Lost and found Cardinals: Women’s basketball lives

Tough loss in Hoosierville last night. The University of Louisville’s men’s basketball team lost to The University of Kentucky in a rough game that left both teams bruised and battered. We saw at least one broken ankle (Kentucky) and one broken nose (Louisville).

It’s the end of the Russ Smith/Luke Hancock era, which has seen two final fours and one National Championship.

Now that the season’s over, what’s a basketball fan to do?

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CHILL OUT: WE’VE GOT THIS!

Oh, right, the Shoni and Jude (and Antonita and Sara and Bria and Asia and Tia, and Megan) show is in town. More basketball at the Yum Center just down the road. And of course, I’ve got tickets!

GO CARDS!!!

The colonel doesn’t take sides …

Bjrqn9LCcAEQMg0.. he serves them.

Big basketball game tonight in Indianapolis. I’m on the road in a half hour.

I know a corporation isn’t going to pick sides in its home state, but really, you can’t NOT have a side when it comes to this rivalry.

The colonel strikes me as a Wildcats fan. Will probably see Ashley Judd there, most definitely not in the section I’m sitting in (I can’t afford the seats she’ll get).

So, GO CARDS!!!

Remember when Miley Cyrus was wholesome?

Once upon a time, there was a teenage singer who captured the hearts of the folks in the heartland:

At some point she realized that being wholesome could land you a comfortable gig and moderate success doing covers of country songs at Dollywood, but being slutty would make you a global phenom:

I give the kid credit. She knew where one image would lead her, so instead she chose super stardom. That’s an extremely smart business decision, and she’ll be a success for a very long time.

Cards vs. Cats: The invasion of Hoosierville

NCAA Basketball: Louisville at KentuckyBig news in the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament (from Card Chronicle):

Louisville will play Kentucky on Friday for a spot in the Midwest Regional final.

Each one of us already knows every story we’re going to read this week. Kentucky beat Louisville in the Final Four two years ago, John Calipari is 5-1 against the Cards since coming to Lexington, U of L doesn’t seem to match up particularly well with UK, a fact Russ Smith admitted after the two teams played in December, the two fan bases don’t like each other, and on and on (and on and on and on).

Yes, and on and on …

This has been said before, but it’s worth repeating: The bracketeers with the NCAA completely screwed over the teams in the Midwest Region. The possible match-ups Louisville faces/faced in this bracket were:

A repeat of last year’s Elite Eight game against the Duke Blue Devils (which I won’t show because of the horrific Kevin Ware injury).

A repeat of last year’s Final Four game against the Wichita State Shockers:

A repeat of last year’s National Championship against the Michigan Wolverines:

This is a crime. John Calipari, the Kentucky coach, said his team’s win against Wichita State was the kind of game that gets you into the Final Four. He was right. Three of the four teams in the Midwest region this year were in last year’s Final Four.

Instead, what do we get?

The 2013 National Champion Cardinals against the 2012 National Champion Wildcats.

And this doesn’t even get us into the Elite Eight. We’re still in the Sweet 16.

Still, this is going to be a great game. It’s going to be held in Hoosierville. (That seems to be a logical translation of Indianapolis, right?) That’s a two-hour drive from Louisville and a three-hour drive from Lexington, a straight shot up I-65. So I’d advise everyone to stay off the Interstate between Louisville and Indianapolis on Friday, because every pickup, bus, RV and SUV in the Bluegrass State is going to be on that road, an unimaginable invasion of Red and Blue on our neighbor to the north.

And on a personal note, if you’re not interested in the game, please stay off the highway, because I’m flying into Louisville and driving up Lucas Oil Stadium, because I’ve got tickets to the Sweet 16.

C-A-R-D-S !!!!!

It stays in Las Vegas, hopefully

I’ve been in Las Vegas the past few days. (Where else should you be during the early rounds of March Madness?)

Looks like I got out in time:

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will get top billing when he and other potential 2016 presidential candidates join billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson for an exclusive Republican gathering next week in Las Vegas.

Bush, who is quietly exploring a run for the White House, will be the featured speaker at an exclusive VIP dinner on Thursday hosted by Adelson and his wife, Miriam, at his company’s private airplane hangar at Las Vegas Macarran International Airport, according to a draft itinerary obtained by The Washington Post.  The Adelsons’ dinner for Bush will kick off the Republican Jewish Coalition’s four-day spring leadership meeting, during which politicians and major GOP donors will mingle at golf and poker tournaments, as well as in political strategy sessions.

Because, where else would the family-values crowd strategize other than Sin City? I suspect they’ll talk about lady parts and lazy inner-city men.