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Yes, It’s Still March Madness, only 2012…Get Ready Louisville!

I know, I know, I should be talking about horses and Derby hats,  bourbon, betting and Barnstable’s.  Basketball is over, no more Blueston, no more Cardinals till the leaves start to turn colors…It really takes me a while to “put the ball away”. What has helped me in my catatonic, saddened state the past 2 weeks?( I am a Cardinal fan after all) No, not the bourbon mentioned….do you know me that well already? Come on, it’s like every Cardinal and Wildcat and Hoosier and Knight’s fan, it’s the thought of next year, the new season, the new players, all of our hope and…


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So Long to The Edit, Hello to Noise&Notes

The real truth in Louisville is that some of the best political reporting to be found comes from public radio station WFPL-FM. And a few years ago, when reporter Gabe Bullard convinced the bosses over there to allow him to blog about news that didn’t always make the station’s newscast, news junkies flocked to The Edit. But now The Edit is being shut down. Bullard got promoted to news director at the station, and Donovan Reynolds reached over to LEO to snare Phillip Bailey to take his place. And now the station has launched a blog just for his political…


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Mr. Smith Emerges from Jail in Kentucky

I remember Jeff Smith as a surprisingly short but ambitious young man who stayed at my house in 2007 with his then-girlfriend, who was working with me on the Bruce Lunsford for Governor campaign.  (We lost in the May primary to Steve Beshear). I remember being fascinated by the  2006 documentary about his run for Congress. I really liked him, thought he was pretty cool. And hadn’t thought about him for four years. It turns out he spent eight months at a Kentucky prison near Manchester, convicted of lying to the FBI.   A guy who he thought was his best…


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UConn Win Good for Louisville?

I was glad to be bowling at Ten Pin Lanes last night rather than watching that brick-fest between Connecticut and Butler. I was pulling for the Bulldogs, though it set up something positive for U of L fans to discuss until October. The Cards’ record against the champion Huskies (2-1) vs. UK’s (0-2). And U of L beat Butler. Then there’s the fact that for all the heat the Big East took as 10 of its 11 NCAA Tournament teams got beat, the only team standing at the end was the 9th best team in the league. Expect those arguments…


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At Manual, Cheating Isn’t A New Problem

When the Courier Journal dropped their story today about Manual students cheating on science fair projects, I wasn’t surprised. Cheating has always been an issue at Manual. I am a proud Crimson until the end, and I know that many of my former classmates will go on to do amazing things in their prospective fields. Still, when the pressure to succeed at Kentucky’s best high school became too much, many turned to cheating. A couple of years ago, some will remember the controversy involving two Manual students hacking into the school servers and changing grades for money. This brought about…


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Eat to feed your garden … and play in the dirt!

It’s garden time, my friends, and I couldn’t be happier. I admit I got a little antsy this year and started some seedlings prematurely — in containers, thinking I’d move them inside. Believe me, I know better than to plant even cold-hardy lettuces before Thunder Over Louisville and certainly not to plant vegetables before Derby. (We Louisvillians refer to everything around Derby Festival events.) But that week of 70-degree weather and that lying little groundhog had me using The Secret to bring spring immediately. Then one morning I woke up to snow in my container garden and only a few…


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UK a TV Hit Here and Everywhere

The big question is — was anybody not watching the game Saturday night? I sure expected the Kentucky – Connecticut game to be a ratings giant locally, but the 42.6 rating/62 share that the game got locally was off the charts.  Last week’s game with North Carolina was the second-highest rating locally in history,  according to WLKY’s Glenn Haygood, and it only got a 36.9. Nationally, the game certainly won its time period, posting a number as high as 5.4, paltry compared with the local number, but the tournament’s overall numbers are better than they’ve been in years. Prior to…


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Get the LouisvilleKY.com eNewsletter

We like to think we’re kinda “with it” around here at LouisvilleKY.com. We like to think we’ve got all the fancy techno-stuff covered, but as I keep learning about the changing media landscape, we’re not so cool. But at least we can now tell you we’ve launched an eNewsletter so that you can keep up with the posts of our 30 or so writers. I know that in my previous ventures as a blogger, I heard often how people I met wanted to know what’s going on with the site, and loved the daily email they’d received with a list…


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Life In Louisville Goes On

OK, so let’s get on with Derby season. I was in the throng at the St. Matthews Molly Malone’s Saturday night, where the letdown after DeAndre Liggins shot clanged off the rim was palpable. It so happened that WLKY-TV’s Kristen Drew was there most of the night, preparing for, get this, a three-hour post-game broadcast. Anybody else NOT watching the Butler-Connecticut game Monday night? We’ve got a great assessment of what UK basketball is all about from Billy Reed — it’s a great read. And now in sports it’s on to unfounded rumor season — starting with this one from…


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Billy Reed: A Big Blue Post-Mortem

Here’s Billy Reed’s analysis of the state of the UK basketball program after Saturday’s disappointing one-point loss to Connecticut in the Final Four in Houston. Lexington, Ky., is about the last place in Basketball America where you would expect to find a team that’s easy to wrap your arms around and love like an underdog. That’s because University of Kentucky basketball long has been the poster child for overemphasis. Going back to 1930, when Adolph Rupp began building the game’s first national dynasty, to Saturday night in Houston, when John Calipari returned UK to the NCAA Final Four, Kentucky’s obsession…