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New Slogan: Kentucky, the Charlie Sheen of Commonwealths

Thanks, Shelly: On Monday, Sheldon Berman spared us all some drama by telling the school board to save its breath on saving his job, he’s ready to move on. So that’s that.  Note to those who pushed him out – be careful what you wish for. The diversity vs. student achievement problem won’t be solved by a new chief. Kentucky Greedy Festival: Last night Mike Berry pulled out the best he had in his P.R. basket to try to justify charging people to watch a free fireworks show in a public park. And the media ate it up. Berry whined…


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Pitino Likes Cards’ Spirit and Attitude

Rick Pitino is talking about why this year’s Cards are so good. “They are so willing to play for the name on the front of the jersey and not the one on the back,” he said after the win against Syracuse. Pitino compared this bunch affectionately with his 1987 Providence Final Four team. Remember that this was widely expected to be a rebuilding year. In the preseason, Pitino called it a bridge year. The Cards were predicted to be in the lower half of the Big East standings, but with six regular-season games left, U of L sits in fourth…



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Get on the Bellarmine bandwagon

Eric Crawford’s story in the Courier-Journal this morning was a nice piece about Bellarmine basketball. Scotty Davenport’s job as head coach, however, is more impressive. After several years of mediocrity, Davenport has not only lifted the image of Bellarmine basketball, but the school as a whole.   I’ve been on those early-morning bus rides Crawford spoke of. Traveling anywhere in the Great Lakes Valley Conference is so different than when I played Division I at St. Louis University. There are no planes. There are no nice hotels. There are no manager’s grabbing your bags and taking them to your room. A…


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Make it Special, Louisville

OK, the pressure is on. Valentine’s Day.  Get busy, cuz there’s a lot of other stuff going on. I’m with Claudia Coffey on this one — the electronic messaging is fine, for what it is. But alone it’s not getting you anywhere. Live from Whitley City!: Tomorrow night, Karen Sypher will be on the air from the McCreary County Courthouse in Whitley City (Pop. 1,111, SAAA-LUTE). On a local radio station. Wonder what the time cost? She’s going to jail Friday, and this is the oddest, latest, lame attempt to avoid the orange jumpsuit. She says she’s finally going to…


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Cardinals Notch Seventh Straight Win Against Syracuse

Rocking the 80s throwback uniforms, Kyle Kuric and Preston Knowles continued Louisville’s domination of Orangemen in stylish fashion.  Kuric led the Cards with 23 points and Knowles followed with 22. The Cards benefited greatly from the return of Rakeem Buckles who hadn’t played since Dec 27.  Louisville was at one point ahead of Syracuse by 20 points early in the second half, but Syracuse clawed its way back to close within 3 with 1:39 left. Clutch free throws from Peyton Siva and Chris Smith gave Rick Pitino the much-needed win. The Cards shot prolifically behind the arc once again, scoring…


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Roundup: Why We’re Fat, Louisville

You feeling it? Warmth, sunshine. Coming this weekend. Meanwhile, you should, but won’t, attend the Car-Free Happy Hour tonight at Browning’s. Here’s some top hits from the news. . . Big Daddy on Whiskey Row: Greg Fischer is not going to take my suggestion and make Todd Blue offer Frank Faris a spot for a new Ginny’s Diner on Whiskey Row. But couldn’t he at least not write in the deal that Blue can operate a parking lot there for 5 years? Or say that if does, that Blue himself has to stand out there in the street waving cars…


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“Digging” a Hole in ESPN’s Professionalism

ESPN has been long accused of bias in its sports analysis, but rarely is this bias showcased in prime time during an actual game. The behavior displayed by ESPN color commentator Digger Phelps during last night’s Louisville-Notre Dame game was downright despicable. Not only was Digger wearing a Fighting Irish logo on his sweater, but he made biased statements against the Cardinals throughout the contest. After Kyle Kuric’s first half-ending dunk garnered a technical foul, Phelps berated him. He exaggerated Kuric’s actions and continued his commentary on Kuric throughout the game. Phelps referred to Notre Dame as “we” or “our” multiple times….


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Cardinals Can’t Finish off Irish in Overtime.

When the tip-off started the extra period, it quickly became clear that the Cardinals were done. Despite a strong 40 minutes, collapse was the word to best describe U of L’s effort in OT. Buzzed from an early three-pointer, the Fighting Irish scored 14 unanswered to begin overtime. Regulation and overtime looked like two completely different games. While it is another loss, the Cardinals hung tough in an extremely hostile situation and continue to prove their mettle. Junior Kyle Kuric led the Cards with 28 points, including an electrifying dunk to end the first half.  Kuric earned a technical for staring…


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UofL and UK send Five to NFL Combine

Who says football season is over? The NFL has invited running back Bilal Powell, cornerback Johnny Patrick, and tight end Cameron Graham to the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis.  The league has also invited wideout Randall Cobb and running back Derrick Locke of UK.  The Combine serves as the best chance for coaches to see the future pros workout. It includes physical events like weightlifting, dashes, and other tests to measure the physical characteristics of the prospect. Cards Have a Close Call A win is a win is a win is a win. With that being said, a slim four-point…