Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Henderson gets personal best in shot put...Lamar...Jeff Walz -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
"E" THROWS FOR OVER 55" IN SHOT PUT
Somewhat lost over the weekend, with all the hoopla of basketball and bowl-bidding, the University of Louisville Track and Field squad opened their indoor season by participating in the Vanderbilt Indoor Opener at the Vanderbilt Field House. Emmonnie Henderson got off to a great start...winning the shot put and finishing second in the weight throw...setting facility records for both.
Henderson's shot put toss of 16.95m/55'7 1/2" easily outdistanced the competition in a personal best toss indoors for her. Her throw was over two meters further than the nearest competitor Jenessa Jackson from Western Kentucky. In the weight throw, Jackson turned the tables on Henderson with a toss of 19.40m...Henderson finished second at 18.61.
Speaking of 55...how about this ol' classic from Sammy Hagar about 55?
LINK: I CAN'T DRIVE 55
Louisville also finished third (Natalie Uhl) and four (Megan Brooks) in the weight toss.
The Cards had other successes at Vandy. Freshman Alexis Gibbons won the long jump and broke a seven-year school record with a 6.26m/20'6 1/2" effort.
The Cards head to the Hoosier Invite next...in Bloomington, IN...on 12/9.
LAMAR JACKSON A FINALIST FOR HEISMAN TROPHY
In the "Captain Obvious" news of the day....Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is a finalist for the Saturday awarding of the Heisman Trophy. That's like saying Asia Durr has a good shot. Gee, ya think so?
He should win it easily. Shame on the detractors who point to the Cards last two losses. Lamar had big numbers in both.
Rounding out the field are two Oklahoma players...QB Baker Mayfield and DeDe Westbrook, Jabrill Peppers from Michigan and Clemson QB DeShaun Watson.
WALZ REMARKS STILL GETTING A LOT OF TRAFFIC
In case you've been in a coma or living in a cave and missed them, Jeff Walz made a few comments about participation and awards after Thursday's game against Maryland.
National media decided to play "the Bulldog with a fresh bone" approach with them and drag the comments through the yard and critique them.
Such is the world of journalism these days. If it's controversial, reactionary or out-of-the-norm...there are plenty of wide-eyed, hit-seeking Joe's and Jane's out there ready to load and fire. A Google search for Jeff Walz has the press conference as the top 10 articles. A couple of CARDINAL COUPLE articles...totally un-related to the Maryland post-game...are next under Jeff Walz. We shy away from the controversial stuff. Most of the time, it has nothing to do with the joy and excitement of UofL women's sports...which is our mission statement.
Another thing we're not too fond of is how some of these article writers probably spent hours searching for awkward pictures of Jeff to accompany their comments. We've included a few of them...just to show how the power of photography can help shape a reader's view and opinion of written script.
OK, people...time to move along. His players, the majority of Cardinal fans and us here at Cardinal Couple are 100% behind the words. Maybe the platform, after a tough loss to Maryland, was a bit awkward...but message received loud and clear by the team.
As Walz so plainly reminded us...this is America and we still have the freedom of speech afforded to us under our constitutional rights. There have been a few times we have been called to task for a description or statement here at Cardinal Couple. I guess the old Abraham Lincoln statement holds true:
" You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the times but you can't please all of the people all of the time."
We're pretty sure that if Jeff Walz wants to please people...he'd prefer it be by winning basketball games.
I'd rather see the mass media go into a deep discussion and dissecting of the latest Walzian Theorum...One now and one later = Two.
Or promote a possible Paulie and Walz comedy tour after the season...with Myisha Hines-Allen opening for us. Yeah, buddy! .
Maybe an article about how Jeff and his wife Lauren were there with Myisha Hines-Allen when she dedicated her life to the Lord
Coach Walz backed up his remarks on Sunday after beating Kentucky. Myisha Hines-Allen and Briahanna Jackson did too in post-game interviews. We stand with them. If I lose at something, whether it be horse-shoes, handicapping or having a discussion...I don't need a participation ribbon, comfort dog or coloring book to help ease the pain. I'd rather go with the "opportunity out of defeat" option and strive to do better next time.