—First off, my apologies for the slow posting here and the lack of podcasts over the last two weeks. Like so many, our child care situation has been throws into a state of flux recently. With Mrs. CC working in the medical field and her job not slowing down at all, I’m spending the majority of most days playing dad to the little one. Like everyone else, we’re trying our best here.
—Man, this feels like it was a billion years ago.
This is how March opened. Such promise. https://t.co/JFQ9cOFbX4— Noah Neidlinger (@candor_for_sale) March 31, 2020
Never been happier to turn the page from a March.
—Radford grad transfer Carlik Jones has Louisville on his final list of choices. He seems to check a lot of the boxes for what the Cardinals need in 2019-20.
I still think Bowling Green’s Justin Turner is better equipped for an up transfer and would be a more important get for U of L, but Jones can definitely play.
—David Johnson is so serious about social distancing that he’s spending this quarantine period in space.
—Another grad transfer to keep an eye on: Western Michigan’s Brandon Johnson. A 6’8 power forward, he averaged 15.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game last season. Louisville was among the first schools who reached out after he entered the transfer portal.
—Cardinal freshman quarterback Tee Webb, an early enrollee, had just gotten a taste of college life and college football before he had to go back home to Georgia. He’s choosing to accentuate the positive.
“I was up there a pretty good amount of time,” Webb said, referring to Louisville. “I was able to get workouts in and get the routine down. I got to go to classes and get the routine with that down.
”It didn’t really feel like the rug got pulled out from under me necessarily, but it was weird to come back to Cartersville. And then all this stuff happened, and we don’t necessarily know what’s going to happen next and when they’re going to want us back in Louisville.”
Always the optimist, Webb is trying to focus on the positives that can be taken from such a jarring experience. The main thing he’s thankful for is the health of himself and his family.
Beyond that, he’s appreciative that the Cardinals at least got to hold seven practices, especially when several programs didn’t get to have any before campuses across the country began closing due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“We really got kind of lucky with it, because we started spring early,” Webb said. “We got to get a couple of practices in before everything kind of went crazy. I thought that was really lucky that the freshmen who were here really got to go through some stuff.”
Having returned to Bartow County, Webb continues to try to make the best of a bad situation.
Louisville coaches want him and his teammates to maintain their routine as much as possible. However, that means getting creative with workouts, which for Webb sometimes includes pushing his father’s pickup truck down the street.
“Been trying to do something every day,” he said of his workouts. “My parents have been helping me out a lot with that. My mom went and got me some dumbbells, so I can do that at home. I’ve been trying to eat as much as I can.
“A bunch of other guys are doing the same thing, and we’re posting them on social media, trying to keep a positive attitude about it, trying to look on the bright side.”
—College basketball’s full transfer list is now at 525 players.
—San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch left a trail of evidence in his office that he has been paying special attention to Mekhi Becton.
—U of L signees JJ Traynor and D’Andre Davis talk about Chris Mack, Jay Scrubb and more in this lengthy interview:
—Joe Buck and other sports broadcasters are commentating over everyday things and it’s actually pretty cool.
—The Athletic ranks the top 100 sports movies of all-time. Hoop Dreams should be No. 1, but whatever.
1. Rocky (1976)
Average rating: 91.04
The cartoonish fight scenes don’t come close to resembling an actual boxing match, but the movie did wonderfully capture the essence of the characters and promotional hype that make boxing so unique. In many ways, “Rocky” laid out the formula for underdog sports movies, grabbing an Oscar for Best Picture.
– Mike Coppinger, boxing insider
2. Raging Bull (1980)
Average rating: 90.52
People thought it was crazy to do a boxing movie after another one won the Oscar for Best Picture four years earlier, as if there was nothing new to bring to the table. But “Raging Bull” is a rare instance of a director (Martin Scorsese), cinematographer (Michael Chapman) and actors (Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci) all at the absolute peak of their careers. It’s one of the films I revisit most often, and I am blown away by something new with each viewing. The choice to make the film in black-and-white is the definitive stroke of genius by Scorsese. It emphasizes the grit and beauty of the sport more than ever before, and “Raging Bull” holds up as a true masterpiece 40 years later.
– Kent Garrison, NFL Audio, Mad About Movies Podcast
3. Hoop Dreams (1994)
Average rating: 89.83
“Hoops Dreams” is the best sports movie ever, and ranks among the great documentaries of any genre. Following two basketball prodigies through high school is just the tip of the iceberg; the real genius is how it brilliantly chronicles issues of race, class and education in a poor Chicago neighborhood.
– John Hollinger, senior NBA columnist
—ESPN has announced that it is going to go ahead and release it’s upcoming documentary on Michael Jordan and the Bulls earlier than originally planned (April 19). The lesson here is that peer pressure always works.
—The CJ’s Cameron Teague looks at how the coronavirus is changing the way NFL Draft prospects prepare without pro days and the tough decision baseball prospects are faced with after a shortened season.
—Ten key figures from the Duke-Butler national title game 10 years ago reflect on the game and the greatest shot that almost was.
Hayward: A lot of it was just instinctual. Getting the rebound, getting a big-time screen from Matt Howard, which allowed me to get a somewhat decent look off. I tried to get a shot up at the rim. From my angle, I was not trying to bank it in so I thought it was way off. It ended up being closer than I thought.
Johnson: The shot looked like it was on. Seventy-thousand people in total silence. I was like, oh my goodness, that thing has a chance. Off the backboard, off the rim, off. I thought it had a chance.
Krzyzewski: I never felt it was going in.
Nored: Watching the play from my angle, that thing was going in. There was never a time I thought we were going to lose the game. I was feeling that it was going in.
Graves: I thought it was going in. As that shot is in the air, I’m thinking they’re going to make a movie out of this.
Shrewsberry: Once he shot it, I kind of stood up onto the court and just kind of watched it. Man, this has a chance. It was on-line, this one is gonna be close. And then you watch it hit and it was that close to going in.
Smith: I run past Gordon with my hands up, not even thinking he had a chance, it’s hard to make even with nobody in the gym. All of a sudden I look back, and it’s off the backboard and the front rim. That shot was close.
—The U of L soccer spring season has officially been canceled.
—Floyd Central offensive tackle Zen Michalski has received an offer from Louisville.
#AGTG I CANT BELEIVE I GET TO SAY THIS, I have recieved an offer from my home town / DREAM school the UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE‼ @CoachPeteThomas @Coach_Ledford @FloydCentralFB @AllenTrieu @IndianaPreps @degumble pic.twitter.com/ogoDoAei7G— Zenuae Michalski (@ZenuaeM) March 30, 2020
—The coronavirus could have a profound impact on summer recruiting for the hoops class of 2021.
—Billy Gillsipie has been named as the new head coach at Tarleton State, which just moved to Division-I this past season.
—The Athletic’s college hoops staff highlight best players to wear every jersey number in college basketball history. Russ Smith gets the nod for the No. 2.
2: Russ Smith, Louisville
A history lesson, kids: Any child of the 1990s associates the No. 2 with Larry Johnson (aka Grandmama) and his sweet turquoise Charlotte Hornets jersey, but Johnson wore No. 4 at UNLV. No. 2 didn’t seem to be an overly popular number for great college players until the 2000s, but it has had a good recent run and the best of the bunch is Smith, who had the most perfect nickname for his game and his personality: Russdiculous. The NCAA can vacate Louisville’s 2013 national title, but it happened. Russdiculous was a champion and one of the ultimate “shoot your shot” stars of the last decade.
Raymond Felton, Grant Williams, Jevon Carter, Troy Bell, Nolan Smith
—The NBA is reportedly considering playing out the season at a single site without fans.
—Could Louisville be that site? It’s at least being discussed.
—Kirk Herbstreit isn’t banking on there being football at all this fall.
—BetOnline’s odds on winning the 2020 ACC football title:
—Five-star class of 2021 forward Harrison Ingram has received a scholarship offer from Louisville.
—College coaches are already bracing for the reality that COVID-19 could eliminate summer recruiting.
—David Padgett is having just as much fun as the rest of us.
Successful Saturday quarantine part 2... pic.twitter.com/LOI9olmT9M— David Padgett (@coachDPadgett) March 28, 2020
—Six tips for preventing roommate conflict during social distancing.
—Danielle Lerner has 10 thoughts (Athletic link) on Louisville’s current 10 scholarship players.
—This reminded me to be very upset again about Bobby Petrino’s contract.
—The financial implications of the cancellation of March Madness were felt across the NCAA last week.
—Yale grad transfer Jordan Bruner has trimmed his list Baylor, Maryland, and Alabama. Louisville had been on his previous list of six.
—A basketball city suddenly without basketball rims just doesn’t feel right.
—RIP to Tomie DePaola, a beloved children’s author whose autograph my mom once made me wait in line for what felt like 15 hours (probably 15 minutes) at Hawley-Cooke to get.
—The NCAA has officially granted spring sports athletes an extra year of eligibility, which means four key contributing seniors on the Louisville baseball team could be back in 2021.
One of them, starting pitcher Luke Smith, is at least intrigued.
this makes things interesting https://t.co/GwSWk9nm4g— † Lubey Savage † (@lukesmith1551) March 31, 2020
—Georgia CB Emon Hill has received a scholarship offer from U of L.
—A season of promise for Louisville closer Michael Kirian was cut short.
—The simulations, good and bad, only make this worse for me. If you enjoy them, here’s a good one to keep paying attention to.
Louisville advances to the Final Four!— 2020 NCAA TOURNAMENT SIMULATION (@NCAAsim2020) March 30, 2020
Louisville takes down Michigan State 69-64! Jordan Nwora earns himself a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Cassius Winston finishes with 17 points and 4 assists.
Louisville will await to play the winner of Gonzaga/Indiana next! pic.twitter.com/3gmvA0MXtV
—Louisville signee Aidan Kreiley talks about the disappointment of not being able to go through the Olympic Trials.
—Our guy Mason King hasn’t let the lack of a pro day slow him down.
Special thanks to Joe Miday for training @IRON_CoachMike for the field and @Bcreque_19 for snaps! Due to the cancellation of Pro Day, I made a small version of my own. Huge thanks to @ProbusVisual full link in bio pic.twitter.com/ee5uWFNtjg— Mason King (@KingMason502) March 26, 2020
—Scott Satterfield wants you to keep practicing social distancing so we can have a football season in the fall.
—Big Red Louie looks at how David Johnson established himself as the future of Cardinal hoops.
—Aidan Igiehon checks in from New York.
—Is Louisville the new “Quarterback U?”
—Louisville NASCAR driver Ben Rhodes has been staying fresh through virtual racing during this shutdown.
—Darius Perry highlights from 2019-20:
—Class of 2021 athlete Jantzen Dunn has Louisville in his final seven.
—Rick Bozich writes about Ryan McMahon.
—Let ‘em know, Liam.
—The South Bend Tribune remembers Louisville’s showdown with Indiana in the 1993 Sweet 16.
—Louisville signee JJ Traynor is the MaxPreps Player of the Year for the state of Kentucky.
—Some tips for cleaning your home during this pandemic.
—We’re never getting sports back. I’ve come to terms with it.
The Chinese Government issued a new order today restricting resumption of team sports, a heavy blow for pro basketball to return there soon as was planned. China's attempt to restart sports are being watched closely by leagues across the world. Huge issue is asymptomatic carriers— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) March 31, 2020
—Louisville baseball signee JT Benson, a senior at South Oldham, is looking forward to the next time he gets to step foot on a baseball field.
—And finally, hang in there everybody. Stay safe and stay home if you can.