's Tennis Drops First Match of Season


After a hot 9-0 start, the women's tennis team tasted defeat for the first time this season yesterday when they fell 4-2 (with one unfinished) yesterday to Nebraska. Louisville's #2 single, Sena Suswam was tied 4-4 in the third set of her match, but the total team score deficit was insurmountable, so the match was ended on time. The Cards got singles victories from Raven Neely and Nikolina Jovic and a doubles win from Aleksandra Mally and Chloe Hamlin. 

The Cards fall to 9-1 on this season, but still have plenty of time to redeem themselves from last year. Their record was sparkling heading into the meat of conference play at this time last year before it all fell apart. This year's squad looks much more prepared for what is to come and a road loss to Nebraska should not derail their confidence. Louisville will get a quick chance to bounce back when they take on Wichita State today at 3PM in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Softball Drops Two on Friday


Walks and errors will haunt. After the two games last Friday in which Louisville had 0 walks and 0
hit batters, it seemed like they may have turned a corner in pitch control this season. In the five games since, Louisville has racked up 20 walks and five hit batters. Against Northwestern, after two walks and an error led to a first inning deficit, Louisville turned around and led for the rest of the game... Until the 7th inning. Carrying a five run lead into the top of the seventh, the Cards gave up five runs in an inning with three walks, a hit by pitch, and an error. This included a walk to load the bases, a run walked in, and a run scored on the hit batter.

The Cards finished the nine inning game against the Wildcats with three errors, 10 walks, and two hit batters. None of the walks were intentional. Louisville's offense has shown up, for the most part, in their games so far this year, but the defense and pitching are letting them down in key situations. Louisville got RBIs from Celene Funke (1), Megan Hensley (3), and Rebecca Chung (2). There isn't much else to say about a complete meltdown against Northwestern, their second loss to NU in as many weeks.

Against Michigan, the Cards were just outplayed. The Wolverines racked up 10 hits and 6 runs in just 6 innings at the plate (they were the home team). Louisville did have 1 error and 1 walk, but those were not the issue in this game. Michigan simply got on base and punished, taking 5 earned runs off of Danielle Watson in just 2 innings pitched. Michigan's Meghan Beaubien pitched a gem, allowing just 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 HBP. She struck out 8 Cardinals (well, 5; there were some repeat offenders). Celene Funke had the only hit. 

The Cards fell to 3-4 yesterday, and will have to face both teams again this weekend. Louisville gets Michigan today at 12:30 and Northwestern tomorrow at 10AM. After that, the Cards will need to bounce back quickly to get their season on track. They will continue to play in the weekend tournaments until the middle of March when series play begins in earnest. There are a lot of games remaining in the season, but there has not been a lot to be confident about so far in the first 7. Louisville needs a strong performance in the two remaining games this weekend, even if they turn out to be losses. As a former player, getting blown out is not particularly inspiring, more like just frustrating. Keep up with the Cards on Twitter to see how they respond to yesterday's games when they take on Michigan today. 

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour


Jeff is back from the other side of the world, and we're joined in the studio by Mike Gilpatrick as
Jared and Daryl sit this week out. Join us as we discuss how Louisville softball can turn things around quickly in year one under Aprile, what's next for tennis, talk lacrosse, and preview Louisville basketball against Miami after the long break. Join us on 100.9 WCHQ FM, also available at wchq.com, on the new WCHQ app, or via their YouTube channel for a live stream via the Internet.



Until next time, Go Cards!
-CH-

Friday, February 15, 2019

Looking Ahead to the Weekend -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



Just in, from the Friday press conference for UofL WBB


SAM FUEHRING PRESSER FROM FRIDAY

LINK:  SAM FUEHRING PRESSER

JEFF WALZ PRESSER FROM FRIDAY

LINK:  JEFF WALZ PRESSER




BIG WEEKEND AHEAD


As always, here I sit on my couch the night before and work on my article.  This time, however, it is also helping me kill time before Katy's flight lands at the newly-renamed Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.  She's a bit late for Valentine's Day but I look forward to a few days with her nonetheless before she flies out Sunday afternoon.


Conveniently most sports are on the road this weekend so I won't have to pull too much double-double.  Still, this weekend's schedule is jam-packed full of winter and spring sports.

We have Cardinal women's sports squads on the road, at home and some great matchups ahead over the next couple of days. Are you ready?



Friday, Feb. 15

Softball will play two of their four games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.  Weather has caused some games to shift around.  The Cards will face Northwestern at 11:00 a.m., before turning around to take on #17 Michigan at 1:30 p.m.  UofL dropped their first game against the Wildcats this season 1-0.

Men's tennis travels up to Massachusetts to face Boston College at 5:00 p.m.  The men are coming off a loss against Oregon after having a three-game win streak.


Women's tennis is also set for a 5:00 p.m., as they square off against Nebraska.  UofL is 9-0 this season and is coming off a sweep against Pitt to start conference play.

Baseball begins their season down south in Lakeland, Fla.  They'll face #20 UConn (yes, UConn has more than one good sport this year) at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Swimming and diving is home for the Louisville Invitational in one of the few events hosted in the Ralph Wright Natatorium this year.  The women are way down to #16 at the moment.  The men sit a little higher at #8.

Men's basketball will face Clemson in a noon tip-off.  For those of you tuning into the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour the show should be concluding right in time for the game to start.  The Cards are coming off back-to-back double-digit second half collapses and hope to find their rhythm.


Softball will take on Michigan at 12:30 p.m.  It will be their third game in a little over 24 hours and is part of the rescheduling due to weather.

Women's tennis will travel down the road from Nebraska to Wichita State for another non-conference match.  This one does not have a time listed and may be slightly based on the quick turnaround for travel.




Baseball will play their second game of the series against the Huskies in warm and sunny Lakeland (high 70s).

Lacrosse will continue their road stint at Denver at 3:00 p.m.  They will then have a week break before their home opener at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Swimming and diving will continue the Louisville Invitational as they prepare for the ACC and NCAA Championships around the corner.


Softball will conclude the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with a final game against Northwestern at 10:00 a.m.

Men's tennis will play two matches on the day, both at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.  Purdue will visit at noon, and Austin Peay will make a visit at 6:00 p.m.

Baseball will wrap up their series against UConn at 1:00 p.m., and will prepare to come home for a few games.


Women's Basketball will participate in the Play4Kay game against Miami at 3:00 p.m.  The Hurricanes have won three straight and seven of their last eight.  Recently, Miami knocked off Notre Dame in a huge upset that helped propel the Cards into first place in the ACC.

Jeff Walz has called for a media conference today at 12:30 p.m. to talk avout the Sunday tilt and Sam Fuehring will also be available for questions as well.

Paulie will be there to capture the sounds and promises to add the presser to today's article later this afternoon, so be sure to check back around 2 p.m. or so for the audio from Jeff and Sam.



Women's Basketball News


Clemson (16-9, 7-5) upset #21 Florida State (20-5, 8-4) 73-68 last night for a big upset.  The win is a good resume builder for the Tigers, who should be on the IN for Bracketology purposes.  Per Paulie, our good friend Arthur and his wife were spotted on the screen from the ACCNE Network  late in the game.  Congrats on the win, Arthur!

Pittsburgh (10-16, 1-11) upset North Carolina (15-11, 6-6) 91-78 for their first conference win.  The Panthers were the last winless team in the conference. UNC WBB continues to be an enigma this season. Somehow, Pitt held Paris Key scoreless until the fourth quarter.

Ohio State (11-12, 7-7 Big Ten) upset #23 Rutgers (17-7, 9-4) 5-39.  The Buckeyes were a strong team last year that the Cards took down early in the season.  This season has been nothing but ugly for them, but they picked up a solid road win.

#11 South Carolina (18-6, 10-1 SEC) bounced back after a blowout loss to UConn earlier in the week by holding on against Georgia (14-10, 5-6) 65-57.

Missouri (19-7, 8-4 SEC) pulled off a big upset on the road at #5 Mississippi State (22-2, 10-1) 75-67.  This widens the gap even more between the Top 3 (Baylor, Louisville, Oregon) and the next bunch (UConn, Notre Dame, Miss St).

Happy Friday and Go Cards!

Jared

Thursday, February 14, 2019

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! -- SPRING SPORTS QUIZ -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY ! 


Yes, it is that day when cupid sends his arrow and stores make a fortune on candies, flowers and cards as lovers and such express their feelings. If you fit into the "lover" category, you know what you need to do and, hopefully, what your "loved one or ones" want. 

If you're still out there looking for love, the day is always a good one to show relatives, co-workers or neighbors that you are thinking positively of them. What's a box of candy, a flower or two or a good deed, kind gesture or thoughtful act set you back, anyway? 


My Valentine !!!
So, show a little love in your heart today. Perform a random act of kindness. Try a little tenderness, maybe. I don't normally get into the commercialized, created "special days" but, hey...it never hurts to let someone know you care. I love ya, Cardinal Couple readers. I look forward to a good day with my love, Sonya. Special birthday wishes and Happy Valentine's Day to my "adopted" sis Christy. 

I hope your day goes well, too...readers and friends.

Expression of love and care certainly need to be daily expressions and emotions. 

A little bit of love goes a long way. It takes so little effort and can have such a big effect just to tell someone you love them or are thinking of them. Try it. It won't hurt one bit.

The old song goes, "What the world needs now, is love...sweet love..." and it's so very true. There is too much anger and hate. Don't participate in it. 

If none of the above applies to you, here's a link to an interesting song the J.Geils Band put out way back in 1980 that could be your anthem today. 

LINK: LOVE STINKS



PAULIE'S SPRING SPORTS QUIZ


Thursday's a day where we'd normally be breaking down and analyzing Louisville women's basketball's next foe. Since the WBB squad is on a "bye" week and off tonight, I thought I'd help you, the reader, get caught up on the emerging women's Springs Sports at UofL.

We usually do "quizzes" on the radio show in the summer. I want summer weather. I''m doing a quiz here to beckon the weather that normally accompanies the Cardinal Couple Quiz. (Is that wrong?) 

These sports are underway and, hopefully, today's quiz will give you a little more info on the action and maybe, test your knowledge. Answers at the bottom of today's column and let me know in the comments section how you did. No prizes, awards or such for your score, just the satisfaction of knowing what you know, realization of what you need to know.

I normally admonish you not to cheat by "googling" or going to internet sources for answers...but...do whatever you want. I'm  tired of monitoring you all, truth be told...you're such an unruly and disruptive bunch and I've sent notes home to all of your parents! 

If you read Cardinal Couple regularly, we've covered the correct answers here over the last month. I even tossed in a WBB question or two, so you'll at least get a couple right, maybe

Here's how Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson did on it, Check out the clip below:

I HAVEN'T FINISHED MY EXAMINATION YET

Here we go: 

1) Louisville Lacrosse head coach Scott Teeter came to the "Ville" from what school: 

A) Syracuse
B) Buffalo
C) Canisius
D) San Juan Community College.

2) Which Spring Sport do Charley Butler, Paige Schindler and Taylor Roby play?

A) Lacrosse
B) Softball
C) Tennis
D) Golf

3) Where did the golf squad most recently compete and win? 

A) Tallahassee, Florida against the Noles and Georgia
B) Bangor, Maine against former NFL stars and rock performers
C) Fullerton, California against CSUF, San Jose State and Idaho State.
D) Birmingham, Alabama against Kentucky

4) She is a recent addition and current freshman on the golf team

A) Mairead Martin
B) Carol Channing
C) Emmonnie Henderson
D) Shay Clevenger

5) Louisville women's tennis has gotten off to a: 

A) 4-5 start
B) 8-1 start
C) 9-0 start
D) hasn't start yet, still in Cancun practicing. 


OK...quick stretch break....breath in, breath out. 




All better? Ready? Let's get back to it !!


6) Who is currently in second place behind WBB in the ACC standings? 

A) Duke and Syracuse
B) Notre Dame
C) NC State
D) Berea and Transylvania

7) Lacrosse's leading scorer so far is: 

A) Celene Funke
B) Tessa Chad
C) Raven Neely
D) Arica Carter

8) The Softball squad has several promising pitchers. Which of these isn't a pitcher?

A) Megan Hensley
B) Danielle Watson
C) Kay Morissette
D) Taylor Roby

9) Louisville Tennis ace Ola Mally : 

A) From Tokyo, Japan
B) Also leads the Louisville Bowling squad and has 17 - 300 games
C) Is 6-3 on the season
D) Is related to Cardinal shot putter Rashida Harris

10) This Cardinal women's golfer is from nearby Elizabethtown and had a excellent season last year. 

A) Lauren Walz
B) Lauren Holly
C) Lauren Hartlage
D) Lori Korte


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   YES..... YOU GET A BONUS QUESTION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BONUS QUESTION: Who was the head coach of Louisville WBB's last basketball foe?

A) Kenny Rogers
B) Mike Gilpatrick
C) Katie Meyer
D) Kenny Brooks


So...let's see just how well you did. 

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                                                                        ready?

                                                                        steady?

                                                                         GO!
                                                                         


1)  C  - Teeter coached at Cansius, which is located in Buffalo. 

2)  B  -  They are softball players. 

3)  D -  The Cards won the Battle of the Bluegrass in Birmngham

4)  A Martin is from County Cork, Ireland and a freshman

5)  C -  Tennis is undefeated going into tomorrow's match agains Nebraska

6)  B  - The Irish are currently in sole possession of second at 10-2

7)  B  - Tessa Chad played for Teeter at Cansius and transferred here. 

8)  C  - Kay Morissette is a former LouLAX player and current lacrosse assistant coach

9)  C  - Ola is 6-3 and is #1 seed on the squad. She gets the best of the opponents. 

10) C - Lauren HARTLAGE had a stellar KY H.S. Golf career and excellent frosh year.

BONUS - D -- Kenny Brooks has been at Virginia Tech for three years and has daughters on the roster that play for him. 
  

My thoughts on your score:  

10-11 --  OK, which SID is this taking it? 

8-9 -- not bad, you know your stuff

6-7  -- keep on reading this site and learning

4-5 -- you can do better! The problem is you don't apply yourself. 

2-3 -- typical UK fan, aren't you?

0-1 -- you shouldn't have drank all that cold/congestion medicine before you took this.



Have a great Valentines Day !!!!


paulie
xxxxx


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Spring Sports -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


The Good, The Bad, the Ugly

Jared Anderson brings us today his initial look at three UofL women's spring sports. Softball, Lacrosse and women's Tennis. The original The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was a 1967 movie directed by "Spaghetti Western" king Sergio Leone. It starred Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach. The plot revoloved around three gunslingers looking for buried fortune in New Mexico during the American Civil War. A whistling theme song with a jangling guitar and chanting voices accompanying was performed with different variations throughout the movie.  If you've never seen it, it is a must. 

LINK TO THEME SONG:  THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY THEME SONG

With women's basketball having some time off to relax (focus on school, practice, film study, and recover) I decided to turn everyone's attention to some of the other women's sports going on right now.  Spring sports have started and the GoCards calendar is back to being full again.


Softball

The Good

After opening weekend the Cards are 3-2.  Megan Hensley, Danielle Watson, and Taylor Roby all tossed innings during that stretch.  The combined ERA of the group is below 1.00.  They have combined for 42 strikeouts (Watson 15, Hensley 13, Roby 14) and have only walked nine batters (Watson 5, Roby 4).

As of this point the bullpen has surrendered no home runs, two triples, no doubles, and 18 singles for a total of 20 hits.  Half of those came in the game against Utah State.

The Bad

Offensively, the Cards have scored 26 runs.  However, those runs came in three games, meaning UofL came up empty-handed in both of their losses.

Louisville has recorded 37 hits on the season, which isn't a bad mark.  Neither is the 14 walks.  The problem is that many runners get stranded on base. Take away the walks and any fielding errors by opposing defenses and the scoring is nearly cut in half on the year.

The Ugly

In the first game of the season an error in the seventh inning lead to a pair of runs for Idaho State, putting them up three.  The game plan changes a lot in the last inning on a one-run game as opposed to a three-run game.  An error in the final inning of the game against Northwestern helped the Wildcats take a 1-0 lead.

Better teams will capitalize on errors, which Louisville has tallied eight so far.  Fielding errors have been an issue in years past and were difference makers in plenty of games.

Overall

The 55-game regular season has barely begun and you cannot judge a season based off opening weekend.  With Holly Aprile being new Louisville is still adjusting to her style of play and there will be kinks in the system here and there

Lacrosse

The Good

Louisville lost both of its games so far- 21-11 at Northwestern and 15-12 at Marquette.  Scott Teeter is in Year Two as head coach after nearly starting from scratch with the players and support staff.  Overall, we have seen a positive attitude and a better work ethic from the program.  The team has shown fight no matter the score.

The Bad

The schedule is tough.  Seven of the 17 opponents were ranked in the preseason Top 20 and two others were in the receiving votes category.  Once conference play rolls around things get tougher seeing as the ACC is one of the best lacrosse conferences around.

The Ugly

Like the Northwestern game score many games are going to be blowouts.  There are well-established, dominant programs out there that will look to have a field day against a program currently in its rebuilding period.  The trick is not giving up on the team as they try and fight their way uphill, trekking through several feet of mud, or snow, or whatever obstacle stands in their way.

Overall

For a program that seemingly had to start from scratch in certain aspects it's exciting to see this team appear competitive at times.  Morale appears to be high as players and parents alike believe in this coaching staff, even though we are still a couple years out from reestablishing Louisville Lacrosse as a force not to be reckoned with.

Tennis

The Good

The Cards are 9-0 on the year and started conference play with a 7-0 sweep over Pittsburgh last weekend.  Three wins were 7-0 and eight of the nine were 5-2 or better.  Even if the season is still young with 16 games remaining the unblemished mark should be a motivational booster for an experienced Louisville squad.

The Bad

Up to this point this season Louisville has not faced an NCAA Tournament worthy team.  Furman snuck into the tournament last year but was blasted by 3-seed Duke in the first round.  The upcoming schedule features 11 games against opponents that made the draw last year (Cards face Duke twice) including most of the ACC.  Only the top-16 are officially seeded an a good portion of those were ACC teams.

The Ugly

Conference play has been a sore spot since joining the ACC.  It is the point of the season where things crash and burn.  Louisville has survived the first round of the ACC Tournament once, where they then got swept in the second round.  This conference has been unforgiving to a program that is trying to find its feet and become something.

Overall

I'm not saying that the season is all downhill from here, but I do want to advise that the perfect record through mid-February can be misleading.  Mark Beckham has had his team look better each year so they could get a few wins they aren't supposed to, but they will have a tough time making the 'Big Dance' in May.

The calendar is dry for the next couple days before the weekend picks up for most sports, including a 3:00 game against Miami for Jeff Wal'z squad Sunday.  The Hurricanes are coming off a big upset last weekend and have hopes of doing it a second time.

Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!

Jared

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

NCAA WBB Selection Committee puts Louisville at #2 --Durr one of 30 -- Farewell to Howie -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



NCAA REVEALS FIRST LOOK



As we get closer to the conference tournaments and the NCAA WBB Tournament, the NCAA gave out a first look into their thinking process so far with regard to rankings, match-ups, who might go where and, basically, who they see the DI WBB powers.  

This "first look" has Louisville as their #2 pick in the nation, behind Baylor. 

A top seed for a regional. Right now, the bracketology boys are saying Chicago is the location the Cards would head to after the first two rounds. For Cardinal fans, a nice choice. Chi-Town is closer than Greensboro, Albany or Portland. 

This is a first look, yes, but I'd be quite happy with Stanford, Iowa State and Marquette as the other three schools heading up to the home of the Cubbies. 


So, here's how it looks: 

#1 SEED LINE

1)   Baylor
2)   Louisville 
3)   Oregon
4)   Mississippi State

#2 SEED LINE has UConn, Notre Dame, Stanford and North Carolina State in the slots. After that, the #3's include Marquette, Iowa, Maryland and Oregon State. The top 16 conclude with #4 seeds South Carolina, Gonzaga, Iowa State and Miami (FL). 


While watching the revealing last night, I heard ESPN analysis Debbie Antonelli (one of my favorite "talking heads" ESPN has) argue for a one site, invite all sixteen teams to one place tournament setting instead of the four regionals. It is an idea I've head before but I'm not sure how I feel about. 

My initial reaction is ' no, it would be crazy for fan travel', -- like Oregon having to go to New York City or Louisville to Hawaii scenarios -- and expensive, since you'd be playing four game over at least a 7-10 day period, if you keep winning. 

I enjoyed having the two-game, UofL's regional in Lexington last year. I'm not so sure I would like having to head to Kansas City, Denver or (fill in your own city). But, I can also see bringing every one into one locale, like the College World Series, and letting them battle it out. 

Hey, how about the YUM! Center? It's big, we got hotel rooms and a basketball crazy populace! The chances of the NCAA ever putting their stamp of approval on that concept, though, roughly equal me suiting up and spelling Sam Fuehring in the paint this year. 

This needs to be about the fans. If you are trying to grow the game, put the teams in the areas where the fans have fairly easy access. 


When I look at these sixteen, current teams on the list...I 'd go groupings of: 

Greensboro:  Louisville, Miami, South Carolina and NC State.

Albany:  Mississippi State, Notre Dame, UConn and Maryland

Chicago: Baylor, Iowa State, Iowa and Marquette 

Portland: Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Gonzaga


Yes, I hear your arguments already, but this makes sense from a regional grouping process. And, these top 16 will likely change as the weeks go by.  Is there any easy way to match and send? 

What are your "assignment to region" thoughts? Give us an idea in the comments section. And, does it really matter? To be the best, you have to beat the rest. We've seen what road games can do to top teams in the ACC this year. 

After all, when did the NCAA ever make any sense? 


ASIA DURR ON NAISMITH WATCH LIST


"Nite-nite" one of 30 that are on the Naismith Mid-season watch list. This, of course, comes as no surprise to Louisvillians or the rest of the nation. She's the only Cardinal who made it to the top 30. 

Four Notre Dame players still alive on the end-of-season award list. The Huskies have three. Baylor with two and Oregon with two. 

Another honor for the superlative Cardinal senior. 

She is the best player in women's college basketball and that's the end of the story. 


HOWIE LINDSEY LEAVING LOUISVILLE FIRST


Popular morning radio personality Howie Lindsey is leaving his role as the host of LOUISVILLE FIRST on 790 WKRD AM Cards Radio to accept a position as public relations director for Louisville City FC Soccer. 

An opportunity he couldn't pass on. 

He has been kind and gracious to Cardinal Couple. We'll miss not hearing him Mon-Fri mornings. I'll miss not chatting with him on-air Tuesday mornings. 

Best of luck and continued success Howie! 



paulie
xxxxx