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Blackshear still firm on commitment and other Tuesday happenings

We're officially in that deadest of dead periods where stories that wouldn't appear anywhere on our radar between late August and early April are all of the sudden front page news.

I suppose it's time for a local news anchor tournament or something. You've gone along unmarked for far too long, Cardosi.

Here's what is happening:

Wayne Blackshear, the crown jewel of Rick Pitino's 2011 recruiting class, has some comforting things to say on his commitment to Louisville.

"Right now, everything's Louisville right now," Blackshear said. "That's what I'm focusing on. That's where I'm going. That's where I'm going to be. I'm going to be a Cardinal.

"I already got the relationship down with all the players and coaches, so I'm comfortable down where I'm at. The people down there, they love basketball. It's a college town. The coaching staff, they just want you to play hard every time you play on the court. I like Coach Pitino's style. I'm comfortable around the players. You don't want to go somewhere where you're not comfortable, so that's why I chose Louisville."

And the plan is to be on the Louisville campus about 12 months from today.

"It's going to feel good, finally playing college ball," Blackshear said. "It's something different. It's something I can improve in. It's going to be a tough transition for me, but I think I can handle it."

Blackshear playing at least one season at Louisville is an absolute must for the program's hopes to compete for a Big East title in 2012 and probably at least the two or three years after.

Here's Peyton Siva defying gravity in China.


Football preview magazines are, in your humble narrator's opinion, one of the biggest scams out there. They take advantage of the fact that football fans - generally not worshipers of the church of baseball - are so bored during the summer months that they're willing to give money to read the words of anyone with enough time to throw together well-reasoned thoughts and predictions on the upcoming season.

That said, the website pre-snap read has put together the best preview of the 2010 Louisville Cardinals that I've seen anywhere, and it's free. That's the good news. The bed news is that the site pegs the Cards as the 84th best team in the country.

Walter McCarty, Harrison High's finest, interviewed with the Indianapolis Pacers today and is expected to accept an assistant coaching position if offered. Twenty-something women all over Louisville will wait for the official word before declaring the city's bars inhabitable again.

U of L president James Ramsey was recently named Louisvillian of the Year. Finishing last in the voting? You guessed it: Marquis Teague.

In a related story, UL is my hot hot sex is currently in a heated two-man race with Mike Tyson for Las Vegan of the year. Wayne Newton nosed him out a year ago.

And finally, we leave you with a feel good story from Earl Clark. The man they call E5 has donated a basketball court to the New Jersey elementary school he attended.