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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Swimmer Stopped in Semis -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Salcutan Touches 11th Overall

Tatiana Salcutan of Moldova was the only Cardinal swimmer from the women's side to make it as far as the semifinals in this year's Olympic Games. Cardinal fans will remember that there was a time that Louisville swimmers were among the top of the charts in these events with Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford, but both slipped from the show this year for Team USA. Salcutan's main event was 200M backstroke, in which she advanced to yesterday's semifinals.

Unfortunately, that was as far as Tatiana would go in Tokyo. Her 2:10.09 was a bit off the pace set by the leaders, as the top three (two Americans and an Aussie) set times within two tenths of each other; the winning time being a 2:07.09. Salcutan's time placed her 11th between the two semifinal heats, with the top eight advancing for an opportunity to chase gold in the final. 

Only a sophomore, Salcutan will continue to light up the pool at Ralph Wright in the backstroke, as a semifinal ending is nothing to slouch at in the Olympics. Worrell and Comerford did most of their best work in the final stages of their UofL careers or after graduating completely. We may see another Cardinal standing on a podium in Paris in 2024.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

That's all there is today. It's been a fairly uneventful week for Louisville as teams get ready for the calendar to turn to August and the fall sports season to officially begin. We'll cover the UofL happenings throughout the week, as there was plenty of news, as well as some more Olympic talk on today's episode of the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast. Last week's experiment went pretty well with our new setup, so we'll hope to continue that to bring you all the best show that we can. As always, you can check out the live stream of the show by going to the Cardinal Couple YouTube page and clicking on the live video. Jeff usually creates that about an hour before the show, which officially starts at 11 AM Eastern. If the live time doesn't work for you, there are plenty of playback options, so be sure to check out whichever is best for you!

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Until next time, Go Cards!

Friday, July 30, 2021

Summer entertainment and activities; FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Welcome to the weekend! We finally made it! 

The Louisville Bats are out of town which gives me the opportunity to check in with Cardinal Couple readers and listeners.  As Jared informed, I will be out for radio again with a previous scheduled appointment.  Getting all my check-ups in while I can before the fall season's kick off.  UofL 'button-pushers' did get the tentative work schedule for womens and mens soccer, field hockey, volleyball. I was glad to see my name back on that schedule... 

Our group chat has been consumed with all Olympics talk.  We've all been tuning in to a broad variety of events.  I've tuned in a lot for water polo, soccer, volleyball and the triathlons.  Definitely have not caught enough gymnastics yet this year... I know it's been a hot topic for the general public.  I'll save my preaching for after the games have wrapped up.  Right now, I am enjoying the process of it all - especially the Opening Ceremonies! 

 The first recorded Olympic Games were held at Olympia in the Greek city-state of Elis in 776 B.C., but it is generally accepted that the Olympics were at least 500 years old at that time.  

The thought of this long-standing worldly tradition of athletic competition gives me chills!!! Think of the thousands and thousands of athletes and the millions and millions of viewers over the years of these events.   Plus i find it pretty magical that as a planet we can come together to speak the same language - the language of sport. It really is a beautiful thing. 

As i mentioned, I tuned in for almost all of both the mens and womens triathlons.  Cancer survivor, Kevin McDowell placed a historic national best 6th place for Team USA while the red white and blue found a bronze medal finish from two-time Olympian, Katie Zaferes.  The transitions from one leg of the race to the next was my favorite part.  Watching the athletes switch gear and have to follow particular rules in doing so was fascinating.   And if you haven't seen it yet, the false start on the mens side was enough entertainment to last me until the next Summer Olympics.  Seriously, if you havent seen it yet, go look it up now.  I'll give you a hint... there was a boat involved.  

All of this Olympics talk, I am glad to have picked up a new hobby to keep me active.  A couple years ago I was invited by UofL to participate in the Annual Cardinal Press Box Classic.  Even though I had not picked up a golf club at that point in my life, I said of course I'm participating.. How the heck do you turn down an opportunity to play along-side UofL coaches and fellow media members?!  I spent about 6 weeks learning to swing a club and make contact with the ball to TRY and not look like an idiot.  As someone who came from a softball background... you'd think putting the club to the ball would come like some second nature to me.  ha. ha.  jokes on me right?! 

Just kidding, it wasn't so bad.  We played best ball, the event coordinators paired me with a sweet and very patient soul that helped inspire my passion for the game and desire to want to drive that ball a solid 100 yards at a time. I have become a woman obsessed with the game of golf, to say the least.  I will be participating in my second Cardinal Press Box Classic this coming Monday and I cannot wait to show Kenny Klein how much I've improved over these past two years!  Golf played a huge part of therapy during the pandemic for me and my close friends.  In fact, I celebrated my thirtieth birthday with a golf trip to Florida in May.  I was disappointed to not see any gators while i was there, however. 

I bet when you logged on to Cardinal Couple today, you did not know you were going to get the Daryl story.  I hope I have not bored you..   

I don't have much left in the tank to say this morning.  Other than I hope you all have a cool place to stay in this blistering heat of the summer.   It's so gross out right now so don't forget to stay hydrated and wear your sunscreen!  

Have a great weekend out there, Louisville!

Go Cards and Go USA


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Rob Bennett Joins Golf Coaching Staff -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Between the lack of news among UofL sports and my focus and attention having been entirely on the Olympics, today's article will be rather short and sweet.

As we have seen all throughout the first week in the Olympics, Team USA continues to be in contention for the gold medal race and overall medal race, but Japan and China continue to be thorns for the Americans.

The big news in the Olympics continues to be centered on Simone Biles and the Norwegian Beach Handball Team. The two topics are unrelated. I'll save my thoughts for Saturday's radio-podcast, which can be heard live through YouTube, but I do stand in support of both Biles and Norway.

Rob Bennett Joins Golf Coaching Staff

UofL women's golf announced that Rob Bennett will join the team as an assistant coach. Bennett comes to Louisville after spending the last three seasons with Abilene Christian.

"We're excited to welcome Coach Rob Bennett to our coaching staff," said head coach Whitney Young. "His vision, passion, and experience will help us continue taking steps towards future success. We look forward to him making a positive impact on our student-athletes with his dedication, work ethic, and competitive nature."

During his time with Abilene Christian, the Wildcats rose over 60 spots in the national rankings. ACU set school records in scoring average, low single round score, and low tournament score under Bennett's guidance.

UofL women's golf is no stranger to the national rankings and competing in the postseason. Bennett could be the key into helping Coach Young continue to build this program and advance them further.

Daryl is out for our Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast this weekend, but is expected to have tomorrow's write so tune in. Like myself, she has been following all sorts of Olympics happenings when she's not pushing buttons and running the camera crew at Louisville Slugger Field.

Happy Friday and Go Cards!


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Louisville WBB to Face Arizona Nov 12th -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


We don't usually get Louisville WBB scheduling news in July, but, it was revealed yesterday that the WBB Cards will make a trip to Sioux Falls, SD to play national runner-up Arizona on Friday, Nov. 12th. in an event titled The Invitational . 

The game is part of a one-day doubleheader event . South Carolina will also be in attendance and will take on host South Dakota. All four teams participated in the 2021 NCAA Tournament and pre-season rankings have the Gamecocks at #2, the Cards at #6 and South Dakota at #25 . 

Sioux Falls is the hometown of incoming Louisville WBB freshman Sydni Schetnan, so the Cards should be in good shape for ideas for local dining and sight-seeing options. The games will be played at the Sanford Pentagon, part of the 160,000 square-foot Sanford Sports Complex. It'll be Louisville WBB's first-ever appearance in the facility and the game will be broadcast on "the ESPN Networks" 

Details for tickets will be available at a later date with details to follow. The basketball venue holds around 3200. 

"We are extremely excited to tip off our season at the 2021 Sanford Pentagon Women's Basketball doubleheader," said Louisville head coach Jeff Walz. "To be able to compete against a tremendous Arizona team, as well as be a part of such a prestigious showcase for women's basketball, is an incredible opportunity for our team and program. As each month passes, we hope that the best fans in the country, Card Nation, will also be in attendance. 

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Olympics -- Lacrosse Accolades -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 Has the exhaustion of watching or following the Olympics hit you yet? I've been trying to follow as much as I can which has included some late nights and, on the weekends, early mornings.

As of yesterday, Team USA was doing alright. Swimming typically brings in a lot of medals and they've contributed to a heavy amount of the then-14 medals (seven gold, three silver, four bronze). Team USA was second officially (the Olympics goes based off number of gold) with Japan having eight gold medals and China with six. In total medals, Team USA sat second with 14, but China had a slight lead with 18.

Here is the breakdown of the 14 medals as of yesterday afternoon Eastern Time:

Fencing: 1 gold

Shooting: 3 gold

Taekwondo: 1 gold

Skateboarding: 1 bronze

Swimming: 2 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze

Note: Team USA had earned other medals before I had gone to bed, but to prevent confusion, it was easier to give the medal count from the end of Monday July 26.

Softball will earn either a gold or silver in their 7:00 A.M. ET game today. Swimming still has plenty more to go with a plethora of Americans competing. USA women's basketball faced Nigeria at 12:30 this morning in group play so hopefully Paulie can give us an update on that. Team USA continues group play in beach volleyball. Gymnastics has plenty of Americans ready to vie for a medal. Women's soccer concluded group play early this morning against Australia.

Oh yeah, that's not even half of the sports Team USA is competing in today. However, we have some UofL news to cover.

Lacrosse Accolades

Scott Teeter continues to build his program and some of his latest talented recruits earned some nice honors. Five incoming Louisville lacrosse players earned USA Lacrosse Girls' High School awards.

Bri Lang, Haley Reeck, and Marley Scott were named All-Americans. Lauren Figas was named the Jackie Pitts Award winner for Florida- South Atlantic Region. Tiffany Natoli joined Scott as being named Academic All-Americans.

Lang helped lead her high school to 2019 and 2021 Section Championships. A Section is similar to a District, for the Louisville area folks. Scott helped led her team to State Championships in 2018, 2019, and 2021. Reeck is a dual-sport athlete and was a team captain for lacrosse and soccer. Rigas helped her team to a State runner-up finish in 2019 and Section runner-up in 2021.

All five will be suited up in the spring for Teeter's squad and can help replace some important players that were recognized at Senior Day such as Caroline Blalock, Sarah Blalock, Ally Hall, Alex McNicholas, Shayla Scanlan, Maddie Birch, Jen Schaaf, Rachel Florek, and Allie Arcidiacono. A few of the recognized seniors have hinted at interest in returning next season with the extra year of eligibility.

The Cards finished the season ranked 24th in the country (out of 112 active teams) but failed to make the NCAA Tournament after a first-round exit to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament.

Lacrosse is not currently an Olympic sport but has appeared five times in the Olympics, most recently in 1948. With the sport rapidly growing interest there have been rumors it could join the Olympics as soon as 2024 or 2028.

Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!


Monday, July 26, 2021

Former Card McFerran on Irish Field Hockey Olympic team -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



We take a great deal of pride here at Cardinal Couple when former Louisville women's athletic participants get the chance to compete on the world stage. Right now, arguably the biggest world stage -- The Olympics -- is underway and former Cardinals great Ayeshia McFerran is the goalkeeper for the Irish National team in the events at Tokyo.

McFerran has been called the world greatest goalkeeper and certainly earned the title at the University of Louisville with her work defending the net.  Ayeshia spent four years (2015-18) in goalkeep for Louisville and complied 50 wins and 20 shutouts in her four years for the Cards. 

The Cards made NCAA Tournament appearances in three of McFerrans's four years at Louisville and Ayeshia was named an All-American all four years she was at Louisville. 

After graduation, McFerran returned to her homeland  --Ireland -- and resumed her duties as the goalkeeper for the Irish National squad. The Irish qualified for the Olympics, one of 12 teams to do so, and were placed in Pool A for the Olympics, along with Germany, Great Britain, South Africa, The Netherlands and India.

Sadly, the United States did not qualify for the Olympics in Field Hockey. .

The 12 squads are involved in "pool play" currently and will play each member of their pool once. The top four teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals. So far, the countries have played two games each and Ireland is 1-1 in Pool A. 

The Irish began pool play with a 2-0 win on Saturday, July 24th over South Africa. The competition got much rougher yesterday for Ireland, going up against The Netherlands. The Netherlands are widely considered the powerhouse of Field Hockey and dropped Ireland to 1-1 with a 4-0 shutout.. 

Ireland returns to play on Tuesday when they'll face 2-0 Germany. 

Standings in the pools are determined by a squad getting three points for a win, one point for a tie and no points for a loss. The Irish are tied, with three points, with Great Brittan in Pool A -- The Netherlands and Germany lead the way with six points and India and South Africa are at the bottom of Pool A with no points, so far.  

We at CARDINAL COUPLE wish Ayeshia the best of good fortunes in the rest of the Olympic competition. ! 


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Sunday Cardinal Couple - Mostly Olympics

Volleyball Gets a Verbal

Alanna Bankston, from Omaha Nebraska has verbally committed to come play for UofL Volleyball.  Alanna is in the class of 2023, so we still have a few years before we'll see her in a UofL uniform.

A 6'1" middle, Bankston would be looking to drop into the middle position behind current middles Phekran Kong and Cara Crese.  Anna Stevenson, Amaya Tillman, and Emily Scott, the other middles on the current roster, would be expected to graduate before Bankston would arrive.

Olympics Updates

Field Hockey

As Case mentioned in yesterday's articles, Cardinal Field Hockey Alumna Ayeisha McFerran was on the Olympic Field Hockey pitch with the Irish National Team in a game against South Africa.  At the time of Case's writing, the score was 2-0, and indeed that did end up being the final score.  McFerran was credited with one save in the game.

I didn't get the chance to see this one, but from the stats it appears that Ireland was in pretty firm control of the game throughout.  Ireland ended up with 16 shots, with nine of those being on penalty corners, one field shot and one penalty corner were the scores.  South Africa only had three shots with only one penalty corner.

The next opportunity to see McFerran and the Irish will be tonight at 9pm when they face the Netherlands.  Based on my admittedly limited knowledge of the state of international Field Hockey competition, I would expect the Netherlands to prove to be a more formidable foe than South Africa was.


In a late match yesterday, the US Women's Volleyball team beat Argentina in straight sets to open their Olympic campaign, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20.

Hitting leaders were Jordan Thompson, 18 on 23 attempts, who lit up UofL in 2019 in a five set match in Cincinnati, hitting .392 on 41 kills in 72 attempts.  Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, an Illinois alumna who hit 11 of 25.  And longtime WNT member Jordan Larson, a Nebraska alumna and teammate of Dani Busboom Kelly put down 8 kills on 21 attempts.


In what may be a shock, I didn't actually watch the volleyball match, as I was engrossed in the US Softball game vs Australia.

Monica Abbott was in the circle against the Matildas, and was part of an epic pitcher's duel with Tarni Stepto.  Scoreless after the regulation seven innings, both teams took advantage of the International Tiebreaker rules which puts a runner on second base to start any extra innings.  A bit of a breakdown in Abbott's pitching, plus the extra starting base runner, got the extra runner home on an uncharacteristic walk from Abbott with bases loaded.

The US was able to answer in the bottom of the eighth.  Ally Carda was the extra base runner, and Haylie McCleney beat out a throw from the shortstop putting the runners on 1st and 2nd.  A sacrifice from Janie Reed advanced the runners to 2nd and 3rd.  Then Michigan grad Amanda Chidester stepped to the plate and ripped a line shot out to center field for the walk-off double.

3x3 Basketball

A couple of wins in the books for US 3x3 basketball, yesterday.  A 17-10 win over a very well-regarded French team, and a cruise to a 21-9 win over Mongolia with three minutes left on the clock.  Another game occurred very early this morning (4:30am EDT) with the US easily beating Romania, 22-11 with over two and a half minutes left on the clock and then the most recent game finished just before 9am, a 20-16 win over the Russian ROC team.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

With a new calling setup in place, yesterday's CCRHP was a bit of a trial run that seems to have a succeeded pretty well.  Four of the crew, we were missing Daryl, used VDO.Ninja to connect.  The goal was to get better control over audio levels of each participant, and I believe we did achieve that.

Certainly Case, when doing the light touch of editing he does to put out the episode into the podcasts networks, expressed delight as he was doing his work.  Relistening to the Youtube livestream and the balance, even on-the-fly and live, seemed better as well.

We discussed some of the Olympics, but we also dove into some UofL basketball players' other activities in international basketball.  We gave our starting lineup predictions for basketball.  We celebrated incoming volleyball freshman Paige Morningstar collecting yet another "Pennsylvania Player of the Year" honor.

You can check out the livestream below, or catch the podcast on your favorite podcast network source.  I'll just cut-and-paste the links that Case put together in yesterday's article:
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Saturday, July 24, 2021

USA Basketball, High School Volleyball, and Olympics -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 USA U23 3x3 Team Announced

Shortly after Jared's article about Payton Verhulst's USAWBB involvement went up yesterday, news of more Cardinals joining the Team USA ranks came out. Team USA announced their roster for the FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League yesterday, and two of the four team members currently reside in Louisville. Hailey Van Lith and Emily Engstler will return to the 3x3 court to help Team USA to another championship. 

Van Lith and Engstler are both 3x3 veterans, though neither were on Louisville's 3x3 team in last month's event. The pair both played in the 2018 3x3 U18 National Championship with Van Lith's team defeating fellow teammate Kylee Watson (Oregon) in the championship game. Engstler also competed in the 2017 event. The final member of the four player roster is Madison Hayes of NC State. Hayes and Van Lith have played together before, winning gold for Team USA in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup. HVL also has a 3x3 gold medal from the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

The event will be held in France starting on August 2nd and continuing through August 4th. The team will convene camp on July 29th. 

Morningstar Awarded

Paige Morningstar added to her trophy case yesterday when she was announced as the 2020-21 Pennsylvania Volleyball Athlete of the Year by USA Today. This came one day after MaxPreps named Morningstar as the top girls high school athlete in the country. Morningstar was named first-team All-State for the third straight year as she led North Allegheny to an undefeated season and their fourth straight state championship. Tori Dilfer should still have the setter position locked up for this season as she has been fantastic for the Cards, but Coach Dani Busboom-Kelly must be wondering what kind of rotations and tactics she can deploy if Morningstar is ready for the college game on Day 1. 

Brief Olympic Update

The three sports we've been most interested in so far for the Olympics are softball, women's soccer, and field hockey. Basketball will get underway in a couple of days. Since Japan is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time, writing in the morning is the perfect time to look at an update for the games

Team USA softball is having the most success so far, as they moved to 3-0 in the Round Robin portion of the tournament. As there are six softball teams, they've got two games remaining to try to make it to the gold medal game. USWNT is next on the docket. They just finished up their second game at time of writing. After a terrible opener against Sweden, Team USA was looking for a bounce back game to stay in contention for the knockout round. They should be able to advance out of group, as they knocked off New Zealand 6-1. 

Finally comes field hockey, where former Louisville star Ayeisha McFerran holds down the cage. At time of writing, Ireland is playing their first match of the tournament against South Africa. They just took a 2-0 lead right before the end of the third quarter. Look out for an update to the final score either on the podcast or in Jeff's article tomorrow. 

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

The show returns this week after a brief hiatus last week. We'll have four of the five regular hosts and should have plenty to talk about. There has been ample news throughout this week that will keep us busy. .

We've had some questions about how to listen to the show since it went off the airwaves so I'm going to run down the links below. If you want to listen live at 11AM, you can do that by going to Cardinal Couple's YouTube page and clicking on the live stream. Following the end of the show, that becomes a published video to the page you can watch back whenever. The other option is to wait for an hour or so after the show ends (a day or two if I'm not on that week's show) for the podcast to be uploaded. You can subscribe to the podcast in any of your favorite podcast platforms to have it sent straight to your device or listen to it right in your browser on the show's Anchor FM page. I also tweet (@bstcasescenario) the show link as soon as it's posted every week. Links to all of this are below.

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Until next time, Go Cards!

Friday, July 23, 2021

Payton Verhulst U19 World Cup -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Happy Friday, Cards fans! We have finally reached the end of the work week and now have the weekend to look forward to. Bright an early this morning the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremonies began.

We've barely scratched the surface of the Olympics and excitement continues to build. NBC and Peacock seem to be doing a majority of the streaming and coverage of events. I'm excited to see current and former Cards compete among different sports, but I'm also thrilled we have baseball and softball in the Olympics again. Cheerleading just got approved to become an Olympic sport effective the 2024 Olympics. That's something to look forward to in the future.

However, we do have some current UofL news involving women's basketball.

Payton Verhulst Participating in the U19 World Cup

Fans are eager to see Payton Verhulst in a Louisville uniform this winter, but the highly touted freshman has other business to take care of first.

Verhulst is one of 12 members that will play for the USA Basketball Women's U19 World Cup Team. They are currently training through July 27 before they head over to Europe.

The FIBA U19 World Cup will be held in Debrecen, Hungary from Aug. 7-19. Italy, Australia, and Egypt are all on the schedule so far for preliminary play.

Since 1985, Team USA has compiled a record of 86-13 in U19 play including eight gold medals, one silver, and one bronze. Let's hope they add a ninth gold medal.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

As of right now we are on for our Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast tomorrow. Daryl will be out, but I think the other four of us will be available. Our Cardinal Couple engineers Worldwide and Case have been working on setting us up using OBS as a replacement for Skype. OBS gives them more control on the audio settings and balance for each individual user.

Beyond the brief and simple explanation for the switch over you can check out the novel being written by our team of engineers on all of the benefits of OBS and how it will help us. Just don't ask me, I have a music degree.

Catch us at 11 a.m. Saturday ! Go to the Cardinal Couple You Tube page and click away. 

Happy Friday and Go Cards!


Thursday, July 22, 2021


 Happy Thursday, Cards fans! We've been switching writing assignments this week like musical chairs with Daryl and I taking some of the heavier labor with assistance from Case on Monday. Things still remain fairly quiet in terms of UofL news.

Many student-athletes have started making their way back to campus to begin training and conditioning. The commitment of being a DI student-athlete comes with much sacrifice including a condensed summer. I usually wake up at 6:40 to get ready for work and even many of these student-athletes have already been awake for quite some time for their morning workouts.

Katy and I had to plan out what was going to be on tv with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics having started. The lady of the house enjoys her time watching Big Brother and the Bachelor/Bachelorette (whichever is currently in season), but I gave her the talk that we'll be watching the Olympics on the big tv in the living room. Being the nice fiancé I am, I went out to buy an HDMI cable to hook up the second cable box to the tv in the bedroom so she could watch her show while I enjoy rooting for Team USA.

Courtesy of US Soccer

Speaking of the Olympics and Team USA, it was an ugly start for the Team USA women's soccer, who dropped their opening match in group play to Sweden 3-0. We do have to look at many of the members of the USWNT have been on the roster for the last two FIBA World Cups, if not longer, and may not have the same fresh legs as some of their opponents. Europe has really beefed up their women's soccer teams in recent years. But one loss doesn't knock them out.

Only 12 teams compete in the Olympics for women's soccer. There are three groups of four teams, labeled Group E, F, G. They received those three group names to avoid confusion with the men's Groups A-D. The top two finishes in each group advance to the next portion. The next top two finishers also advance, giving the next round a total of eight teams. Thankfully, Team USA still has Australia (ranked 9th in the FIBA rankings) and New Zealand (ranked 22nd). Sweden is currently ranked 6th with the Americans continuing to hold the top ranking.

Monica Abbott, courtesy of

Team USA softball also started the Olympics already. In fact, they're two games in already. In their opening game, Team USA (ranked 1st in the WBSC rankings) took down Italy (ranked 9th) 2-0. Then, at 8:00 p.m., ET, last night, the Americans went up against Canada (ranked 3rd). It was a close one as Team USA walked away with a 1-0 win.

Like the Team USA women's soccer, the softball squad features some veteran players. 38-year-old Cat Osterman and 35-year-old Monica Abbott are on the team this year. Both players pitched in the 2008 silver medal finish with Osterman also playing in the 2004 gold medal finish.

For softball, just six teams will compete in the Olympics this year: USA (ranked 1st), Japan (ranked 2nd), Canada (ranked 3rd), Mexico (ranked 5th), Australia (ranked 8th), and Italy (ranked 9th). The third and fourth place finishers in the round robin pool play compete in the bronze medal game will the top two finishers will battle it out for the gold.

I have no plans to stay up until 2:00 or 4:00 and I'm certainly not going to bed at 8:00 and trying to get up for some of the listed game times, but I will gladly watch games when and where I can.

Believe it or not, I have photographed MBB

On one last note and semi-tied to UofL, congratulations to former Card and current Bucks player Jordan Nwora on becoming a world champion as the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Finals Tuesday night.

Happy Thursday and Go Cards!


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Mid-July sports notes: Get your tickets NOW!! -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

We've switched up the line-up this week, readers.  Daryl checking in with you for Wednesday's coverage. 

Students are back on campus gearing up for the start of the school year, student-athletes adding practice and team work-outs to the agendas.  UofL starts classes on August 23rd, the athletic calendar kicking off with Women's Soccer vs Ball State Saturday, August 14th.  For me, the two fall sports I'm most looking forward to are both ticketed sports this season so I wanted to remind everyone to get their tickets and get them NOW! Follow the link  for your fall sport ticket needs. 

You can find the fall sports schedules to the RIGHT >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Reading over the gang's coverage this past week, Jeff had an interesting feature article talking about women's vs men's coverage and the work dedicated to the operations of local and other national squads (check out Sunday's article to read what I'm referencing)  I noticed this when visiting the WBB & VB ticket pages both through ticketmaster.  I did click the WBB tickets first.. no particular reason why.. and was amazed to see this is what the selection page looked like... Super cool visuals of the KFC Yum! Center and downtown Louisville. 

I mean.. this is what recruits see.. and their parents/friends who are not lucky enough to get on the guest ticket list. 

So imagine my disappointment to follow my search with an visit to the volleyball ticket page and not get the 3D pic of L&N Arena and Floyd St (shoutout Jared's UofL facility read from yesterday). I mean... it's not like it's an unacceptable graphic... it's just underwhelming (and I could be underestimating the effort it takes to make it happen; I am most certainly not on the CardCouple IT team) compared to the link for WBB season tickets. 

This is a very small mid-summer qualm I am vocalizing this morning, I do realize that much.  But I figured "I've gone this far, might as well keep on going"

I'm probably going to have the Olympics on in the background at work for the rest of the week for Team USAs events which looks like Softball and Soccer to finish out the week and Basketball over the weekend.  Tokyo, Japan is 13 hours ahead of the United States' Eastern Standard Time.  So either set your DVR or alarm clocks! And Let's go TEAM(S) USA!!!! 

Some personal business will keep me off the rotation until atleast next week so I'll sign off with well wishes to everyone reading this and as always, Go Cards.  


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Stadiums and Arenas -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


We continue to creep towards the start of the 2020-2021 season for UofL. And it does feel like we are creeping that way as games can't seem to start soon enough.

Louisville is home to some fine venues that fans of opposing teams have complimented. These stadiums can also provide a strong home field advantage.

Today, we'll take a look at some of the venues that house the fall sports.

Stadiums and Arenas

L&N Federal Credit Union Arena

Photo from west end zone of arena

The newest, well, most recently renovated, venue is L&N Federal Credit Union Arena, which is home to Louisville Volleyball.

Formerly known as Cardinal Arena, the VolleyCards have called this place home during two different eras. Cardinal Arena was the only home for Louisville during the days of Leonid Yelin as head coach as well as the early days of Anne Kordes as head coach. It wasn't until Kordes took over before Louisville started playing some larger matches at the KFC Yum! Center. By the time Kordes reached her final season in the fall of 2016, nearly every match was held at the KFC Yum! Center.

Dani Busboom Kelly came to Louisville in 2017, the same year UofL completely renovated the on-campus arena. Thanks to a generous donation by L&N Federal Credit Union, Cardinal Arena was renamed L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.

The newly-renovated arena now has a true arena-style feel with seating located a full 360° around the court. Most of the seating comes along the sidelines with a couple rows hanging out in each end zone, hovering above the floor and team benches. There is also a concession stand on the east side of the arena by the front entrance up against Floyd Street.

The 1,100-seat facility has seen plenty of sold out full house crowds with tickets being sold as standing room only before. Due to its small size, L&N Federal Credit Union Arena can be deafening for opposing teams.

The Cards have 13 home matches scheduled this year in the LNFCU. 

Dr Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium

Photo from northeast corner of stadium

The newest facility on campus not including renamed venues or renovations is Dr Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium, which houses both Louisville Women's Soccer and Louisville Men's Soccer. The stadium named is often shortened to Lynn Stadium, which we will refer to it as in this article.

Constructed in 2014, the stadium is still considered one of the best collegiate soccer facilities in the country and has even been used by Louisville's professional soccer team, Louisville City FC.

Lynn Stadium uses natural grass on the pitch and is maintained daily by the grounds crew. Fans can view the match from all sides of the stadium with a majority of the viewing area being the chairback seats on the south side of the stadium. The east end zone is made up of bleachers that sit up against the offices and locker rooms. There is a grass berm on the north side and west end zone with a playground located on the north berm.

Prior to their time at Lynn Stadium, the Cards played at the Louisville Track and Soccer Stadium on Floyd Street, right across the street from L&N Federal Credit Union Arena. Lynn Stadium is also located on Floyd Street, but further down near Cardinal Stadium (football).

The press box is located on the south side with the chairback seating. The south side of the stadium features a large awning to cover fans from the elements.

The Cards have 11 home matches scheduled this year in Lynn. .

Trager Stadium

Photo from west end of stadium

Louisville Field Hockey is the only fall team to only have not seen a new stadium or renovations in recent years. Trager Stadium has been home to the Cards since its construction in 2000. The Cards chose to celebrate my sixth birthday with a venue-premier win over Ohio on Sept. 22, 2000. Sorry if that makes you feel old!

Viewed as one of the premier field hockey facilities in the country, Trager Stadium has hosted six NCAA DI championships and three NCAA DIII championships.

Trager Stadium has a state of the art astro turf. The synthetic turf is thinner and harder than a football field turf, allowing players to run easily and the ball to roll smoothly. The turf also absorbs water well to prevent flooding but also to allow enough water to remain for a suitable playing surface.

In 2008, there was an expansion to Trager Stadium, adding many bleachers to raise the capacity to 1,500. All spectator seating is on the east side of the stadium with the benches and press box on the west side. The end zones remain empty.

The Cards have nine official home matches scheduled this year in Trager.

We are fortunate to experience these venues first hand on a yearly basis either from a spectator standpoint or in the press box. Admission is fee for soccer and field hockey while volleyball is a ticketed event.

We highly encourage you to visit each venue to check out a game sometime. Of course, if attending games in person isn't your thing, UofL does an excellent job with airing their games on the ACC Network or ACC Network Extra.

Also, in regards to that photo at the top of Louie flying, why did I just find out that we used to have Louie "fly" in from the rafters at Freedom Hall? That's actually really neat!

Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!


Monday, July 19, 2021


USA Wins 93-62 in Final Tune-Up

With Louisville continuing the summer dead period (the last UofL women's athletic event I can find news on is soccer wrapping up their youth camp), Racing Louisville off this week, and the WNBA on summer break for the All-Star game and Olympics, there really isn't much to talk about. One thing that is going on these days is the lead up to the Olympics. Team USA bounced back from their loss to Australia yesterday, but you'd be hard pressed to figure that out. After a number of searches, I was able to find the final score, but not a box score of any type. 

The game is a preview of how the two teams will open the Olympic games in Tokyo, as they're set to play one another on July 27th. The Nigerian team will hope to have two big boosts to their ranks in that game that they did not have yesterday, as Nneke Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams are not currently allowed to play for the team. Those two and Nneke's sister, Chiney, all applied for the opportunity to play for Nigeria after being left off of the USA Basketball roster. Chiney was allowed as a naturalized citizen, but Nneke and Williams were rejected. The three argue that they are all Nigerian citizens by birth due to Nigerian parents, but will need the Court of Arbitration of Sports to rule in their favor in the appeal to be able to play in the Olympics.

A big win for Team USA was very needed. The team hadn't lost in international competition since 2010 prior to the Australia game, so an Olympic gold medal was going to require a confidence boost. While the only Cardinal adjacent player headed to Tokyo for basketball is Merissah Russell as an alternate for Canada, ex-Cardinal Elizabeth Balogun helped this Nigerian team qualify for the Olympics. With a lot of young talent coming out of Louisville women's basketball in recent years and in the future, there may be a good chance to see Louisville Cardinals once again representing Team USA as Angel McCoughtry did for many years. Remember, both Hailey Van Lith and Olivia Cochran have been with youth versions of the team in recent years.

That's all for me today. A slow weekend will do that. Paulie should be back to these pages soon. 

Until next time, Go Cards!

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Sunday Cardinal Couple

Some Travel Thoughts

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest.  My brother, my mother, and I decided to take a long weekend and get away for a bit.  We quickly settled on Portland, Oregon for a destination.  We set a date, booked flights, and a hotel, and here we are in Pacific Daylight Savings Time.

There's a number of things that we have quickly come to appreciate about Portland.  We're staying in a very walkable part of the city in The Pearl District, and we have had good food, good beer, and even found a bar with a really excellent bourbon selection.  We also have been walking many of those calories off, hitting over 20,000 steps yesterday.

Sports Teams

Portland is home to the University of Portland Pilots, and the Portland State University Vikings.  Neither appear to be a very significant draw for sports fandom.

The city host an NBA team, the Trailblazers, and they have an ice hockey team, the Winterhawks.

The big draw in Portlandia sports, however, really seems to be soccer.  The Portland Timbers are an MLS side, and in their game at Providence Park here last night, they drew over 23,000 fans in a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas.  The organization running the Timbers, much like Soccer Holdings, LLC that runs Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville FC, supports several teams, four in fact.  In addition to the Timbers, they run the Timbers2 in the USL, Timbers U23s in USL League Two, and the Portland Thorns, the women's side currently sitting in a four way tie for first place in the NWSL.

A Twinge of Disappointment

Meeting up with my mother and brother in the hotel bar before heading out for dinner last night, the Timbers were on TV and I decided I would check on the Thorns schedule and to my pleasant surprise, they play tonight, here in Providence Park.  A quick consultation with the sibling and parental units and tickets were obtained.

In the process of getting the tickets, I searched for the Thorns website.  A quick google search later, and I found myself at  Here's what the header of the page looks like:

I was disappointed.  While the Thorns are very well supported here in Portland - the bar with the excellent bourbon selection referenced above featured a Thorns scarf as decoration more prominently than the Timbers counterpart - the organization, Peregrine Sports LLC, presents the Thorns as secondary to the Timbers, as an appendage to the top level men's team.

A Bit of Pride

Out of that disappointment, though, I felt a bit of pride in my hometown city.

The URL for Racing Louisville FC? and when you go to the page, you see no branding, no reference, not even a hint of the existence of Louisville City FC.  Racing Louisville FC is allowed to stand on it own with pride.

I see much of the same pattern with the University of Louisville, sports.  The UofL Women's Tennis team's Twitter handle is "@UofLTennis", while the Twitter handle for the men's team is "@UofLMTennis".  We've discussed in these pages before about how the UofL Athletics Department eschews the moniker "Lady Cards", explaining that using "Lady Cards" suggests that the women's teams wouldn't fully be representing the University as Cardinals as they would "merely be the Lady Cards".

I love that UofL, along with Racing Louisville/Louisville City gets this right.

Representation matters.  Presentation matters.  Many people say that women's sports gets lesser presentation because they draw less.  Meanwhile, this year's Women's College World Series in Softball drew an average viewership of over 1.2 million viewers, while it's counterpart the College World Series for Baseball drew an average of just over 750,000 viewers.

Women's sports can succeed, on its own, without being an appendage to men's team.  All that is needed is the chance to shine.

Thank you to UofL, and to Soccer Holdings LLC, for being a part of the solution.  As fans, we should occasionally take a moment and appreciate the efforts to which these organizations go to be part of creating gender equity.

Tonight, I'll be wearing a red shirt as the Thorns host the Orlando Pride to break that tie at the the top of the NWSL standings, but in my mind, I'll be thinking of the Lavender, Deep Violet, and Mint Green of Racing Louisville.  And of course, I can't wait to get back to Floyd street and wear the red and black of the Cardinals.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Cards Nominated for Honor -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Forrest and Schneider are NCAA WotY Nominees

Each year since 1991, the NCAA has named a "Woman of the Year". The award is based on academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service, and leadership. Each school nominates its own athletes to their conference office. Each conference office around the country will select one nominee to advance to the next round. At that point, the NCAA Selection Committee (hopefully not the same one as the basketball or baseball tournaments) picks the top-ten from each of the three NCAA divisions. The "Top 30" will all be honored at the final announcement ceremony in October. From the Top 30, the list is trimmed to a Top 9, three from each division, prior to the ceremony. The overall winner will be announced at the ceremony on October 17th in Indianapolis.

Louisville's nominees this season were Makenli Forrest and Meghan Schneider. Forrest will have a good claim at the athletic excellence portion for sure. She's a national champion in the Indoor Weight Throw after claiming gold this year. She also won the event at the ACC level. Adding to her athletic performances, Forrest was named the ACC Indoor Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year and was a 2021 Postgraduate Scholar. She sits on Louisville's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as well.

Schneider graduated with her bachelors degree in May with a 4.0. This came while studying biology with a concentration in subcellular genetics and minoring in Spanish. For her studies, she was named the NFHCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and received the Elite 90 Award for the NCAA Field Hockey Championship. She was also named a finalist for the Honda Award. On the athletic side, Schneider helped the field hockey team reach their first ever ACC regular season title and their first NCAA Final Four appearance. She was the NFHCA Defensive Player of the Week in October and was named to the All-American Third Team.

Both Forrest and Schneider are excellent candidates for the award, as their community service and leadership don't show on the page but have been evident in their time on campus. We'll keep you updated as the process develops. 

No CCRH This Week

For a variety of personal reasons, and a lack of topics to really dig into, we'll be taking this week off from the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour. In the meantime, come up with some topics you'd like to see us cover in a quiz or dig deeper into on the site. We should be back with the show next week so keep checking the site for updates.

Until next time, Go Cards!

Friday, July 16, 2021

Looking forward to the 2020 Olympics; FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 Good Friday morning Cardnation !

It feels like a great morning, it really does.  We're in the all-star break in a couple sports (WNBA, mlb & milb), i have had the opportunity to see a live show again last weekend & it just seems like personally, it was a very rewarding week and i am looking forward to the weekend to relax! 

When I started typing, I had no plan for what I would type.. my routine is to read up on the gang's posts from the week and see if any wheels start turning.  With not much going on on the Cardinal sports front and pro sports reaching their halfway marks, I cant help but to look forward to the Olympics.  


Team USA WBB faced the WNBA All-Stars a couple nights ago... it was an entertaining game if you did not get to see it, the All-Stars beat Team USA 93-85.  The 3-point shooting contest was held at half-time, veteran guard Allie Quigley from the Chicago Sky won her third triples crown. 

Team WNBA was coached by Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson, both former WNBA greats and Olympic teammates of Team USA coach, Dawn Staley. Thompson is coach of Virginia's women's team and Staley coaches at South Carolina. They are all good friends who won Olympic gold together and are Naismith Hall of Famers.  

After entering the 4th quarter tied at 66, the All-Stars beat USA 27-19 in the 4th quarter.  This site is not an Arike Ogumbawale fan-site, lets make that clear.. but she had 8 of Team WNBA's 4th quarter total.  She lead all scorers with 26 points in 26 minutes on the floor going 10-18 from the field and 5-10 from three point land which was good for the MVP honors of the game.  

If you recall, Team USA team started prepping for the Tokyo Olympics in November of 2019 when they went on a college campus tour making stops at Stanford, Oregon and Oregon State, Texas A&M, Uconn & UofL was the last stop in February of 2020 before the national team began its Olympic qualifying tournament campaign.  The IOC ultimately suspended the Tokyo Games on in late March of 2020 due to the condition of the global pandemic.  Angel McCoughtry should've gotten the opportunity to play in those games, unfortunately, a season ending injury in May of 2021 sidelined her for competition. She was, however, in the broadcasting booth for the All-star events this past week along-side LaChina Robinson and company.

Here is the Box Score from Team USA vs Louisville WBB 2/2/2020

Final score? It was ugly.. 

Clearly, the Cards could hang with the national team to open each half but lost all steam as it played out.  The Cards lost 60-15 in the 2nd and 4th quarters.  

Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird will be playing in their fifth Olympics.  Taurasi has had a hip injury and did not play vs Team WNBA saying she wants to be ready for Tokyo.  The Americans' Olympic opener is July 27 vs. Nigeria.


The University of Louisville is sending 10 athletes to the Olympic Games representing 10 different countries, in Tokyo, Japan.

The Cardinal contingent consists of Zach Harting (Swimming - USA), Tatiana Salcutan (Swimming - Moldova), Andrej Barna (Swimming - Serbia), Grigory Tarasevich (Swimming - Russia), Marcelo Acosta (Swimming - El Salvador), Murilo Sartori (Swimming – Brazil), Merissah Russell (Women's Basketball – Canada), Ayeisha McFerran (Field Hockey – Ireland), Ben Williams (Track & Field – Great Britain), Matt Hughes (Track & Field – Canada).

We do wish the Cardinals good luck in their events!  Its always Go Cards but ultimately its Go Team USA!! 
Have a safe weekend out there, readers!  Leave your favorite Summer Olympics sport in the comment section! 


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Way Too Early Season Predictions -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 Way Too Early Season Predictions

(EDITOR NOTE: Our columnist Jared Anderson likes to predict things. We all get a big chuckle out of some of his prognostications and occasionally, he's even pretty close to being right on a prediction. It's the old "even a blind squirrel finds a nut" theory with him. But, as always, a good read.) 

It's time to start some debate on here. Now...we just wait to see which member of the Cardinal Couple team wants to smack me the hardest.

The fall sports schedules have been out for about a week now so it's time to take a swing (and probably a miss) at the final results for each team.


Women's Soccer is the first team to start their regular season for the 2021-2022 season and have plenty of home matches to ease the schedule. Here's how I see the contests going: 

vs Ball State (W)

vs Western Michigan (W)

vs James Madison (W)

vs Northern Kentucky (W)

@ Saint Louis (L)

vs Western Kentucky (L)

vs Michigan (L)

@ Miami (W)

@ Syracuse (W)

vs Florida State (L)

vs Wake Forest (W)

@ Notre Dame (L)

vs NC State (W)

vs Boston College (W)

@ Virginia (L)

@ Clemson (L)

vs Duke (L)

Regular Season Record: 9-8, 5-5 ACC

The 15 points will be enough to get the Cards into the ACC Tournament as a low 7-or-8-seed, where they will bow out in the first round. Just to remind you, you get three points for a win and one point for a tie in the ACC. The top teams in the ACC are the top teams in the country and they're hard to beat, even on a good day.

The loss in the first round of the ACC Tournament drops the Cards to 9-9 and they miss out on the NCAA Tournament.


Volleyball has a pretty tough schedule with the additions of some highly-ranked non-conference opponents.. Here's how I see things going for them: 

vs Cal Poly at neutral site (W)

vs Texas A&M- Corpus Christi at neutral site (W)

@ Arizona State (W)

vs Missouri (W)

vs South Dakota (W)

vs Northern Kentucky (W)

vs Purdue at neutral site (L)

@ Xavier (W)

vs Kentucky (L)

@ Nebraska (L)

vs Miami (W)

vs Florida State (W)

@ Clemson (W)

@ Georgia Tech (W)

vs Boston College (W)

vs Syracuse (W)

@ Virginia Tech (W)

@ Wake Forest (W)

vs Virginia (W)

vs Pitt (W)

@ Duke (W)

@ NC State (W)

@ North Carolina (W)

vs Georgia Tech (W)

@ Notre Dame (L)

vs Duke (W)

@ Pitt (L)

vs Notre Dame (W)

Regular Season Record: 23-5, 16-2 ACC

The 16-2 conference record is enough to claim another share of the ACC title, sharing the honors with rival Pitt. Multiple wins against ranked teams and a conference title give Louisville a seed in the NCAA Tournament. No stranger to getting wins in the postseason, the Cards advance to their second ever Elite Eight.

Field Hockey

Field Hockey finished the season last year as one of the top teams in the country and made the Final Four. Their schedule, both in-conference and non-conference, are full of tough talent. My prediction for the Stick girls: 

vs Ohio (W)

vs New Hampshire (W)

vs Pennsylvania at neutral site (L)

@ Princeton (W)

vs Indiana (W)

vs Liberty (W)

vs Virginia (W)

vs Iowa (W)

at Duke (L)

@ Ohio State (W)

vs Wake Forest (W)

vs Miami OH (W)

@ Michigan (L)

@ Boston College (L)

@ Northeastern (W)

@ North Carolina (L)

@ James Madison (W)

vs Syracuse (W)

Regular Season Record: 13-5, 3-3 ACC

A tough schedule featuring both teams from last year's national championship leads to a few tough losses, but Field Hockey wins the opening round of the ACC Tournament before falling in the semifinals. A solid record and a good resume gets Louisville back to the NCAA Tournament, but they can't match last year's finish as they fall in the quarterfinals.


The other Cardinal Couple folks will probably take a jab at some predictions either in the articles or on air. We'll continue to break the seasons down more in the next month as the start of fall sports creep closer.

Ideally, each team goes undefeated and wins the national championship, but that's easier said than done. WSOC needs to find a scorer like Ekic and Field Hockey a playmaker like Pastor (both have graduated and gone on to professional careers). Is there that talented freshman or key player from last year that will step up and say: "I will fill that role"?  Time will tell. 

If you've got a different "take", I'd love to hear from you about it. Leave a comment in the comments section. 

Happy Thursday and Go Cards!