Jumpstart your training for one of LouisvilleKY’s biggest road race Thursday, Dec 8 2016 

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.
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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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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Catching the Christmas Spirit Out on the Town Friday, Dec 2 2016 

 

‘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.

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Santa Bottoms Up at Rye

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.

Lamar Jackson. Photo by Bill Brymer Photo by Bill Brymer Photo by Bill Brymer Mark Stoops. Photo by Bill Brymer

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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: This is Not Going Well Friday, Nov 18 2016 

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 screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-5-56-11-amher 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:

edt28danielsonIn 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.

confederate monument statueMonumental 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!

Bobby Petrino. Photo by Bill Brymer

Bobby Petrino. Photo by Bill Brymer

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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New LouisvilleKY Walmart means new discounts for runners Tuesday, Nov 15 2016 

Runners Can Win Free or Discounted KDF Registration

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.

 

Anyone who visits the Race for Rewards booth will receive $5 off their race entry for 2017. Participants who bring their old shoes to donate to WaterStep at the booth will receive $10 off their entry. Runners can also spin the “Wheel of Rewards” to win various prizes including Pasta Party tickets, Official Race merchandise and 5 lucky spinners will win FREE registration.

 

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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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Holiday Ticket Plan Available for LouisvilleKY’s Men’s Basketball Games Friday, Nov 11 2016 

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.
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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 tickets@gocards.com or visit www.gocards.com/mbbtickets.

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Racing returns to LouisvilleKY for Churchill Downs Fall Meet Thursday, Oct 27 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016) – Cooler temperatures and the leaves changing colors signify the return of live horse racing to the Louisville area as Churchill Downs, the historic home of the Kentucky Derby, readies to open its 127th Fall Meet on Sunday, Oct. 30.

The popular 21-day stand, which covers a four-week stretch through Sunday, Nov. 27, kicks off in style Sunday with the 12th annual “Stars of Tomorrow I” program, which is entirely devoted to hopeful 2-year-old stars that have aspirations of trail-blazing their way to next year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks.

Sunday’s 10-race opening day card is headlined by the fourth running of a pair of one-mile, $80,000-added overnight stakes – the open-company Street Sense and Rags to Riches for fillies, along with the inaugural $300,000 Spendthrift Stallion Stakes, which is a lucrative seven-furlong sprint exclusively for 2-year-old offspring sired by any active or non-active Spendthrift stallion, including all Spendthrift-owned stallions standing regionally in North America.

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Those races serve as local steppingstones to the pair of Grade II, $200,000, 1 1/16-mile counterparts on the Saturday, Nov. 26 “Stars of Tomorrow II” program – the open Kentucky Jockey Club and Golden Rod for fillies that are part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks series which award points to the Top 4 finishers (10-4-2-1).

The new Spendthrift Stallion Stakes – made possible through a partnership with Spendthrift Farm – is designed to be run annually to benefit both racehorse owners and breeders. The $300,000 purse has been structured with a unique approach to award $150,000 to the owners of the placed horses, with the other $150,000 allocated to award the breeders of the first-through-fourth-place finishers. Specifically, the winning breeder will earn $60,000, with $40,000 going to the breeder of the runner-up, $30,000 for third, and $20,000 for fourth.

Free 2017 Wall Calendar, Trick or Treat at the Track on Sunday

Sunday’s opener also features a 2017 Churchill Downs Wall Calendar giveaway to the first 5,000 in attendance, courtesy of Humana. Because it’s the day before Halloween, guests are encouraged to bring family and friends as kids 12 and under are admitted free and encouraged to wear Halloween costumes for a day of safe trick-or-treating at 15 booths set up throughout the first floor of the racetrack. Churchill Downs and community partners will hand out more than 50,000 treats provided by Mars, Inc. between 2-6 p.m. Adults may wear costumes but masks on adults are prohibited for safety reasons.

Sunday’s National Weather Service forecast for Louisville calls for ideal conditions: mostly sunny skies with a high near 77.

Stars of Tomorrow Produces

Inaugurated in 2005, Churchill Downs’ Stars of Tomorrow programs have helped launched the careers of numerous graded stakes winners, including 48 future Grade I winners and 31 millionaires led by 2010 Kentucky Derby champ Super Saver; 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra; 2011 Preakness and 2012 Met Mile and Clark Handicap winner Shackleford; 2016 Belmont Stakes winner Creator; 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic and 2013 Stephen Foster Handicap hero Fort Larned; 2012 Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can; and champions Lawyer Ron, Tepin and Will Take Charge.

Horses preparing for this year’s Breeders’ Cup that participated in past Stars of Tomorrow races include Carina Mia (Distaff or Filly & Mare Sprint), Dortmund (Dirt Mile), Gun Runner (Classic or Dirt Mile), I’m a Chatterbox (Distaff), Lord Nelson (Sprint), Tepin (Mile) and Tom’s Ready (Dirt Mile).

Big Money, Big Fields

Over the course of the meet, horsemen will have ample opportunities to uncork promising juveniles or seek year-end graded-stakes glory. All told, 14 stakes races cumulatively worth $2.42 million – which includes nine graded stakes events – will be run during the fall stand. Meanwhile, bettors are certain to be challenged by the competitive Fall Meet racing that typically pits the fastest and battle-tested horses against the recently freshened year-end bloomers.

With a compact 21-day schedule and not as many competing race meets at year’s end, the Fall Meet traditionally offers larger fields. Last fall, the average field size was 9.41 horses per race compared to the 8.03 and 8.51 at this year’s Spring and September meets, respectively.

The horses this fall will be vying for more prize money, too, as more than $10.8 million is eligible to be paid. A year ago, the average daily purses distributed were $470,598, and an average of $515,286 is being offered daily in the condition book this year.

The anchor of the lucrative stakes program comes on “Black Friday,” Nov. 25 with the 142nd running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI). The 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds and up annually lures some of the top older horses in North America and is one of seven stakes events cumulatively worth $1.48 million to be contested over Thanksgiving weekend. Also added to this day is the $200,000 Mrs. Revere (GII), a prominent 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies, which previously was run earlier in the meet.

Racing Every Wednesday-Sunday; First Race 1 p.m. Most Days

After Sunday’s opener, live racing will be conducted on a Wednesday-Sunday schedule with dark days on Mondays and Tuesdays. Most race days feature 10 live races, but there will be 11 on Saturday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 19, and 12-race cards over the final four days, Nov. 24-27.

Post time will be 1 p.m. (all times Eastern) on most racing days with admission gates open at noon. Churchill Downs will have special post times on Friday, Nov. 4 (2 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 5 (2:15 p.m.) so the races coincide but don’t overlap with a simulcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Santa Anita. Admission gates will open at 12:30 p.m. both days.

There will be an early 11:30 a.m. start (gates 10 a.m.) on Thanksgiving Day – a Louisville tradition at Churchill Downs since 1969 where more than 7,000 turkey dinners are served with all the trimmings, making it the largest number anywhere in the region.

Special Fall Meet Events Include Family Adventure Day

Other special events during the Fall Meet include Family Adventure Day Presented by Kroger on Sunday, Nov. 6; Military Appreciation Day with free admission for active and retired members of the U.S. armed services on Friday, Nov. 11; Senior Days with a discounted Millionaires Row offer for seniors age 60 and up on Thursday, Nov. 3 and Wednesday, Nov. 16; “Who’s the Champ?” Handicapping Contests on Sundays, Nov. 13 and 20; and a 50/50 Charitable Gaming Raffle on Friday, Nov. 25 with half of the raffle proceeds to benefit the Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation’s charitable initiatives.

Lanerie, Asmussen, Ramsey Defend Fall Titles

Corey Lanerie, who rode 33 winners a year ago, seeks to defend his Fall Meet riding title, but veteran Robby Albarado had the hot hand during the September Meet with 15 winners at the 11-day stand. Steve Asmussen was last fall’s leading trainer with 11 victories, but it was Louisville native Dale Romans, who collected a 14th leading trainer crown at his hometown track during the September Meet. Ken and Sarah Ramsey won the crown for 2015 leading owner with 25 wins, and, not surprisingly, they were the top owners in September with a trio of trips to the winner’s circle to extend their record for most Churchill Downs owner titles to 27.

Betting Menu Features 20-Cent Single 6 Jackpot

The betting menu will be the same as recent meets and includes the 20-cent minimum “Single 6 Jackpot,” which is offered on the last six races each day with a low 15-percent takeout. The Single 6 Jackpot will be paid out only if there is a single winning wager with six winners placed at the required minimum bet value. If there are multiple winning wagers with six winners in the six-race sequence, 90 percent of the net money wagering into the pool will be paid out, and the remaining 10 percent will carry to the Single 6 Jackpot. If there are no tickets will all six winners, 100 percent of the pool will carry to the Single 6 Jackpot. There will be a mandatory payout on closing day.

Kentucky Derby Future Wagers Return on Closing Weekend

The first pools of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager will be offered Nov. 24-27. The traditional pool with 23 individual wagering interests and an “all others” option will return, and so will the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager, which debuted last year and requires bettors to wager on the winning sire for next year’s Kentucky Derby winner.

General Admission, Reserved Seating Options

General admission to Churchill Downs is $3 ($10 on Thanksgiving Day; $5 on Nov. 4-5 and Nov. 25-27). Reserved box seats are $10 ($25 for Thanksgiving); indoor dining options are $38 ($47 on Nov. 4-5 and Nov. 25-27; $70 on Thanksgiving Day). Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Free seating is available over a first-come, first-serve basis in Sections 115-117. Parking is free in the Longfield Avenue lot (Gates 10 & 12). Valet parking is $10.

‘Stakes and Eggs’ Sunday Brunch

Throughout the Fall Meet, Churchill Downs is offering a special “Stakes and Eggs” brunch special in the newly-renovated Stakes Room every Sunday. The $45 package for adults and $22 package for children includes a seat in the Stakes Room on the fourth floor of the Clubhouse and all-you-can-eat access to the brunch menu that includes an omelet station, scrambled eggs, biscuits and country gravy, French toast, hot brown, carved country ham, crispy bacon, sausage patties, hash brown potatoes with peppers and onions, fresh fruit, garden vegetables, breakfast breads and a chef’s dessert display. Gates on Sundays open at noon and the first race is 1 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at ChurchillDowns.com/Tickets, in person at the Gate 1 box office or by calling (502) 636-4400.

Travis Stone will describe the racing action with Joe Kristufek serving as a paddock analyst.

For more information, call (502) 636-4400 or visit www.churchilldowns.com.
2016 CHURCHILL DOWNS FALL MEET STAKES SCHEDULE

 

Day Date No. Grade Purse Stakes Race Conditions Distance
Sunday Oct. 30 1st   $300,000 Spendthrift Stallion Stakes 2yo ® 7 F
Sunday Oct. 30 4th   $80,000* Street Sense (overnight stakes) 2yo 1 M
Sunday Oct. 30 4th   $80,000* Rags to Riches (overnight stakes) 2yo F 1 M
Saturday Nov. 5 31st II $200,000 Chilukki F&M 1 M
Saturday Nov. 12 13th III $100,000 Commonwealth Turf 3yo 1 1/16 M (T)
Saturday Nov. 19 43rd III $100,000 Cardinal Handicap F&M 1 1/8 M (T)
Saturday Nov. 19 9th   $80,000* Bet On Sunshine (overnight stakes) 3&up 6 F
Thursday Nov. 24 101st II $200,000 Falls City Handicap F&M 1 1/8 M
Thursday Nov. 24 39th III $100,000 River City Handicap 3&up 1 1/8 M (T)
Friday Nov. 25 142nd I $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare 3&up 1 1/8 M
Friday Nov. 25 26th II $200,000 Mrs. Revere 3yo F 1 1/16 M (T)
Friday Nov. 25 12th   $80,000* Dream Supreme (overnight stakes) F&M 6 F
Saturday Nov. 26 90th II $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club 2yo 1 1/16 M
Saturday Nov. 26 73rd II $200,000 Golden Rod 2yo F 1 1/16 M

 

* Added-money events.

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 wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 6, 2017. The track’s Fall Meet is scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 27. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times and the event will return to the track in 2018. Information is available at www.ChurchillDowns.com.

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Louisville’s Lamar Jackson Show Continues Monday, Oct 24 2016 

LouisvilleKY.com photographer Bill Brymer worked the Louisville Cardinals’ game against North Carolina State. Behind the fantastic Lamar Jackson, #7 U of L blew out the Wolfpack with a 44-0 first half en route to a 54-13 victory at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

As a result of the weekend in college football, the Cards moved up to #5 in both the AP and Coaches polls — thanks to Ohio State’s upset loss to Penn State, and previously unbeaten Texas A & M’s defeat against top-ranked Alabama.

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson cemented his favorite status for the Heisman Trophy, passing for 355 yards and 3 TDs while running for 76 yards and a score.

Still, most pundits say the Cards chances of making the 4-team college football playoff depend on more losses by teams above them — Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Washington. Two of those teams, Clemson and Washington, face tough road battles this weekend.

Louisville’s next game is on the road at Virginia, followed by another road trip to Boston College, before U of L returns home in three weeks against Wake Forest. The Cards finish up at Houston, then host in-state rival Kentucky Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are some great shots from Bill Brymer:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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