Episode 77: Tailspin Hangovers & Drinkin’ with Lincoln (and Liz) Tuesday, Feb 24 2015 

Still feeling run down from this weekend’s Tailspin Ale Fest, the boys still managed to find their way down to the BBC Taproom for the podcast. John couldn’t hang, and drank Highland Coffee Iced Coffee. We talk about one of the best beer festivals in the area, along with the stand out beers and the

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HB168 Podcast Sunday, Feb 8 2015 

Tonight, on a very special Louisville Beer Podcast, we speak to Adam Watson, President of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers and co-owner of Against the Grain Brewery and Elizabeth Post, spokesperson for the Kentuckians for Entrepreneurs and Growth about HB168. HB168 is an act that will protect our local beer industry, family owned distributors, retailers and local

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Details on Lock, Stock & Smoking Barrels 2.0 Friday, Jan 30 2015 

Last year during Louisville Craft Beer Week, The Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. hosted the 1st Lock, Stock & Smoking Barrels at their beautiful location in Butchertown. If you missed it, you missed some amazing one-off Kentucky beers that were aged in Copper & Kings’ used brandy barrels. There was some great stuff there: Takashi, from Against

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House Bill 168 Protects Local Jobs, Craft Brewers Thursday, Jan 29 2015 

Local jobs, family businesses and consumer choice are on the line here in Kentucky. On Tuesday, Kentucky’s legislature returns to debate a host of important topics including House Bill 168 introduced by Speaker Greg Stumbo. It is an act that will protect our local beer industry, family owned distributors, retailers and local entrepreneurial craft brewers

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Docent. Funny Title for a Fun Job Tuesday, Jan 6 2015 

Docents are one of the best assets to museums. They volunteer their time to learn in-depth about exhibitions and then share their learned knowledge with visitors on guided tours. They field questions and comments about art, the process of art,  and who it is making art in order to aide patrons to a better understanding […]

Remember this? Friday, Dec 26 2014 

John Calipari and Rick Pitino sit down with Jim Rome in their best wind suits.

Weaving A Community With Our Stories Thursday, Dec 18 2014 

Scientists have proven the positive health benefits we receive when we journal or create art to express our life experiences, so the museum presents the perfect opportunity for the community to do both. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, in partnership with The Little Loomhouse, present Weaving A Community With Our Stories, an interactive weaving project designed […]

Looming Large Tuesday, Dec 16 2014 

KMAC has gone stark weaving mad. Artists from 16 countries currently fill our two main galleries with over two-dozen loom woven works. Shown in conjunction with the traveling exhibit The New Art of the Loom: Contemporary International Tapestry, KMAC has organized Looming Local as a response to some of the issues raised by the international […]

Quick Hitters on Louisville’s 44-40 win over Kentucky Saturday, Nov 29 2014 

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I’m going to make this recap quick because you guys are going nuts with $12 t-shirts. Which I’m not mad at. Just a reminder, all of our shirts are on sale through Monday for just $12 when you use the promo code “MUCHLOVE”.

Please ignore all typos because my fingers go faster than my brain sometimes.

Wow. What a game. If the UK/U of L game wants to be like that every single year, I’m down. It really had the feel of a game that was going to go seven overtimes and last six-plus hours. But, in the end it only took Louisville 60 minutes to beat Kentucky, 44-40. The game did last almost four hours though.

Going into the game, I thought the story would be Louisville’s ability to just run it down Kentucky’s throat. Didn’t happen. Louisville managed just 83 yards on the ground. In Kentucky’s last five games, these are the numbers they gave up on the ground: 214, 305, 156, 326, and 303.

For Kentucky to have a chance, they had to limit the Cards’ rushing attack. They did just that. And they did have a chance.

Here are some quick hitters on the game.

UK dominated the first quarter, but couldn’t get into the end zone and managed just six points. That ended up being huge.

UK’s up 13-0. Reggie Bonnafon gets hurt early in the second quarter. It’s third and seven. Enter redshirt freshman and Lexington native Kyle Bolin. Things appear to be in a tailspin for the Cards. Bolin then hits Eli Rogers to his right for ten yards and a first down. The next play Bolin stands in the pocket, takes a monster hit from Bud Dupree and find DeVante Parker streaking down the sideline after he beat Fred Tiller. Just like that it’s 13-7. And Bolin has confidence. Tailspin avoided.

From that point on the game was pretty much back and forth.

Wow, was Bolin good. I know he made two critical turnovers that led directly to UK points, but still. He finished the game 21-for-31 for 381 yards, three touchdowns and a pick.

Speaking of good, how good is DeVante Parker? The kid is a difference maker. He gives you the option as a QB to just loft it up anytime the defense brings pressure and Bolin took advantage of that. He just goes up and makes plays. Then he’s impossible to tackle. And for a team like UK that struggles to tackle anyways, tackling a guy like Parker is near impossible.

For UK, two guys stood out because of their good play. Boom Williams. How has he not been UK’s featured back for at least the last eight games. The true freshman is an absolute stood. UK’s best offense was getting him outside. Yet, they didn’t continuously do that. His touchdown late in the fourth quarter that gave Kentucky a 40-37 lead was an absolute man’s run.

Bud Dupree. It appeared that he was in on every single play. The Bolin fumble that was scooped up by Mike Douglas. That was Dupree. He was already going to be a decent NFL draft pick, but man he made himself a lot of money on Saturday afternoon.

Mike Douglas. Yeah, he made up for it a bit with his scoop and score, but his personal foul early in the third quarter was straight ignorant. Bolin was a good two steps out of bounds. They were going to punt. Instead you give them a free first down. Next play Bolin hits Parker for a 33 yard touchdown to give the Cards a 28-20 lead.

I didn’t get either teams’ play calls. I thought Louisville should have focused on the run more. Even though they still racked up 44 points and 472 yards.

Kentucky’s offense was putrid. It really reminded me of the Missouri game where UK’s defense kept them in the game, but their O’s couldn’t do anything. The O’s were a little more effective against U of L, but I still don’t get a lot of the things they do. They look down field never. I don’t know if Neal Brown is a bad coordinator or if he just has zero confidence in Towles and the UK offensive line. But, be more creative. Try to go down field.

And Towles looked lost, but the one thing he can do, when protected, is make throws down field. His throw to Joey Herrick for 42 yards early in the fourth quarter on 3rd and sixth was perfect. On that play, U of L only brought three guys. I didn’t get that. When pressured, Towles has happier feet than Julianne Hough.

After the Douglas fumble touchdown that put UK up 33-28, the Cards started at their own four. It was third and ten from their own four. Then Bolin found James Quick streaking the sideline in between the safety and the corner for 29 yards and a first down. Four plays later he hit Parker on the same play down the left sideline for 45 yards and a touchdown and a 34-33 lead.

Bolin just made plays when he had to and knew to rely on Parker.

In the end, it was too easy for Louisville to score and for UK it was like pulling teeth.

The play that really summed up the game for me was the second down call with just about a minute to go and UK trailing 44-40. It’s second and ten. You have two timeouts. And they run a QB draw. I’ve been a critic of their commitment to run Towles all year. But right there? With a minute to go? You’re running? A joke. I’ll have fun with that tomorrow on ESPN 680.

In the end, the game was fun. I thought Kentucky competed. I think that surprised Louisville a little bit. UK’s defense, which has been putrid, was a little less than putrid and kept the Cats in the game. Bolin was unreal, which was totally unexpected. Parker was unreal, which was expected.

The better team won.

Nick Curran and I will break down this game on ESPN 680 tomorrow from 10 to noon.

ESPN’s Kentucky at Louisville Keys to Victory Wednesday, Nov 26 2014 

ESPN’s ACC reporter Andrea Adelson and SEC reporter Greg Ostendorf broke down the UK at U of L game. You can check out their entire preview by clicking here.

Here’s a look at their keys to victory.

Key to victory for Kentucky: Quarterback Patrick Towles threw for at least 200 yards and a touchdown in six of Kentucky’s first eight games. The Wildcats were 5-3 during that stretch. In his last three games — all losses — Towles has failed to surpass 200 yards, and he’s thrown more interceptions (three) than touchdowns (two).

While Towles and the UK offense does need to play better for the Cats to win, the key to a UK victory is their defense actually making some tackles and getting some stops. If their defense resembles the defense we have seen the last couple of games, it doesn’t mater how well Towles moves the football, the Cats aren’t winning.

Key to victory for Louisville: Establish the run. Louisville is most effective offensively when its ground game and pass game are working in concert. In two of their three losses this season, the Cards failed to gain 100 yards rushing.

Sounds like a good place to start for the Cards. Michael Dyer is healthy and Brandon Radcliff is coming off of a stellar second half at Notre Dame. The key to their win over the Irish was their success on the ground. They rushed for 229 yards as a team and really took the pressure off of true freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon. Oh, and here are the rushing yards that Kentucky has allowed in their five consecutive losses (Tennessee-214, Georgia-305, Mizzouri-156, Mississippi State-326, LSU-303). Yeah, I’d focus on the ground game if I were the Cards.

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