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Tuesday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

That's Sutton Frey, who is spearheading the CCBBH (Card Chronicle Baby Bird Hat) movement. I'm on board, my guy.

I_medium Spread Check: Louisville by 21.

I_medium Here's your match preview for tonight's showdown between Louisville and Kentucky from First kick (going there again) is slated for 7 p.m.

I_medium The Chicago Sun Times has a nice story on former Card and current Bear Josh Bellamy, who is proving to be one of the NFL's nice guys.

But a visit last week felt different. Across from him at his usual table was a woman he guessed to be in her 50s with four children.

‘‘I could tell that the kids play sports,'' Bellamy said.

And he saw his own life. He saw his mother, who raised him, his two brothers, a sister and a cousin on her own in St. Petersburg, Fla., before getting married 13 years ago.

‘‘I saw them and just thought about us,'' Bellamy, 25, said. ‘‘I thought she was a single mom. I told them to just bring me their bill.''

It's a feel-good moment about an NFL player during a time when the league is being dragged through the mud because of all its domestic-abuse cases.

Bellamy didn't think much of his gesture and seemed genuinely surprised to be asked about his act of generosity.

He isn't a big star with a big contract looking for favorable headlines. He's just a player who recently was promoted to the 53-man roster from the practice squad ($6,300 weekly minimum) and who simply wanted to do something nice.

‘‘It just came from the heart,'' Bellamy said. ‘‘I didn't know if she had money or not. I just did it.

‘‘When I was younger, my mom did everything for me and my brothers and sister. And she took in my cousins, too. So we were all together. My mom, she just raised all of us.''

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It's been a frustrating day.

I_medium When Teddy takes the field for Minnesota on Sunday, he'll be the second youngest player to ever start a game at quarterback for the Vikings.

I_medium Your Red and Black Rewind for the past week in Cardinal sports.

I_medium The U of L women's golf team is tied for fourth place after first round of competition at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Wolcott, Colo.

I_medium The Louisville Cardinal says that U of L's new student ticket policy is getting mixed reviews.

I_medium The countdown is on for the commencement of week five.

I_medium Russ Brown of says it's fix-up time for the U of L offense.

I_medium Blogger so Dear takes an initial look at Louisville.

I_medium The Louisville basketball team's Dec. 20 game at Western Kentucky will be televised by Fox Sports 1.

I_medium Jeff Greer grades the Louisville football team through four games, and saves his harshest assessment for the Cardinal offense.


This is surprisingly the area of biggest concern for the Cardinals.

Louisville's pass protection is now its Achilles' heel. Out of 128 FBS teams, U of L ranks 112th in the nation in tackles for loss allowed (28) and ranks 116th in sacks allowed, with 12 in four games.

The U of L quarterbacks rate 69th in the country in QB rating and sixth in the ACC.

But for all those dire statistics that reflect some serious cracks in Louisville's offense, there are others that explain how the Cardinals average 38 points a game.

U of L has scored 19 times in 20 trips inside an opponent's 20-yard line. The Cardinals have converted 9 of 11 fourth downs.

In the next trimester of the season, expect more clarity around the passing-game problems that've plagued the Cards to this point. But so far it's been a mixed bag on offense. Grade: C

I_medium Shockingly, USA Today doesn't like the uniforms Louisville is going to wear against Florida State.

I_medium Rick Pitino has an in-home visit set up with new top target P.J. Dozier.

I_medium The Louisville field hockey team continued its winning ways this afternoon with a 6-3 triumph over Ohio State. The victory extended U of L's home winning streak to a program-best 14 games. The 7-1 Cards will face Wake Forest on Friday.

I_medium And finally, DePaul.

How old is the youngest DePaul quarterback to ever start a game in the NFL? Exactly.