Archive for the Monday Morning Sports Roundup Category

3 Is the Magic Number: Cards Heading to B’ham

Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Monday Morning Sports Roundup, Sports on March 17, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

Card Fans

If you’re a Cardinals fan as I am, you’ve got to be more than pleased that Louisville received the three seed in the bound-to-be-tough East Region during last night’s NCAA Tournament selection. Weirdly enough, I didn’t get a chance to see any of the selection show, as I was in the middle of one of my fantasy baseball league’s draft with a bunch of friends from New York. I guess my friends were not that concerned since New York City ain’t much of a basketball power.

But nevermind that, I’m excited for the Cards. They start their tournament bid in the first round against fourteenth-ranked Boise State this Friday in Birmingham, Alabama (read the C-J‘s preview of the matchup here). Most likely the Cards will defeat the smurf-turfin’ Broncos, but anything can happen in the tournament. I’d consider going, but I’ve got to work Friday. But hey, check into it:

U of L has received a limited supply of tickets for Birmingham, Ala.

Season ticket holders who submitted NCAA post-season ticket request forms and were selected in the lottery will be contacted by email no later than tomorrow night.

Those tickets will be available for pickup at the Brown and Williamson Club, located on the third floor of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. or Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

U of L students who have season tickets may sign up for a ticket lottery by visiting the U of L ticket office located on the third floor in the Swain Student Activities Center.

Those who enter the ticket lottery will be notified by email by Tuesday evening and will be notified with the procedure to pick up their tickets in Birmingham.

U of L will also accept additional ticket requests on a waiting list by calling (502) 852-5151 or 852-5863 starting Monday at 9 a.m. U of L is trying to obtain additional tickets at the Brimingham site.

With only a limited number of tickets available within U of L’s allotment, the best way to purchase tickets is through Southtix.

Cardinal fans may purchase tickets online for $153 plus service fees by visiting www.southtix.com online or calling 1-800-732-4849.

Well that’s complicated. Additionally, my old pal Nadim Ziady was mentioned in the Courier‘s coverage as he and his buddies Chris Brown and Todd Yates were watching the bracket selection show at Buffalo Wild Wings in St. Matthews (see photo of Chris and Todd above). Way to go, dude!

In less-inspiring baseball news, the Cardinals lost to Kent State on Sunday, 9-0. That said, they won the series against the Golden Flashes 2-1, and they’re 9-5, and ranked 23rd nationally. Wednesday they host the Tennessee Volunteers at Jim Patterson Stadium at 3:00 pm, then begin a three-game home stand against Big East rivals UConn on Thursday (admission to all home games is free!)

Monday Morning Sports Roundup, Feb. 25

Posted in Monday Morning Sports Roundup, Sports on February 25, 2008 by stateofthecommonwealth

Brian Brohm

Is Louisville QB Brian Brohm’s stock sliding for the NFL draft? That was the seventh headline on Yahoo!‘s front page for a time yesterday afternoon, leading to Charles Robinson’s analysis of the Cardinal quarterback’s chances in the NFL Draft, scheduled in April:

Despite putting up a remarkable career with the Cardinals over the last four years, the whispers already have started in the personnel ranks about Brohm. Considered a possible top-five pick at the beginning of his senior season, there are those in the NFL who now think he could fall as low as several selections into the second round – which has made him the poster child for the player with the most at stake over the next several months.

Indeed, over at NFLdraftcountdown.com, their mock draft has Brohm as low as 8 — going to the rebuilding Baltimore Ravens. I can think of worse teams to play for — Atlanta Falcons anyone? But yeah, so is Brohm “slip sliding away,” to recycle a line from our Paul Simonquoting Mayor? Maybe, but you won’t catch Brohm saying so:

“There’s nothing really to be worried about,” Brohm said this week, when pressed about the trend of first-round quarterbacks unexpectedly slinking their way down draft boards. “I’m just going to go out there and perform. Wherever that puts me in the draft, that puts me. So I’m not going to worry about it. I’m not going to get stressed out about it. I’m just going to go out there and show what I’ve got.”

(Just an aside — I always wonder why sports writers even bother quoting most athletes. I mean, what is Brohm going to say? “I’m scared shitless of going to the Falcons?” Yeah right.)

Cardinal Baseball

In baseball news, the Cardinals opened their season with an ICE-pocalypse!-delayed double-header against the Cleveland State Vikings on Saturday. And wouldn’t you know it, Louisville swept the Clevelanders, 13-5 and 4-2.

And in basketball news, the Cardinals squeaked out a victory against a strong Pitt Panthers team on Sunday, 75-73, in Pittsburgh. The seventh straight win in a row for the Cardinals was a hard-fought game, and a thriller to watch. A portent of things to come in the Big East tournament? We shall see.