Louisville football: Stock report post Florida State

Hassan Hall #19 of the Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Hassan Hall #19 of the Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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Louisville football comes off of a loss at Florida State searching for some answers. We take a look at what stock is trending up, and whose stock is down.

Amid completing my write-up on my thoughts about Louisville football’s loss to Florida State this weekend, I was in a good place- watching my dogs (Potter 5, Luna 16 weeks) play around the house, enjoying each other’s company.

As I became confident that the puppy was content playing on her own and locked my focus into this article, Luna trotted into the room with an item that I didn’t want to see in her mouth. I knelt down to grab the choking hazard, and as I did so, stepped in a giant, warm, fresh pile of puppy poop.

Immediately, I began hopping on one foot across the room to grab a rag and stepped in another fresh land mine. By no fault of her own, too long had passed for her poor puppy belly since her breakfast, and she took care of business while I punched away at my laptop keys ignoring her basic instinctual needs.

Somehow, I managed to make it to my shower without spreading fecal matter any further, and five minutes later I stepped out of the bathroom…. to thousands of tiny pieces of cotton balls spread across the floor from Luna’s doggy bed.

The joys of pet ownership can be likened to our relationship with Louisville football at this juncture in the 2019 season- one that predictably began with the Cards going 2-2, but doing so by pushing some much more talented teams to their limits.

Depending on age or length of fanhood, since you’ve been following the Cardinals, you’ve experienced everything from being the newborn puppy, barely knowing how to walk, to the big dog, knocking on the door of national relevance.

As much as Louisville football fans cling to the times when our bite actually was even larger than our bark (2004-2006, 2013, and 2016 come to mind), there’s been some times when we were just the little dog, too. And as cliche and stupid this metaphor is, right now, our Cardinals are still in the potty training stages of cultural rebuild years in the making.

As much as we want to just shovel all of the crap away and be the sparkling clean Louisville program of the past, the reality is that there’s still a lot of sh*t to deal with.

That was never more apparent than Louisville’s 35-24 defeat at the hands of the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee on Saturday.

The Cards looked impressive at times, but there were other plays that were soul-crushingly tough to watch. After seven straight conference losses, everyone around the program was so desperate for a conference and power five win.

However, Rome wasn’t built in a day, puppies don’t stop pooping in the house in a day, and this Cardinals team isn’t going to stop stepping on metaphorical landmines after seasons of poor learned behaviors and a plummet from the nation’s elite to FBS bottom-dweller.

Still, after the dust has settled, and the emotions of a surreal comeback mitigated by a blown lead have numbed us, it’s time once again to get after it.

Let’s take a look at whose stock we are buying, and who we may think about selling going forward.