Great article in the Courier yesterday about Greg Scruggs. Coach Hurtt believes that the sky is the limit for Scruggs and I tend to agree, especially when you consider that this is only his 5th year of organized football. Scratch that. His 3rd year of organized football once you subtract his two seasons with captain hook at the helm. Glad the staff moved him back to defensive end and I look for him to do some big things for our defense next year.
Have to appreciate this: The Cardinals took a recent anonymous survey listing the top five players on the team and five players who needed to work harder. Scruggs was voted the second-best behind senior tight end Josh Chichester.
In other news, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup last night. Yawn. The good news is we have the next 4 months without NHL highlights on SportsCenter.
Word on the streets is that talks almost “blew up” at the NFL labors meetings yesterday. I don’t know enough about the situation to pick sides but I do know this: There is plenty of money to go around. Please figure this thing out soon because the thought of a cold, gloomy Sunday on the couch without the NFL is scary. Take the advice from Berman and the rest of the NFL pregame show and “C’mon Man…”
If you didn’t listen to Brent and Ethan’s podcast this week, click here to do so. After listening to their interview with Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News, I have to set the record straight on a few things. Peyton Siva wears #3 for the Louisville Cardinals, he’s fast as hell, and, yes, he needs to work on his jumper.
Peyton Siva weighs 180 pounds dripping wet. Peyton Siva is not “bulky.” In fact, Peyton Siva is what many would consider…well…skinny. DeCourcy also hinted that Terrence Jennings was the 2nd best player on our team last year. I find that to be false. Terrence Jennings was not the 2nd best player on Louisville’s team last year, signed Kyle Kuric and/or Peyton Siva. DeCourcy then stated that Gary Williams, former head coach of Maryland, didn’t recruit Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, who grew up in Maryland’s backyard. IF…and this is a big IF…this is true then I am convinced that Gary has a brother named Steven Kragthorpe. And….you don’t list Louisville in your top 10 coaching jobs because Kentucky high school basketball isn’t what it used to be? Never mind the fact that we play in the best arena in the nation, have some of the best practice facilities in college basketball, home of the highest paid coach in the nation, play in the best conference in the nation, and have a fan base who understands the game of basketball better than any fans in the nation. Of course I am biased, but I just don’t understand that reasoning. Louisville may not be a top 10 destination job for many sports but you’re not going to convince me that the Louisville basketball job is not one of them. There’s a reason we’ve had 2 basketball coaches in the past 40 years. C’mon man.
Brent and Ethan also caught up with Chris Redman earlier this week. Redman was always one of my favorite quarterbacks and LSL couldn’t be happier for him to receive a second chance with the Atlanta Falcons. Many thought his career was over after his stint with the Ravens but Redman has found a home in Atlanta.
Last week, Rick Pitino said that either Jared Swopshire or Rakeem Buckles could redshirt if either still has lingering effects from their injuries. If I had to choose (I know you’re reading Rick) I’d have to go with Buckles because I think this team will need his inside presence. By the way, what in God’s name did Swopshire do to himself last summer? Having a player suffer a potential career-ending groin injury after yogging (or jogging?) with your dad and brother could only happen to Louisville basketball. Get healthy Swop.