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VIDEO: Teddy Bridgewater For Heisman 2013

Teddy Bridgewater (@teddyb_h2o) didn’t want a Heisman campaign.  He wanted the focus on the team.  An admirable request, and it got college football talking about the talented signal caller and the Louisville Cardinals.

But I decided if Teddy didn’t want the school to tout him for Heisman, it doesn’t mean I can’t.  So I made this video.  I’m no CrumsRevenge, BUT, with his encouragement, tips, and library I was able to craft together what I think is a great representation of who Teddy Bridgewater really is as a football player and as a person.

I’ve been watching Cardinal Football for a long time and we haven’t seen a player quite like Teddy Bridgewater in quite some time.  He’s special. He deserves to be in the Heisman race and by the end of 2013 he might even deserve the trophy.  ACT 1: Teddy’s Freshman Year.  ACT 2: Get to know Teddy.  ACT 3: Sophomore Season Highlights.

Note:  The Video may not play on your mobile device due to restrictions from YouTube.

I recommend playing it loud, on full screen, and after letting it load completely.  Feel free to share with the world…….and don’t forget to enjoy your Quarterback in 2013.  It’s Football season.

Lastly, CrumsRevenge and I are spinning off CardsandCats.com to TheCrunchZone.com (still under construction) which will be an ALL Louisville format in late July.  We would love it if you would follow us over to our new Cardinal home as we continue to enjoy our passion of Louisville athletics.

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Cardinal Baseball Wins Round 1 Over Bowling Green 8-3

The University of Louisville Baseball team capitalized on the hot bat of Jeff Gardner and CoCo Johnson along with some solid pitching from starter Chad Green to advance unscathed to Saturday’s action in the NCAA Tournament.  The Cards will face the Miami Hurricanes at 5:00 Saturday at Jim Patterson Stadium. Tickets are still available and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2. You can purchase tickets through this link.

CoCo Johnson hit HOME RUNS in both the 2nd and 3rd innings, and drove in 3 RBIs while hitting 3 for 4. Jeff Gardner was also 3-4 and had a double and a triple while driving in 2 runs.  Chad Green went 7.0 IP, giving up 5 hits, 3 runs in 107 pitches.

Big East Pitcher of the Year Jeff Thompson will face Miami ace pitcher and 1st Team ALL-ACC Lefty Bryan Radziewski (1.49 ERA).

Full Bowling Green Press Conference

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Louisville Baseball To Host Regional, Coach & Player Reaction

University of Louisville Baseball was selected to host their Regional for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.  The Cards are paired with Bowling Green at 6:00 on Friday, while Oklahoma State & Miami (FL) will square off at 2:00.  Jim Patterson Stadium was recently expanded with the express purpose of hosting Regionals (& Super Regionals) and this is the 4th time in the past 7 years the school has been selected with the honor.   Ticket information will follow:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Division I NCAA Selection Committee released the field of 64 teams for the 2013 NCAA Baseball Championship on Monday afternoon and the Louisville Regional will include the top-seeded Cardinals, No. 2 seed Miami (Fla.), No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 4 Bowling Green.

Louisville (46-12) will host No. 4 Bowling Green (24-29) on Friday at 6 p.m., ET, while the Louisville Regional will open with No. 2 Miami, Fla., (36-23) against No. 3 Oklahoma State (39-17) on Friday at 2 p.m. Every game of the Louisville Regional will be televised live through ESPN3 at WatchESPN.com

The winner of Friday’s first round games will play on Saturday at 4 p.m., while the two losing teams will play an elimination game on Saturday at noon. The winner of Saturday’s elimination game will play the losing team fromSaturday night’s winner’s bracket game in an elimination game on Sunday at noon, with the winner advancing to play the winner of Saturday night’s winner’s bracket game on Sunday at 4 p.m. If needed, the two teams from Sunday’s second game will return for the final game of the Louisville Regional on Monday at 6 p.m. Gates at Jim Patterson Stadium will open one hour prior to the scheduled first pitch for the first game each day of the Louisville Regional.

All-session tickets for the 2013 NCAA Regional in Louisville are currently available online at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/uofl/EN/buy/browse or can be purchased by phone (502-852-5151) through the UofL Ticket Office starting Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., ET. All-session tickets for the four-team, double-elimination regional are $70 for reserved chairback seats and $45 for college students.

Fans are encouraged to purchase and pick up tickets in advance to avoid long will call lines on game day. Tickets can be picked up at the UofL Ticket Office, located at Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. No tickets will be mailed. Single session tickets, including reserved chairback and general admission berm seating, will go on sale Friday, May 31 from 9 a.m., ET at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Ticket Office or at Jim Patterson Stadium starting at noon ET.

The Cardinals (46-12) enter the 2013 NCAA Regional having won the BIG EAST Conference regular season title for the fourth time in five seasons after closing the regular season with 16 straight wins. Having matched a school record for regular season wins with 46, the Cardinals have already surpassed the school record for home wins posting a 31-5 mark at Jim Patterson Stadium this season.

Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter at http://twitter.com/uoflbaseball and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ulbaseball.

NCAA Baseball Louisville Regional Schedule

Friday, May 31 | (ESPN3)

Game 1: No. 2 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State - 2 p.m.

Game 2: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Bowling Green - 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 1 | (ESPN3)

Game 3: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser - Noon

Game 4: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner - 5 p.m.

Sunday, June 2 | (ESPN3)

Game 5: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser - Noon

Game 6: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner - 4 p.m.

Monday, June 3 | (ESPN3) – If necessary

Game 7: Game 6 Loser vs. Game 6 Winner - 7 p.m.

All times are Eastern Daylight Savings

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Louisville Football Presents the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring game on Saturday at 1 p.m.

It’s been more than three months since the University of Louisville football team captured one of the biggest victories in school history with a win over the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl.

The Cardinals will complete spring practice on Friday before taking the field at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring game on Saturday at 1 p.m.

“It’s been hard,” defensive tackle Brandon Dunn said of spring practice. “Everybody is competing and jobs are not settled. The young guys are learning from the veterans, and there is just a good vibe around the program.”

There is a different feeling around the program because it’s the most veteran team that head coach Charlie Strong has brought back in his four seasons.  Fifty-three letterwinners return for the Cardinals, including 19 starters.

“Practice has gone smoothly,” Dunn said. “The meeting rooms are solid. There aren’t a lot of mistakes being made. It’s just a veteran team. It’s a disciplined team. They know what to do and what not to do. It’s a workplace. Everyone is taped and braced for practice and you don’t have to find players.”

Lofty expectations are being placed on this team based on its 11-2 record from last year and the return of many key veterans and a few transfers who sat out last season.

“Coach Strong has told us we played a good game against Florida,” defensive tackle Roy Philon said. “But that’s behind us. We need to start back over and try to go further this season. When coach Strong tells us something we listen to him because we know it’s in our best interest. “

Spring ball isn’t as much of a grind for the players like fall camp. The Cardinals conducted 14 practices before taking the field on Saturday for the spring finale. While players have the opportunity to work on their individual skill-set without having to focus on their next opponent.

“Spring ball helps you perfect what you have to do in fall camp,” Philon said. “Spring is basically fundamentals and working on yourself. It’s working on yourself so you can be better during the season. The defensive line took a step forward from last season. The defensive line looks good out there.”

For just the third time this spring, the Cardinals will compete in front of their loyal fans at the spring game. The Cardinals are looking for a huge crowd on Saturday to surpass the 25,000 that attended the 2007 spring contest.

“It’s a good thing,” Philon said of the spring game. “I hope we get a big crowd out there to show their support.”

There are lots of activities surrounding the spring game, starting at 9:30 a.m. There will be live music in the Street Fest area with food, $1 beers and carnival rides for both children and adults. Tickets for rides will be sold per ride or an all-day pass can also be purchased.

Once the gates open at noon, $1 beers will be available only on the Norton Terrace, and concession stands will be open throughout the main concourse.

The NCAA champion men’s basketball team and national runner-up women’s basketball team will be honored at the spring game and fans will be able to take their picture with the championship trophy from 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in Street Fest.

The women’s basketball team will sign autographs in the main concourse once the gates open at noon.