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In Other News…Good times and bad for UofL, ‘Hunger Games’ at halftime, and The Science Guy


Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater

It was the Best of Times: Your Louisville fighting football Cardinals won the big Russell Athletic Bowl on Saturday, ruffling the feathers of the Miami Hurricanes by a score of 36-9. Breakdown at ESPN.

Mr. Awesome, #5, Teddy Bridgewater threw for 447 yards, the best day of his career.

We mentioned last week that Bridgewater would likely go pro next year. This is what he said after the game on Saturday.

“I’m not setting any type of date or time frame. January 15, you have to make a decision, so I’m going to sit down, talk with my mom, talk with my coaches and talk to some of my mentors and just go from there. Right now, this moment is all about the team.”

And then on Wednesday, he said he’s going pro, according to ESPN, Sports Illustrated, SportingNews, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, Yahoo!, USA Today and any news site that talks about sports even a little.

Sometimes you don’t need to use all the time allotted. says he has all the tools to be “the next great NFL QB,” and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King looks at the future star’s intangibles, which shouldn’t be visible, by definition.

That quote up there about his mother? TMZ—not a source we see a lot of—reports that agents are after her to get an inside track on signing her son, but she’s not having it.

You can relive highlights from his college career at Bleacher Report, including this one:

It was the Worst of Times: Well, at least for fans of your battling basketball Cardinals, who lost to instate rival University of Kentucky, 73-66, according to Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post and ESPN.

I realize that there are Kentucky fans who are “In Other News…” readers and you’re all very happy with yourselves and that’s fine. But I’m writing as a homer, so, you know, I don’t even want to talk about it.

I just don’t.


The Pitino Tattoo one last time, by reader request

And if losing the game wasn’t enough, Louisville suffered some off-the-court troubles this week as well.

My long-lost cousin Kevin Ware and Chane Behanan are gone for the season, says ESPN.

You may recall that back in March, Ware suffered one of the most horrific injuries in sports history. He re-injured the leg again in December and it looks like that’s still bothering him. He’s likely to redshirt, which is the college sports equivalent of saving you for later.

Behanan was suspended for violating university policy again and for the last time. Reports from ESPN, USA Today and CBS Sports say he’s going to get help from former NBA player, John Lucas. Lucas runs a drug and alcohol program in Houston, so it looks like we might have an idea what the university violations were.

I’ve read quite a bit on this that’s kind of nasty and in the vain of “what do you expect?”

I don’t know. Compassion?

Addiction is a cruel and powerful thing. Congratulations to Chane for seeking help. Be well. Better days are ahead.

Josh Hutcherson

Josh Hutcherson

And May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor: And that brings us to a certain “Hunger Games” star from Kentucky.

Nope. The other one.

Josh Hutcherson of Union, Kentucky—Peeta, in the series—is a huge Widcat fan, and during halftime of the big game, cheerleaders escorted him out onto the court to be the “Y” in Kentucky.

ABC News, E!, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and Celebuzz report that UK fans returned the favor, giving the star the three-fingered Mockingjay salute from the books and movies.



What’s that, you say, “Hunger Games” fan? That is not the Mockingjay salute, but the District 12 salute? All of those news outlets got it wrong?

You’re right.

The people of District 12 do not clap; instead, they are silent. They then give Katniss the three-fingered salute of the district, a gesture rarely used, meaning thanks, admiration, and good-bye to a loved one.


Congratulations to Wetpaint, People, Moviefone and Crushable for getting it right. To be fair, that’s probably part of the interview process at Crushable.

Ken Ham and Bill Nye

Ken Ham and Bill Nye

Man of Science: Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is coming to the Creation Museum to debate the beginnings of life with Ken Ham, the museum’s founder, according to NBC News and the Associated Press (via The Washington Post).

Last year, Nye criticized Creationists in this video, saying to teach it is bad for children:

Ken Ham responded with a video of his own:

Ham reached out to Nye for a debate; Nye accepted.

Says Ham:

“Having the opportunity to hold a cordial but spirited debate with such a well-known personality who is admired by so many young people will help bring the creation-evolution issue to the attention of many more people, including youngsters.”

The debate, asking, “Is creation a viable model of origins?” will be held on February 4, 2014 at 7p.m. You can visit answersingenesis for more information or to reserve your tickets.

“…And Some Have Greatness Thrust Upon Them”: I think I’ve name-dropped our good friends at The Bard’s Town a dozen times over the last month or two. If you haven’t been by for dinner, theatre, music, comedy, trivia or whatever suits your royal fancy by now, what’s it going to take? A mention on Bon Appetit’s list of “12 Literary Themed Restaurants?”

Because now they have one.

Say “hi” for me.

Happy New Year!:  So what do you do for New Year’s if you’re Jennifer Lawrence? No idea. But a few days before on December 29, you might go out with your it-sure-looks-like-they’re-back-together boyfriend, Nicholas Hoult, according to ABC News.

The two spent some time in England over the holiday and stopped in the Jekyll and Hyde Pub, I assume to eat something.

Their server told ABC News:

“They were really lovely. A really nice table.”

Emma Morris, the owner’s daughter, tweeted:

“This is the happiest day of my life. What are the f–king chances of Jennifer Lawrence eating at my pub?”

Odds are pretty good, it would seem.

And then she posted this photo:

Standing: Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Morris. Seated, girl who does not seem to like any of the people standing.

Standing: Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Morris. Seated, girl who does not seem to like any of the people standing.

Emma is the one who actually looks like she wants to be there.


Before I go, two things:

If you haven’t already, wander by the “Mighty In Other News…Year in Review” from Wednesday.

I don’t know what “Around the Web” ads you have running for you today, but earlier there was a link giving tips to women how to flirt with men. And it said things like, “smile at him,” and “look nice.”

And so: yes. We sometimes are that basic. But you don’t want us to think that just because you look nice that you’re interested; that’s just good grooming and self-care, is all. And there are more effective and direct methods to tell us the game’s afoot anyway. That’s a generalization of course. Some of us are savvy; others you’re just going to have to say it outright.

For me, when a woman kisses me, I think there might be something happening. It’s still not a guarantee, but I like my odds. But I’ve always had a keen awareness of subtlety and nuance.

But all this brings me to my new public campaign for 2014, for which the mighty “In Other News…” column can provide a platform: Insider Louisville Advice Column (working title), written anonymously (by me).

Our new head honcho, Sarah—who is also well groomed and doesn’t mean anything by it; she’s taken—wasn’t here for my 2013 campaign to cover all the Cardinal home games. I carried that flag for about 8 weeks or so until the Rutgers game happened and I finally saw which way the wind was blowing on that one.

Keen awareness.

So I figure new year, new boss…

And I’d take it seriously.

I would.

See you next week.




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