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In Other News… Cards vs. Cats, Paul’s Festivus, Lawrence at Kosair

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Kentucky’s John Calipari and Louisville’s Rick Pitino

Game On!: Boy howdy, if you’re a fan of your regional sports teams even a little bit, tomorrow is your day.

We start in Lexington. Rupp Arena. 4 p.m. EST. Your Louisville battling basketball Cardinals versus the Wildcats of Kentucky, also yours.

The outcome of this game will determine human and inter-species relations in the state of Kentucky for the next year, as families, friends, co-workers, lovers and neighbors will turn on each other. Total strangers will tell you you’re a worthless human being based on nothing more than the logo on your T-shirt. Like an intrastate civil war of sorts, except it only lasts a couple hours and no one gets hurt. Well, sometimes people get hurt.

Not even a hint of hyperbole.

Our own Kevin Gibson talked about the rivalry yesterday. If you’re not from around these parts, the simplest way to put it: It’s kind of a big deal.

Bleacher Report has a preview for the big game; they predict the final score: Louisville 75, Kentucky 72. ESPN’s Seth Greenberg breaks it down here.

Now to balance the hype of the opener with a trio of killjoys:

USA Today doesn’t think either team is proven yet, neither with a win over a big team, making tomorrow’s game a test for both.

FanSided says the old rivalry doesn’t have the zing it once did. The thesis being that with modern-day recruiting, the players no longer hail from the state and thus the passion isn’t really there.

Cue wet blanket No. 3: My long-lost cousin, Kevin Ware, who went to high school in Georgia, says the whole thing is played out, according to CBS Sports. Says Ware:

“It gets old; it’s boring. It’s just another game. Nobody’s from here except a couple guys on the team. We really don’t get into the whole UK-Louisville rivalry. It’s just another game for us…we really don’t care that Kentucky exists.”

So maybe a hint of hyperbole at the beginning. Not by much, mind you.

Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater

Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater

Another Game On!: Next up. Orlando Florida. The Russell Athletic Bowl. 6:45 p.m. EST. Your Louisville fighting football Cardinals take on the Miami Hurricanes.

Bleacher Report once again has a preview and once again predicts a Cardinal victory, 31-21.

I have to say, I haven’t always been so crazy about Bleacher Report, but they’re growing on me now. I don’t know why.

Cardinal fans and regular “In Other News…” readers know that the focus of the game, on and off the field, is as it always is: Mr. Awesome, #5, Teddy Bridgewater.  The Miami Herald says stopping him is the only way the Hurricanes have a chance. That’s selling a very good Cardinal defense a little short, as The Kansas City Star suggests, but there’s no question Bridgewater is the kind of talent that deserves that kind of respect and attention.

USA Today says he should and will go pro this season. Our own Mark Coomes said the same thing earlier this week when he profiled Bridgewater. And he already has his degree, so no reason to risk it. FanSideded’s mock draft predicts he’ll be the No. 1 pick and a Houston Texan.

You’ll note that’s my second throw to our writers. That’s a sign of two things: 1) I can play well with others, and 2) we’re building kind of a badass team over the last little bit.

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Senator Rand Paul

The Holiday for the Rest of Us: You know who we haven’t really talked about in a good minute? Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul.

Apparently the senator is a fan of “Seinfeld” and took to Twitter on Monday as part of the “Airing of Grievances” portion of Festivus, reports Salon, Politico, TIME, The Washington PostCNN, CBS News and The Huffington Post.

According to the sitcom’s lore, Festivus—the holiday for the rest of us—is an anti-consumerism alternative to Christmas, celebrated on Dec. 23. You start with the “Airing of Grievances” and end with “Feats of Strength.”

Paul’s grievances? Mostly to do with differences in political ideologies with his Washington counterparts. He takes on Senate procedures and negotiations, the Federal Reserve, his parking space, his staff’s criticism of his turtlenecks and more, until finally, Cory Booker challenges him to “Feats of Strength” on the Senate floor.

The Salon piece above is fairly comprehensive if you want to see it all.

Breitbart says Seinfeld writer Dan O’Keefe took a jab at Sen. Paul. “When Rand Paul tries to seem relevant with 15-year-old pop cultural references,” said O’Keefe, “it reminds me of when Bob Hope used to dress up as the Fonz, but that’s just me.”

And this is twice now that a 15-year-old show has landed in the mighty “In Other News…” column.

Turns out Festivus was an honest-to-goodness O’Keefe family holiday, created by Dan O’Keefe Sr. and co-opted for Seinfeld, as chronicled in 2005’s “The Real Festivus.”

Cheerio: BBC America profiled Louisville’s inner Anglophile recently, with “10 British Things About Louisville, KY.” It’s a good list that includes our friends at Kentucky Shakespeare, Frazier History Museum and The Alley Theatre’s tribute to Doctors Who and Seuss.

Here’s the full list:

1. British Film Series, The Sister Cities of Louisville
2. British Custom Tailors
3. “All the WHOs in Whoville,” The Alley Theatre
4. Louisville British Sports Car Club
5. Royal Armories, The Frazier History Museum
6. Pop-up British Consulate
7. Sisters Tea Parlor
8. Kentucky Shakespeare
9. Scottish Terrier Club of Louisville
10. Scottish Society of Louisville

Not too bad. The comments section yield’s even more British invasions of the River City, such as Abbey Road on the River and the Jane Austen Festival at Locust Grove. And of course, there’s our Shakespeare-themed Louisville hot spot, our friends The Bard’s Town.

Last Call: You know, we love popping up on these lists of top cities. This one could be dubious or a point of pride, depending on one’s point of view. Market Wired posted a survey from RealAge that names Louisville one of the heaviest-drinking cities in America: No. 7 for women; No. 2 for men. I think I know a lot of those people.

Here’s your list:

10 Heaviest-Drinking Cities in America
For Women For Men
1. Memphis, Tenn. Knoxville, Tenn.
2. Salt Lake City Louisville, Ky.
3. Jacksonville. Fla. Greenville, S.C.
4. Knoxville, Tenn. Oklahoma City
5. Columbus, Ohio Portland, Ore.
6. Greenville, S.C. Greensboro, N.C.
7. Louisville, Ky. Jacksonville, Fla.
8. Raleigh, N.C. Las Vegas
9. Cincinnati Cincinnati
10. Oklahoma City Nashville, Tenn.

Four different Tennessee cities make the list. What’s going on down there, do you think? Other than people realizing they’re in Tennessee?

Thanks to Melissa for the tip.

UPS

UPS

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: According to the Los Angeles Times, holiday online sales were up yet again this year. Amazon, the Goliath of online retail, had its biggest year ever.

But combine that surge with some bad weather and last-minute shoppers, and well, that could produce the perfect Christmas storm: a glut of packages coming through during such a narrow window of time that Santa himself would be hard-pressed to get them under the tree on schedule.

The Wall Street Journal, CNN, U.S. News on NBC, Chicago Tribune and Businessweek report that the rush caught UPS off guard, and that the Louisville hub in particular sorted packages throughout Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to try to catch up.

USA Today says they are still catching up.

Amazon says its fulfillment centers handled the load just fine; there are 12 of those in Kentucky, according to outright.com, more than in any other state. Still, The Washington Post and Reuters say Amazon is making amends to its customers with $20 gift cards and shipping refunds.

The Boston Herald is already looking ahead with advice on how to avoid this whole mess next year.

Spirit of the Season: On Monday, I received a tip by text, along with this photo:

Jennifer Lawrence at Kosair Children's Hospital

Jennifer Lawrence at Kosair Children’s Hospital

Jennifer Lawrence was not only in town for the holidays, but had dropped by Kosair Children’s Hospital, spreading a little cheer to the patients, families and staff.  Later this week, Jezebel, Starpulse, Hollywood Take and E! picked up the story.

As best they could, anyway.

Cynics in the comments sections were quick to suggest that this was all a publicity stunt, as celebrities are wont to do.

Except no one knew she was coming. And the only photos in circulation are coming from the Twitter accounts of families and staff. So. It just might be that she was doing a good thing while she was home. That seems probable.

Thanks to Beth for the tip. She managed to out scoop E!, the news network that seems to have field reporters devoted solely to covering what Jennifer Lawrence is eating on a given night.

Speaking of, I love getting tips, be it for this little corner of Insider Louisville or story ideas. And if you have one, by golly, I couldn’t be easier to find, what with all my information just sitting there at the bottom of the column along with the comments section. I’m just putting that out there. And I don’t want to flatter you too much, but I do like hearing from you.

There. I’ve said it. Anyway. I don’t mean to get all soft on you. It’s just the holidays, is all.

We’ll be doing a “Best of In Other News…” or some sort of year in review next week, so be on the lookout for that.

Happy 2014 to you. I think it’s going to be our year.

See you next week.
kyle@insiderlouisville.com
@Kyle_Ware

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