Columnist Rick Bozich uses a lot of ink in his most recent Courier-Journal column bemoaning the fact that Brian Brohm lost millions of dollars in opting to play football at the University of Louisville rather than making himself available to the National Football League.
We know how much money he sacrificed because the Cardinals sagged from a preseason top-20 team to one that lost half of its 12 games and was ignored at bowl time.
Minimum loss to Brohm: $7 million.
Worst-case loss: $33 million.
Spare us your false concern, Rick. The topic makes for good column material, practically writes itself. But as much as this observer appreciates the value of cash, there are some things in life much more important.
Brian Brohm turned down scholarship offers from the universities of Tennessee and Notre Dame, half a dozen other traditional football powers and one mediocre program down the road to play at U of L. It was his lifetime dream, playing in front of the hometown fans. At one point, he was one half of football away from leading U of L to being the No. 1-ranked team in the land.
Brohm also led the Cards to an 11-1 season in 2007, including a win in the Orange Bowl and the schoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first Bowl Championship Series victory in history.
Faced with the challenge of possibly leading U of L to a national championship in 2008 and an early entry into the NFL, the choice was obvious for Brohm Ã¢â‚¬â€œ return to the University of Louisville.
Anyone doubt Brian Brohm would make the same decision all over again?
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Schedule Widget Ã¢â‚¬â€œ A big thanks to Alvin Kreitman for the UofL football schedule widget, which should automatically update during the season. He has made the widget available in both desktop and blog formats for all major football programs across the country on his web site, where the Louisville schedule is prominently displayed. He reports that the widget has been downloaded more than 16,000 times.
A native Louisvillian, Kreitman currently resides in Charlotte with his wife Jayme and two youngsters, Eran and Cailey. He grew up in Louisville and attended the University of Louisville from 1981-1986. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a fan of UofL sports since he was very young. He recalls going to basketball games Ã¢â‚¬Å“back when Butch Beard, Wes Unseld, and Junior Bridgeman were the stars — and Lee Corso wasn’t nearly as annoying as he is now.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He is employed as Director of Emerging Technologies by the American City Business Journals in Charlotte NC – which is the parent company of Louisville’s Business First newspaper (along with many other business journals). ACB also owns The Sporting News, Street & Smiths, and many other publications along with their online brands.
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Moving Tailgate Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ditchball reports that Rick & JeffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s popular tailgating group is moving its football feasts from the Green Lot to the property owned by Whip Mix, which is located half way between Floyd St. and Crittenden Drive between Boxley Ave (Cardinal Inn street) and Central Ave., parallel with the Red Lot, north of Central Avenue. The cost is $10 for parking. You can call 807-7531 for more details.