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CRAWFORD | Week in review: Ten great things, and one bad one

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — It’s easy to focus on the bad. Goodness knows, we’ve done a lot around here lately. So here’s a new feature. Ten of the best things to happen last week — and one bad thing.

I’m happy to take nominations through the week, just hit me via Twitter, Facebook or email me at ecrawford@wdrb.com.

The top 10:

1. WHAT LSU DID FOR SOUTH CAROLINA. The Gamecocks couldn’t play at home, because of the flooding, so they asked LSU to host what was supposed to be their home game. LSU responded by rolling out the red carpet. Their band learned the South Carolina fight song. Billboards went up around Baton Rouge saying “Geaux Gamecocks.” They played “Sandstorm” liberally. After the game, LSU running back Leonard Fournette got special permission from the NCAA to auction his jersey for flood victims in South Carolina. The SEC ought to feel good about this expression of brotherhood, even if LSU won the game 45-24. Charity only goes so far.

2. LOUISVILLE IRONMAN FINISHERS. You are all winners, men women, first across the line to last. The time, effort, commitment, and yes, part insanity required to take on the task of swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running a marathon to cap it all off. I love this story. North Oldham sixth grader Alex Wright of Prospect could not finish a half-mile run when he started running cross country, but coach Darrell Corbett ran side-by-side with him, every day. Now, Alex is running 4Ks. And on Sunday, when Corbett was in the marathon portion of the race, he looked over and who was rushing beside him? The sixth-grader, Alex Wright. In this event, truly, every finish is a story. Kudos to Jessie Halladay, a fellow refugee from the newspaper business, who also completed the event on Sunday. And check out Chris Sutter’s moving story on Nick Curcio, who overcame addiction and obesity to finish the race

3. CHARLIE STRONG ISN’T FINISHED YET. Yes, there’s still a lot of football to play, but if anybody doubted Strong’s ability to rally a team, Texas’ 24-17 win over No. 10 Oklahoma on Saturday ought to be an answer. That’s three wins over nationally ranked opponents as a double-digit underdog for Strong — fans around here will remember the Florida victory in the Sugar Bowl best of all. Strong was body surfing among his players. He was wearing the golden cowboy hat trophy. After the game he said, “I don’t worry about what anybody else says. I know I can coach.”

4. LOUISVILLE WOMEN’S SOCCER BEATS NO. 1. The Cardinals knocked off North Carolina on with a 2-1 win in overtime in Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium on Thursday night. Junior Caroline Kimble scored the game winner with just eight seconds left in the first OT period. It was the biggest win in U of L women’s soccer history and the first time the program has knocked off a No. 1 team.

5. WKU’S OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION. Last Saturday’s opponent, Middle Tennessee, was no pushover. It gave up just 37 points to Alabama. But it gave up 52 to Western Kentucky. In the first half. Only the sportsmanship of the Hilltoppers kept this one from getting even more out of hand in a 58-28 win. Brandon Doughty leads the nation in completion percentage, hitting on 74.7 percent of his passes. His 20 TD passes ranks third in the nation, behind only Seth Russell of Baylor (22) and Trevone Boykin of TCU (21).

6. BOYS FOUND ALIVE IN RED RIVER GORGE. We’re used to these stories ending in tragedy. But a pair of cousins, aged 5 and 7, alone and lost in the Appalachian woods, ate sticks and slept on the ground under a tree, and were found unhurt after 20 hours of searching. Credit a U.S. Forest Service crew for making this a happy ending.

7. UK’s ESPN PRACTICE. If college basketball is a guard’s game, Kentucky coach John Calipari is a very rich man. Come to think of it, he’s a very rich man even if isn’t, but that’s beside the point. Tyler Ulis is one of the top point guards in the college game, and is looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Wildcat offense full-time. Jamal Murray showed what he can do playing for Team Canada in the Pan-Am games, and was no less impressive in Sunday’s practice/combine for ESPNU’s cameras on Sunday. Isaiah Briscoe is more raw than those two, but no less talented. UK should be good hands on the perimeter.

8. THE MICHIGAN DEFENSE. Three straight shutouts, the latest a 38-0 rout of Northwestern on Saturday. The Wolverine defense is the first FBS defense to record three straight shutouts since Kansas State did it in 1995.

9. ACE IS BACK. Running back Ace Wales was one of the top running backs in Central High School history, but he has been slowed by a hamstring injury all season. He made his first appearance on Saturday, however, and carried 19 times for 11 yards.

10. GARY BARNIDGE’S CATCH. The former U of L tight end brought down a go-ahead TD catch for the Cleveland Browns against the Ravens in the fourth quarter — between his legs. He was between two Baltimore defenders when the ball went through their hands and landed between his legs. He squeezed, then reached down to grab the ball as he fell into the end zone. "I knew it was in my legs. I had it trapped," Barnidge said. "I knew I felt it in there, and I was just trying to get it up to my hands. I knew if I got it to my hands, it'd be a catch." Cleveland won the game 33-30.

And, as promised, one bad thing . . . 

NICK CHUBB’S INJURY. The fantastic Georgia running back was injured in the first quarter at Tennessee, going down with an ugly-looking knee injury that turned out to be as bad as it looked. Georgia says he suffered injuries to multiple knee ligaments, but not his ACL, and will undergo surgery in the next couple of weeks. He had been one of the nation’s top running backs heading into his injury. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.

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