At a time when — and I’m removed from alone — we’d like an escape from the bracing turmoil of actual life, it was Wild Card Weekend, and sufficient hoops to sate.
Frankly the one factor that might have made it higher would have been a W by the Cardinal males over Gonzaga in a put-together-at-the-last- minute recreation.
And, oh, perhaps, the NCAA saying it was dropping its fees in opposition to U of L hoops.
However, apart from that . . .
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The Cardinal Ladies’s Group blew out one other foe.
This time, Clemson, 70-45.
I’ll reiterate that, not like males’s hoops, the place I feign a modicum of experience, I can not declare any on the subject of the ladies’s recreation. Haven’t watch sufficient to know the nuance and parameters of means.
Which doesn’t imply I received’t weigh in on Jeff Walz’s present squad.
My perception is it’s his finest but at Louisville.
There’s something totally different, although I’m not astute it sufficient to fairly put my finger on it.
Depth involves thoughts. Eleven performed Sunday within the delayed begin tilt in opposition to the Tigers. Eight logged important minutes.
What additionally stands out is the maneuverability and agility of the bigs. Olivia Cochran simply appears to be like totally different than any of the taller gamers who’ve worn the Purple & Black prior to now. Elizabeth Dixon remains to be enhancing.
Stupendous Hailey Van Lith is only a rookie. The Smiths can each ball. Kianna was the main Card scorer on Sunday. Elizabeth Balugon is all that. I really like Norika Konno’s regular presence.
Oh yeah, group chief, Nationwide POY candidate Dana Evans delivers. She’s the one senior on the squad.
The Cardinals held Clemson to 19/70 taking pictures. In addition they play D.
The offensive motion simply appears extra fluid and complex than previous seasons, even those with Closing 4 recreation appearances.
I’ll cease earlier than I put my foot in my mouth.
They’re good, legit nationwide title contenders.
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Wrapped across the chic U of L W had been victories by my three rooting pursuits within the NFL playoff video games.
Lamar Jackson. In fact.
Off the schneid. With a scintillating come from behind efficiency.
Such a pleasant child. I’m so glad for him. Go Ravens.
The Saints I really like, as a result of New Orleans is my second favourite city. I keep in mind JazzFest the 12 months NO received the Tremendous Bowl. The townsfolk had been nonetheless pumped and proud and vocal about it in late April.
Which brings me to the Browns.
This season I’ve lastly returned to the group of my youth. I’m sporting my new Browns hoodie as I write. When it arrived six days early on Saturday morning, I had a superb feeling about Sunday evening.
As these lifelong Louisvillians as deep of their dotage as I’m know, the Browns had been the group we noticed each Sunday within the 50s, earlier than the NFL had a nationwide TV contract.
The video games had been all the time at 1:00. An early arriver, I’d anxiously activate the telly at midday or so, and endure no matter for the hour till kickoff.
Marion Motley. Lou Groza. Dante Lavelli. Otto Graham. The GOAT Jim Brown.
Sunday’s smackdown of the archrival Steelers was merely tremendous.
It’s behind a paywall, however, in the event you do subscribe to theathletic.com, go learn the most effective piece I’ve ever examine lifelong diehard fandom. It’s by a fantastic author, Joe Posnanski, who has lived and died with the fortunes of the Browns by way of the many years.
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I additionally spent Saturday watching athletics.
I truly took notes all through the day about stuff I’d write about.
How the Indy Colts didn’t convert once they wanted to.
How Andrew Jones hit the sport profitable trey on the buzzer for a Texas Longhorn victory. On the third anniversary of the day he discovered he had leukemia.
How Kentucky appears to be like like a very totally different group than the one which began 1-6.
How there’s a child who noticed his first motion for Ohio State, after simply enrolling on 12/13. After lacking his whole junior season of HS ball, then skipping his senior 12 months. After solely two practices with the Buckeyes.
How rather more enjoyable it’s to look at a recreation when there are followers within the stands.
How scary it’s to look at gamers share water bottles.
How a lot totally different it’s to look at Auburn vs. Alabama play these days, than it was again on the SEC Recreation of the Week, with John Ferguson and Joe Dean on the decision of largely boring video games.
How superb Ian Eagle and Charles Davis are, calling NFL video games.
However I’ll spare you the main points.
— c d kaplan