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Engagement photos are the perfect time to establish rivalry dominance in marriage. Congrats to the future Tignors.

—Spread check (football): Louisville by 10.

—We’ll be doing a “where we’re watching” post for the Kentucky game that will go up on Friday. So if you’re an out of town fan who’s going to be watching the game somewhere with other Cardinal fans, shoot me the spot ( so that I can put it on the list.

—The Georgia Dome was demolished today, bringing up some lovely memories ...

And some not so lovely ones ...

It also led to this pretty hilarious tweet.

RIP, Georgia Dome.

—The Louisville men’s soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 with a thrilling 3-2 win over San Francisco on Sunday.

They were excited.

The Cards will host Colgate on Sunday at 5 p.m. with a trip to the national quarterfinals on the line.

—It’s looking like former Cardinal basketball commit Anfernee Simons may skip college entirely and enter the 2018 NBA Draft.

—The U of L volleyball team stayed perfect at home in ACC play with a 3-2 win over North Carolina.

—Mark Stoops vs. Russ Yeast is the rivalry week feud we’ve all been waiting for.

—Jordan Majewski has an exhaustive breakdown of today’s college basketball slate as we kick off Feast Week.

—U of L has hired Scott Teeter as its new lacrosse coach.

—Not a bad little weekend.

—This inside look at the remarkable turnaround the Austin Peay football program is enjoying is good.

—Congrats to former Cardinal Skylar Meade on being named the new pitching coach at South Carolina.

—Louisville is at No. 30 in Andy Katz’s power 36 rankings.

30. Louisville: Two games into the season and it’s clear this is David Padgett’s squad. Rick Pitino isn’t walking through that door this season. And the players have responded. The talent is still there to make the Cards a tough out regardless of the opponent. Deng Adel is playing like an all-league player, averaging over 20 a game.

Last week: Beat Omaha, 87-78.

Up next: vs. Southern Illinois, Tuesday; vs. St. Francis (Pa.), Friday.

—NBC has the Cards at No. 14 in its power rankings.

—Howie Lindsey makes the case that Lamar Jackson is still the best player in college football.

—Jaire Alexander will never win an award for humility, and that’s ok.

—Eric Crawford pens a terrific Lamar Jackson appreciation.

The record will show what many of us suspected. He has been a better player than last season, and will get less recognition for it. He has actually generated 21 yards per game more than he did a season ago. He’ll wind up throwing for more yards, and may wind up running for more. He’s thrown and passed for 40 touchdowns. A year ago he threw and passed for 51. He's the only underclassmen in NCAA history to throw for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 in back-to-back seasons. But there's a chance he may not be voted one of the top five players in America by Heisman voters.

He also hasn’t said a single word about it. He hasn’t speculated publicly about how much recognition he hasn’t gotten, just like he never said much about the recognition he did get last year.

I thought, after he finished his Louisville career, that in terms of off-the-field poise, influence and class, we’d likely never see another Teddy Bridgewater in these parts. And I still believe that. It was my experience that among athletes I’ve been around, his presence was not like any I had encountered before.

But it’s probably the highest praise I can offer that Lamar Jackson, in his own way, has operated within that same mold. He has done the right things. He has said the right things.

During a period in which the university faced intense public criticism, the worst thing Jackson ever fumbled was a football. And those things happen.

He isn’t a polished speaker. He wasn’t a Heisman winner out of central casting. And I’m not saying he’s perfect, because none of us is. He’s a college kid, with all that entails. But he also found himself thrust into the national spotlight, something just as difficult and fraught with trap doors as operating amid adversity, and he didn’t allow it to change him, didn’t succumb to the temptation to act out or do things to draw attention to himself. He probably handled it better, as the youngest guy ever to win that award, than I'd have handled it as an adult.

On his left arm is tattooed a Bible verse, because his mother told him it was a favorite of hers. Mark 6:4 – “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own town.”

If he has played his final game in this city, which certainly is one of his own towns now, Jackson can say he completed his time here with honor.

And that, as much as any touchdown he scored or any statistic he produced, deserves to be remembered, and respected.

—Five-star prospect Bol Bol (Manute’s son) is headed to Oregon to play for the Ducks.

—Shoutout to the U of L equipment seniors.

—Highlights of the U of L women’s team’s triumph over Oregon in the WNIT finals are here.

—Maybe the best GIF.

—Jeff Greer lays out three keys to a Louisville win over Southern Illinois.

—UK tight end C.J. Conrad won’t play against U of L because of a foot injury.

—Props to Syracuse for being our muse.

—Jaire Alexander’s “non-stop energy” has provided an enormous boost for the Louisville defense.

—The Louisville Cardinal writes that David Padgett must create his own path.


—The U of L women’s basketball team is up to No. 4 in the new AP poll. The Cards received three second-place votes.

—It’s not the Monday of Thanksgiving week unless you’re spending it rooting for Chaminade to beat whatever team they’re playing in the first round of the Maui Invitational (sorry, Mike).

—And finally, R&R is back from 3-6 on 790 recapping a monster weekend and looking forward to the even bigger week ahead. Listen here.