ACC Network Takeover
The Cardinals' ACC Network Takeover is complete, and while I'm sure this will shock everyone, the Cards won every game shown!
After a couple of men's games, with Soccer vs Georgetown, and Baseball vs IU, the women took over for the afternoon. That section of the takeover started off with the Softball victory to win the series against FSU in 2019. Next up was the UofL shellacking of Notre Dame in the KFC Yum! Center. Finally, because beating Notre Dame never gets old, the Volleyball match from this fall in South Bend where we come back from a 2-0 set deficit and the season-ending injury of Melanie McHenry to win the match in five.
There were some edits in the games, to various degrees, to help fit as many competitions in during the day as possible. Baseball got some cuts to get it down to about three hours. Softball had a couple of early edits, cutting out some scoreless play, but the later part of the game with UofL's full comeback and Rebecca Chung's walk off triple for the victory being shown in full. WBB got out of the editing room with only dead-ball time being cut. Volleyball had some pretty major chunks of play removed, including nearly all of the 2nd set. They did leave most of the last three sets intact, which were the sets UofL won.
If you missed any of the play, the replays are available through the ESPN streaming setup, and the basketball and volleyball matches are available online elsewhere *cough*Youtube*cough*.
The takeover wrapped with a men's basketball game against Pitt from 2009 when neither team was a part of the ACC, and a football game against Mississippi State.
The wubble is still going strong and healthy, with some really great games going on.
In action yesterday, the Washington Mystics, with Myisha Hines-Allen, took their first loss in a nail-biter to the Chicago Sky. The Mystics came into the game the last undefeated team in the WNBA, so at this point, everyone has taken a hit, but the Mystics are still looking pretty good in the overall standings.
This one came down to the last minute, with the Sky getting the 88-86 win. With about 45 seconds left, Aerial Powers hit a free throw for the Mystics to tie it up. Cheyenne Parker would get a lay up for the Sky and Ariel Atkins buried two foul shots to tie it again at 86. The Sky would get their final lead when Parker hit a shot, got the and-one, but would miss the foul shot. The Mystics called a timeout with 5.9 seconds left to draw up a play, but that didn't go to plan when the crafty Courtney Vandersloot would steal a pass to end the game.
Three Cards are back in action today as the frenetic WNBA schedule keeps advancing. The New York Liberty, with Kylee Shook and Jazmine Jones, wil be action at 1 against the Phoenix Mercury. The Las Vegas Aces, with Angel McCoughtry will follow at 6 p.m. against the Dallas Wings. Both games on NBA TV, as far as we know.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour was live again. Jared was busy being gainfully employed, but did listen in a bit as we streamed. Meanwhile Case, Paulie, and myself held down the fort.
WNBA updates, a rundown of the ACC Network takeover, NCAA and conference scheduling in the age of Covid-19 were a part of the show. We talked about the new Athletes Unlimited Pro volleyball league that will be kicking off in Nashville in February, and their...interesting...format. And lastly, we had the Cardinal Couple Quiz and in a stunning turn of events, I finally won one! The toothpick holding bear will rest in my possession until Jared returns to try and take it from me.
Can you do better on the quiz (which was about CardsWBB in the WNBA) than my final score of 60?
Check out the fun below.