No Escape

Valentine’s Day. Forget about sports. A time to take the lady out to dinner. Like when the observer proposed to her a couple of decades or so ago on such a day.

Do it right, lobster, shrimp, crabs. Good chance to get terrible basketball games out of the system.  Is there a controversy surrounding the football staff. Nah, not for two or three hours any way.

Anyone you know?
Resemble anyone you know?

We take in a movie, “The International,” a recently released espionage story of intrigue and espionage involving an international bank gone bad. World leaders getting killed one after the other.

Hey, wait. That assassin looks familiar, someone very familiar. Who is that? Surely not. The mind is playing tricks on the observer. Mention the resemblance to my wife. Her eyes widen, she bends over laughing, despite my shushing, snickering the rest of the way.

The assassin is a dead ringer for Steve Kragthorpe, the University of Louisville football coach. The long forehead, the far away looks, the mannerisms, the voice, they’re all there in the character portrayed by Brian F. O’Byrne, who stars as The Consultant to his banker friends. He is involved in one of the bloodiest movie shootouts in recent memory

U of L football fans, especially the Kragthorpe haters, are hereby advised that the The Consultant will be a major distraction. What finally happens to him? Is there a happy ending? Just have to wait and see. Like Steve Kragthorpe, the movie will be around for a while.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

4 thoughts on “No Escape

  • February 14, 2009 at 9:50 am
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    Just a hopeless romantic, but an SK jolt of reality.

  • February 14, 2009 at 1:43 pm
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    LOL. He was also the priest in Clint Eastwood/Hilary Swank’s Million Dollar Baby. We have it on DVD, so I went back to check his scenes out. He is a dead ringer for Krags!

  • February 14, 2009 at 7:49 pm
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    You’re right Charlie – all but the horrible chin whiskers that SK grows when it’s football season….that guy does indeed look like him…..eeyew. ,o)

  • February 15, 2009 at 10:49 pm
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    An SK lookalike playing an assassin is nothing strange. Krag has already killed UofL football.

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