Sunday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

Wes Napper shows off the groom's cake his wife Cindy surprised him with. That icing looks thick and delicious. I would cut right into that Cardinal's head if I had the chance to.

Spread check: Louisville has opened as just a 1.5-point favorite over Pittsburgh. I'm surprised that the line isn't a touch higher, but I think it's understandable at this point.

Consider that:

--Pitt has had Louisville's number for the last four years and is really the only program that has defeated the Cards handily during the Charlie Strong era (20-3 in 2010 and controlled the 2011 game for almost the duration).

--U of L has always had a hard time getting up for scarcely-attended games inside NFL stadiums. The 11 a.m. kickoff time all but guarantees this will be the scene and setting for the game.

--Pitt is the first non-spread offense the Cardinal defense has faced this season. I know that would seem to be a positive, but seeing something drastically different for the first time seven weeks into the season is definitely a little scary.

--The Cards haven't exactly looked like world beaters over their last six quarters of football. If they couldn't beat FIU or Southern Miss - a pair of teams that lost to Boise State and Arkansas State by a combined 40 points yesterday - by more than one score, then what reason is there to believe they can beat Pitt handily?

Both respect and accolades are earned...unless they're coming from ESPN.

CBS has shaken up its bowl projections considerably after Saturday's events, and now has Louisville taking on Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

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Also notable is the fact that CBS now has 2011 Big East tri-champion West Virginia playing Alabama for the national championship.

Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune is the only one of the 60 AP voters to not have Louisville anywhere in his top 25. Hansen has Texas A&M at 17, Michigan at 19, Louisiana Tech at 21, and a Washington team that lost to LSU and Oregon by a combined 456 points at No. 25.

F'ing Notre Dame, man.

Having the players off and doing their own thing during bye weeks is great for them, but definitely makes the coaches and fans at least a little uneasy.

It's nice to see a key guy like Honey Mustard keeping his eye on the prize.

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The kickoff time for Louisville's Oct. 20 home game against USF should be announced at some point tomorrow. I'm sure if the Bulls' loss to Temple yesterday sealed this one's fate as a nooner, but I can't imagine it helped.

Eric Crawford digs the site upgrade.

# A little journalism inside baseball -- redesigned web sites for both SBNation and Fox Sports Next (formerly Scout.com) went live recently.

# Both are an improvement, but the SBNation revamp (CardChronicle.com locally) is one of the best-looking redesigns I've seen.

# SBNation, by the way, says the hoops meeting between UK and U of L is the nation's best top non-conference matchup this season.

# USA Today also has improved itself not only with its print and web redesigns, but with some seriously good hires in the past year.

# If only that redesign hadn't taken five years to launch.

# I once sat in on a Gannett meeting to tell us how cutting edge we were going to be, and they couldn't get the "webinar" equipment to work right.

The men's soccer team pulled out a big 2-1 come-from-behind win at Syracuse on Saturday. Dylan Mares and Zach Foxhoven netted the goals for the Cards (7-4, 3-1), who will face rival Indiana inside Cardinal Park at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

I'll only take issue with "jealous" and "uneducated."

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If you're going to take to Twitter to call someone you've never met before a "jealous whore," you probably shouldn't have a picture of you and your young child as an avatar. Also, someone who calls strangers names on the Internet generally isn't a true "lover of the arts" as Corey's bio suggests he is.

If I'm wrong about that then feel free to hit me up, CL. We'll drink dirty martinis and discuss Bergman films.

The women's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw with Georgetown on Sunday in a game that was televised by CBS Sports Network. The Cards now sit at 8-3-3 overall with a 3-2-2 mark in Big East play.

Last night while watching the Reds (REDS!) take game one of the NLDS, I was thinking about all the upcoming things to be excited about and was overcome by a moment of extreme giddiness. The football team is undefeated and about to begin its run at a Big East title, the first Red/White scrimmage is now less than a week away, Battle 4 Atlantis, Memphis and UK games, bowl game; it's all almost too much.

Baby 4 Behanan Blake, your thoughts?

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Agreed.

If you think the best Simpson's Treehouse of Horror story is anything other than "The Devin and Homer Simpson," you are wrong.

The Cardinal field hockey team bounced back from a tough 2-1 loss to No. 3 Connecticut on Saturday with a big 2-1 win over No. 11 Iowa today.

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James Quick on his Ohio State visit yesterday:

"They have great fans. That's what really caught my attention. The most impressive thing is how loud the fans got," he said, adding it was the loudest game he has ever been to.

Quick apparently said at the end of his visit that Ohio State and Louisville are now "about even."

One of those programs actually uses its wide receivers, James. It isn't the one you saw last night.

And finally, your tweet of the weekend:

A win by Kentucky over a visiting Kentucky team somehow doesn't result in a loss for Kentucky. Jacob had no problem understanding all the intricacies of Inception the first time he saw it.

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