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- Albert Pujos to the Angels was not necessarily about the money (although 10 yrs, $254 million is not “chump change”) as much as it was about the Cardinals not showing a lot of initiative to re-sign him. The fans in St. Louis are upset and rightfully so but they can’t or shouldn’t be upset with the player in this instance. This is more about management maybe being a little hesitant to give a great player a contract that would take him into his early 40s when they were probably eyeing maybe something around a 5 year offer. So with the defending champion Cardinals now without its two faces of the team (Pujos and Tony LaRussa), you have to wonder where the organization goes from here. As for the Angels, the sky is the limit provided Albert stays healthy and can continue to produce for them the way he did for St. Louis.
- The brawl this weekend between the Xavier Musketeers and the Cincinnati Bearcats was one of the ugliest in recent years for College Basketball and certainly it could have been a lot worse. Obviously with both of the teams in Ohio and not very far apart, the animosity in this rivalry has picked up over the last couple of years. But what occurred Saturday was just inexcusable and it shows the immaturity of the Bearcat squad. Even when Bob Huggins was the coach, it was know that the Bearcats were a very physical team that had players that actually looked as though they belonged on the “gridiron” rather than the “hardwood”. Who can ever forget the incident when form Bearcat hoopster, Art Long was arrested downtown Cincinnati (outside of a club) for punching a police horse…..yes I said a police horse. But the rivalry has spilled over to “Twitter” where UC players have allegedly being tweeting that the Xavier players were not good, specifically Xavier guard Tu Holloway and that if he was at UC, he wouldn’t even make the squad. Well I am not sure that is a true statement but then Holloway’s assessment of the incident in the post-game conference was not much better when he proclaimed “…..we have gangsters in our locker-room…..”! At this point, I am not sure that the six-game suspension handed down to UC PF, Yancy Gates was enough as he was the most serious offender in the brawl, as he literally knocked-out Musketeer big man, Kenny Freese with a stingy right hand. But I do know that as the Bearcats head into Big East play at the end of this month; this may not be the only on-court incident so coach Mick Cronin would be best served to get this under control now.
- The craze and the criticism that surrounds the new phrase: “We Got Tebowed” has merit no matter which side you are own. Tebow has helped elevate the Denver Broncos from a season to be lost to now possibly AFC West Champions and a play-off berth. Tebow is simply just a “winner” and always has been. He is not a prototypical QB and by no means will he ever be but he is a believer and a winner. The majority of the Bronco faithful are all in with the Tebow craze but they shouldn’t be completely secure for the future of the franchise unless a few things happen. #1 is that the Broncos need to make sure they give him a great QB coach that can continue to help him try and improve as much as possible. #2, the Broncos need to start to improve on the offensive line and add more talent (at the skilled positions) around him, particularly in the area of wide receiver. But for all it is worth, you have a guy just living out his dream of playing QB in the NFL and he is enjoying every bit of it.
- David Stern’s veto of the trade that would have sent Chris to the Los Angeles Lakers upset a whole lot of people but in reality, Stern was looking out for the NBA owned Hornets. Without Paul, and now with David West a pick-up the Indiana Pacers, who would have been even tougher to find an interested buyer for a Hornets franchise with no “name” player on its roster. The fact is simple, while “small market” teams are already behind the “big market” franchises in terms of money and fan support, the one thing small market teams hang their hat on is having a at least one star player to lure fans in. If Paul is in fact moved at some point, the Hornets will definitely need to recoup some young, serviceable talent in return as well as a stockpile of draft picks.
- Robert Griffith III was the correct pick for the Heisman based on the voters but he may have not been the popular pick by the people. Andrew Luck would have been just as deserving but it is hard to argue with what RGIII did against good competition. He opened the season with a bang when Baylor beat TCU. He was able to continue his play against the rest of the non-conference slate on into the Big 12 season. But what he did to Oklahoma (of course the Baylor’ “D” had a hand in it too) and Texas, both games toward the end of the season put him on the mind of a lot of voters as opposed to Luck. In fact, with Baylor playing the last weekend of the regular season and Stanford and Luck being off probably was just as key as anything. RGIII had the stage all to himself to make his bid for the Heisman. Now the talk that he could rival Luck for the #1 overall spot or at least the overall #1 QB taken in the 2012 NFL Draft is foolishness. While Griffith is definitely worthy of being one of the Top 5 QBS taken is one thing but Luck is NFL ready now in terms of almost every aspect of the game. In fact, the Indianapolis Colts may be so fortunate as to be able to draft Luck and still have Peyton Manning around for 1 or 2 more years. The Colts nor any other franchise looking to pick a QB in the draft should not be fooled into putting Griffith ahead of Luck. In fact, Griffith’s talents may best fit with a team like Kansas City Chiefs, the Seattle Seahawks or the Miami Dolphins. The Colts and the Washington Redskins would both be disastrous fits for RGIII if he was chosen either of those teams.
LEX18 is reporting that UK guard Stacey Poole was involved in a minor car wreck around 2:30 a.m. this morning. Poole, who is taking time to think whether or not he wants to be on a team chasing number 8 was a passenger in a black Escalade. Poole and the driver were both taken to the hospital as a pre-caution, but police describe the injuries as minor.
If Poole is going to stay on the team, he might want to consider taking it to the house a little earlier on the night before game day.
The folks over at the Card Chronicles have taken the high road to the rivalry week by creating a list of what Kentucky means to them. Yep, utilizing “Kentucky” the state they live in and are a part of. Not the “University of”.
Could they be any more clever? What are they trying to do? Psych us out? Is this some sort of Charlie Strong diversion tactic?
Whatever it means, we need to punch right back in their chin strap.
So, what does Louisville, I meant UofL, mean to you?
Ready to get rowdy for the game this weekend? Then head on down to Big Blue Country for the UK vs. UL Pre-Game Bash and Rally, this Friday Night at 7PM.
Details can be found on the Big Blue Country facebook page.
Be there or be square.
SEC ROUND-UP – WEEK 1
Kentucky 14 – Western KY. 3: This game was not for those who like to see a lot of offense. Kentucky’s day was filled with dropped passes, missed opportunities and an all-around disappointing offensive game. For WKU it was a very similar day on offense with missed opportunities, especially in the first-half to add to an early 3-0 lead. Both defenses played well, at least in comparison to the offenses. For WKU, they showed they can compete and will compete with some teams this year; if the offense can get in gear behind RB Bobby Rainey and QB Kawaun Jakes, then they may even win a few of those games. For UK it will be about guys at the skilled positions stepping up to make plays; the offensive line, an expected strength also appeared to struggle as well. On the defensive side, LB Danny Trevathan and DB Winston Guy held Rainey in check and kept WKU’s offense in neutral in the second half.
Mississippi St. 59 – Memphis 14: The Bulldogs used a balanced attack to jump out to a 31-7 halftime lead as they cruised to an easy victory over the Tigers. QB Chris Relf passed for 202 yds and 2 TDS and RB Vick Ballard ran for 166 yds & 3 TDs on just 10 carries. The Bulldogs were tough on defense and had no problem holding the Tigers’ offense in check.
Auburn 42 – Utah State – 38: In possibly the most thrilling game of the first weekend, the Tigers overcame a 10 point, 4th qtr deficit to knock-off the Aggies of Utah St. Auburn QB Barrett Trotter threw for 261 yds and 3 TDs but the Tigers’ ground game was anemic for most of the day with Michael Dyer getting just 57 yds (2 TDs) on the ground; however he did score the game winning TD after the Tigers were successful in recovering an on-side kick. For almost 3 ½ half quarters the visiting Aggies looked like the better team as they went up and down the field at will on the Auburn defense. A lot of it was set-up by Auburn having poor field condition and their inability to move the ball on offense. However, the story of the day was the porous Auburn “D”; they will have to get a lot better as the Tigers host Mississippi St. this weekend.
Alabama 48 – Kent St. 7: The Crimson Tide welcomed a new season of college football by downing Nick Saban’s alma mater, Kent St. The Tide was never really threatened as Kent St. struggled to mount any offense against a stout defense. The only Kent St. score came when they ran back 1 of 5 INTs thrown by Alabama QBs. The ground game for the Tide was not great as RB Trent Richardson was pretty much held in check. If Nick Saban has a reason for concern it would be the inconsistent play at QB (A.J. McCarron (2 INTs) and Phillip Sims (3 INTs) as they head to Happy Valley to play Penn St. this weekend.
BYU 14 – Ole Miss 13: In another contest that lacked a lot of offense from either team, the Cougars out fought the host Rebels for a 1 point victory. The Rebels were only able to muster 2 FGs on offense while their lone TD came off of a 96 yd INT ret. for a TD in the 3rd qtr. For BYU, both of their TDs came in the final stanza as they were able to overcome a horrendous first 3 quarters of play. The Rebels had no real passing attack and even worse of a ground game as they looked confused and discombobulated on offense.
Tennessee 42 – Montana 16: The Vols jumped out to a 28-7 halftime lead and never looked back as they crushed the Montana Grizzlies. Tennessee QB Tyler Bray threw for 293 yds and 3 TDs and RB Tauren Poole provided 98 yds on the ground; Justin Hunter had 6 grabs for 148 yds as well. The Vols secondary may need to tighten-up just a bit as they were picked apart in the 2nd half but by then the outcome was pretty much determined.
Arkansas 51 – Missouri St. 7: The Razorbacks came out smoking and led 30-0 at halftime. Tyler Wilson passed for 260 yds and 2 TDs; Jarius Wright had 6 catches for 108 yds and 2 TDs and the Razorbacks had plenty of offensive balance. The defense was not bad either to less than 250 yds of total offense.
Florida 41 – Florida Atlantic 3: In Will Muschamp’s debut, the Gators got off to a quick start and carried a 24-3 lead into halftime. They added 17 more in the 2nd half while shutting out the Owls. QB John Brantley threw for 229 yds and 1 TD but he had 2 INTs. Jeff Demps had 105 yds and 2 TDs on the ground and the defense was fast to the ball, particularly against the run, in a good debut for their new coach.
Vanderbilt 45 – Elon 14: The Commodores were led by QB Larry Smith (125 passing yds and 2 TDs & a rushing TD) and the defense was pretty stout for most of the game. However, the secondary for Vandy needs to be tweaked as they were torched by Elon QB T. Wilson for 233 passing yds and WR A Mellette who had 11 catches for 180 yds and 1 TD. The “D” was much better against the run holding D. Taylor to just 25 yds on 10 carries.
South Carolina 56 – East Carolina 37: Steve Spurrier decided to bench QB Stephen Garcia and start Sophomore Connor Shaw….it is a good thing Garcia at least made the trip. The Gamecocks fell behind 17-0 before Spurrier pulled Shaw and inserted Garcia; the Gamecocks would go on to outscore the Pirates 56-20 from that point on. Garcia only threw for 110 yds and 1 TD but he ran for 2 scores and he energized a team that began the game like they were still sleep. RB Marcus Lattimore ran for 112 yds and 3 scores and Alshon Jefferey had 5 grabs for 92 yds but he was kept out of the end zone. The Pirates took advantage of a Gamecock defense that seemed confused and disoriented early scoring on passes of 25 and 19 yds. ECU QB D. Davis threw for a total of 4 TDs and 260 yds. Spurrier would like to see some improvement as they had to Athens, GA this weekend to battle the Georgia Bulldogs.
Boise St. 35 – Georgia 21: In what was thought to be the second biggest game of the day for the SEC (behind the Oregon / LSU match-up) it was the visitors from the Blue Turf who owned the Georgia Dome. BSU QB Kellen Moore looked great in taking apart the Bulldogs secondary to the tune of 261 yds and 3 TDs; RB Doug Martin was limited to 57 yds & 1 TD but the story of the game was the BSU passing game which saw Moore hit 9 different receivers with passes. For Georgia, Aaron Murray was admirable going for 236 and 2 TDs through the air but he had absolutely no running game to balance him out, and Georgia will need to fix that before they face South Carolina this weekend. The Dome was basically clearing out with the fans in red, black and white early in the fourth and before they left, they voiced their displeasure with the play of Mark Richt’s team.
LSU 40 – Oregon 27: With all of the turmoil the Tigers have been going thru in just the last month and a half, they came out and made a huge statement by throttling the high-powered Ducks and basically eliminating them from the National Title scene with a knock-out similar to one in a “Rocky Movie”. Jarrett Lee was serviceable at best as he past for a measly 98 yds and 1 TD but LSU used several backs in pounding the Oregon front 7 into submission early in the 3rd qtr. But the Ducks also had problems on the offensive side beginning with an anemic running game that was just stifled by the quick, physical and athletic LSU “D”. Speedy Oregon RB LaMichael James was held to just 54 yds on 18 carries and 1 TD; he also led the Ducks in receiving with 6 catches for 61 yds. The Tigers have now served notice to the rest of the SEC and the country that their defense will not take a back-seat to any defense out there.
The Cardinal Hill Junior Board is a group of young professionals dedicated to the support and promotion of the innovative services at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.
The primary goal of the Junior Board is to raise money for a new therapeutic pool.
I stumbled upon the below video this morning and thought it was a must post. University of Oregon football players Darron Thomas and Cliff Harris get pulled over driving 118 MPH while smoking some dope. The officers lets these gentlemen drive off with no citation and even asked to see his PAC 10 Championship ring.
We all know athletes get special treatment but damn!