Western Kentucky

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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Ankles Away, Lincoln Crossing, Cards, Cats, Tops and Teddy

I’m still not getting out much after ankle surgery, but this week I took advantage of a doctor’s appointment to interview my doctor. Dr. George Quill is certainly “one of the most interesting people in the ‘Ville” based on his expertise on feet and the wonderful work he does for charities. Check it out on Rusty. Also this week: Lincoln Bridge Walk: I can’t believe the new downtown bridge is opening up Monday morning. You can go and walk on it Saturday morning under sunny skies. A Championship To Be Decided in the Bluegrass: On Saturday, Western Kentucky hosts Southern…


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Football’s Dust Settles in Louisville for WKU, Louisville Cards and UK

Maybe this is the year I should have started betting on football. That was a near-perfect football weekend. First, I went to Bowling Green and saw one of the country’s best offenses demolish a 9-2 Marshall team that came in expecting to be competitive. The final was 49-28, but it could have been a lot more if not for a few Topper miscues and Jeff Brohm’s decision to take his foot off the gas in the 4th quarter. Western, 8-0 in Conference USA, earned the right to host Southern Miss (yes, Card fans, THAT Southern Miss) in the league title…


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In Football, It was Reality Weekend In Louisville KY

A Not-So-Great Louisville KY Football Weekend In college sports, this really is a basketball town. Make that state. OK, region. It becomes evident every October, and is usually drilled home in November. Exhibit A – Yesterday’s results. The brightest moment for an area school was Louisville’s ugly 17-14 win over Boston College at home. And by bright, I mean a game that included 21 punts, and 4 fumbles, played under gray skies, and occasional rain, in a half-empty stadium. Bobby Petrino’s offensive genius label is peeling off as quickly as the school’s reputation for high morals, as the Card QB…


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WKU Hangs On to Edge Vandy in Nashville

NASHVILLE — It wasn’t pretty.  And from Section U, the most red-drenched section at Vanderbilt Stadium, cheering for the visitors from Bowling Green featured disappointment after disappointment. But Vandy proved equally inept, blowing scoring chances with two end zone interceptions. Jeff Brohm’s vaunted Hilltopper offense, which operated at the end of 2014 with pinball precision, was on tilt throughout a scoreless first half and most of the third quarter. Five dropped passes, all in situations in which the play call was perfect for a big gain, kept WKU off the scoreboard. Fans in my section were clearly complaining about the…


It’s Conference Tournament Week for Louisville, UK and WKU

Whatever work you need to get done this week, do it on Monday and Tuesday. Starting Wednesday the region becomes mired in Basketball, and Spring, Fever. It’s Christmas all over again for sports bars, and March Madness affects even casual fans, as they try to memorize starting lineups for local teams and figure out where Alcorn State is. So here’s where our teams are playing: Western Kentucky’s first game in the Conference USA Tourney is Wednesday at Birmingham. WKU is the 5th-seed in the 12-team league. The Toppers get Marshall, then would face 4th-seed Alabama-Birmingham Thursday at 6. If WKU…


Domination, WKU Style

NASVHILLE — This game started last December. That’s when the University of Kentucky passed on the opportunity to hire a proven winner as its football coach. And Western Kentucky didn’t hesitate to put Bobby Petrino in charge of its nascent Hilltopper program.


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Pollio’s Loyalties Tested in Big Hoops Week

Sure, there is a huge amount of interest in the NCAA Tournament, but Billy Reed would have you pay more attention to the tournament trail being traveled by Bellarmine, Kentucky Wesleyan and Northern Kentucky. And here’s the story of one guy with hoops connections to all of them, plus Western. by Billy Reed If I were Mike Pollio, I’m not so sure I’d be able to attend Tuesday night’s NCAA Division II regional final between Bellarmine and Kentucky Wesleyan. You want conflicts of interest? Pollio has them out the wazoo. He had better wear beige to the game because Bellarmine…



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Let’s Go Toppers and Cheerleader News

I don’t imagine you’re working today, or Monday, but at least you’re not paying extra to have the city’s sanitation workers clean up your Christmas junk. Yesterday Metro Government announced that there will be  no overtime for sanitation workers after Christmas. So that stuff might sit there an extra day or two. Good move. Fischer’s Year-End Media Tour: Yesterday Greg Fischer granted plenty of one-on-one end-of-year interviews with TV reporters. The big news is that he expects to narrow the 16 candidates for police chief to one by April. Trap Game?: I’m sure I won’t be the only WKU grad…


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The All-Important Bowl Scenarios

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person around here who didn’t expect to be talking about U of L and bowl games and Big East championship after Thanksgiving. It was a doomsday scenario in Charlie Strong’s world after losses to Florida International and Marshall, and skeptics like me were wondering who, on the Big East schedule, the Cards were likely to beat. That this bunch won 5 of 7 Big East games and, with some help from Connecticut, could be spending New Year’s preparing for the Orange Bowl in Miami, well, that’s downright amazing. Almost as amazing as the fact…