September 8th, 2014

VIDEO | Time-lapse look at the new U of L court at the KFC Yum! Center.

September 8th, 2014

Monday Miscellany: Random items from a Sunday on the couch

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The Sunday Column. I inherited a Sunday-for-Monday column when I moved into the columnist spot at The Courier-Journal, and both the previous occupants of the post warned me, “It’s a killer.”

Nothing is going on around here on Sundays. The NFL takes over, but so often you’re traveling back from a college game on Sunday that following the NFL is tough.

I was thinking about the Sunday column this Sunday as I sat around and did little but watch the NFL. I may not have another Sunday like this all season. So instead of a deftly crafted Sunday column, I offer a few observations from the couch.

PREGAME: I got a kick out of several analysts from several networks all Tweeting about their new studio sets. For the record, let’s get this out of the way. All NFL pregame sets are based on one thing:

JUST GOOD OL’ BOYS: You know it’s going to be a good day when you see the following in the lane of opposing traffic.

No, I wasn’t in Hazard. I was in J’town. That has to be profiling of some kind, right? My younger brother, Wes, channelled Waylon Jennings, captioning the photo, “Now friends and neighbors — you KNOW this here ain’t no routine traffic stop.”

Later in the evening, I learned that the General Lee car belongs to Chris Vittitoe and the patrol car belongs to Paul Brown. The two built the patrol car together, and they were headed to a little boys’ Dukes of Hazard-themed birthday party, where they were going to make a big entrance. They also took the boy and his dad for a spin around J’town. Now you know the rest of the story.

A SLICE OF AMERICANA. I’m watching the Bengals and Ravens, and a series of three consecutive commercials strikes me as saying something about the country we live in today.

First, a KFC commercial that’s nothing but a line of kids eating original recipe chicken, asking each other if they like it. Tag line: “Remember the taste of KFC original recipe? So will they.”

Don Draper stuff, there. Who doesn’t remember a family reunion, or some kind of thrown-together picnic, where someone grabbed a bucket of chicken and came on. Well played.

The next commercial was by Budweiser. Guys sitting around drinking beer, reading about the Yankees signing Babe Ruth on a train, or listening to Lou Gherig’s speech around a radio, Willie Mays’ famous catch, Hank Aaron’s record-setting home run, Cal Ripken Jr.’s ironman game. Tag line: “Here’s to baseball.”

It’s a nice sentiment, coming as it did in the middle of an NFL game. It could also have said, “Goodbye baseball.” Once the NFL starts, it dominates everything. We’ll check in on the World Series, but most of the memorable moments produced these days are produced in the NFL.

The third ad? For the iPad. Showing how various people use it. Tag line: “What will your verse be?”

Chicken, beer and iPad. That about covers it.


— When did the 49ers build such a huge fan base in Dallas?

— When did the Colts join the Big Ten? (I Tweeted this in the first half, the Colts were pretty impressive in the second.)

— Peyton Manning is good at football and making commercials.

— The latest thing in Twitter seems to be stadium crowd shots. Three good ones from today:

Look at the ‘49ers fans in Dallas …

And Kansas City was pretty well empty by the final drive of the fourth quarter …

And from Tampa …

BIG TEN, BIG EASY: Picked up this little item in Champaign, Ill., Saturday. It serves as a handy guide for keeping track of Big Ten teams with title hopes:

CARDS STREAK CONTINUES: Florida State, with 18 straight wins, has the longest winning streak in FBS. Second longest? The University of Louisville, with eight straight wins. The Cardinals have won 16 out of 17, and haven’t lost a game away from home since losing at Syracuse in the 2012 season.

NON-SPORTS READING: Working on The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Review to come soon.

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August 6th, 2014

Louisville football opens camp: Day 1 Notebook

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — University of Louisville football players were spared the physical challenge of two-a-day workouts to open preseason camp on Tuesday.

Coach Bobby Petrino worked out the freshmen and newcomers in a morning session and his veterans in the afternoon. But he didn’t ease either group in by moderating the pace of practice.

"We came out this afternoon, and didn’t do everything right, but we’re a better technical team, I think, than we were in spring ball," Petrino said. "Our guys got tired. They need to practice hard when they get tired. When you split practices, that’s the thing. They have to take more reps."

Some notes:

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August 5th, 2014

Montrezl Harrell talks about his experience at the adidas Nations camp.

August 5th, 2014

Louisville opens camp under Petrino — what to watch for

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Bobby Petrino began his first preseason camp of his second University of Louisville coaching stint today, under a bit of cover from the national spotlight trained on Valhalla Golf Course for this week’s PGA Championships.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to watch at the U of L practice fields. There are lots of changes in the way Petrino does things, but perhaps the most noticeable is for the players.

Charlie Strong sequestered the team at the Hilton Garden Inn adjacent to the Fairgrounds for preseason camp. Petrino won’t be piling up any hotel points. He is leaving the players in their rooms and apartments as camp begins.

"So far," he says, "guys have done a great job accepting the changes."

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August 3rd, 2014

Hamstring healing, Siva looking forward to fatherhood, Magic


Caught up with Peyton Siva as he signed autographs and posed for pictures at Valhalla Golf Club today. He talked about his new team, and his new addition on the way. READ MORE at

August 3rd, 2014

Russ being Russ, scores 52 in NYC summer league game

Check out the tweet below, and

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

(Arizona Republic photo).

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.


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


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

"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 here. (Photo via

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Sports writing from Eric Crawford of in Louisville, Ky.