Brian Brohm (center) and Mario Urrutia (left) are still trying to make it in pro football.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Notes Written Without A Vuvuzela:
Brian Brohm completed his last pass in the National Football League in the final game of the 2010 season in Buffalo. Mario Urrutia has had tryouts with the Bengals, Jets and Bucs, but he has never caught a pass in an NFL regular-season game.
Urrutia is 28. Brohm will turn 29 in September.
Neither former University of Louisville player has surrendered his dream of playing pro football. In fact, they're already at work, playing as teammates for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League. They're already playing exhibition games.
Brohm completed three of nine passes for 29 yards in the Winnipeg's first exhibition last weekend. He also had a 28-yard touchdown pass called back. Urrutia caught two balls for 19 yards.
Urrutia, the Fern Creek product, is listed as a starting wide receiver on the Winnipeg depth chart. Brohm has more work to do. He's one of three guys trying to win the back-up position to veteran Drew Willy.
"Right now Brian is throwing the ball better than he’s ever thrown it," said Brian’s father, Oscar. "He’s very optimistic, still trying to get that one break."
Better than Diana Taurasi. As good as Skylar Diggins.
That's the latest update on former University of Louisville women's basketball star Shoni Schimmel during her rookie voyage through the WNBA with the Atlanta Dream.
Schimmel ranks second in the league in assists, averaging 6.4 per game, the same average as Diggins, the former Notre Dame star. Yep, Schimmel is averaging more assists than Taurasi, the WNBA all-star who plays in Phoenix.
Schimmel's 9.6 points per game scoring average ranks fifth among WNBA rookies.
Schimmel and her teammate, Angel McCoughtry, another former U of L star, will play in Indianapolis at 6 p.m. June 29, two weeks from Sunday. Atlanta leads the Eastern Conference with a 5-3 record, and McCoughtry is sixth in scoring at 18.0 per game.
MORE FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS
Another day, another college football magazine to study. I've purchased three – Athlon, Lindy’s and The Sporting News. Still waiting for the jumbo-sized Phil Steele Yearbook to arrive. You're risking 15 yards for a delay of game, Phil.
I've shared nuggets from Lindy's and The Sporting News. Here are a few more from Athlon’s national yearbook, which has only one local team headed to a bowl game:
Louisville: Cards are ranked 28th nationally, third in the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic division, behind Florida State and Clemson. The Cards are projected to play in the Belk Bowl – ouch! – against Mississippi State.
Kentucky: The Wildcats are ranked 70th nationally, last in the East Division of the Southeastern Conference, just behind fifth place Tennessee and sixth place Vanderbilt.
Indiana: The Hoosiers are ranked 58th nationally, sixth in the new Big Ten East, ahead of league newcomer Rutgers.
Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers are ranked 92nd nationally, fourth in the East Division of Conference USA, behind Marshall, Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic.
TAKING A POLL
I’ve asked for your opinions on multiple topics over the last two weeks – and you have delivered. Here are the results of my last three (unscientific) reader polls at WDRB.com
1. If you picked one University of Louisville coach to build a program, which coach would you select?
Basketball coach Rick Pitino 35 percent; baseball coach Dan McDonnell 30 percent; women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz 21 percent; football coach Bobby Petrino 7 percent; men’s soccer coach Ken Lolla 5 percent; other 2 percent.
2. How should horse racing’s Triple Crown series be changed?
Don't change a thing 51 percent; Only Derby horses can race in Preakness, Belmont 20 percent; First Saturday of May, June, July 18 percent; Limit the Derby to 14 horses 6 percent; Triple Crown points system 5 percent; other 0 percent.
3. Do you believe Rashad McCants when he said he received bogus As or North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams?