Category Archives: Personalities

Thanking Russ

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER It all started with Preston Knowles. He’s the first player that I remember becoming attached to like no one else before him. Once I got old enough to truly appreciate what it takes to endure the wrath that is being a college athlete, I loved and respected guys like Luke Whitehead, Taquan […]

Another Louisville Cardinal Tradition Gone

Harry Bockman died last week. He was 89. Those of my era who attended U of L knew him well. He worked in the Registrar’s office, though I’m not sure any of us could tell you what he did there. He also was part of the Chain Gang at home Cardinal football games. Did it […]

Friday’s Follies, Starring . . .

. . . Rick Pitino, Drama Queen. . . . Chane Behanan, who apparently is now on a regimen of truth serum. So, The Rick, as he is so very wont to do, has prevaricated on exactly when we might see his power forward back in red & black. . . . Kevin Willard, who […]

Sunday’s Sports Shorts: Are You Ready For Some . . .

Uh, before we get to what is really America’s favorite sport, a quick mention of the National Pastime. Atlanta has won 9 of its last 10. The Braves have surged to a commanding 11 1/2 advantage in the NL East over Washington’s “We’re the ’27 Yankees” Nationals. Meanwhile, in the AL Central, my Detroit Tigers […]

Lefty (In The Open) & Chris (In the Tour): Deserving Champions

Instant Karma’s gonna get you/ Gonna look you right in the face. Early on in the final round of the British Open, Phil Mickelson, hit a less than stellar approach shot from the fairway. Obviously distraught, he mumbled to himself and his long-time caddy Bones, “That one’s on me. I blew the shot.” (Or something […]

Sunday Sports Shots: Lookin’ Down From Mont Ventoux, Mound Pitcher’s & PEDs

If you have been paying attention, you understand that I’ve become fascinated over the last couple of years with the Tour de France. Today, was the longest stage of this year’s edition, 150 miles or so, the last thirteen of which were up infamous Mont Ventoux. Not your normal Sunday morning Bastille Day ride around […]

The Fourth: Max, Yasiel & Joey, Baseball & Hot Dogs

What could be more American, more down right Patriotic with a capital P, than talking National Pastime on Independence Day? Okay, hot dogs. So, a few snippets about frankfurters plus baseball’s best stories so far this season. And I’m not talking Homer Bailey dropping the F-bomb in the post-game presser after his second no-no in […]

Sunday Morning Snap Shots: Bucs, Bikes, Brooklyn Basketball & More

Well, we now know for sure which school is going to be the dark horse come autumn in the World’s Greatest Football League. Vanderbilt Commodores, come on down. A loyal reader, a former Louisvillian who now resides in Music City, hipped me to the story early yesterday morning, before it hit the national wires. Four […]

Hernandez & Other Hump Day Harrumphs

 I had lunch today with my usual Wednesday noon compadres, this week at recently opened Sidebar, where the burgers as advertised are pretty damn good. There’s the usual array of casual food at a place right by the arena, with flatscreens all about, most tuned to sports channels. (Though one this noon was at the […]

Sunday Sports Shorts: Hoops, Pucks, Prodigal Sons & Daughters +

Just when I’ve gotten past my Hansbrough enmity — Thanks BirdMan Anderson — just when I’m ready to embrace a team with a Not Ready For Prime Time enfant terrible nicknamed “Born Ready,” just when I’m glorying in the reality that 2/3s of the Miami triumvirate are self destructing before my eyes, Roy Hibbert’s gotta […]