Mick Cronin had to do a double take when he read the U of L-Iona game story, especially the part about when Rick Pitino presented a Rolex watch to Kevin Willard. Always playing mind games that Pitino. Also a former U of L assistant, Cronin probably figures Pitino ran out of the Christmas spirit with that gift. But you never know with Pitino.
Watch or no watch, Cronin will have his Cincinnati team wound up for the Louisville game. The Bearcats have a 5-7 won-lost record but they challenged Memphis, North Carolina State and Xavier before losing. The Mick has yet to establish his credentials as a head coach; a win over Louisville would go a long way with UC fans.
The Cards hold a 51-38 edge in the all-time series between the teams.
Fitting end to a rotten football season, watching Kentucky play a bowl game against a team missing 36 players. UK fans masquerading as having a clue about football. Florida State quarterback wasting all kinds of opportunities. The great news is that leading tackler Wesley Woodyard will be gone next season.
Watching David Padgett walk on the basketball court in his black suit to the sideline is a difficult scene. He walks slowly, as if trying to mask the pain. Yet he’s among the first off the bench during timeouts, encouraging, clapping, slapping backs. No crutches for him. His personal rehab regime doesn’t allow for them.
Padgett is used to pain, having undergone five operations on his knees in the last three years. Even more painful, he says, is watching the games from the sidelines, his teammates struggling in his absence.
He has made it known to Rick Pitino and the doctors that he wants to return to action. Padgett is coming back, he will be playing with pain, and he will be putting a possible pro basketball future at risk. He wants to complete his senior year at the University of Louisville whether he ever plays basketball again.
Don’t know how effective David Padgett will be as a player when he returns but his example should inspire his teammates. Despite the wobbly start for this basketball team, there remains a great deal of unrealized potential and talent. Up to now, the play has been methodical, almost mechanical, almost as if just going through the motions.
Padgett is willing to risk everything for this team. Look to David, guys, if you need motivation.
What’s the hurry with the Louisville Metro Council holding special sessions to pass a new smoking ban ordinance? This would have been the perfect opportunity for Council members to examine the impact of a ban on local businesses.
Business is way down at most bars and taverns, an alarming number of them in danger of closing their doors. The reprieve by the court in striking down the old ordinance was probably the only thing that saved some of them.
Yet Councilman Kelly Downard says the ban has not driven anybody out of business. That may be true, Kelly, but it’s only a matter of time. You don’t hear about it from The Courier-Journal because reporting business failures would contradict the editorial page. The TV stations are either lazy or short staffed. Council members wouldn’t want to admit a mistake.
Downard displayed the worst qualities of a politician during the three-year debate on indoor smoking. Playing palsy with the bar owners on one hand and selling the businesses out on the other.
Why not use this time to measure the actual effects of the ban on businesses? The city’s profits are falling far short of expectations. Granted, the tax revenue from bars and taverns is not the only factor but the smoking ban is THE reason tax proceeds have slowed at local nightspots. Which is more logical? Allowing smoking and risking a minimal health effect or banning smoking and putting customers and employees out on the street?
One thing for sure is that all the smoking ban advocates who promised to go to bars if they went smoke free have not made good on their promises. No surprise there since they were fabricating so many “facts” in their rush to a ban.