Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

Well, roll down the echoes! Ain’t the Golden Dome just a might shinier this week? And isn’t that John L’s scalp on the totem pole of tradition? Why, I do believe it is.

A blue dog seeing red: Baron Hill wants another shot in Indiana’s 9th District

Baron Hill: hugs a supporter at Democratic HQ in Jeffersonville. Hill, a former Congressman in Indiana's 9th District, is trying to reclaim the seat from one-term incumbent Republican Mike Sodrel. Photo by Angela ShoemakerFormer U.S. Congressman Baron Hill (D-Ind.) is fighting mad, and he wants you to do something about it. More precisely, he wants you to put him back in the same office that voters kicked him out of in 2004.

The sun shines bright on My Old Lebowski Home

image by Bill GreenIt is no exaggeration to say that the Coen Brothers’ film “The Big Lebowski” has become well-loved enough to have seeped into the popular culture. It also seems nearly certain that Lebowski Fest — the fan-launched convention celebrating the film — is rapidly soaking through the otherwise moribund summer entertainment scene.

Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

A reader wondered last week why I’m obsessed with Howard Schnellenberger. Then Louisville battered Miami in the battle between two of his former teams. The Schnell on the victors: “It’s a great, great thing to have a new football program emerge on the national football hierarchy, particularly one that has such a fairy-tale story.” That’s why I love this pigskin poet. So this week I’m on a collision course with all Schnell all the time.

City Strobe: Please, enough with the negativity

As surely as the leaves turn in fall, Republicans in Louisville’s TV market have begun anew their negative campaign offensives. 3rd District U.S. Rep. Anne Northup launched an ad last week attacking Democratic contender and LEO founder John Yarmuth (who no longer has ties to the newspaper) for what her campaign calls a change in position on the gas tax and the senior prescription drug program. The ad ends with this contention: “Either John Yarmuth doesn’t know his own positions, or he’ll say anything to get elected,” and it compares Yarmuth’s most current TV ad (he has released two so far, both focused on issues and neither of which mentions Northup) to his LEO editorials.

Denny Crum is still into The Cards: Coach shares his secrets to success on the court and at the poker table

When he’s at the poker table: Denny Crum employs a lot of the same philosophies that set him apart during his Hall-of-Fame coaching career. This photo was taken last fall during the 2005 World Series of Poker at Caesars Indiana. Photo by Eric HarkinsThough he may be retired from coaching college basketball, Denny Crum remains a passionate competitor. These days, he’s often found battling across the green felt of a poker table, whether playing the World Series of Poker or in the poker room at Caesars Indiana, where the Denny Crum Poker Open tournament is running this week.


Tyler Allen and J.C. Stites don’t fit the image of rabble-rousers, but the bright and energetic young Louisvillians have stirred up a few things with their concept for redesigning Interstate 64 along the Ohio River. You may have seen the signs or heard the phrase, but do you really know much about 8664? If you’re curious, turn to Stephen George’s cover story, which frames the issue in political and philosophical terms, and ultimately asks why Louisville can’t find a way to consider this Big Idea.
—Cary Stemle, editor

Have you driven an economy lately?: Ford cuts miss Louisville, but we’re not done with the gas-guzzler blues

A deep sigh of relief accompanied last week’s announcement that Ford Motor Co. would spare the Louisville Assembly Plant and Kentucky Truck Plant from the latest flourish of the blade, both from city leaders and the families of the 8,719 people who work at the two Louisville plants.

In the spirit of Barry Jr.: Bingham handpicked rare French oratorio for Saturday’s free memorial concert

Right off hand, the musical selection for the Barry Bingham Jr. Memorial Concert this Saturday at Comstock Hall might not sound inspiring, as it includes an obscure work, which could bring every chance of putting the audience to sleep.

Killing the king: Too much, too hard leaves new ‘All the King’s Men’ in pieces

The novel “All the King’s Men,” written in 1946 by Kentucky-born author Robert Penn Warren, is a profound and timeless piece of work. It’s already been the subject of a 1949 Hollywood film that, unfortunately, was better executed than the new version that hits screens Friday. To find out more about the new version’s flaws, turn to Joseph Grove’s cover essay on page 14. —Cary Stemle, editor