LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: The Johnson “incident”, stripper scandal, and a couple of pretty good podcasts Friday, Oct 21 2016 

Did you hear the latest from Dan Johnson? Not the kooky, racist politician from Bullitt County running to be a state representative by posting offensive Facebook messages. No, this is our own Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, who got himself banned from GLI events (this seems to be an unprecedented action) for something he apparently said to a GLI female staff member during a group trip to Austin, Texas attended by several Metro Council members.

Asked by the newspaper, no one else on the trip seems to have been aware of whatever it was Johnson did, though some think that the incident should be made public — an eventuality GLI seems determined to keep in-house. Council member Angela Leet told the C-J she felt that whatever happened should “require immediate disclosure.”

Meanwhile, Johnson, whose career highlights include getting himself sued by Gus Goldsmith for writing bad checks (the case was settled) and pushing for a moratorium on the construction of gas stations, provided the C-J with a quote illustrating how clueless he must be regarding the incident:

“It is certainly not in my character to be offensive, so I do apologize if I came across that way in Austin. GLI has not contacted me personally about any incident during the Austin trip. At the time, I was not aware that my words were offensive to anyone. I wish someone had brought this to my attention a month ago so I could have apologized.”

Johnson’s term as a councilman ends with this election.

pic by Bill Brymer

pic by Bill Brymer

Stripper Scandal: The big story of the week was the NCAA’s release of allegations after its year-long investigation of the U of L basketball program. You can’t turn on your radio without hearing someone’s take on it – and here’s mine. Andre McGee was a rogue employee, and created an elaborate system to provide prostitutes for basketball recruits, thinking it would both advance his career when those players signed to play at U of L, and advance some perverted ideas he had about sex.

As a result, at a press conference, Pitino made an emotional plea about the importance of Billy Minardi Hall (where it all took place) to him personally and convinced everyone, including the NCAA, that he had no knowledge of the shenanigans going on there. The NCAA report provided little new info, but did mention Pitino’s “failure to monitor” an employee as a Level 1 violation that will probably get him suspended for a few games.

Of course, the report got national headlines.

Meanwhile, the N.C. State football team comes to town an 18-point underdog for Saturday’s Noon contest, and a lot of people who follow it say the spread is too big. The Cards should win, but by 2 TDs at most.


Marc Murphy will speak at the Nov. 15 Breakfast of Champions

The Rusty Satellite Show includes a fascinating interview with C-J political cartoonist Marc Murphy, a proud liberal who says that we simply can’t “put Donald Trump in the White House.” Mark your calendar for Nov. 15, when Murphy will be our speaker at the next Breakfast of Champions. By then, we’ll be done with this depressing election cycle.

Also on the show is Katie Gaughan, an executive coach who fills us on workplace dynamics. And my guest co-host Steve Coomes adds some flavor to the podcast. Listen here:

Of course, Steve and I host the EatDrinkTalk podcast, and this time we indulge in two of his passionate topics — tequila and ham. His guest on the show is Muchote tequila owner Will Elger. And I got a chance to visit with Loui Loui’s partner Mike Spurlock — about Detroit-style pizza, late-night munchies and playing in a rock and roll band.

Listen here:

Have a great weekend — next week’s Rusty show features Metro Council candidate and all-around great guy Gill Holland. And on EatDrinkTalk, I’ll be talking with John Good, who has created a potato chip company, believe it or not, that’s doing big things.

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U of L Gets Notice of Allegations – Here’s Response from Jurich and Pinto Thursday, Oct 20 2016 

Joint statement from the university’s acting president and vice president/director of athletics

The University of Louisville has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA and a redacted copy of the document is attached.  The university is currently reviewing the allegations and will prepare a response, which will be provided to the NCAA within 90 days.  The university will continue to cooperate with the NCAA throughout the process.

Below is a joint statement from Acting President Dr. Neville Pinto and Vice President/Director of Athletics Tom Jurich:

Nope, staying at U of L

Tom Jurich

“As parents and university leaders who care about every student who comes to the University of Louisville, we are heartbroken that inappropriate behavior took place here.  It saddens us tremendously.  We promised that if something was done wrong, we would be open about it, acknowledge it, and correct it.

From the beginning, no one wanted to know the truth more than UofL and that’s why we immediately notified the NCAA Enforcement Staff and worked diligently with them to determine what took place.  It’s why we retained NCAA consultant Chuck Smrt and outside counsel Steve Thompson to determine the facts.

We are now in receipt of the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations (NOA). This is the next step in a process that will end with our appearance before the Committee on Infractions in the spring of 2017.  We have 90 days to determine our specific position on each allegation and prepare a written response.

From the start, the NCAA Enforcement Staff had our full cooperation.  Its staff and our investigators spoke to numerous Louisville employees and third parties, and the university produced every document requested by the NCAA.  We are disappointed that former Director of Basketball Operations Andre McGee did not cooperate.

These allegations underscore why it was appropriate for the university to self-impose strict penalties on our basketball program earlier this year.


Rick Pitino…photo by Bill Brymer

The NOA aligns with the results of our inquiry: improper activities took place in a dormitory that never should have occurred.  When the facts were established, we acted.  We took appropriate punitive and corrective actions.  The penalties we imposed were among the most severe penalties ever self-imposed by a NCAA member.

It is important to note what is not being alleged.  The NOA does not contain an allegation that Coach Pitino had knowledge of what took place in the dormitory.  The NCAA does not allege a ‘lack of institutional control’ at Louisville, a very severe allegation.  The NCAA does not allege that there was a ‘failure to monitor’ against the institution, also a severe allegation. The NCAA does not allege that Coach Pitino failed to ‘promote an atmosphere of compliance’, a serious allegation.  The NOA does contain a narrower allegation – which we will dispute – that Coach Pitino failed to demonstrate that he monitored Mr. McGee.

We believe that Mr. McGee acted furtively and note that the NOA does not indicate that any other university employee besides Mr. McGee had knowledge of these activities. We are confident in Coach Pitino and we know he is and always has been committed to NCAA compliance.

The entire episode is a deep disappointment to all of us who love this university.  We appreciate the NCAA’s efforts and we regret tremendously that this took place.  Everyone who works here knows it can never happen again.  We will continue to work cooperatively with the NCAA for the final resolution of this matter.”

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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Cards by 7 TDs?, an Iraqi-born artist, Rabbit Hole Bourbon and a Great Burger Friday, Oct 14 2016 

As of Friday morning, the #7 Louisville Cardinal football team is favored by 34.5 points in its ACC football game against Duke. As hard as that is to believe, I think this time Bobby Petrino won’t take his foot off the gas until his team is up by the 7 touchdown margin, because at this point in the season image does matter. And the Cards’ image will certainly be enhanced with a 56-10 win. I’ll see you in the Flight Deck.


This wall is coming down to make room for the spectacular new facility planned by Rabbit Hole

If it weren’t for it coinciding with the game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, I would be riding down to 1619 Flux for the opening of Vian Sora’s solo show. She’s a native Iraqi with a mission to dispel prejudice in the world, through art. She got here by marrying a Kentuckian, named Jed.

I was treated to a tour of the facility Tuesday by Kara Nichols, who opened the Art + Activism gallery in April. It’s amazing what is happening there in Portland, where in the blocks around it are popping up all sorts of businesses, many associated with art. The Tim Faulkner facility led the way, and Gill Holland’s efforts to raise Portland’s profile seem to be paying off.

Those two remarkable women talk with me on the Rusty Satellite Show this week. My other guest is a remarkable story — Kaveh Zamanian, an accomplished psychologist who decided he wanted to become a bourbon-maker. Be sure to listen in to my fascinating interview, including the story of how his wife admonished him repeatedly about the business’ formation, comparing it to going down a rabbit hole.

2016-10-12-13-16-43My guest co-host is Cyndy Tandy, the local queen of social media and a guest on the very first Rusty Satellite Show back in 2013. Cyndy, a Republican, is at least not supporting Trump, but we get into a spirited discussion of politics.

Here’s the show:


My partner Steve Coomes at EatDrinkTalk seems to know about everything going down in the spirits and dining scene, which becomes obvious if you read his local roundup of news or his in-depth story on the smart backers of Blaze Pizza. Or maybe you would like to live vicariously through his adventures in upscale eating, like this piece on a cocktail-paired dinner at La Chasse.

2016-10-12-13-56-49-hdrListen to our podcast to get caught up on news from Harvest, Red Hog, the Eagle — plus our popular favorites segment in which I devoured this Angry

Talley, Skulas

Talley, Skulas

Goblin Burger from Drake’s. Steve talks with Paul Skulas, who’s opening The Portage in Jeffersonville, while I talk with young master distiller Cameron Talley of Rabbit Hole.



Here’s the podcast:

Our other big adventure this week was checking out the Brown Hotel’s rooftop garden, which hasn’t been open since 1971, and recalling the 1920s, when lunch was advertised for 85 cents. Here’s one of Bill Brymer’s great shots from there.

photo by Bill Brymer

photo by Bill Brymer


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LouisvilleKY’s Slugger Field to host 2017 ACC Baseball Tournament Tuesday, Oct 4 2016 


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Slugger Field will play host to the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship for the first time in stadium history from Tuesday, May 23 – Sunday, May 28. Game times and ticket information will be available at a later date.

The ACC Baseball Championship has been played since 1973 and will be played in the state of Kentucky and city of Louisville for the first time. The University of Louisville, which joined the ACC for baseball beginning in the 2015 season, will be the host school of the tournament.

slugger field

“We are thrilled to host to the ACC Tournament at Louisville Slugger Field in 2017,” said Louisville Bats President Gary Ulmer. “We would like to thank the Atlantic Coast Conference for choosing our venue; this is a huge win for our community.”

The 2017 tournament will feature the top 10 ACC teams with two games on May 23, followed by three games per day Wednesday through Saturday, May 24-27, in a round-robin format. The championship game will be played between the two pool winners on Sunday, May 28.

In 2016, the ACC set a conference record and tied the all-time mark with 10 teams in the NCAA Championship field, including three national seeds.

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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: A Tragedy, a Plea, a Pizza, 2 Great Podcasts and the Game Friday, Sep 30 2016 

A lot of you knew James Bickers better than I did. We did some work together years ago, and I occasionally saw him at events like the Waterfront Wednesday shows, but I really felt like I knew him because of the great stories he told on WFPK during his years as a morning host. His death, at age 45, registered as a shock for his colleagues at Louisville Public Media and his listeners, which number into the thousands. Reading tributes online, it’s obvious that we’ve all lost a man with a great mind and a great voice, and he will be missed. Here’s a link to LPM’s tribute. 

It was a tough week for Larry O’Bryan, my WKU Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity brother and longtime political consultant. According to WFPL,  O’Bryan “admitted to helping funnel the kickbacks between MC Squared and Longmeyer. O’Bryan will have to pay $642,201 back to the state, the same amount of payments he received from the consulting company. He will be sentenced in January.” It involves a scheme hatched with Tim Longmeyer, the former Personnel Secretary in the Beshear administration, who on Thursday was sentenced to 70 months in prison.

Guest co-host Lauren Hendricks will be cheering on the Cards Saturday

Guest co-host Lauren Hendricks will be cheering on the Cards Saturday


Rusty guest co-host Lauren Hendricks will be rooting on the Cards Saturday

On a brighter note, there are a couple of great new podcasts out, which you can listen to here while you’re getting ready to watch the big game from Clemson Saturday night.

On the Rusty Satellite Show, I got to talk with the actress playing Lady MacBeth in the upcoming Actors Theatre play. Jessica Frances Dukes is thrilled to be in Louisville, and finds the timing appropriate for her role in a production about what some people will do for power in the name of political ambition. Like murder.

I also visited the Germantown Mill Lofts, where retired JPCS principal Mike Suttles lives. He’s the driving force behind the Garvin Gate Blues Festival (Oct. 7-8 in Old Louisville) and is instrumental in creating a new program called Blues in the Schools.

Here all this great stuff, plus the high-energy promoter Lauren Hendricks, my guest co-host, on this link:


The beer taps at Red Hog

The 21st EatDrinkTalk podcast is a good one. Steve Coomes is back with some great stories from his vacation, and he talks with one of the founders of Red Hog on Frankfort Avenue, which opened to rave reviews last week. I got to eat a chicken BBQ pizza prepared by Anoosh Shariat at Noosh Nosh, and talked with him about the challenge of running two restaurants.

Plus, we’ve got EatDrinkTalk news about the closing of Rouz, the C-J’s hiring a food critic, and changes at the Silver Dollar. Plus, there’s our favorite eats and drinks from the week. Just hit the PLAY button below:

Here’s a short list of things Louisville has to offer this weekend: the Idea Festival is wrapping up at the Kentucky Center; the St. James Court Art Show in Old Louisville; Paul Thorn is playing an acoustic show Friday (I’ll be in the front row!) and a full show Saturday at the KCD Theatre; the Louder Than Life Festival is making noise downtown on the Riverfront; the FAT Friday Trolley Hop rolls on tonight on Frankfort Avenue, a CRAFT Beer and Pizza event at the Yum! Center; and, wherever you are Saturday night, you’ll stop to see the Cards on national TV at Clemson. Enjoy!

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A cheesy, bourbon-soaked bet: Mayors wager on LouisvilleKY’s game between Cards and Clemson Thursday, Sep 29 2016 

Mayor Fischer encourages Louisville residents to wear red

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) — Mayor Greg Fischer is so confident of a Louisville Cardinals victory this Saturday against Clemson that he’s putting a bottle of bourbon on the line. Meanwhile, Clemson Mayor J.C. Cook is offering…ummm…cheese.
The mayors today announced a friendly wager on the game Saturday that pits the No. 3 Cardinals against the No. 5 Tigers.
The winner will be in commanding position to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and to earn a spot in the college football playoffs. The game in Clemson, S.C., will also be the second time the Cardinals will be featured on ESPN’s College GameDay this season

If the Tigers win, Mayor Fischer will send a bottle of bourbon to Mayor Cook. If the Cardinals win, Mayor Cook will send Mayor Fischer a wheel of Clemson blue cheese.
“This is one cheesy bet,” Mayor Fischer said. “But I look forward to winning.”

“We welcome and look forward to all the Louisville fans coming to the City of Clemson and Clemson University,” Mayor Cook said. “I attended the Clemson-Louisville game in Louisville last year and was welcomed by your fan base. I believe that Tiger fans here will welcome all your fans with open arms and we look forward to a great contest.
“Bring on your red attire to be mixed in a giant sea of orange and I look forward to enjoying Mayor Fischer’s bottle of bourbon at later date, as I know that Mayor Fischer is expecting the delicious wheel of Clemson Blue Cheese!”
Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. in Clemson, S.C.

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City releases communications case study from Ali funeral week in LouisvilleKY Tuesday, Sep 27 2016 

Lonnie Ali holding celebration today to thank city and civic leaders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2016) – The June 3, 2016 death of Muhammad Ali, who was perhaps the most well-known and beloved citizen on Earth, was a significant moment globally. But it was especially poignant for his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where The Greatest of All Time would be mourned over a period of seven days in front of a global print, television and social media audience numbering in the billions.

From an initial call in the afternoon of June 3 from the Ali family, alerting Mayor Greg Fischer’s Office that Ali was gravely ill and could die within hours, to his burial one week later, the Mayor’s Communications team was involved in nearly every aspect of the celebration of Ali’s life and his burial.

Working with the Ali family and Boxcar PR, which was representing the family, city leaders had, over the course of nearly a decade, prepared for the death, funeral procession and associated events from the aspects of public safety and dignitary security, in a secret plan called “The Book.”

Muhammad Ali

During the week between Ali’s death and funeral, the city collaborated with Boxcar, with the Muhammad Ali Center and the Louisville Convention on logistics, including a nearly 20-mile funeral procession and ceremony that drew hundreds of dignitaries and celebrities from around the world.

This communications case study, prepared by the Mayor’s Communications team, outlines how the week unfolded from a city perspective — what went right, what could have been improved. The goal is to enhance our own planning for future large events and to share lessons for other communicators when a global spotlight is focused on their city.

Lonnie Ali, widow of Muhammad Ali, is hosting a thank you celebration 6 p.m. today at the Ali Center to thank city and civic leaders who helped plan and oversee the Ali memorial week and funeral.

Read the full case study at: https://louisvilleky.gov/sites/default/files/mayors_office/casestudy4.pdf.

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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK — New Ranking, New Restaurant and Plenty to Do Friday, Sep 23 2016 

Most of us really enjoyed the city’s first week in the Top 5 of college football, cranking up the volume on activities as the calendar signaled that autumn is here. I saw the Showtime series, “A Season With Florida State Football” and loved seeing how Jimbo Fisher and his bunch reacted to losing. It was interesting to see the Seminoles go through a practice at Waterfront Park in the pre game and enter into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, where they were as surprise as fans were that the Cards put a 63-20 pounding on them.

2016-09-17-11-28-24 I don’t see these guys having any trouble with Marshall, though there are a lot of Card fans who are wary of the state of West Virginia, remembering some rude hillbillies encountered in battles with the Mountaineers a few years back.

Two Saturdays from now, though, the national media will once again be all over the Lamar Jackson story again when Bobby Petrino’s club travels to Clemson for a matchup of Top 5 teams. Friends who went to the game in South Carolina two years ago still rave about the hospitality of the Clemson-ites — and it promises to be a difficult ticket to get. A quick check of StubHub reveals that even the bad seats are going for $200 each.

But we’re not here just to talk football – let’s take a look at the Rusty Satellite Show and the EatDrinkTalk podcasts this week.

2016-09-21-13-15-51On Rusty, I welcomed in my first guest c0-host, the energetic Caroline Knop, to talk about just a few of the things happening this weekend – from the NuLu Fest to the Louisville Brewfest. I sat down with Forest Giant’s Dave Durand to hear all about the ReSurfaced project in NuLu, the one that’s bringing a mini soccer field, fancy shipping containers and a lot of beer and food to benefit some great local organizations.

Then I met with Rick Tabb at Bowman Field, where the Eagle’s Nest there offers a great view you can’t match. Tabb runs the Bowman Field Friends group that is presenting an Aviation Festival Oct. 8-9 — and promised me a ride in a famous Red Baron bi-plane. Here’s the show:


Rick Tabb at Bowman Field

My partner and co-host Steve Coomes snuck away to a beach vacation, so his pal Dean Corbett was glad to pitch in and co-host the EatDrinkTalk podcast with me. Dean knows about every chef in town, and provided some scoop you won’t hear anywhere else. My guest was master distiller Steve Nally from the Bardstown Bourbon Co., a unique $25 million facility just opening down there. You can read my feature on it here.

Steve talked with a local treasure, bartender Joy Perrine of Jack’s/Equus, about being inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Here’s the show:

Souther Egg Roll at SuperChefs

Souther Egg Roll at SuperChefs

In other restaurant news, I attended the soft opening for the new Highlands SuperChefs, which is now open for dinner. It opened for breakfast and lunch in July after its St. Matthews location burned down last year. Trust me, it’s worth a trip to the chef-driven spot where Wild Strati used to be. Read about it here.

And those Pigs Feet at the top of this post: Those are the new taps at Red Hog on Frankfort Ave.  It just opened yesterday. I’ll have a story on it soon at EatDrinkTalk.


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LouisvilleKY’s Hottest Musicians & Fine Bourbon Promise Best Party in Town on Saturday Tuesday, Sep 20 2016 


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Sept. 19, 2016) – Churchill Downs is pulling out all the stops to make this Saturday’s Downs After Dark presented by Stella Artois & Woodford Reserve one of Louisville’s most exciting and memorable parties of the season. The evening’s theme, Bourbon, Bets & Bow Ties will celebrate the best of Kentucky, including local musicians, Kentucky bourbon, Southern style and the world’s greatest racehorses. Tickets start at $10 and are available at www.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark. Gates open at 5 p.m. with first post at 6 p.m.

Celebrated local musical artists Ben Sollee and Linkin’ Bridge will perform for fans on the Plaza Stage throughout the evening. Sollee, a Kentucky born cellist and composer whose songs have been featured in TV, film, ballet and theatre, will perform from 7:15-9 p.m. Linkin’ Bridge, the singing group from Louisville’s west end best known for their warm harmonies and emotional performances will perform between 9:30-10:45 p.m.


In addition to great music and Thoroughbred racing, Bourbon, Bets & Bow Ties will live up to its name with the following highlights in the Plaza:
Sip one of the evening’s delicious specialty bourbon cocktails at the Bourbon Bar, including the Prospector’s Julep, Old Fashioned and the Turf Club Swizzle
Enjoy specialty dishes prepared with Woodford Reserve by local food trucks. These include brisket sliders with bourbon-bacon jam and bourbon-and-chipotle glazed pork belly sliders by 502 Café, chocolate-bourbon chicken and waffles by Pollo, bourbon glazed ribs and chicken wings by Boss Hog’s BBQ, and bourbon soaked bratwurst by Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs
Purchase a stylish new bow tie or get help tying an old one at the Churchill Downs Store and Bow Tie Station
Learn betting basics or hone more advanced skills at the Wagering 101 Tent and experience the thrill of wagering and hopefully winning on your favorite horse

Eleven races will include two stakes races, the Dogwood presented by GE Appliances for 3-year-old fillies and the President of UAE Cup sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (G1) for Arabian 4-year-olds and up.

The evening will also include two separate ticketed events including Original Makers Club Courtyard Lounge and Party for a Purpose Presented by Churchill Downs and Forecastle Foundation.

Guests at the Original Makers Club Courtyard Lounge will enjoy a specially decorated trackside lounge area in the Courtyard, acoustic live music, regionally inspired small-plate fare, draft beer, wine and Woodford Reserve cocktails from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $150 and available atwww.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark.

Party for a Purpose presented by Churchill Downs and Forecastle Foundation will be held in the Grandstand area of the racetrack and feature music by local DJ Matt Anthony and internationally acclaimed Red Bull Thre3style World Campion DJ Hedspin, craft cocktails and a dance floor that overlooks the track and live racing. Five dollars of every General Admission ticket and $10 of every VIP ticket sold will be donated to The Forecastle Foundation. General Admission tickets are $15. VIP Cabana tickets are $59 and include access to the VIP Cabanas, open seating and a private VIP bar with a mixologist and craft cocktails. Tickets are available at https://www.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark.

About Churchill Downs Racetrack
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast. Churchill Downs will conduct the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 6, 2017. The track’s 2016 September and Fall Meets are scheduled for Sept. 16-Oct. 2 and Oct. 30-Nov. 27. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times. www.churchilldowns.com.

About Original Makers Club
Founded in 2011, Original Makers Club is a curated lifestyle publication that explores ways for readers to discover the best local independent businesses and business owners in their community. Since early 2012, Original Makers Club has curated a series of events in Kentucky and beyond that bring the publication, members and the city to life. Since then Original Makers Club has produced dinners, polo exhibitions, the KY Bourbon Affair, Garden & Gun horse racing events, southern Bourbon celebrations and much more.www.theoriginalmakersclub.com.

About The Forecastle Foundation
The Forecastle Foundation is the activism arm of the Forecastle Festival. Founded in 2010 as a 501c3 organization, The Forecastle Foundation is working to protect the world’s “natural awesome” by partnering with organizations that are taking great strides to protect biodiversity hotspots across the globe. Our current partners include Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and Guayaki Foundation.


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ESPN College GameDay Making a First-Time Stop at LouisvilleKY Tuesday, Sep 13 2016 

ESPN College GameDay will broadcast on the lawn in front of the Schnellenberger Football Complex this weekend

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show – is making its first stop in The Derby City on Saturday in advance of a top-10 showdown between ACC powerhouses Louisville and Florida State.

The first two hours of the six-time Emmy Award-winning show will broadcast on the lawn in front of the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex, just outside the northeast corner of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, and the final hour will be aired inside the stadium.

The weekly show, which airs from 9 a.m. to noon on ESPN, is hosted by Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica, Jen Lada, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski.

Chris Fowler, Herbstreit, and Ponder will stay on site to call the game between 10th-ranked Louisville and second-ranked Florida State. Both programs enter the week 2-0, with the Cardinals improving to 1-0 in the ACC after a 62-28 victory at Syracuse on Sept. 9.


College Football Live will air from the GameDay set on Friday with Ponder, Howard and Pollack (ESPN, 1:30 p.m.). SportsCenter’s Sara Walsh and Michael Eaves will also contribute from site throughout the weekend.

Early Saturday live reports on ESPN’s SportsCenter and ESPN’s College Football Live program on Friday from 1:30-2 p.m. are also planned to be staged at the GameDay area. Details on fan participation for GameDay and other events will be released as information becomes available.

Lee Corso, a graduate of Florida State, is returning to Louisville, where he coached from 1969-72. He held a 28-11-3 mark in his four years, including a 9-1 record in his final year.

College GameDay Information
· ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot is college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show and is a six-time Emmy Award winner
· Live from Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Sept. 17, in advance of No. 2 Florida State at No. 10 Louisville (ABC, noon)
· The set will be located in Northeast corner of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for the first two hours and will move inside for the final hour
· College GameDay airs from 9 a.m.-noon ET on ESPN
· Hosted by Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica, Jen Lada, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski
· Chris Fowler, Herbstreit and Ponder will stay on site to call the Louisville-Florida State game.
· College Football Live will air from the GameDay set on Friday with Ponder, Howard and Pollack (ESPN, 1:30 p.m.).
· SportsCenter’s Sara Walsh and Michael Eaves will also contribute from site throughout the weekend.

Fan Information
· Fans arrive early to begin lining up for access to the pit around 4 a.m. ET
· Fans entering the pit will be checked by a security wand
· No bags, backpacks or purses permitted in the pit
· No offensive, vulgar, inappropriate or solicitation signage will be allowed (i.e., no political, religious, or .com, .org, .net signage)
· No signs on a stick
· No pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards
· No food or drinks
· Throwing of objects is prohibited

Many additional details will be released later as information becomes available.

Corso Facts:
Corso began making his entertaining end-of-show headgear pick of the team he thinks will win the game at the GameDay site, marking 20 years this season. Week 3 will be headgear number 279 for Corso, as he is 184-94 all-time in headgear picks. The phenomenon began on October 5, 1996, prior to the Ohio State-Penn State game in Columbus, Ohio when he put on OSU’s “Brutus Buckeye” mascot head to show his pick to win the game.

· Corso has picked the favorite 16-straight years during Week 3. He has won 14 of those headgear picks, losing last year in Tuscaloosa and in 2012 in Nashville.
· Corso has never picked Louisville – and if he goes with the Cardinals– it will be the 55th different mascot head he has donned. He lost all three times last year when picking schools for the first time (Arizona, James Madison and Baylor).
· Corso has picked his alma mater 19 times. The Seminoles have won 13 of them, including each of the last seven. He has picked against the Noles six times – and has been right each of the last three times.

‘The Bear’ College GameDay Week 1 Fun Facts:
· Louisville, Ky., will be the 76th different city from which GameDay will originate. Louisville is also the 67th different school to host GameDay, and after Saturday, the show will have originated from 52 of the 65 Power 5 schools.
· Louisville is the seventh first-time school to host GameDay in the last three years. All four debut hosts in 2014 year won their game – Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Harvard and Baylor. Last year, both James Madison and Temple lost. First-time hosts are 40-26 all-time.
· This is the second trip to Kentucky, as GameDay originated from Lexington, on October 20, 2007, when Florida defeated the Wildcats 45-37.
· The last four times GameDay has been to an FBS site for Week 3, the home team has lost. Last year Alabama lost to Ole Miss, in 2013 Texas A&M lost to Alabama, in 2012 Tennessee lost to Florida and in 2011 Florida State lost to Oklahoma. In 2014, the show was in Fargo, N.D. for Week 3.
· This is the 14th time GameDay has been at a true road game which Florida State was involved in. The Seminoles are 8-5 in the previous 13.
· The last 12 times GameDay has been to a top-10 matchup on a host campus, the home team has gone 10-2. However each of the last two hosts – Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma and Ohio State vs. Michigan State – each lost.
· This is the 11th time a top-10 team has hosted the No. 2 ranked team at a GameDay site. No. 2 has lost each of the last three times – Auburn at Mississippi State in 2014, Texas Tech at Oklahoma in 2008 and Michigan at Ohio State in 2006.
· This is the 32nd time Florida State has been a part of a GameDay show. Only Alabama (36), Ohio State (34) and Florida (34) have been a part of more. FSU has a 17-14 record with GameDay present.

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