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Louisville Football 2014: A season in words

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We took 25,080 words written primarily about U of L football this season and dropped them into a word cloud generator to see what words appeared the most in our columns. (Source: WordItOut.com) We took 25,080 words written primarily about U of L football this season and dropped them into a word cloud generator to see what words appeared the most in our columns. (Source: WordItOut.com)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When the season ends, a team looks back on it to learn as they move forward. Coaches watch film, players rest their bodies and fans remember the good times (or bad). A journalist is left with the zeitgeist. It literally translates to 'page ghost', but is defined as the spirit of the time.

When we look back on the season, we have to ask: What did we say about the season?

I wanted to find out -- for lack of a better phrase -- what haunted Louisville football this season. What was the zeitgeist on wdrb.com?

So I made a word cloud. I took 25,080 words written primarily about U of L football this season and dropped them into a word cloud generator to see what words appeared the most in our columns.

We can't tell the tone, context or connotation of each word, but the sheer prevalence of certain words can tell us what we were particularly preoccupied with all season.

So what jumps out about Louisville?

The name Petrino sits in the center of the cloud, which makes sense. It was his first season back at U of L and the pressure was on. There were a lot of high expectations surrounding a stellar cast of players left behind by Strong and how Petrino would fare with them. It's no surprise the hot topic of the season was the return of a former U of L head coach with a controversial history since his departure.

Parker and Bonnafon are the two biggest player names and neither started early on in the season. DeVante Parker, who is a projected first round pick in the NFL draft and is ranked as one of the top receivers available in the draft, got injured in pre-season and dashed many people's hopes for the season. Then attention shifted back to Parker when he arrived on the scene late in the season. Simply put, Parker is good and lots of the high expectations flurried around his ability to play this season.

Bonnafon, on the other hand, was a backup quarterback to early season starter Will Gardner. But the prominence of the name Bonnafon in the word cloud suggests there was never really confidence in Gardner. It could also be explained by the fact that Gardner was injured late in the season, forcing Bonnafon into the starting role. He also started in one of the Cards' biggest games against Notre Dame, just two weeks after his father passed away.

Defense is simple. The Cards' defense, consistently ranked among the top teams in the nation, demanded a lot of attention.

Eric Crawford 

"Who would have thought that in Bobby Petrino's first season back in Louisville, the dominant word (other than Petrino) was 'defense.' Before the season, the defense was the big question mark. And then once the season was under way, it was defense that was carrying the team. The other prominent word in this is, not surprisingly, 'quarterback.' Petrino was juggling quarterbacks all season, from Will Gardner at the start, to Reggie Bonnafon after Gardner was injured, back to Gardner, then again to Bonnafon before Kyle Bolin came in and saved the Cardinals against Kentucky in the season finale. Also, DeVante Parker played only half the season, roughly, but accounted for more than that in mentions according to the cloud. As he should have."

Rick Bozich

"College football is coach-oriented. The coach is the guy who gives the program its identity. Petrino is the name everybody associates with the U of L program -- along with athletic director Tom Jurich. I expected to see Jurich's name.

"Not surprised to see DeVante Parker mentioned. It's too bad he was not healthy for the entire season. I believe he would have been named a first-team all-American."

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