Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared on late night Sportscenter with his longtime friend Kenny Mayne. It was mostly a chance for Rodgers to celebrate Mayne's quirky legacy on his final ESPN broadcast. The NFL MVP gushed over Mayne's clever swerves from traditional sports broadcasting to add a dimension of snark and cynicism to ESPN's signature show. Rodgers fielded tough questions about his sartorial choices at the Kentucky Derby and his upcoming wedding. Oh, and that little matter about whether Aaron Rodgers will show up for work in Green Bay finally popped up at 7:23 into the interview. Aaron is keeping it coy but it sounds as though he wants to play elsewhere. The problems for Rodgers are (1) he has a
.@VonMiller started building his own chicken farm back in college.Lately he's wanted to build another one ... in our offices. pic.twitter.com/PvqGoaUVeR— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 1, 2018 Meanwhile, University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino is under fire for his ineptitude in the closing minutes of a guaranteed win against conference rival Florida State. Oops. To add insult to injury, the Tallahassee newspaper still calls it Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Double oops.
Got invited back on Outside the Lines. Once again, I appreciate getting to represent the city of Louisville on these ESPN updates on UofL's meltdown. This time the matter at hand was Tom Jurich's reaction to the scathing termination letter sent by Dr. Greg Postel. Per usual, I was marginally lucid. Dude, I'm trying to cram a lot into a tight space.
Here's Rick Pitino's first interview after being fired this week as head coach of the University of Louisville men's basketball team. Pitino lawyer Steve Pence promised a bare knuckle fight if his client were to be fired. So far they've sued apparel company adidas for alleged damage to Pitino's reputation. No legal action has yet been filed against the University of Louisville. With David Padgett now in charge of the Louisville basketball team, all university employees associated with the program have been ordered by the school to have no contact with Pitino. Rick has many detractors who are not necessarily Kentucky fans. Yahoo sports columnist Dan Wetzel isn't buying a thing he watched in Pitino's interview. Thanks for that, Danny Downer. True
The University of Louisville Cardinals football team blasted #2 ranked Florida State in one of Louisville's biggest victories ever. It will move the #10 Cardinals closer to the top of the rankings and solidifies its presence as an ACC football power. The new AP Poll bounced Louisville up to #3 behind Alabama and Ohio State. Watch the entire game in 25 minutes (two videos). Now Louisville is part of the national championship playoff conversation. Special helmet stickers honored Louisville's beloved son Muhammad Ali, who passed away in June. Our family was in Cardinal heaven. UofL dominated the entire game. ESPN's College GameDay show originated from the game. Students lined up starting at 4 am for the nine o'clock show. It
Chance the Rapper gave a beautiful performance in honoring Muhammad Ali at the ESPY awards. That was terrific. But the greatest of all time component of this post involves the Green Bay Packers tandem of Rodgers-to-Rodgers. Aaron and Richard, both Rodgers, won the ESPY for Play of the Year for their incredible Hail Mary pass and catch after the play clock expired The Packers stunned the Detroit Lions. Sweet.
University of Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino broke his silence on the sex scandal involving recruits and prostitutes meeting in the school dorm named after his late brother-in-law. He's angry about media coverage given to an author whose storyline has been shown to have credibility issues. Pitino also says that "one person" (former assistant Andre McGee) probably did arrange some trysts and the head coach is baffled by the violations. WDRB columnist Rick Bozich defended his previous columns that Pitino referenced above. Here is part two with Pitino. January 1, 2016 Two months ago after Rick Pitino appeared in a tense interview on my radio show, I appeared on ESPN's Outside the Lines in defense of Pitino, saying
I appreciate the invitation to offer my thoughts on the University of Louisville's prostitution scandal to host Bob Ley on ESPN's "Outside the Lines." It was best "choke a bro" pantomime ever.
We had an excellent Q&A session with ESPN College Game Day star Kirk Herbstreit at the downtown Marriott. Kirk was funny, candid, and talked of his love for the growth of the game at Louisville and Kentucky. The luncheon was a benefit for The Parklands of Floyd's Fork. (photo by John Nation)