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Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Cardinal Couple -- Rivalries

- ACC: Many long-established rivalries

-  Ogunbowale narrows list.

When we think of rivalries here at Louisville...our annual battles against Kentucky come to mind first. Over the years, the Cards have also established rivalries against Memphis, Cincinnati and Western Kentucky. These tend to transcend into other sports besides football and basketball. We'd also be remiss if we didn't mention the Louisville vs. UConn rivalry that exists in basketball. One that has been pretty much one-sided on the women's side, and pretty heated on the men's side.

Most Cardinal fans will identify with various responses when the names Auriemma, Calhoun, Cronin, Huggins, Dana Kirk, Mitchell or Calipari are brought up in conversation.

As UofL enters the ACC, they join a conference that has many rivalries...both in-conference and OOC. Let's take a look at a few by school:

Boston College. The Eagles and Syracuse have developed a good rivalry over the years and the meetings between BC and Notre Dame are referred to as "The Holy Wars". 

Louisville's chances of establishing a rivalry against BC are slim...distance between schools and talent level the main factors. 

Clemson. The Tigers have a big in-state rivalry with South Carolina and there's no love lost when Clemson and Florida State get together. Events against Furman also draw considerable interest in the Palmetto State. 

Any potential rivalry between the Cards and Tigers would be remote...the football battle this year will be a game of great interest, though, down there...and Clemson WBB does have a former Card in Charmaine Tay. 

Florida State. Miami and Fla. St. are main rivals and the Seminoles don't have a lot of respect for Notre Dame, either. Of particular note in WBB, Louisville had lost 10 consecutive games to the Lady 'Noles before Jeff Walz rolled into town. Sue Semereu hasn't been able to beat him or the Cards since. 

We'll probably never become main rivals with FSU...but any games will draw considerable interest since both schools are usually highly nationally ranked in the sports they participate in. 

Georgia Tech. The Ramblin' Wreck has a decent rivalry
going with in-state foe Georgia...other than that, not much. 

This has potential to be a minor rivalry for the Cards...especially in hoops...where the memory of Bobby Cremins lives on in many Cardinal fans' recollection and the relatively short drive between the two schools. 

Notre Dame. It seems the Fighting Irish are rivals with just about anyone that meet. Michigan State, Michigan, USC, Purdue, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Florida State...the list goes on & on.

The Cards and Irish have also established some fierce competition lines over the years and those will pick right up where they left off now that we're conference foes again. 

Duke. Duke and North Carolina is maybe the largest rivalry in college sports. The Blue Devils are another of those schools that everyone seems to take great delight in beating. 

Kentucky, Louisville, all the Carolina schools, Florida State, Syracuse and the entire Catholic contingent...well, the list goes on and on. Coach K. and Coach Joanne P. are hot button items and Louisville ex-Field Hockey head coach Pam Bustin will raise a little dust when they show up in the 'Ville in October. 

Other rivalries we'll see...

Pitt - Penn St., West Virginia
North Carolina - Duke, NC State, Wake Forest and Virginia
Virginia Tech - Virginia
NC State - Wake Forest, Duke, UNC

Which of these 14 schools in the ACC will become a "rivalry game" for Louisville down the road, years from now? Only time will tell...but the competition frenzy will be just as intense as it was back in the days of the Metro, CUSA and Big East. 

Which rivalries do you see as the biggest in the ACC? Which ACC schools do you see the Cards having a chance to establish a rivalry with? Let us know in the comments section.

Milwaukee Prep Star considering Louisville WBB

Add another name to the 2015 Louisville WBB wish list.
Arike Ogunbowale has two and basketball. There are many colleges and universities that would love to have the 2015 prospect on campus playing either.
She has turned her focus directly to hoops, though... and has indicated that Jeff Walz and the Cards are in her top five.
Arike is a top-10 prospect in the 2015 class and the 5'9" guard has narrowed it down to Ohio State, UCLA, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Louisville.
She's had a busy and productive summer. A member of the USA U 17 squad that won the FIBA World Championships...she averaged almost 11 points and four rebounds a game in the USA's 7-0 run.
Her plans are to visit all five schools if possible and then sit down with family members and narrow the list.
On Louisville, she comments:
" I can't wait to see what Louisville has to offer. I like Walz as a coach. I like the city of Louisville. They have a great program and great facilities. It'll be a tough decision."

ESPNW says:

Strong, athletic off-guard with a scorer's mentality; physical off the bounce, elevates and finishes with consistency in mid-range game; developing deep threat game.

We at CARDINAL COUPLE say...scoring guards who can jump and hit the three are always welcome on Belknap Campus.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday Cardinal Couple - Fall Sports Day and Sad News

Fall Sports Day

UofL will host a Fall Sports day on August 16th from 3-5pm at Cardinal Arena.  All of the fall sports will be represented with the exception of Women's Soccer as they will be on the road for an exhibition match at Indiana University.  Of women's sports, that means Volleyball and Field Hockey will be in attendance.

This event is an expansion of the annual Football Fan Day and will have the usual fare for a UofL Fan event, with inflatables for kids (and kids at heart), photo booths, face painting and other activities will be available.  There will also be autograph and picture opportunities with some players and coaches.  Concessions will also be available in the lobby along with Cardinal Authentic merchandise.

If you haven't yet purchased tickets for Women's Soccer and Volleyball, the ticket windows at Cardinal Arena will be open to fulfill your needs.

This sounds like a fun event and it sounds like they're expecting quite a crowd.  RSVP at

Sad News From the Spirit Squads

The UofL Athletic Department is reeling from the loss of one of the senior cheerleaders this week.  If you've
been following the Louisville area news you may have heard that Danielle "Dani" Cogswell was found dead in her apartment at Cardinal Towne just of the UofL campus Monday morning.  No foul play is believed to be involved, but her death is being investigated by the Louisville Metro Police Department as a potential overdose.

Obviously a death in a person so young is always tragic and this is no exception.  The Spirit Squads have a similar sort of esprit de corp as we see in the varsity sports teams, and indeed there are many friendships the cross over the Spirit Squad/Varsity Sport boundary.

Our sympathies to the Cogswell family and all who knew Dani.

Pauley Pavilion Damage is Extensive

Paulie referenced the water main break near the UCLA campus yesterday and the flooding of Pauley Pavilion yesterday.  News from the initial assessment from the facility are not good.  The wood floor is already showing signs of expanding and buckling and will likely have to be completely replaced.  Other facilities in the building such as locker rooms, and facilities in nearby buildings including the UCLA Hall of Fame and Athletic Department offices have also sustained heavy damage.  Repairs to the facilities are expected to run into the millions of dollars.

UofL, of course, has had experience with similar sorts of calamities, with flooding on Floyd Street after a water main broke in the vicinity of the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in July of 2011.  Fortunately very little damage was sustained to UofL facilities in that failure.  Flash flooding from rain occurred in May of 2012, again with only minimal damage to UofL facilities.  The largest damage was sustained from a flash flood event in August of 2009, with damage estimates in the $15 million range.



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday Cardinal Couple -- Mariya Moore ready for more.


- Mariya ready for more

- Pauley Pavillion floods


As an applicant athlete back in 2011, Mariya Moore (Salesian H.S./Richmond, Calif.) made her way to USA Basketball’s Women’s U16 National Team trials on her own, with the hope many young girls had-- to make the national team.

Being an applicant athlete is tough, as you are competing against the most talented girls around the nation, some of whom were invited by the USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committee to participate, however, this does not mean any one player has a greater or lesser chance of making the team.

In fact, several applicant athletes have made a USA Basketball team and gone on to win gold medals. In 2011, that wasn’t the case for Moore.

It would be easy to give up and refuse to try again, and Moore said she sometimes felt like that, but she refused to let that attitude overtake her.

“Not making it definitely changed my outlook on things,” Moore said. “When I first came and paid my own way, I worked really hard to try to make the team, but I didn’t, and sometimes for me personally, that could bring me down.

“It also just pushed me to work harder so that I would never again have that same feeling,” she continued.

In 2014, she was no longer an applicant, but was instead invited to participate in the USA Women’s
U18 National Team trials, and this time, she made the 12-member roster.

“Coming from being an applicant before lets me know that anyone can make this team; they just have to work hard.”

Back in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this week for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team training camp, Moore is appreciative of the opportunity and ready to take on the challenge of playing for a gold medal. The USA will begin play at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Aug. 6.

“Training camp has been competitive; intense,” she admitted. “We’re teammates, and off the court we’re cool, but we know when we’re on the court and the ball goes up, we’re going hard every time. And then after it, we’ll be cool again.”

Playing under the instruction of head mentor Dawn Staley (University of South Carolina) and assistant coaches Kim Barnes Arico (University of Michigan) and Jeff Walz (University of Louisville), Moore is trying to absorb and take advantage of every moment, especially when it comes to her interactions with coach Walz, who also will be her college mentor this fall.

As an incoming Louisville freshman, Moore has been on campus for almost two months now, and though being away could result in her having a few things to catch up on, she is happy to be with USA Basketball this summer on a journey she will share with the person who will guide her for the next four years of her life.

“College is definitely treating me well, I’m enjoying it. But being here with coach Walz this summer is special,” Moore shared.

Link to story


WE parodied the failed attempts of Don Paulie to get his own pavillion established at UofL women's home events several weeks ago on our radio show. Could The Don maybe delivered some payback?

                      Flooding from ruptured water main threatens UCLA's Pauley Pavilion

CARDINAL COUPLE did ask The Don if he had any knowledge of the wet goings-on out at UCLA.

His response:

" I don't know nothin' about that or any other supposed activities in
California. Me and Johnny were in Louisville and we got plenty of witnesses.

We was feeding the ducks down by the lake at Cave Hill Cemetery when this happened.

A place of business has to be careful about things, never know when a pipe
might burst, toilet back up or a couple of "collection" guys stop in and leave a
gentle reminder about who IS the real Paulie...and that he shouldn't be messed with...

Going forward...we'd like to extend our hopes and desires that this new aquatic facility
in Los Angeles becomes a success...and that our security and protection services are
available if needed..."


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday Cardinal Couple -- Women's Soccer faces early opening tests


- Women's Soccer faces early road tests

- Who was your UofL women's sports Player of the Year?

It isn't easy being UofL women's soccer head coach Karen Ferguson Dayes these days...

Beside preparing for the home season's opener against Ole Miss on Aug. 29th. as part of a opening stadium debut in Lynn Stadium...her squad faces two exhibition games on the road the the first two regular season games as the visiting squad also.

Soccer "kicks off" on 8/13 with the season opening exhibition in Knoxville against SEC power Tennessee. Three days later they head north to face BIG 10 foe Indiana for an exhibition match. 

The regular season begins six days later at Wright State.

Two days later, the "kickin" Cards head to Champaign, IL. to take on the Fighting Illini. 

It is a season that will test Louisville women's soccer...especially since scoring machines Charlyn Corral and Christine Exeter have graduated. 

Stylish Casey Whitfield is one of the leading returning
scorers for Louisville women's soccer.
In fact, over half the goals scored by Louisville women's Soccer in 2013 have to speak. Coach Karen will look to senior Angelika Uremovich...returning from a year off due to injury...Shannon Dennehey and Casey Whitfield to find the back of the net.

The Cards do return goalie Paige Brown to shore up a defense that also took some major hits due to graduation.

Louisville's 12-5-2 record and NCAA Tournament selection may be a hard feat to accomplish in say the least.
The 7-1 AAC conference record will also be a major challenge to repeat in talent-laden ACC conference play.. .

Seven ACC schools were ranked in the top 25 at the end of the NCAA Tournament in 2013. Florida State lost to UCLA in the championship game. The Cards will go there on Sept. 25th.

This 1-2 scoring punch for the 2013 squad will be greatly missed.
10 ACC conference games  await in addition to the rival match against UK and two other in-state challenges from Morehead State University and NKU.

No official 2014 women's soccer roster has been released yet and CARDINAL COUPLE is still trying to get in for a pre-season interview with Coach Ferguson-Dayes. 

Higher stakes, better opponents and challenging away games await in the next three months before ACC Tournament play starts on 11/7. A state of the art stadium to host 10 visitors as well.

A transition season in several aspects for women's soccer.

The challenge awaits. 


We've posted a poll over on the Right Side of the Site asking you who was your UofL women's sports Player of the Year in the 2013-14 season.

It was tough to narrow it down to four players...and someone will undoubtedly gripe about us leaving their choice off the list...but we selected:

- Shoni Schimmel  (if you have to ask why...welcome back from your four year trip to Mars)

- Charlyn Corral (senior soccer star led UofL in goals)

- Nikki Boltja (lacrosse forward was the leading scorer)

- Catlin Welch (volleyball's best Libero ever )


Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Cardinal Couple -- Can sputtering Dream finish atop WNBA East?


- Losers of last the Dream fading?

For the first 20 games of the WNBA season, the Atlanta Dream arguably looked to be the best team in the WNBA.

After Sunday's loss to Washington (Atlanta's fourth loss in a row) they now resemble one of the worst in the pro basketball conference...only Seattle has lost more in a row.

Atlanta still has a three game lead in the East with ten games to go and they are the only team in the East over .500 at 15-9. The recent trend is disturbing, though. 

After a breakout performance in the WNBA All-Star Game, it's back to normal for Shoni Schimmel...17 minutes a game, no double figure performances and sharing guard duties with Dumeric and Thomas. 

Heading into the playoffs around the .500 mark is nothing new for Atlanta...they have been only a few games over a losing record the last couple of years that they made it into the WNBA Playoff and to the finals. 

In 2009, Angel's first season, Atlanta went 18-16. They finished 2nd in the East but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

2010 produced a 19-15 record but a 4th place finish in the East. Atlanta caught on fire in the playoffs and went to the WNBA finals...losing to Seattle.

2011 brought a 20-14 regular season total and a 3rd place East finish. It also produced their second straight trip to the finals...losing to Minnesota.

2012 was quite similar...19-15 and another 3rd place East finish. Indiana knocked the Dream out of the WNBA Playoffs in the semifinals

Last year, Atlanta struggled to a 17-17 mark in regular season play...good for 2nd in the East...but caught fire in the playoffs....getting to the finals and losing to the Lynx.

Here's the remainder of the schedule:

THURS 7/31 @ TULSA  
FRI 8/8 @ LA

The road trip in August with four games in six days looks particularly challenging...the Dream covering a staggering 7,127 miles in 144 hours.

Flights, hotel beds, road meals...all can play a continuing role in a team's well-being and success. Let's hope the huge Shoni fanbase that Atlanta will have greet them in opponents' arenas can counter-effect the fatigue of travel. 

And...maybe a few more minutes for #23 wouldn't hurt either...


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Cardinal Couple -- Whatever happened to ??


- Whatever happened to...

We had an inquiry a couple of weeks ago on whatever happened to a UofL WBB player that left the program. We decided to revive the "Whatever Happened To?" segment we used to do here.  Here ya go with our first installment:


Harrington was a part of the 2010 incoming class after a year of junior college. Her 2010-11 stats as a Card were 16 games played, 5.1 minutes per game, 1.8 ppg. She decided to transfer in April of 2011...looking for more playing time...and she found it at South Dakota. She started every game in her two years there and was the Summit League Conference Tournament MVP as a senior in 2014. SD lost the Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Harrington averaged 12.4 ppg and 5.6 rebounds her senior season. 

The Summit League has an interesting makeup...

Summit Conference Standings

North Dakota State2-126-24
Western Illinoishe 6-814-16
South Dakota7-719-13
South Dakota State13-122-9

Harrington also received a fair share of national attention when her fiancee proposed to her during the season...


South Dakota senior wing Polly Harrington will remember her final game at the Dakota Dome for the rest of her life, and it has nothing to do with the 16 points she scored in USD's 99-88 loss to rival SD State. 

With the team apparently honoring her on the court after the game, Harrington's boyfriend snuck up behind her, dropped to a knee and proposed to her. A stunned Harrington said "Yes!" to the delight of the crowd and her teammates. 

Is there a former WBB Card you'd like an update on? Just let us know either by e-mail or drop a request in the comments section. We'll research your request for our next "Whatever Happened To?"

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Cardinal Couple -- Starting Ms. Schimmel ??


- What role is best for Shoni Schimmel?

- Fat Friday Trolley Hop a rollicking good time




Does the All-Star MVP Deserve to Start?

There has been a lot written in the media and discussed on line about the
appropriateness of Shoni Schimmel coming off the bench for her Atlanta Dream
team.  Facing Atlanta coming to play the Lynx, Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve was
asked whether she thought there might be a change in Atlanta’s starting lineup. 
Coach Reeve said, “I expect to see a change.  How can you not start the MVP of the
All-Star Game?”  That is a good question that many people are asking.  To add to
the irony of the situation, the Lynx were having a celebration of NA heritage at
the game, and they had thousands of Native American fans coming to the game to
see Shoni play, not to see her sit on the bench.

Women's basketball has been struggling in many places to put fans in the seats,
and does not have the dynamic slams to entertain like the NBA has.  Therefore,
it has to value the entertaining nature of Shoni's game and not dismiss it as
showboating.  Anyone who has watched her play knows she plays to win first and
foremost, but she also enjoys being creative and entertaining, and she uses her
play to inspire her teammates and help them win games.  You do not have to play
boring basketball to win. 

It was nice to hear Jeff Walz note the entertainment value of Shoni’s game in an
article in Slam Magazine about Shoni Schimmel by Mirin Fader.  The article was
titled “Dream Big.”

 ( mel-atlanta-dream/). 

People have to remember that sports are first and foremost entertainment.  If
the WNBA is to survive and prosper economically, it has to value what is
entertaining and what is exciting for the fans.  The fans voted Shoni on the
All-Star team, not because she is Native American, but because she is one of the
most exciting and entertaining players to watch in the WNBA. 

Off and on I have played and coached BB since the 1950s.  I can remember back in
the 1950s when the mostly White establishment outlawed the slam dunk in college
and high school BB.  That misguided rule held BB back more than a decade until
the fans eventually demanded the dunk be allowed.  To me, those media people who
demean and dismiss Shoni’s game are similar to those who wanted to keep the
men’s game in the conservative dark ages back in the 1950s and 60s. 

Believe it or not, the dunk is still banned in warmups in college games.  The
ban was not because of the fear of bending the rim or breaking the glass;  it
was because excessive flamboyance offended the conservative establishment.  This
is also why we still have that stupid rule about excessive celebration in
college football.  And it is why the conservative media and establishment in
women’s basketball is still uncomfortable with the free-wheeling, creative and
flamboyant nature of Shoni’s entertaining style of basketball, better known to
Native Americans as Rez Ball.

I have gotten frustrated with commentators on ESPN being critical of her game
every time a pass or shot goes array, but then in another article lament the
attendance problem at women's basketball games.  Why do they insist the game be
played so conservatively, and then at the same lament the lack of fans in the
stands.  Shoni and the WNBA All Star game showcased how entertaining women's
basketball can be, and how creative and high risk plays and shots can contribute
to excellent play and to winning as well as be entertaining.

Nevertheless, I am not as critical of Atlanta coaches as some others I have
read.  The Dream have other guards who are very good players.  Tiffany Hayes has
been phenomenal, and has been very entertaining in her own right this season. 
Jasmine Thomas is a very good guard who plays excellent defense, can hit the
open shot and can drive to the basket.  But she is not an ideal point guard. 
She does not see the court well, does not feed the post well and is not
particularly good at leading the fast break. The Dream added the French PG
Celine Dumerc, and she is still adjusting to the WNBA. But she can play and
deserves playing time as well.  Shoni is the only one of the guards who can be
both a good PG and a good shooting guard. 

People have been writing articles as though Shoni has been a rarely used reserve
all season, but that has only been true of the last four games just prior to the
All-Star game.  In the first 17 games, she averaged 24 minutes per game, which
was the fourth most minutes on the team.  From the time she was announced as an
All-Star on July 8, her minutes were immediately diminished to an average of
only 10 minutes per game, even though her team was up a +16 during those ten
minutes when she was on the floor.   Despite barely playing in the four games
after she was announced as an All-Star, she is still fifth on the team in
scoring, second in assists, and first in free throw percentage.  And she leads
the team in three point shots made. 

From an external perspective, it appears she was punished severely for having
the audacity to be elected an All-Star, even though it was the Dream that put on
her name on the ballot.  Not playing in those four games after being elected an
All-Star made her stats at the All-Star Game look bad, and virtually everyone in
the media has made a big deal of her poor stats going into the All-Star game.

I have no problem with Shoni not starting, but letting her play 10 minutes or
less is not good for her, not good for her team and not good for the WNBA. 
Bringing her off the bench gives the reserves an extra explosive offensive
player who can create for herself and others.  It does not necessarily mean the
coach thinks she is not one of the five best players on the team.  Many teams
bring off the bench a talented sixth player to help their reserves and put
pressure on the other team's reserves.  Shoni’s sister, Jude, essentially played
that role for Louisville last year.

In the end, Coach Reeve was indeed surprised at the start of the
Minnesota/Atlanta game because Shoni did not start, but Shoni did get 31 minutes
in a double OT, 50 minute game.  In the game. Shoni hit five threes, scored 17
points, had 8 assists, 2 steals, 3 rebounds while making only one turnover.. 
She also literally grabbed the ball and wrestled it away from Minnesota’s
All-Star PG Lindsay Whalen while both players had both hands on the ball. 
Lindsay is bigger and supposed to be a lot stronger than Shoni, but Shoni
fearlessly grabbed the ball while in Lindsay’s hands and wrestled it away from
her.  Then Shoni dribbled the ball to the hoop and made a no-look pass to a
teammate for an easy layup. 

While the game was tied at the end of the fourth quarter with less than ten
seconds to play, Shoni went for the steal against Maya Moore, the WNBA’s leading
scorer; and, with a teammate’s help, Shoni got the steal.  Shoni then took the
ball to the Dream’s hoop where she attempted a highly contested short hook shot
to win the game.  It bounced off the rim and a teammate’s put back also went off
the rim, so the game went to overtime.   Those are the kind of surprising and
exciting plays Shoni’s fearless and flamboyant play brings to the game. 

The Lynx won the game 112-108 in double OT.  Five All-Stars played in this game. 
Maya Moore scored 48 points in the game, and seven  players scored 17 or more
points in the game.  The game certainly followed the pattern of the All-Star
game with brilliant, competitive and startling plays on both sides.  All the
fans were entertained.



The end of the month Friday Night Fat Friday Trolley Hop on Frankfort Ave. in Crescent Hill had absolutely perfect weather and a great entertainment lineup last evening. CARDINAL COUPLE crew Paulie, Sonja and Worldwide were on hand to see the country-rock, up and coming stars Ben Knight and the Welldiggers and the legendary Juggernaut Jug Band.

It was four hours of fun and great music! The electic Juggernaut Guys (Roscoe Goose, Slim Chance and Skip Tracer) were buoyed and inspired by the large, appreciative crowd to put on one of the best shows I've seen the boys do in a long time. That, without a bass player...(Nick O' Time has left the band)...the trio roared through classics like "Waiting For That Chicken Pie To Cool" and an absolutely hilarious tribute to Led Zeppelin while keeping the crowd enertained with their snappy dialouge.

They'll be at Joe Huber's in Starlite, IN tonight. Go if you have a chance.