(You can call this a blog-a-thon. With items piling up, I'm going to try to knock a few out one-by-one, in the kind of rapid succession that web publishing experts hate.)
Forget about resting up or cooling down. The University of Louisville football team will use its bye week to dry off.
Drought is no laughing matter -- but if I were U of L, I'd want the Midwest power brokers of the BIg 12 to consider that where the Cardinals go, rain seems sure to follow.
U of L has played two road games this season. On Sept. 22, the day it played FIU in Miami, the National Weather Service in Miami recorded 6.23 inches of rain. On Sept. 29 in Hattiesburg, Miss., about three inches of rain fell the evening the Cardinals were playing Southern Miss.
It's gotten this bad. U of L is thinking about changing its road football mascot to the one pictured above. Coach Charlie "Trolling Motor" Strong has always had this motto -- when you go on your road, pack your defense. This season, he's also added the words "hip waders."
What to make of this? U of L is ranked No. 16 in the USA Today coaches poll, but is picking up ground in the NCAA medley relay trials.
The rain has thrown cold water on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's statistics. In both games, U of L eventually had to largely abandon its passing game to go to the ground to secure the victories.
Bridgewater ranked seventh in the nation in passing efficiency after three games. Two water polo matches later, his rank has dropped to No. 24.
"Teddy wasn't able to grip the ball," U of L coach Charlie "Trolling Motor" Strong said after the Southern Miss victory. "And that's a big part of our game. . . . But you look at our team, they never said anything about it. I told them it was raining on both sides of the ball, so you can't complain about it."
Strong doesn't complain about the weather, he does something about it. Like adding the title "rainmaker" to his resume.
At 5-0, U of L's cup runneth over. And so has everything else the past two weeks. With no game this weekend, expect clear skies.
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