July 19th, 2014

Schimmel puts on a show, wins WNBA All-Star MVP with record-breaking scoring night

Former University of Louisville star Shoni Schimmel is a reserve guard for the Atlanta Dream, but she was voted an All-Star game starter by fans and responded with 29 points and eight assists to lead her team to victory — and earn game MVP honors. READ MORE at WDRB.com.

(Arizona Republic photo).

July 15th, 2014
July 15th, 2014

Catch up with U of L senior-to-be Wayne Blackshear, via CardsTV.

July 15th, 2014

Latest commitment keeps Pitino riding the foreign wave

University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino received a commitment from five-star forward Deng Adel, a 6-8 prospect from the Sudan, Monday night. At a time when many coaches are slowing down, Pitino says he’s energized by the attitudes his players bring to work every day. A big part of that has been the foreign players he has coached. A look at this interesting interplay, at the link.

READ MORE at WDRB.com

July 14th, 2014

New college football playoff trophy is unveiled for Twitter inspection


The trophy is surprisingly understated, for as big a deal as it was to finally get a playoff in college football. But here it is.

What do you think? Waffle cone? Baskin-Robbins sponsorship? Budweiser in negotiations for a knob on top that would give it the full-on beer tap effect?

And this isn’t the only college football trapping unveiled today. ESPN came out with its first promo for the playoff, with an assist from Sean Astin playing “Rudy.” Click here to watch.

July 8th, 2014

usatoday:

My fingers are a little wet from drooling while posting this!

These are four of the most delicious-looking concessions available at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field:

1. The Hangover Burger: The hangover burger uses a mix of ground beef and ground bacon for two quarter-pound patties. They’re topped with american cheese, lettuce, onions, a fried egg, and a sauce made from sriracha, ketchup, mayo and cornichons.

2. The Double Play: A polish sausage and a bratwurst stuffed onto the same bun, side by side.

3. The Brat Dog: A footlong hot dog wrapped in bratwurst, then wrapped in bacon, served on a pretzel roll. There are peppers, too, so you get your veggies. It’s healthy, right?

4. Lobster Corn Dog: Fried lobster on a stick. There are no bad parts about that.

(Photos: Delaware North SportService)

Reblogged from USA TODAY
July 8th, 2014
July 1st, 2014

ACC website welcomes U of L

Above is the screen awaiting visitors upon reaching the ACC’s official website.

At WDRB, coverage began over the weekend with a look back at the 11 decisive days that got U of L into the league. I also had a column looking at people U of L can thank for the move. Today, a look back at how far the school and athletic department have come. And later today, a look ahead at what the move means, and the day’s 6 p.m celebration downtown.

June 30th, 2014

Weekend wrap-up: Looking ahead to the ACC

The text message above about said it all in November of 2012, as news was beginning to break about the ACC having voted to invite the University of Louisville as a member. In case you weren’t poking around the Internet this weekend, a look back at our stories, plus a few others you might’ve missed.

1. Ten people U of L can thank for its ACC party. [Click here]

2. Eleven days that clinched U of L’s conference fate, and changed its history [Click here]

3. U of L enlists Jennifer Lawrence’s help for an ACC celebration video [Click here]

4. Teddy Bridgewater is still taking ‘virtual reps’ [Click here]

5. Brad Keselowski takes the checkered flag at Kentucky Speedway [Click here]

6. WDRB’s Sterling Riggs talks about his role as Louisville Bats’ public address announcer [Click here]

June 29th, 2014

See the Jennifer Lawrence-narrated video U of L will debut at its ACC celebration Tuesday

View the video by clicking here.

June 29th, 2014

Bridgewater moves his ‘virtual reps’ to Madden

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Teddy Bridgewater’s fondness for using video games in his preparation is well-known to University of Louisville football fans. Now, he’s doing the same thing in the NFL. Bridgewater imported the Minnesota Vikings’ playbook into his Madden Football game for the X-box. He explained to ESPN.com:

"It helps because you get one more rep than you had in practice, actual practice," he said. "Any chance you get to take an extra rep or go the extra step, extra mile, it’s going to be very beneficial transferring it to the field."

Read more about Bridgewater’s video reps from ESPN.com here. (Photo via Fansided.com)

June 29th, 2014

Ten people (or groups) U of L can thank for its ACC party

This list is far from complete, but it’s a good place to start. READ MORE at WDRB.com

June 29th, 2014

Rewind: How Tom Jurich changed U of L’s conference fate in 11 days

A repost from October of 2012, examining how Tom Jurich moved fast to allow the University of Louisville to claim what wound up being the final spot in a “big five” conference. READ MORE at WDRB.com

June 27th, 2014

Midday update: Louisville tops NBA Draft television markets

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Russ Smith responded in a forceful and determined way after watching the teams he worked out for take passes on him during the NBA Draft. In fact, he said he had resigned himself to going undrafted when the Philadelphia 76ers took him with the 47th pick, then traded him to New Orleans. Now, he says, he’s determined more than ever before. Read my column about it here.

— Rick Bozich did the heavy lifting on the NBA Draft for WDRB Thursday night — read his wrap-up of Julius Randle, James Young and Noah Vonleh. Click to read

— The NBA Draft earned a 7.2 rating for ESPN in the Louisville market, a 12 share, according to The Nielsen Co.,  which not only was the best sports rating of the day in the city, but the highest rating for any of the metered markets nationally. The rating represents nearly 50,000 households in the Louisville market. Oklahoma City was the No. 2 market nationally, followed by Memphis, Raleigh-Durham and Cleveland. The Draft’s 3.1 overnight was its highest ever for ESPN, up 19 percent from a year ago. More from this ESPN release.

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June 26th, 2014
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