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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Volleyball defeats Syracuse...Football Cards upset WVU...Reid named to Lowe's Senior Class watch list...Breeder's Cup Results...


- Volleyball downs Orange 3-1

- Football shocks Mountaineers 38-35 in Morgantown

-Mo makes Lowe's list

-Saturday Breeders Cup recap. $$$$$$ !!!!

The Volleyball Cards handled visiting Syracuse Saturday in the KFC YUM! Center with a 12-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-18 win. Louisville was led by Lola Arslanbekova's 16 kills and 14 from Brooke Mattingly.

The Cards started the match slowly and watched as Syracuse jumped out to an early lead. The Orange had the Cards in the hole 18-10 and went on the take seven of the final nine points to down Louisville by 13.

Lola with 16 kills Saturday
Louisville regrouped and came out strong in the second game. Anne Kordes' team held a 17-11 advantage and seemingly looked in control..but a late 'Cuse rally made it 18-17 Cards. Louisville got it back together in time, though..and took seven of the next eleven points to win by four.

Louisville left no doubt who was the better team in the third game...blasting by Syracuse to lead 17-6 and taking the 14 point win with relative ease. Brooke Mattingly had a team high five kills in the third game.

Louisville battled back and forth with Syracuse in the final game...but broke loose from a 15-15 tie to go on a 6-1 run and take a 21-16 lead. The Cards held off the Orange the rest of the way to take the final by seven points.

The Cards hosts league leading Marquette Sunday in the KFC YUM! Center. The Golden Eagles are 10-1 in conference play like Louisville...after losing to Cincinnati on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.


Touchdown Teddy gets better
each week...
Congratulations to the Cardinal football team who beat WVU in Morgantown yesterday 38-35. With the win, Louisville moves to 5-4 on the season. It was the first win for Louisville in Morgantown since 1990.

Teddy Bridgewater led a Cardinal squad that jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the first half. The Mountaineers rallied back with two scores to take a 21-14 lead before Teddy took the Cards down the field to tie it at 21-21 just before halftime. 

Louisville blocked a field goal attempt by WVU and returned in for a touchdown to go up by ten at 38-28 in the fourth quarter...but had to weather a late WVU drive that cut it to three and then an onside kick which Dominique Brown recovered to secure the game for the Cards. 
Can't be too many happy in Morgantown tonight with the loss to the Cards. Gutty effort by Charlie Strong's guys Saturday. 

Got a e-mail from Dan Turner who was at the game yesterday. His report:

"First of all it's been a great weekend up here. With Soccer's win yesterday and Football's win today, the Cards are flying high. Have run into some really nice people -many who seem determined to erase the image of West Virginia fans being bad. No major incidents at the football game today, a few shouts, slurs and middle finger displays, but that's about it. Some old pony-tailed hippie dude was really giving us the business early on - but you could tell the people he was there with were pretty embarrased about his behavior and he eventually shut up.  About a 100 Louisville fans were here.  The cheerleaders made it and so did Louie the Cardinal Bird. Charlie Strong was very active and emotional on the sidelines today. Chest bumping and high fiving the players. We'll head over to watch the final soccer game today at noon against WVU and then bring it home. We weren't lynched, mugged or beat up. Even had a group invite us over to tailgate with them as we walked in. The sentiment is that WVU is glad to be leaving the BIG EAST and hope that Louisville can join them eventually in the BIG 12. Thanks to Ken, John, Ralphie and Don who shared their hospitality, beer, burgers and insights with us - they said they were going to check out the blog, Paul.  "


Monique Reid has been named to the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior Class Award list. 30 WBB seniors are selected for the list. Mo joins BIG EAST players Da'Shena Stevens (St. John) Natalie Novosel (Notre Dame) and Keisha Hampton (DePaul) on the list. 

Reid has been a steady performer for the Cards over the past three years and was Louisville's leading scorer last season. Her hamstring injury prior to the start of the Gonzaga game last year probably prevented the Cards from going to the Elite Eight...but Mo has come back healthy and looked good in the exhibition game last week against Lindsey Wilson.


Wow! What a Saturday Breeders Cup Day for us. WE gave you our selections for the nine Breeders Cup races at Churchill Downs and we decided to change our strategy up a little for wagering. It paid huge dividends. We decided to take our top three selections and bet a $1 exacta and trifecta box on them for each race. Total layout was $12 a race...for a total of $108 wagered.

Here's how we did:

Paul hit the 9th race (Juvenile) exacta with Hansen and Union RagsHansen was also his "best bet" of the day. His big score was in the the 11th race (Classic), where he had the exacta of Drosselmeyer and Game on Dude. A great score there. He cashed tickets for $247...for a profit of $139 on the day.

Hansen was Paul's best bet of the day
and returned $16.20 to win. 
Here's what hurts. HE had (and gave you) the "pick 3" for Races 9,10,11 but didn't make a wager on it. It paid $5,136 on a $1 ticket. It would have cost him just $27 to bet it. Woulda, coulda, shoulda...I guess.

Sonja retains the title for another year, though, with one huge score. It was the only exacta and trifecta she hit all day...but it was a nice one in the 6th race (Turf Sprint) where she hooked up Regally Ready, Country Day and Perfect Officer for a score of $89.60 on the exacta and $771.00 on the trifecta.
Her tickets cashed out for $860...a profit of $752 for the afternoon.   

On the day, we selected 27 horses each.

Paul  3 winners, 4 places and 4 shows

Sonja 2 winners, 4 places and 3 shows

We're glad we changed up the wagering strategy....we wish we'd played the last two pick threes of the day, ...because Paul also picked Buckleupbuttercup in the final - non-stakes - race of the day and he won.

The final pick three of Court Vision, Drosselmeyer and Buckleupbuttercup paid $9130 on a $1 wager. Wouldn't have been a bad payoff for a $27 bet...
Not a bad day..

Finally, this e-mail from Dan T. (last name held by request) from Long Island:

-Paul, just want to say Thank You! for your and Sonja's picks. I played them Friday and did OK but Saturday you made me a rich man. I went to Aqueduct Race Course to watch the horses and the simulcast of the Breeders Cup. I printed out your picks again and took them with me. You guys didn't get off to a great start but in the Turf Sprint Race, Sonja's selections made me $188.20 on a $2 exacta and $1592.00 on her $2 trifecta. Then, in the Juvenile, I bet $10 across the board on your Best Bet of the Day Hansen and got back $114.00. I also had your exacta for $2 and it paid $46.20.

Then the bombshell. In the Classic, the $2 exacta paid $444.80 and the $2 pick three an unbelievable $20,544.40. I had to go to a special room at Aqueduct to fill out the tax form and get the payout. I estimate that I spent around $1000 betting your picks and got back a total of $22,800 ! I also had a pretty good day with my selections at Aqueduct and added another $400 profit.

Called the wife and she met me in Manhattan for a great night on the town and dinner. Thanks, again! You guys are the best! If you and Sonja get up this way for any football or hoops - we are St. John's and New York Jets fans - let me know and the night is on me.

Dan T.

(Good work, Dan! We were nervous early, too...but came on strong late.)

Thanks for bearing with us on our Breeders Cup reports.
We won't bother you with horse racing again until Derby Week in May.

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