Something different from your old pal Chick. Here are a few things to think about as hump day is upon us...On the UNC game:
- The Good: (1)The defense held UNC to 14 points last weekend. That's pretty darn good considering they'd averaged 31ppg leading up to last Saturday. The defense has still not allowed more than 17 points in a game this year. (2)The offense moved the ball up and down the field at will in the first half and dominated the time of possession.
- The Bad: (1)The offense moved the ball up and down the field at will in the first half, dominated time of possession, and still didn't score any points. (2)The offense couldn't do anything right in the second half, and we lost a game that you would have easily thought we won if you just peeked at the box score. More 1st downs, more total yards, more rushing yards, and we had the ball longer.
- The Ugly: (1)Nine penalties for 78 yards, and almost all of them killed a drive or set us too far back in down and distance to get going again. (2)Two missed field goals in the first half when we had clearly dominated the game up until that point. The team was ready to start oozing confidence, and seeing the ball go wide left twice had to have crushed them. (3)TB-5 throwing another pick in a crucial situation. I know your a freshman dude, but you can't give the ball back to them when your in scoring position.
On the UC game:
- The good: (1)The offense did look like they had something going for a while last week during Watson's first game calling the plays. It's not outside the realm of possibility to assume that they will improve upon that this week. (2)The talent on defense for Cincinnati won't be anywhere near what it was against UNC; that front seven for UNC will be the very best the Cardinals will see all year. So,.. keep digg'n Watson.
- The bad: (1)We're on the road again, and the Bearcats have one of the best offenses we will see all year; I'd be hard pressed to say that our defense will hold them to under 17 points. (2)Zach Collaros has been on fire; almost 250yds of total offense/ game, 63% completion rate, 148 QB rating, 13 TDs and 3 INTs. Keeping him contained will be a big-BIG challenge.
- The Ugly: From 1998 through 2007 the Keg of Nails made it's home on Floyd Street every year except for 2002 (I hate Geno Guidugli). This series is the oldest in the history of the University of Louisville's football program. It spans 10 decades, 3 conferences, and it is filled with names like Johnny Unitas, Tom Jackson, Otis Wilson, Ted Washington, Sam Madison, Dave Ragone, and Michael Bush. On Saturday afternoon these two teams will square off in Paul Brown stadium for the 51st time, with Cincinnati taking the last three in a row. That means that unless the Cardinals win, seniors like Greg Scruggs, Josh Chichester, Victor Anderson, and Dexter Heyman will never know just how heavy that Keg of Nails really is.
On Basketball season being right around the korner:
- The Good: (1)Basketball season is almost here!! The events Friday night are merely the apetizer for what lies just over the horizon. The first exhibition game takes place in just two weeks. We have a team full of young men who captured our hearts last year to mix with a talented group of young players, shaken-not stirred. (2)With all that talent, depth, and experience waiting to be unleashed, this promises to be one of the best rosters ever to take the floor for Rick Pitino while at Louisville. AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
- The Bad: I wish I didn't have to write anything here, but I heard Howie Lindsey say on the Under Dogs yesterday that we won't see Roc or Blackshear on Friday, as neither one of them are ready to go yet. I'm not a doctor, I'm not Fred Hina, and I don't know what any of that means,... but I don't like it. I don't like it one little bit.
- The Ugly: (1) Despite the fact that I really think the best possible landing spot for Louisville in this whole realignment mess is the Big12, it really is sad that the best basketball league in the country is slowly dying a demoralizing death right before our very eyes. I hope the hate and spite for Pitt and Syracuse are tangible this year when they come into the YUM! Center. (2) I heard Lachlan McLean say earlier tonight, on his show, that he couldn't wait for UK's local tip off lunchon on Thursday so he could ask John Calipari exactly what he meant when he said UK was the only program in the state. I'm sure he's not the only person in the local media who feels that way. I fully expect Johnathan to talk his way around the question with all the skill and grace of a seasoned politician; and, even if he doesn't I hope Rick Pitino just lets it go. I've said it before and I'll say it again, John Calipari and .00001% of UK fans (BLAAAAHAHAHA) only say crap like that to get a rise out of Rick and Louisville fans. The best way to shut them up is to get a win on 12/ 31. Anything else is kind of like feeding a magwai after midnight.
Conference play begins Saturday, and there is still time for this team to make believers out of each and everyone of us much the same way that last year's team did. Rutgers pounded Pitt last weekend, and that should let everyone know without a doubt that the Big East is definitely "up for grabs" again this year. Forget FIU,.. forget Marshall,... forget UNC,... the next 7 games will determine the fate of this team and the seniors who have bled for us over the last four years. With that in mind I leave you with this to ponder from now until kickoff on Saturday.
Once more unto the breech dear friends, once more. When the blast of war blows in our ears, imitate the actions of a tiger. Summon up the blood and disguise fair nature with hard fevered rage, now let slip the dogs of war!! The game is afoot men; follow your spirit, and upon this charge, cry...