This is Roxy the beagle "going hard" according to owner, Loren Stout.
I only hope Roxy is ready for about 55 emails asking her where she got those football gloves. But seriously, how do you get those football gloves? They're just so awesome.
Your full list of host sited for the 2013 NCAA Tournament:
First Four (March 19 and 20)
--University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
Second and third rounds (March 21/23) and (22/24)
--The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan (Host: Oakland University)
--Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky (Host: University of Kentucky)
--EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah (Host: University of Utah)
--HP Pavilion, San Jose, California (Host: West Coast Conference)
--University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio (Host: University of Dayton)
--Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (Host: University of Texas at Austin)
--Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri (Host: TBD)
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Host: Temple University)
Regional sites (March 28/30) and (29/31)
--East Regional, Verizon Center, Washington, DC (Host: Georgetown University)
--West Regional, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California (Host: Pepperdine University)
--Midwest Regional, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana (Hosts: Butler University, IUPUI, Horizon League)
--South Regional, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas (Host: Big 12 Conference)
Final Four - Atlanta (April 6 and 8)
--Georgia Dome (Host: Georgia Institute of Technology)
Lexington to Indy to Atlanta would be a manageable three weeks.
Phil Steele has revealed Louisville as his No. 34 team for the 2012 season. You can read his complete take on the Cardinals right here.
The Sporting News names Louisville commit Kyle Bolin as one of the top pro style quarterbacks in the class of 2013.
Lexington Catholic (Lexington, Ky.)
Bolin says: "(Coaches) mostly talk about my footwork, decision making, accuracy and football instincts when it comes to the key attributes of my game."
His take on schools: Bolin committed to Louisville and coach Charlie Strong last fall, but Cincinnati and Illinois were also hot on his heels. "Growing up, my parents really stressed character, so that was a main quality I looked for in a coach when deciding on a school. Coach Strong is a firm believer in character, and that's what impressed me the most about him."
In preparation for its NCAA Tournament regional this weekend, the Louisville softball team reportedly received a rousing speech from Rick Pitino this morning.
Also worth noting is that the times for Saturday's games have been changed, and all three will now be carried live on ESPN. Beth Mullins in the house.
C.L. Brown looks at the Louisville softball team and examines the issue of whether or not their 53-3 record is misleading.
Nice photo from Jacob Zimmer of a double rainbow over downton Louisville after yesterday's storms.
Chane Behanan is named as a bench player on Yahoo's All-Sophomore Team for next season.
F Chane Behanan, Louisville
Key 2011-12 stats: 26.0 mpg, 9.5 ppg, 51.0 FG%, 7.5 rpg
Buzz: Behanan is a burly guy (6-6/245) who came on strong down the stretch this past season. He has the strength to get off a shot against almost anyone in the lane, which makes it puzzling that he attempted 36 3-pointers (hitting just six). He and Gorgui Dieng should make for a tough frontcourt duo next season. Behanan does a nice job getting to the line, but needs to work on his free throws (just 56.0 percent this past season).
Somehow, Peyton Siva was not named in any capacity to the All-Senior Team.
Jacksonville defensive end Marquis Haynes will announce his college choice on Saturday. Louisville, West Virginia, South Florida and Minnesota are among his favorites.
So Jabari Parker is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week for a story which refers to him as the "best high school player since Lebron." The Chicago native recently said that DePaul is recruiting him harder than any school and that the Blue Demons are among his top ten schools.
You would think a commitment like that would have an impact on DePaul Day, but it wouldn't. All it would mean is that we'd all have the privilege of watching Dark Slime cram on a future lottery pick.
For those you unashamed of your fever, Drew Magary has a great write-up on the Beebs for GQ.
U of L pitcher Matt Koch is among Baseball America's top 100 MLB draft prospects.
I'm now accepting summer reading suggestions. Trying to get back into the groove of reading actual books with appropriate regularity since the sneaking suspicion that I'm getting really, really dumb has been creeping in more and more in recent months.
Nebraska and new head coach Tim Miles probably hurt its chances with elite point guard Jaquan Lyle (a Louisville recruit) by recruiting him as a football player.
Demar Dorsey, the former Michigan signee/Louisville commit who (along with Jordan Campbell) basically dominated the summer of 2010 around these parts, will finally play D-I football at Hawaii.
But is his Twitter account real? I know you say it's not, but my cousin's sister dates a guy on the team, and he says that it actually is Demar.
Bill Connelly says the Big 12 needs to swing big and invite six top programs right now, including Louisville.
Former Louisville commit and Western high star Ryan Taylor is headed to Marshall, where hopefully he fares better than Justin Coleman did.
Louisville recruit Greg McClinton is apparently following commit Anton Gill to Hargrave Military Academy for next season. Have to think that's a positive development.
And finally, I just recently re-discovered this glory:
The obvious (only) summer beverage of choice around these parts.