After last Wednesday's big Cardinal victory, I was psyched and ready for more football fun this weekend. Here are some of my thoughts and observations:
*On Friday night I attended the national marquee matchup of of Louisville Trinity versus Cincinnati St. X at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. It was a very entertaining game, with Trinity beating the favored St. X, 17-6. Trinity's Jordan Whiting is a truly outstanding linebacker. Next year he will be playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but I wish that he had signed with the 'Ville. He could have been a hometown hero.
On Saturday my second favorite college team, the Navy Midshipmen, defeated Rutgers, 23-21. John McCain was on hand to cheer on Navy, his alma mater. Under most circumstances I would hate to see a Big East team go down, but this was an exceptional situation. Go Navy!
The Colts and Bengals both lost heartbreakers today. Boo to that. However, the bright spot is that former U of L great Sam Madison made some key defensive plays for the New York Giants to secure their victory over the Bengals. I've always enjoyed Sam Madison. He brings great credit to the Louisville football legacy.
Speaking of former 'Ville greats, I was driving along tonight and heard Ray Buchanan hosting a national sports show for Fox Sports Radio. He sounded good. As you will recall, Ray played defensive back for Louisville from 1989 to 1992, and then had an outstanding career with the NFL's Colts, Falcons and Raiders. His brother is current U of L starting safety Bobby Buchanan, number 34. Like his brother, Bobby is a hard-hitting assasin on defense.
Tonight's Sunday night game features the Green Bay Packers against the Dallas Cowboys. I dig the Packers because they have three former 'Ville stars on their roster: Starting offensive lineman Jason Spitz, QB Brian Brohm and offensive lineman Breno Giacomini. I must pull for any NFL team that has that many former Cards on the roster.
Don't forget: This Friday night, the U-Conn Huskies come to town. Get your popcorn ready. It's high time for a Papa John's butt whipping. Go Cards!