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B Simm Releases “U Don’t Want These Cards”

B Simm has been a part of the Louisville Hip Hop Scene for several years and has enjoyed  success on a national level as well.  I spoke with B Simm last week leading up to his 2012 UofL Football Anthem release of “You Don’t Want These Cards”.  It was difficult to not share the song with you the entire week, but you should get to know it as UofL officials are planning to use it in some form during the Governor’s Cup on Sunday.

B Simm was born in West Virginia, but moved to Louisville at age 10.  B Simm told me, “I didn’t understand the rivalry, and I was geared more towards UK.  But the longer I as I got acclimated to the city I made the switch to UofL.  It’s a perfect fit.”  B Simm, whose real name is Brandon Simmons, went on to tell me that he is driven to make music and continue to put the City of Louisville on the Musical Map. Louisville fans are already familiar with several of B Simm’s work where he either created entirely or was featured on former football anthems, “Click Clack”, “R U Ready”, “R U Ready 2″, and also was featured on the Cincinnati Bengals song: “Welcome to the Jungle”.  In addition, B Simm has toured and/or worked with hip hop royalty in Lil’ Wayne, Bow Wow, Jim Jones, T.I., and many others.  You can Follow B SIMM on Twitter or ‘like’ his fan page: Like B SIMM on Facebook for future releases.

You can purchase “You Don’t Want These Cards” with this link.  Without it, I doubt you will have even a decent tailgate experience.

But if you want to listen before buying:

 

 

 

 

Governor’s Cup prediction

     So it’s that time of year again.  The Battle of the Bluegrass is upon us.  Sunday at 3:30 on ESPN the Cards and the Cats will lace them up on the football field.  There have been so many memories I have had in games past in this series.  Some good and some bad.  The inaugural game at Papa Johns when UK won 68-34.  I can still see Craig Yeast catching passes all over the field in my nightmares.  That was the worst.  The next year was a great memory for me because I was in Lexington when Chris Redman returned the favor 56-28. 

 

 

     Both teams have had their share of win streaks in the series. UL won 4 in a row from the years 2003 thru 2006.  Most recently UK had a 4 game winning streak from 2007-2010.  Of course UL put a stop to that win streak with a 24-17 victory in Lexington last season.  Both teams have seemed to not have great teams at the same time except for the 2007 game.  Brian Brohm against Andre Woodson build up was huge.  Of course the Stevie got loose moment was born. 

     It leads me to this year’s game.  It sort of reminds me of the 2002 game as far as UL was a highly ranked team coming in.  UL had huge expectations and UK basically pulled the big upset.  At least what was considered an upset at the time.  We all know 2002 UL ended up being quite a disappointment.  However, that’s really where it all stops comparison wise to me.

     I think this UL team has a great chance to be special.  Like I have said in the past sure they are young with limited senior experience but, I trust in Charlie Strong.  These kids will be ready come Sunday.  There might be a game this year where this team isn’t truly focused but, it won’t be this one.  UK has made sure of it. The reason I say that is all of the trash talk from UK.  First they put a UK football billboard around UL’s campus.  Then there have been tweets from UK players saying they can’t wait to shut UL up.  They can’t wait to knock Teddy Bridgewater in the mouth.  Even Morgan Newton the now back up QB said UL’s schedule is weak and basically UK is the best team we play. Really Morgan?  I would put probably put 5 or 6 teams ahead of this UK team on UL’s schedule. Even saw one player say “UK owns this state”  Well since the modern series resumed in 1994 UL holds a 10-8 advantage. 

     I know UL players have talked their share of smack as well but, if I were Joker I would have never let anyone of my players say a peep of smack towards UL.  Why?  The reason being UL is the better team.  Least on paper. Plus the game is in Papa John’s. They have a better QB, OL, DL, RB, and secondary for the most part.  With a young team sure they could of overlooked the Cats but, it won’t happen.  This UL football team is itching for Sunday and ready to put on a show for the UL faithful.  I would like to say thank you again to Joker and the UK football team for making sure this UL team is focused for Sunday.  It’s a rivalry game so of course it could be closer than I think so I will go with 35-17 UL.  Happy Labor Day weekend.

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Governor’s Cup: And So It Begins…

Labor Day weekend is here. 

Time to put up or shut up.  It has been an exceptionally long and hot summer.  Even hotter with the trash talk.  I asked the Twitterverse, “what is your prediction”?

Vegas has the Cards as a 13/14 point favorite. 

What about us?  The irresponsible, gambling, drinking, trash talking, “red tinted glasses” fans?

Over 50 responses came in.

Average score, rounded to closest whole number:  Cards 28, Cats 12, (-16).

Two people picked UK to win, both UK fans.  Matt Jones, and Danielle from KYSportsCo, both in lower scoring tight contests.

It seems that most UK fans think Cards will win.  What is irking them is Cards fans spread prediction.   They would rather you pick them to lose in a close game.  Cards fans are hoping for a blowout. 

If it rains, don’t count on a blowout.  The game will move slowly, more run plays likely, and that will keep the clock ticking down.  Lower total possessions probably to be expected, less scoring opportunity.  A blowout would require bigger breakaway yardage plays to offset the lower possessions.  It could happen, but so could a sloppy slugfest.

What do I think? 

Who cares what I think, but since I asked myself on behalf of you (you’re welcome), Cards 24-10 in a wet one.

Below I pulled out a few predictions from radio, tv, and bloggers to see how we do.

Submission

Cards

Cats

Drew Deener

35

7

Mark Ennis

31

3

Matt Jones

17

21

Tyler – KySportsCo

24

17

Nick Coffee

35

10

JD Coffee

31

16

CardsandCats

30

13

CrumsRevenge

24

10

Jon- KySportsCo

38

17

Danielle – KySportsCo

14

17

Raashaan Myers

31

10

Jeremy – CSZ

31

3

Justin – CSZ

34

17

The Cardinal’s Beak

27

10

Steven – CSZ

34

10

ULHOTHOT

21

13

theCardnation

24

9

ULCardGame

27

10

Kentucky Freshman Towles Up For 2012 High School Scholar-Athlete Award

OwwzZ.AuSt.79Some random news that UKAthletics.com has recently reported is that Kentucky freshman quarterback Patrick Towles has been named a finalist for the 2012 high school scholar-athlete award.

You may ask what this is considering he is a college student. Well, the National Football Foundation honors 26 guys from different regions who were successful on and off the field during their senior years. The committee will then chose five guys on October 8th, with Towles, a product of Highlands High School being a option to join the winners who will head to New York City on December 4th to receive their awards during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon.

Towles would not be the first Wildcat to receive this award as Jeremy Caudill won back in 2000. Caudill was a defensive tackle who played for Prestonburg High School in Kentucky.

Top Ten Louisville Players According to NCAA Football 2013: #2 Mario Benavides

For the second year in a row I will be counting down the Top Ten Louisville Cardinals players accordingto EA Sports NCAA 2013 while my Weekend Sports Buzz Co-Host Tyler Bloyd will be doing the Kentucky players. We will have our top ten list finished by the time the Cards and Cats face off at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium on September 2nd.

 

Mario Benavides is a 6-4 280 lb Junior Center out of Los Fresnos High School in Los Fresnos Texas. Mario wears jersey #55 and has started 34 out of 38 games.  Mario has continued a string of very dependable and successful Cardinal centers from Travis Leffew (2002-2005) to Eric Wood (2005-2008). Mario will end up in the NFL after his Senior season like both Leffew and Wood did.

Coming out of Los Fresnos, TX Mario was rated as the #31 offensive tackle nationally and a three star prospect according to Scout.com. After being named first team all-state in Texas as a Junior which is nothing to sneeze at, Mario committed to Ole Miss the summer before his senior season but changed his mind and ended up being the 8th player to commit to Louisville for the class of 2008. Benavides described his decision to switch from Ole Miss to Louisville “Not to say that Ole Miss wasn’t great and they weren’t nice to me it’s just kind of something I feel in my heart. I just felt more comfortable with Louisville. My Dad came with me on my visit and he could tell that I was more excited when I came back from Louisville than I was from Mississippi.”

Along with offers from Louisville and Ole Miss, Mario also had offers on the table from Texas Tech, Iowa State, Arizona and Houston after coming out of the very talent rich state of Texas. Although Mario played tackle in high school, the Cards staff knew from the beginning that he projected as more of a Guard or Center at the college level due to his physical stature. That combined with the opportunity for Mario to learn behind Senior Center Eric Wood for a season (which was Mario’s red-shirt season) gave him the chance to immediately take over the starting Center position as a red-shirt freshman in 2009.  This created the perfect opportunity for the Cards to maintain continuity at one of the more underrated positions on the field.

The offensive line was a unit that was inconsistent as a whole in 2009 but laid the foundation for a very solid season in 2010 as Bilal Powell gained 1,405 yards rushing himself. The team averaged a total of 197 yards rushing per game for the season. Mario played a large role in the consistency of the O-Line as he started 12 of 13 games.

During the 2011 season Mario missed the first three games of the season due to a knee injury and started the final 10. During the three games Mario missed it was evident how valuable his presence is as the team struggled to run the ball and to protect the Quarterback (Will Stein suffered an injury against Kentucky). The Cards only managed to run the ball for 159 yards in a 21-9 win over lowly Murray State that the Cards struggled against more than expected and only 83 yards in a 24-17 upset loss against Murray State.

Mario went into last season at about 300 lbs and heading into his Senior Season he is weighing about 280 lbs. Mario expects the lighter weight to contribute to more agility and to avoid injuries for what is expected to be a big season for the Cards!

Top Ten Kentucky Players According To NCAA Football 2013: #2 Martavius Neloms


The Commonwealth is closing in on 48 hours til kick off between Kentucky and Louisville, better known as the Governor’s Cup. This is turning into a game where most believe UL will win, but anything can happen, especially if remnants of hurricane Issac hit Papa Johns. IF this does happen, both teams defense will need to step up as it will turn into a sloppy, ground and pound game and one guy who could help change the game is UK corner back Martavius Neloms. He comes in as the #2 rated player on the roster according to NCAA Football 2013 and that is right where we continue with our yearly countdown.

Neloms is currently a senior corner back for UK. He came to Lexington in 2009 but before so, his high school career was pretty solid. Named 1st team all state during his senior season when he pulled down 8 interceptions which led Tennessee, two of those he returned for a touchdown. What is remarkable is that Neloms only began playing football a year before this as a junior when he became a rising talent after bringing down 6 INTs and was also a track star.

Entering Kentucky, Martavius played in ten games as a true freshman, tallying up 14 tackles and one pass break up. Started against South Carolina after both CB’s ahead of him on the depth chart  went down with injures. His sophomore year, 2010, was another successful one as he led the Wildcats in tackles for a defensive back for losses with 5.5 while sacking the quarterback twice. Totalling 55 tackles on the year to go with a career high of eight against Auburn.

Last season Neloms once again proved why he was a valuable recruit coming out of high school. Started the first ten games, missing the last two due to injury but did his damage before going out. Third on the team in tackles with 71 and setting a new career high of ten against Central Michigan and powerhouse LSU. Was second on the team in pass knock downs as well. This season the coaching staff expects big things from Neloms. Two years starter with plenty of experience will help out a very thin secondary. Go Cats!