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  I was at the Chik-Fil-A Kickoff in 2015 against Auburn. On the first play, I saw a new player in a #8 jersey motioning behind starting QB Reggie Bonnafon. He looked athletic. When Reggie tossed him the ball on that play, #8 began to curl out for a long pass. I said to my friend “that won’t work.” Sure enough, #8’s first pass was nothing more than a disastrous hail mary attempt that landed in the Auburn defenders hands. I almost feel guilty for my lack of faith in Lamar Jackson’s first play from scrimmage...Continue reading »

In Saturday’s battle of the best in Kentuckiana, how do former Louisville Cardinals stars think the current squad will fare?  Saturday afternoon will be more special than usual. Not only is it game day — a Cardinal game day — but it is a rare occurrence to receive a visit in “The Ville” from the Hoosiers of Bloomington, Indiana.  The Cardinals (5-2) and Hoosiers (5-4) meet on the hardwood with two crazy tales to begin the early season.  The U of L program has been trampled in the media with all...Continue reading »

Mangok Mathiang had been settling with the Greensboro Swarm when he received an unexpected call-up by the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.  Comprising one of the two two-way contracts owned by the Charlotte Hornets for the 2017-18 NBA season, Mangok Mathiang has gotten into a groove in the G-League (Gatorade League), the league’s developmental league.  Mathiang has been doing quite well as a professional with the Greensboro Swarm, the Hornets’ farm team affiliate. He is averaging just shy of a double-double with 9.9 points...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – Indiana Edition Getting to know the Hoosiers: Head Coach: Archie Miller Record: 5-4 (1-1) Conference: B1G National Rank: N/A   New Indiana Head Coach Archie Miller has gotten the Hoosiers off to a rocky start this season. IU opened 2017 with a home loss to Indiana State followed by a win over Howard and a loss to Seaton Hall. The Hoosiers then rattled off three wins in a row before losing a close one at home to Duke, 91-81. Indiana will travel to Louisville this weekend to play the Cardinals for the first time in the...Continue reading »

With the Los Angeles Clippers without their top star, Montrezl Harrell needs to impress while being inserted into the starting lineup.  Montrezl Harrell has not had much trouble taking advantage of opportunities in his first two full seasons as an NBA professional. The issue? Those opportunities being short-lived.  As a member of the Houston Rockets, Montrezl Harrell was stuck in a frontcourt logjam. When an injured teammate ahead of him in the rotation would occur, he was an adequate substitute. Trez produced positive results. Thus,...Continue reading »

Donovan Mitchell continues to make his rise in the NBA, following Thursday’s 24-point performance with a 41-point outburst on Friday.   It is safe to say that Donovan Mitchell made the best decision for himself by leaving the Univerity of Louisville after two seasons.  Not only did Mitchell escape the terrible drama surrounding Rick Pitinio, Adidas, and the Louisville men’s basketball program, but “Spida” is now taking the NBA by storm.  Selected 13th overall by the Denver Nuggets (and traded to the Utah...Continue reading »

  If you are a Louisville basketball fan feeling a sense of apathy and lack of enthusiasm for the 2016-17 season, do not feel too bad. You are not alone. While it is of the utmost importance to support the young men donning the Louisville uniforms, especially after all they have been through, the reality is that without having a solid idea of what the future holds, it’s tough to generate the same energy if, say, the revelations of this summer never took place. The 2017-18 season is a band-aid year for Louisville basketball. There...Continue reading »

While David Padgett has stepped up to take control of the program after the fallout of the federal investigation, LSL is tracking the top potential candidates to become the permanent coach next year.   The list will be adjusted as need be.  Here’s the second installment: Mike White – Florida Coach White, 40,  has Florida rolling again this year as the Gators have gotten off to 5-1 start while being ranked No. 6.  His second year in Gainesville saw him lead UF (27-9) to an Elite Eight appearance after going...Continue reading »

The guys spoke to the TaxSlayer Bowl CEO/President Rick Catlett (13:13) about UofL’s chances of making their bowl game and what they like about the Cards.’s Andrea Adelson (58:52) joined us to give us recap on the UofL and ACC season.   VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)...

It’s been around a month since we’ve last run The Reverse here at LSL. A lot has gone down since then. A lot of us were wrong about the direction of the football program. Men’s soccer stayed steady. Yes, men’s basketball CAN win a game in the post-Pitino era. Women’s basketball is poised to have another historic season. I can’t wait anymore. Let’s run it. FOOTBALL -I was wrong about Bobby Petrino. But I do think somewhere along the way this season he began to take a look at his coaching style and evolved...Continue reading »

Photo – Now that the regular season is complete, the question becomes where will the Cards postseason be?  UofL figures to land in one of three spots – the TaxSlayer, the Sun or the Pinstripe.  A lot may depend on where Notre Dame ends up. If the Irish fall out of the Top 12 in the college Football Playoff rankings, they will be scooped up by the Camping World Bowl (formerly the Russell Athletic).  If the ACC’s opponent in the Orange Bowl is from the Big Ten, it will open up a spot for an ACC school...Continue reading »

Saturday’s beatdown of the Cats improved Coach Petrino’s record against the school up the road to a stellar 7-1.  The full body of work makes the 2016 defeat stand out as the fluke it was.  LSL takes a look at his mastery over UK in those games. 2003: Louisville 40, Kentucky 24 2004: Louisville 28, Kentucky 0 2005: Louisville 31, Kentucky 24 2006: Louisville 59, Kentucky 28 2014: Louisville 44, Kentucky 40 2015: Louisville 38, Kentucky 24 2016: Kentucky 41, Louisville 38 2017: Louisville 44, Kentucky 17 Average margin...Continue reading »

  Just two days after eating enough turkey for a family of five, there is a segment of the Louisville fan base (no one more so than the writer of this piece) eating a sizable portion of a different kind of bird: crow. For nearly a full calendar year, Louisville football was a picture of underachievement and opportunities missed. Why weren’t they better? Why are they playing with such apathy? Where’s the fire? What’s with the playcalling?  From the moment Louisville came off a bye week following their 2016 loss to...Continue reading »