As you're probably aware of, ESPN laid off a bunch of familiar names today. Regardless of how you feel about the worldwide leader as a whole or the individuals involved, this was not an occasion to celebrate.
It's easy to think of athletes or the personalities covering them as characters in a massive TV show, but that's not the case. Empathy has become something of a lost art, but I would encourage you not to revel in the misery of a person you've probably never met. Also, looking at some of the names here -- Dana O'Neil, Brett McMurphy, C.L. Brown -- it's clear that a bulk of the cuts were made in the reporting department, and not in the hot-takey, debate show department. That's sad, and not the greatest of signs if you're looking toward the era ahead.
The Louisville baseball team is back in action tonight, taking on Northern Kentucky at 6 p.m. at Louisville Slugger Field. Tickets are five bucks, which is a small price to pay to see Brendan McKay, destroyer of worlds.
Eat it, VCU.
Louisville lacrosse player Brittany Read has been named the ACC Defender of the Week.
Mike Tirico is taking over for Tom Hammond as the voice of NBC's horse racing coverage.
This could have easily been written by a 45-year-old Kentucky fan.
A student from Greenup County this morning lol pic.twitter.com/3jLek48JQk— Derek Willis (@derek_willis33) April 25, 2017
Big-armed Miami quarterback Jack Allison is transferring.
More Camaros on playing fields.
Postel says he still has no idea what kind of "fix" Schnatter thinks that UofL Athletics needs.— Joe Sonka (@joesonka) April 26, 2017
Dion Waiters' feature for The Players Tribune was terrific.
I have been loving these tweets for a month now and firmly Team Patch (who has one eye) moving forward.
And in case you were wondering, "Patch" was "Patch" before he lost his eye.
Patch has confirmed.
CBS looks at the college basketball teams that have been most hurt and helped by early NBA Draft decisions, and lists Louisville as one of the biggest names still twisting in the wind.
Deng Adel, Donovan Mitchell are testing, while Jaylen Johnson is definitely gone. Louisville has an argument for the No. 1 spot in the polls heading into the season if Adel and Mitchell come back. Without them, the Cards are probably outside the top 15 for me. Rick Pitino hasn't had to deal with many freshmen and sophomores leaving early in recent years. Few teams are riding on more than Lousville with Adel and Mitchell (who could be a STAR next season).
The Wonders (or "Oneders") from "That Thing You Do" recently reunited to perform the movie's signature song and make Mrs. CC the happiest person on earth.
Some local media news.
The Courier-Journal will drop three-edition format (KY, IN, MT) and go to one single KY edition, starting May 5.— sheldon shafer (@sheldonshafer) April 26, 2017
Congrats to Josh Bellamy on being honored by the Bears with this year's Brian Piccolo Award.
Racing Dudes says these five horses -- including Patch ... who has one eye -- have no chance to win the Derby.
The best part of this Chinanu underhanded free-throw instructional video is him saying that he starts by "putting my hands on both sides of the ball like I'm about to shoot and underhand free-throw."
Hey, it's working for him.
.@HoustonRockets @RGVVipers @lifeofnanu_32 @ESPNU Onuaku, a @GoCards product, has made 116 of 157 (74%) free throw attempts during his rookie season with the @HoustonRockets & @RGVVipers pic.twitter.com/4TavEGBZjL— NBA D-League (@nbadleague) April 25, 2017
Dez Fitzpatrick is one of Stewart Mandel's 15 biggest breakout stars of spring practice.
It's that time again.
It's been exactly a year since Laremy Tunsil's phone got hacked and the subsequent revelations resulted in him falling to pick 13 in the NFL Draft and Ole Miss being investigated by the NCAA. We'll never know who did the hacking because none of the people involved, including Tunsil, want us to know.
This is probably the only thing that could make me wish for more conference realignment.
Adam Zagoria tackles the fallout from the closing of St. Anthony's.
Incoming U of L walk-on Jo Griffin from South Oldham is playing in the Kentuckiana All-Star game at Walden tonight. Tip for the boys game is at 7:45.
This video rules.
Welcome to Louisville!! The Home of THE Louisville Cardinals!! ⚪️⚫️ pic.twitter.com/5A5tCY9okn— Live Laugh Love! (@CoachField) April 25, 2017
U of L rugby has earned a spot in the national tournament for the first time ever, but they need your help getting there. Here's how you can help make their appearance happen.
Don't second guess yourself, buddy. State was correct.
Ballard baseball star and U of L commit Jordan Adell is trying to focus on his present, even though his future may entail being a top 10 pick in the MLB Draft.
Evvvvvverybody is about to start selling alcohol at games.
New Mexico made $143k in profit in first year of beer and wine sales to general admission fans in football & hoops: https://t.co/Tpp1fE4MjM— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) April 26, 2017
The Minnesota Vikings might still re-sign Teddy Bridgewater, but it looks like they're not willing to guarantee his 2018 salary.
Wright State grad transfer Mark Alstork talks about the recent interest that's been expressed in him by Louisville.
If Mitchell returns to school, Alstork likely will look elsewhere. But if Mitchell stays in the draft, major minutes open up at one of U of L's guard spots.
"We'll see how it goes," Alstork said. "They're not going to call me for no reason. I bet they'd have some sort of idea (of what Mitchell plans to do). They've had good success (with other graduate transfers like Trey Lewis and Damion Lee). I think it's a good situation. They have a position that I may fill."
Alstork averaged 19 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists this past season, earning All-Horizon League honors. As a redshirt sophomore, Alstork scored 12.4 points per game. He sat out the 2014-15 season after transferring to Wright State from Ball State, where he averaged 5.6 points per game in 30 contests.
He is a career 37.3-percent 3-point shooter. He scored 15 points at Penn State in December.
Alstork originally entered his name into the NBA draft pool, and he said he still plans to work out and receive feedback on his draft status. His name was included on the NBA's early entrant list that was released Tuesday.
He doesn't expect to make a college decision until mid-to-late May, though he said he would cut his list to six or seven schools in the coming days.
Bobby Petrino with a quick quote on how Lamar Jackson improved this spring.
Congratulations to U of L lacrosse standouts Hannah Koloski, Brittany Read and Meghan Siverson on being named All-ACC.
And finally, despite a pledge by U of L to contribute more money for the KFC Yum Center's debt, Mayor Greg Fischer says it's unlikely the city will end up lowering its maximum annual arena payment.