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All Lachlyn does is bring Ws to PJCS. And match outfits with the pink seats.

—Spread check (football): Louisville by 13.

—Pouring one out for the 24-hour tip-off marathon, which would ordinarily be getting underway tonight. What is dead may never die.

—Major congrats to one of my favorite Cards of all-time, Damion Lee, on his engagement to Sydel Curry (Steph’s little sister).

Please encourage your offspring to attend the University of Louisville.

—Appropriately enough, Lee is playing this season for the Warriors’ G-League team.

—Syracuse has released its depth chart for the Louisville game.

—I’ll take our guy.

—Speaking of which, Lamar Jackson is now off the board when it comes to Bovada’s Heisman odds.

Odds to Win the 2017 Heisman Trophy

Player 11/6/17 Current Odds (11/13/17)

Baker Mayfield (QB Oklahoma) 4/7 1/20

Saquon Barkley (RB Penn State) 3/2 10/1

Bryce Love (RB Stanford) 10/1 10/1

Josh Adams (RB Notre Dame) 8/1 Off the Board

JT Barrett (QB Ohio State) 33/1 Off the Board

Lamar Jackson (QB Louisville) 40/1 Off the Board

Mason Rudolph (QB Oklahoma State) 28/1 Off the Board

Still, getting invited to New York the year after winning the award would be a pretty neat accomplishment, and one that I think is still very much in play.

—Adult Dustin from Stranger Things being a walk-on for DePaul has already made the 2017-18 college hoops season great.

—Lamar Jackson is headed to the New York Jets with the 11th pick in the latest NFL mock draft from SB Nation.

11. New York Jets: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Imagine the Heisman Trophy-winning dynamo starting at quarterback for New York. Jackson has worked a lot to improve as a pocket passer.

—Taylor Swift is coming to PJCS on June 30 ... which you probably found out via text message from someone who was way too excited about it this morning.

—A Donald Trump/LaVar Ball joint press conference is coming. I’m telling you guys.

—The amount of submissions I get where it appears a religious figure is throwing an L in a piece of art is amazing. The thing is, I get it, because I see them all the time, too. Saw it in Italy, saw it in Ireland, and I see it around here.

God clearly loves the Cards, he’s just punishing all of us for something that one of you did. You know who you are.

50 predictions on the college hoops season ahead.

—The Louisville volleyball team continued its march to an ACC title by sweeping Virginia Tech on Sunday.

—Costco knows what’s up.

—The U of L women’s cross country team finished fifth and the men 18th at the NCAA Southeast Regional.

—Can’t see it enough.

Let’s go Lou City.

—Here’s Rick Bozich’s wrap from win No. 1 of the David Padgett era.

—Jeff Borzello of ESPN also recaps the win.

—Jeff Walz is still jacked after Louisville’s thrilling OT win over Ohio State yesterday.

Bucket Hatism is back over at The Crunch Zone.

—No doubt that having this guy back is a huge boost for the U of L defense.

—Swish Appeal recaps Asia Durr’s record-setting performance against Ohio State.

—Streaking the Lawn looks at Virginia’s loss to Louisville on Saturday.

—Eric Crawford serves up four thoughts on David Padgett’s debut.


In his first game, Padgett largely left the officials alone. He came out a handful of times to argue or question calls, but did it fairly calmly.

“Refs have the most thankless jobs in sports,” he said. “. . . They’re going to make wrong calls. They’re going to make right calls.”

Where his no-panic personality paid off, however, was in the locker room, and the huddle. Trailing at half, Padgett told his team to be confident.

“I told them to relax,” he said. “We're 1-for-10 in threes. All 10 threes were wide open looks. We're a very good shooting team. Law of averages, it will start to fall. We were 7-of-10 in the second half, so there you go. I said 7-of-8 actually in the locker room, but we were 7-of-10. You’ve just got to stay patient. The most important thing is keep getting good looks, and B: even if you can't make it, you can't let it affect your defense. I thought for the most part, we held true to that."

At the under-12 media timeout of the second half, with his team still down, Padgett went back to those themes. He did say he considered going zone, with George Mason picking up fouls and getting to the line with drives to the basket in the second half, but decided not to.

“I actually thought about going zone there for a minute in the second half when we couldn't keep them in front of us off the bounce,” Padgett said. “I just said, 'Look, they are going to start missing, we will hit a couple and it will even out, so just stay with it.' We will mix it up (on defense), we just haven't worked on our zone very much, but we wanted to really get the young guys to understand how we play man-to-man defense instead of throwing two different things at them and now they're confused. We'll work on it.”

—The Sporting News has three takeaways from the game.

—And finally, R&R is back this afternoon from 3-6 on 790. We actually get to recap a successful weekend of Louisville sports, which will be a pleasant change of pace. Listen here.