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from the University of Louisville:
University of Louisville junior guard Quentin Snider will be sidelined for 2-3 weeks with a strained hip flexor suffered in the second half of the Cardinals’ victory over Duke last Saturday.
Snider suffered the injury on a layup with 18:48 remaining in the second half, but finished the game despite his discomfort. The injury should heal with rest and rehabilitation and does not require surgery.
Snider is the Cardinals’ assist leader and second-leading scorer, averaging 12.1 points, 4.0 assists and 2.6 rebounds. He is third in the ACC and 32nd in the nation in assist-to-turnovers ratio (2.88). In the last three games, Snider has averaged 15.7 points and six assists. He has hit 12-of-24 three-pointers in UofL’s five ACC games (.500), fourth best in the league.
Louisville (15-3, 3-2 ACC), ranked 11th in today’s USA Today poll and 12th by the Associated Press, will return to action on Thursday in a home game against Clemson in the KFC Yum! Center.
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If the national media is reporting on the University of Louisville sports world, it couldn’t be accurate without using the words “shooting” “sex” “scandal” “cheating” “investigation” and “money”. The positive news about Lamar Jackson winning the Heisman Trophy enjoyed a brief moment in the spotlight, very brief, before a shooting involving football players and a revelation about cheating, plus the A.D. waging a war of words over money with city officials, returned to the front page.
I’m trying to figure out how two U of L football players, and a cheerleader, got themselves shot at a party at an off-campus apartment, and apparently there were no witnesses. According to local media, the police have released zero information about this crime. U of L, of course, is silent. Nothing from the players, who thankfully survived, and much of the speculation in media is about whether or not they’ll play in the bowl game New Year’s Eve. The football staff is silent as well.
Of course, A.D. Tom Jurich released a baffling statement to the media about the “Wakey-Leaks” scandal after it was reported that a Wake Forest radio commentator (and a former player and coach) was on more than one occasion found to have provided Wake opponents with game plan info. Jurich’s statement, on which he has not elaborated, said basically that yes, U of L breached ethics by receiving plays before the Cards’ game against Wake, but that it was OK because Wake didn’t use any of the plays and U of L already knew other info.
If you’re having difficulty understanding how so many ethical lapses can occur on one campus in a short time period, read this Eric Crawford column. But that’s just about sports. How about how the school paid Dr. David Dunn more than $1 million to leave, after paying him a year for doing nothing?
No one has answered this question for me — What happens if you just fire a University employee without giving them a huge parting gift? Surely defending a lawsuit by an ex-employee would not cost as much as the buyout. The school, in the past, has said that it has paid off ex-staffers so that they don’t share school secrets, but that’s a ridiculous reason. Football coaches have buyout clauses in their contracts, but in what real world scenario do individuals lose their jobs for incompetence yet get rewarded for leaving?
I’m stealing this letter posted by Bob Hill on Facebook to highlight the feelings U of L grads must be dealing with lately:
Dear Mom and Dad,
Thank you again for working so hard at several jobs to help me be the first in the family to get a college degree. I just wanted to catch you up on the news here at U of L., although much of it you may have already seen on national TV.
The school is on probation, the former president is either unethical or incompetent, its foudation is a mess, it’s board is in chaos, it’s football coaches are liars, it’s athletic director is in denial, the basketball program is waiting a sex scandal report, two football players were recently shot although nobody’s talking, and the school just paid a failed administrator $1.1 million to go away.
Thanks again for all your work, love and the $25 gift certificate for Christmas. I know how tight money is for you.
See you soon.
OK. On to a big week in podcast-land. Over at EatDrinkTalk, we learned some significant news in local restaurants, headlined by the surprise shutdown of the Germantown Craft House, and its upcoming rebirth as Devil’s Due. We also had the story of the sale of Bistro 1860, the opening of a donut shop in Butchertown and the plans being made by Texas Roadhouse for an abandoned building on Shelbyville Road.
On the podcast, Steve’s interview with Cuban refugees Fernando and Yaniel Martinez explores, in the wake of Fidel Castro’s death, how difficult it was to escape Cuba, move to America, and build a successful string of restaurants. Listen here:
The new Rusty Satellite Show looks ahead to the big hoops showdown at the Yum! Center next Wednesday, in which the Kentucky Wildcats will be favored by at least a five-point margin. I talked with UK play-by-play man Tom Leach about the rivalry, his career path and what it’s like to work with John Calipari.
Connie Willis came by the studio to talk about her many online media projects, including hosting the national Coast to Coast radio show that airs on WHAS-840. She’s certainly convincing when she tells you that Bigfoot is real, or that ghosts and paranormal events are everywhere. We also talk about Christmas movies. Listen in right here:
And follow Connie here:
The Bridges: Finally, we learned that the Ohio River Bridges Project will start charging tolls for crossing the new East End Bridge, the Lincoln and the Kennedy Bridges starting on Dec. 30. I got my RiverLink transponder package as well.
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There’s so much Rusty Satellite guest news to get to this week. And you’ve just got to listen, if you want to know what’s going on and what’s cool, to this week’s Rusty Satellite Show and EatDrinkTalk podcasts.
For EatDrinkTalk, I went to Portland, which is not a thriving locale for restaurants. But there is one unique business open for lunch with really good food. The Table, serves a wide variety of folks, some of whom volunteer their time in exchange for a good meal. And the food is outstanding. The Table was even featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives TV show. I talked with manager Tara Mattingly about it. Plus, Steve Coomes has an interview with one of my favorite personalities in town, the guy behind the bar at the Haymarket Whiskey Bar, Matthew Landan. Listen Here:
On Rusty, you’ll hear some actual news. First, Mindy Peterson talks about why we don’t know an exact date that the tolling on the new East End Bridge (plus the Kennedy and Lincoln) will start, but we do know the East End one will open Dec. 18. And why all my ideas for beating the tolls (hiding my license plate?) won’t work. Plus, the city has a new event planned for New Year’s. Lucy Dalton talks about Lou Year’s Eve, which will close Main Street from 2-Midnight and showcase the city’s arts. Listen to that one here:
I’m not sure why, but plenty of former Rusty Satellite guests made their way into the news this week.
Let’s start with Tom Jurich, who apparently got tired of hearing about the Yum! Center’s financial problems and the blame directed at him for negotiating such a good deal for the university, so good that the Metro Council wants to renegotiate it. Well, Jurich announced on a radio show that he’s ready to take his basketballers and go home, to a new on-campus arena. I’m certain this is a mere tactic Jurich thought up to deflect criticism, and that he has no plans to leave Yum.
But he did say that he never really wanted to go downtown. And for those of you who followed this story when I was writing about it 10 years ago, you know that it wasn’t ever going to make money. Back then, the controversy was over the site, and it was clear that building it on the Water Company block, now the construction site for the Omni Hotel, would have been a lot less expensive.
And all the projections offered by the Arena Authority’s Jim Host made it clear to most of us that the place, as designed and imagined, would never be a financial success. There just weren’t enough big concerts and events to keep Yum! busy all those nights. So now the bills have come due for the city. And some officials are criticizing the main tenant, which has a great financial deal there and has a contract that makes it nearly impossible for some other tenants, like, for instance, an NBA team to share the space. Which is not going to happen.
What is going to happen, on Saturday, is that Lamar Jackson will be the first Cardinal to win the Heisman Trophy. The TV coverage is at 8 Saturday on ESPN. While I haven’t been able to get Lamar on the Rusty show, this is big news for everyone involved at U of L, including the world’s greatest media guy, Kenny Klein, who has been on the show. In that business, having one of your players win the Heisman is a career accomplishment.
All the talk last Saturday when I went to watch WKU win the C-USA football championship in Bowling Green concerned Louisville’s own, and Rusty guest, Jeff Brohm. This week, the former Trinity High and U of L QB accepted a big raise ($20 million over six years) to try and install his great offense at Purdue. He was making $800K at Western, and the idea that he would stay another year wasn’t likely, even for hopeful fans like me.
One guy who is staying in his current job is Louisville Orchestra conductor Teddy Abrams, who signed a new 3-year deal that keeps him here through 2020, when he’ll be 32.
Abrams was, in fact, one of the acts announced by J.K. McKnight’s group organizing next summer’s Forecastle Festival, the 15th such year of a musical party that attracts guests from all over the world. Forecastle announced its initial lineup of bands, including LCD Soundsystem and Weezer.
One of my favorite interviews this year was just a few weeks ago with cable-TV show shot Lyle Janes, who talked about doing cable access TV for 18 years. Well, via Facebook, I read that Lyle’s run is coming to an end, along with the whole concept of local cable TV access programming. Lyle published a letter from Chad Collins at Spectrum. In part, it said “Our company has chosen to sell off the few local origination channels we had to a company out of NY. We no longer have the ability to offer local long format programming.”
Speaking of endings, Tracy Beale came on the show in August to talk about her media venture, Tab’s View, an online newspaper, of sorts, with features. She hired a staff, plastered her face on billboards around town, and well, couldn’t sell any advertising, apparently. She told Insider Louisville that she was losing thousands of dollars a month, so she suspended Tab’s View and let go seven staffers.
Wil Heuser, on the other hand, is just getting started with an online media operation focused on comedy. It’s called The Loup, and features Bar Belle Sara Havens and Tara Bassett. Heuser’s stuff is funny, especially this year’s “Real Housewives of Louisville” parody.
Finally, if you’ve ever been involved with Faith, Joy and Love, you won’t forget it. I went by the Yascone sisters’ newest property, the Frankfort Coach House on Frankfort Avenue, for a party featuring food from Chef Shawn Ward of Ward 426, Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey and champagne from Paul Tuell and Jeff Stum, and singers from the Louisville Youth Choir.
Before that, it was the always-popular Jeffersontown Chamber Holiday Party at the Brown Hotel, where Mayor Bill Dieruf made the rounds.
Post note: Go to RustySatelliteShow.com and search any of the names in this post to listen to them on the podcast. Except Lamar, of course.
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READY TO RUN? TRAIN FOR FREE WITH
DERBY FESTIVAL AND NORTON SPORTS HEALTH
REGISTRATION OPENS TOMORROW FOR FREE TRAINING PROGRAM
Dec. 8, 2016, Louisville, KY. – If you’re planning to run or walk your way to the finish line of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Marathon or miniMarathon in April, the Norton Sports Health FREE Training Program will give you a jumpstart. The 14-week program helps prepare runners and walkers for the Derby Festival’s road races. Registration for the FREE program, opens online tomorrow, December 9, at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com.
The Norton Sports Health Training Program offers training guidelines and weekly group runs for participants of all levels of experience. The first 800 who register for both the Training Program, AND to participate in the Derby Festival Marathon or miniMarathon will receive a free tech pullover. The kick-off for the program is set for Jan. 12, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Kentucky Derby Museum.
The kick-off includes distribution of the free training manual; overview of the 2017 Marathon and miniMarathon; as well as introduction of the Norton Sports Health Training Experts and Physicians. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with members of the North Sports Health Team to get their questions answered before they begin training. Attendees will also have the chance to check out the exhibits at the Kentucky Derby Museum commemorating the annual Run for the Roses.
The 44th annual 13.1-mile miniMarathon and 16th annual 26.2-mile Marathon will be held on Saturday, April 29th.
This is Norton Sports Health’s fifth year as title sponsor of the Training Program, as well as the Official Training Partner and Medical Provider. They are joined by contributing sponsor, Swags Sport Shoes, and media sponsor, 102.3 The Max.
Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.
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CardsCARE and Eastern Kentucky and Home of the Innocents and KFC Yum! Center and Kyle's Korner for Kids and Louisville and Non-Profits and Norton's Children's Hospital and Sport and University of Louisville and Wesley House 3:40 pm
New toys for any age or gender will be collected at the entrance of the KFC Yum! Center. A group of the toys will also be provided to the Home of the Innocents and Wesley House. The collection is associated with UofL Athletics’ CardsCARE program and Kyle’s Korner for Kids, the community outreach established in 2011 by former Cards’ forward Kyle Kuric while a UofL student. About 2,000 toys have been donated annually by Cardinal fans at similar collections in previous years.
For those who wish to contribute a toy to the drive and cannot attend the Dec. 17 game, toys may be dropped at the UofL Athletics offices on the second floor of the Swain Student Activities Center located at 2100 South Floyd Street. Toys will be accepted weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Dec. 16.
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#LouisvilleKentucky and Bobby Benjamin and Butchertown Grocery and Caroline Knop and Culture and Doug Petry and Food and Dining and Harvest Restaurant and Lola's Lounge and Patrick Roney and Rick and RYE and Sport 11:42 am
‘Tis the season for holiday parties, right? I’ve mentioned a few over at EatDrinkTalk, but it’s only scratching the surface. As Caroline Knop mentioned when she was guest c0-hosting the Rusty Satellite Show this week, this weekend provides a rare opportunity to get discounted tickets to the Feb. 18 Tailspin Ale Fest, arguably the most popular of the city’s beer-inspired gatherings. You can get the tix Friday and Saturday at Liquor Barns in Middletown and Elizabethown.
In my world, Paula has already completed her Christmas shopping, she says, while I’ve yet to buy the first present. But yesterday I took a big step toward getting in the spirit of things — I watched The Family Man, the 2000 Nicholas Cage-Tea Leoni movie that’s a twist on the “It’s A Wonderful Life” concept of imagining a world if you hadn’t been in it.
Before you go shopping for your bourbon-enthusiast friends, read this piece from Steve Coomes over at EDT on the best, and most cost-efficient, way to impress by purchasing store picks of single barrel bourbons.
This episode of the Rusty Satellite Show is special — in that I got to sit down with Bobby Benjamin, the chef/operator behind the Butchertown Grocery. Benjamin’s hotspot is celebrating its one-year anniversary by opening up the upstairs space as Lola’s Lounge. I went there Thursday with Paula, enjoyed a special cocktail “The Future Starts Slow” and listened to Rusty favorite Danny Flanigan entertain. Not an empty seat in the house, thanks to a reception hosted by YPAL.
Also, I got to meet Caroline Knop’s brother Otto, a Cardinal letterman from the Vince Gibson era when all the excitement was over the slogan “Red Rage.” Hear about Otto’s successful business career and about the disappointment of losing to Kentucky on the show:
Also last night, I enjoyed a wonderful dining experience at Harvest Restaurant, and met Chef Patrick Roney, who was Steve’s guest on this week’s EatDrinkTalk podcast. It was a nice crowd for a Thursday, and Paula and I enjoyed the special menu with three items for $30. Also on the show, I stopped in to see the Miracle Pop-Up Bar at Rye and talked with Doug Petry, the beverage director, who is busy serving up Santa-Quilas and Christmopolitans in special glassware this month. Stop in and check it out.
Steve and I, of course, have some inside info to share about local restaurants as well. Listen here.
And here are a few great shots from Bill Brymer to remind you of that awful football game from a week ago. They are good shots, though.
FINALLY, HERE’S a great road trip idea. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, coached by Cardinal great Jeff Brohm, host the Conference USA championship game down in Bowling Green Saturday at Noon Eastern. We should have some football weather and Brohm’s explosive offense will provide the entertainment. Come on down.
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Bobby Petrino and Business and Charla Young and Confederate monument and EatDrinkTalk and Food and Dining and Louisville and media and Politics and Power to Exhale and Rusty Satellite Show and Sport and University of Louisville 12:45 pm
As President-Elect, Donald Trump is today taking credit for something that was never going to happen — he tweeted that he was responsible for Ford not moving a plant from Kentucky to Mexico. He’s picked a known bigot as one of his top advisors. People around the country continue to hold protests. This isn’t going well, and it’s just getting started.
So we must look outside politics for good news — I played golf at Seneca in 70 degree weather on Nov. 17. It’s almost Thanksgiving.
Maybe a move to Thailand is in order. According to this video from my pal Chris Thieneman, things are well there, and you can get your fantasies fulfilled in every way.
Looks fun, right?
Rusty’s Loves: I had a great couple of podcasts this week. First, check out the Rusty Satellite Show’s interviews with Charla Young and Kasey Maier. I love stories about people who overcome adversity, or make a positive change in their lives. Charla told me about being so “broke, busted and disgusted” that she was ready to give up. Then her landlord in Frankfort paid some of her bills, and Charla’s confidence and sheer personality helped her build a TV show that was going to make her the next Oprah. But that didn’t work out, and she fell into a deep depression. Today she’s bounced back and heads an organization empowering women to succeed. It has offices in 50 cities, does multiple inspirational events and trips.
Kasey Maier was worried when she lost her job in banking. She had no interest in going back, so she went looking for a way to do something important. Fortunately, she found that the organization building the Waterfront Botanical Gardens needed help. Now she’s the Director of Program Development for the $50 million project, which has raised most of the $4.2 million it needs to break ground on an Education Center in the spring.
Hear them both on the show right here:
In the Track’s Kitchen: On EatDrinkTalk, I lucked into what is today a news story. Remembering going to Churchill Downs as a teen on Thanksgiving, I thought it would be interesting to talk with the Executive Chef, David Danielson. Turns out, he’s a busy man, and preparing Thanksgiving Dinner for 7,000 next week is just one of many tasks on his plate. Today Churchill announced a $37 million expansion project, but it’s also in the midst of re-designing the food court area in the grandstand, and Danielson is in charge of all the food. Take a listen:
News – Lynn’s, Angel’s, and Lola. We’ve also got some great stories on EDT this week — the Lynn’s Paradise Cafe property on Barrett has been sold to Martin’s BBQ, the Angel’s Envy distillery is open on Main Street, and the Lola Lounge is opening next week in Butchertown. Check it out every day.
Monumental Move: The city also announced that the notorious Confederate Monument in the middle of the U of L campus has a new home — they should be taking it down this weekend for a move to Brandenburg. The monument got a lot of publicity after some African-Americans, including Dr. Ricky Jones, said they felt the Civil War symbol to be racist. Mayor Fischer has been looking for a new home for it for months, and someone in Brandenburg stepped up. Good riddance!
Boo Hoo: And, OK, I should mention the big horrible story of the week — the football Cards fell hard at Houston, 36-10. After the boys on talk radio complained all week that the College Football Playoff rankings were unfair to U of L, Bobby Petrino’s team went out and proved they were right to leave us out of the top 4. The Cards made Houston look like the championship contenders, fumbling the opening kickoff, committing penalty after penalty and allowing the Cougar defense to sack Lamar Jackson 11 times.
Is sure makes next weekend’s matchup with Kentucky interesting, doesn’t it?
Lyft Your Spirits: Finally, I’m sharing this great Lyft video, because it’s kind of fun. Lyft has created a series of ads that go after Uber. They’re kind of fun, and also a reminder that you should definitely not make things worse by drinking and driving this week. You might even get me as your driver.
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November 15, 2016. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is giving runners another chance at winning free or discounted registration for the 2017 Marathon and miniMarathon presented by Walmart and Humana. Race Officials are hosting a special Race for Rewards promotion in conjunction with the grand opening of the new Walmart SuperCenter on Outer Loop (4840 Outer Loop, across from Jefferson Mall). They’ll be on site at the store on Wednesday, November 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Registering early is the one way to guarantee a spot in the 2017 races – and to save money. The largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky is set for Saturday, April 29, 2017, and will again be capped at 18,000 runners. Registration is open online at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com. Registration fees are $75 for the mini and $85 for the Marathon through January 31.
Walmart and Humana are Co-Presenting Sponsors of the Marathon and miniMarathon. The Official Race Medical Partner is Norton Sports Health and Contributing Sponsors are BB&T, Churchill Downs, Louisville Water Company, Powerade, and The Courier-Journal. Official Bourbon: Jim Beam®.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A special five-game holiday ticket plan for University of Louisville’s men’s basketball games in the KFC Yum! Center will go on sale on Monday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m.
The Holiday Plan will feature five games for $250 total per seat. Fans may select one game from four premium games, three ACC games, and one non-conference game for the five-game package. In addition to the special ticket price, customers will receive a UofL branded winter hat as a holiday gift. Tickets are located in the 300 level arena baseline/curves. Tickets for the special Holiday Plan may only be purchased online at this link: http://uofl.me/2ePuwLH.
Some single-game tickets remain available for home games in November and December. Tickets are $46 for the Cardinals’ Nov. 30 game against Purdue, $82 for UofL’s Dec. 28 ACC opener against Virginia, weekend non-conference games are $45 and remaining weekday non-conference and exhibition games are $40 each. The Cardinals’ Dec. 21 game against Kentucky is sold out.
Single-game tickets may be purchased at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online at www.Ticketmaster.com, calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including the KFC Yum! Center. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders.
For more information, Call 502-GOCARDS (502-462-2737), email email@example.com or visit www.gocards.com/mbbtickets.
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