Special craft beer in works for Louisville alumni, fans

Special craft beer may be on the way for Louisville alumni and fans.

Some people are thinking outside the ivory tower on Belknap Campus.

The University of Louisville is actively entertaining the notion of a special blend of craft beer to be marketed to university alumni and young professionals at retail locations across the country.

Cardinal Brew?  L1C4 Special?  Griffith Gold? Russ Smith Lite?

Just a few names that come to mind for a craft beer that would be specifically marketed for UofL partisans. Lord knows, they love their beer.

The University has issued an official Request For Proposal for a “logoed” craft beer partnership. The partnership will be geared toward providing a craft beer with one of the retro logos from the university archive library.

The RFP states that the partnership does not include UofL athletics. However, the successful bidder will have an opportunity to explore pouring rights and additional university sponsorship marketing outside of the partnership. 

The deadline for responses to the RFP is Thursday, May 2. Applicants making the “short list” will be announced the week of May 6th, with proposer presentations scheduled May 20th and a Letter of Intent the week of June 3rd. The RFP notes that all dates are subject to change.

In support of the school’s commitment to reducing waste and “extraneous” use of natural resources, applicants were requested to submit their proposals on two-sided recycled paper containing 30% post-consumer waste. 

The RFP notes that the University has 141,000 “addressable” alumni. Also included are maps showing the heaviest concentrations of UofL alumni across the nation and in Kentucky and Indiana. The heaviest concentrations outside the region are in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City and Atlanta.

Make that a Cardinal Brew for this observer.

UofL fans get UK stadium to themselves in 18-6 romp

Photos by Jared Anderson

The University of Louisville was well represented in Lexington for the second game of the season between UofL and the University of Kentucky, with an estimated 400 to 500 fans throughout the stadium record crowd of 4,919 people.

Late in the game,  UK fans were really difficult to find with the Cardinals rolling to an 18-6 demolishing of the Wildcats. The win sealed a two-game sweep for UofL for the 2019 season, and Louisville’s 11th win over UK in the past 13 games.

The seventh-ranked Cardinals finished with a season-high 18 runs and 23 hits, improving their season record to 29-8. Freshman Alex Binelis would wind up with five hits, four runs batted in and scored four runs. Lavey, Snider and Logan Wyatt all had three hits.

UK held an early 5-1 lead after two innings before the Cardinal bats started connecting. The Cardinals tied the game up in the fourth on a two-out, two-run double off the bat of Lucas Dunn and Snider pushed them in front with a run-scoring single one pitch later. 

A slow, painful defeat for the Wildcats in a game that would last four hours and 14 minutes. But a perfect night for baseball at UK’s new Kentucky Proud Stadium, especially for Louisville fans. 



Jock Sutherland back with more from UofL broadcast days

Jock Sutherland

Catching up with Jock Sutherland, now in his 91st year. Still as funny as he ever was, recently recalling his days as a color commentator for University of Louisville basketball.

Jock never pretended to be a broadcaster, and today admits he would never have made it as a play-by-play man.

Jock and Van Vance were in Knoxville for the Dream Game in 1983 as the broadcast team for WHAS radio. There was static on the air and Vance ducked down under the table to work on the equipment, telling Jock to take it. “I told him I was not a play-by-play guy, but there was no other option,” said Jock. “I was awful. He told me I would never have to do that again.” 

Never a dull moment for Sutherland, the long-since retired sidekick of Vance on WHAS radio.  Together they were an unforgettable broadcast team for UofL basketball for more than 20 years.

Jock has had a busy year, getting with Van for their annual get-together and adding an electric chairlift so he can navigate the steps at his two-story house in Nicholasville.

Unfortunately his driving days are over, as a result of another motorist slamming into the side of his Chevy S-10 pickup truck. Fortunately Jock was not hurt but the pickup was beyond repair. Through with driving, he now relies on his wife Phyllis for transportation.

Phyllis is still working part-time four hours a day for the local board of education, reducing her hours so she can spend more time with Jock. “We’re there for each other,” she says. “He’s still a lot of fun to be with.”

Jock was recently interviewed again by film producers Renee Collins and Warren Cobb for Room 17 Productions about his experiences with Vance for the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History:

Jock Sutherland: The WHAS Broadcasting Years from Renee Collins on Vimeo.

Is Muffet more angry at men than disappointed in women?

Must be awful not to be a man, always a target of so much ongoing criticism.

Ann “Muffet” McGraw has all but suggested that her gender has an inferiority complex when it comes to the leadership roles men and women play generally in society. Expressing resentment that “men run the world, men have the power, men make the decisions.”

One has to wonder, however, what the coach of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team is really angry about — the prevalence of men who have embraced authority down through the years, or the comparative lack of women pursuing leadership positions.

McGraw decries the disparity, but she’s not very complimentary of women either, coming close to disparaging them for the shortcomings. “We don’t have enough female role models, we don’t have enough visible women leaders, we don’t have enough women in power,” she said during a recent press conference.

Before one labels her as a full-fledged man-hater, it should be noted she has been married to Matt McGraw for 42 years.  Their son Murphy was a fixture at many Notre Dame practices during his youth. 

She apparently believes the shortage is because of male dominance, criticizing men for allegedly not giving power to women. Yet in the next breath, the women’s basketball coach at Notre Dame would essentially do the same in reverse, saying she would no longer hire male assistants

One would have to conclude that McGraw would also be against hiring men as head coaches of women’s basketball teams. Despite the proven success of men like Geno Auriemma, winner of 11 national titles at UConn, or Jeff Walz, at the University of Louisville, with 11 NCAA appearances and three championship games in 12 seasons.

Missing out on coaches like Auriemma and Walz, who have earned the respect of their peers and players while sending numerous players to the professional ranks, would be a major blow to women’s basketball. 

McGraw, in her frustration with her perceived lack of progress, chooses to point fingers. She would do well to acknowledge how so many young women have benefitted from the commitment and dedication of male coaches.

She hurts her cause with constant criticism of the disparities, continuing to harange athletic directors and fellow coaches. The misplaced frustration and anger are not helpful to the sport, nor are they viable factors when it comes to hiring winning coaches.


Mallory’s already a senior, 3-time ACC Swimmer of the Year

Mallory Comerford is setting the standard for University of Louisville swimming and diving these days (UofL photo).

Let’s hear it for Mallory Comerford and the University of Louisville swimming and diving team. Smashing record after record.

Comerford, a senior, recently won her third consecutive ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Year honors after winning two titles at the NCAA Championships and three ACC Championships gold medals.

She is, in fact, the first women’s swimmer in ACC history to receive the distinction three times during her career.

Comerford won her third straight championship in the 200 freestyle, becoming the only Cardinal in history to win three titles in the same event. A day earlier, she captured her first 100 freestyle victory for a total of four career NCAA titles, matching Olympian Kelsi Worrell Dahlia with the most NCAA championships in program history.

By winning both the 100 and 200 freestyle, Comerford also became the first woman to accomplish the feat since Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce won both events at the 2006 NCAA Championships. The last person to secure victories in both freestyle distances was Louisville’s own Joao de Lucca at the 2014 Men’s NCAA Championships.

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Arthur Albiero has UofL men and women teams in the top five in NCAA competition (UofL photo).

Arthur Albiero, meanwhile, earned his second straight ACC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Cardinals to their first team trophy with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish in program history. 
The Cardinals’ 235 points at NCAA was also the highest total in school history, surpassing the 232 points from last year’s fifth place finish. In total, the Cards broke four program records, added five individual All-Americans in a combined eight events and had all-five relays earn All-American honors for the second straight year.