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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Derby Jaz and a Day Off - Sunday Cardinal Couple

 WNBA Update

Two Cards in action in the WNBA yesterday.

The Las Vegas Aces, with veteran Angel McCoughtry in action, winning over the Atlanta Dream.  Also Jazmine Jones with the New York Liberty going down to defeat against the Phoenix Mercury.

Angel had a good game for the Aces, as they got a solid 10 point win over her previous club, The Atlanta Dream, 89-79.  In 26 minutes on the court, she got 18 points, five rebounds, and four steals.  The takeaways move her into 9th overall for career steals in the WNBA.  The Aces continue to spread their playing time around nearly all of their active roster, with nine of the 10 players in the bubble seeing upwards of seven minutes of playing time.

In the late game, Jaz Jones had a couple of highlights in her 10 points and five rebounds affair.  The best was a rebound, followed by a nice spin move to get around a crashing defender for the put-back.  She saw just over 13 minutes on the court.

Her fellow Cardinals alumna and fellow rookie Kylee Shook didn't play.  She suffered an ankle sprain earlier in the week.  No word on an expected time for her return.

Derby Day

It was a weird one, folks.  That's for sure.  Churchill Downs was eerily quiet before, during, and after the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby.  With only 15 horses making it to the gate, it was also an oddly small field for the Derby.  15 is, of course, a large number of horses for a typical horse race, but the Derby is not your typical horse race.  With 18 horses set to go in the draw earlier in the week, three scratches, with the last happening when Thousand Words took a spill and hit his head in the paddock, the field dwindled to the smallest size field since 1998 where there were also 15 horses.  In 1997, there were only 13.

Authentic, the overwhelming favorite of UofL coaches and administrators, as pointed out by the GoCards social media accounts would take the win over overall favorite Tiz the Law with Mr. Big News showing.

Authentic didn't quite lead from the gates to the finish pole, but nearly so.  A slightly rough break for the winner from the 18 spot made him have to work to get out in front, but he accomplished that by the end of the first straight and would lead the rest of the way.

A Radio Hour Week Off

As Case mentioned yesterday, while this was a very unusual Derby Day, we did take our traditional day off of the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast for it.

Join us next week as we get back into it with all of the updates and discussion we can cram into somethings sort of, kind of, around an hour long.


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