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Thanks Discovery Channel.

Just a reminder that the Louisville baseball team will be taking on Kentucky at 6 p.m. tonight at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Cats won the first game in Lexington 7-6 in 12 innings. Freshman Thomas Royse (2-0) will take the mound against a UK team that has won 22 straight non-conference games.

Former Cardinal basketball players (single tear) David Padgett, Juan Palacios and Terrance Farley will be signing autographs at Cardboard Heroes in the Mall of St. Matthews from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight. You can pay $10 to get all three autographs, or about $300 for bail after being arrested for disorderly conduct because of a goggle-related incident.

It was confirmed yesterday that the Louisville basketball team will be taking on Tubby Smith and Minnesota on Dec. 20 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Plan accordingly, Kentucky fans.

The unprecedented hype surrounding the '08-'09 U of L women's basketball team has already started, as the Cards were picked 10th in a very early preseason top 25 by ESPN.com's Charlie Creme.

10. Louisville: Angel McCoughtry likely will join Maya Moore and Courtney Paris as favorites for the Wade Trophy and Naismith Award. And the Cardinals likely will battle Rutgers for second in the Big East.

In a related story, the Card Chronicle women's basketball preseason top 25 was released this morning, and for the 18th straight year Connecticut and Tennessee are your co-preseason No. 1's.

Rick Bozich says what we've all been thinking for months now: Matt Ryan isn't better than Brian Brohm just because you say he is.

I keep looking at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision passing-efficiency ratings. I don't understand why there seems to be such a gap in the perceptions of Ryan (early first round) and Brohm (late first, early second).

Completion rate? Brohm by nearly 6 percentage points. Yards per attempt? Brohm by more than 1.5 yards. Percent of passes that were touchdowns? Brohm by 1.6 percentage points.

That is not to say that Ryan won't be a productive NFL quarterback. Or that Brohm is a slam dunk.

I don't know. And neither do the folks who make NFL draft projections -- or the guys who actually make the picks.

If they did, Ryan Leaf would be dating supermodels on his way to the Hall of Fame and Tom Brady would be coaching freshman football.

I also thought Dan Patrick's three reasons why mock drafts are worthless in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated were spot on.

  1. Half are put together by NFL writers who watched two Notre Dame games at the airport bar and the second half of the Sugar Bowl and who wouldn't recognize Chris Long if they were stuck in an elevator with him.
  2. Among the chief sources of information for these mock drafts: NFL general managers, who are lying, and agents, who are lying even more.
  3. An even bigger source of information: other people's mock drafts. This is how everyone ends up in certain agreement that Brady Quinn will be taken in the top five.

Anyone seen the latest Bracketology yet?

The Connecticut basketball team ensured that it will continue to look amazingly intimidating during warm-ups for another few years when it received a commitment from 7-foot-1 Nigerian Chukwuma "Charles" Okwandu late last week. Okwandu is advertised as a project, but I'm sure he'll be leading the nation in blocked shots in no more than two years.

Okwandu's commitment coupled with the rumor that Hasheem Thabeet is likely to return to Storrs for his junior season means that Kentucky may have more of a shot at Sudanese superstar Ater Majok (who is still considered a UCONN lean) than they did this time last week.

And finally, Catherine LaRoche of The Louisville Cardinal has a nice piece on perhaps the most overlooked member of the '08-'09 basketball team: Mississippi State transfer Reggie Delk.

"Reginald Delk reminds me a lot of Brandon Jenkins with a little better jump shot, but not quite the defensive player," stated Pitino on his Web site. "He has the same type of body and the same type of athleticism."

After sitting out an entire season, Delk said he is ready to get back on the court.

"It was tough watching the game and not being a part of it," Delk said. "I want to be a great defensive player and make the team better."

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Whether it's from his family's basketball history or his promising basketball experience at Mississippi State, the bar is set high for him next season.

"I'll take them [expectations]," Delk said. "I really don't think about what people say about how good I am. I still have to get on the court and play."