Just thinking about the big game in high school football at the old stadium tonight. . . I like Manual over Shelby County.
Where’s Lachlan?: We’re working on the story of the disappearance of Lachlan McLean from WHAS Radio. We know the sports talk show host is off the air, indefinitely. We suspect that he’s run afoul of the U of L athletics department, based on the content of his shows following the Cards’ losses to Kentucky and Syracuse. We wonder if the athletics administration at U of L, which has some influence in the content of sports programming on the station and chose to give priority to UK when games conflict this season, has anything to do with McLean’s absence. We wonder.
No WonTons for Me, Thanks: The timing must stink for the folks at Bristol. Right when celebrations of 30 years on Bardstown Road should be going down, the case of a pesky diner with cerebral palsy, who was asked to take his wontons out of sight, reared its ugly head. Talk about bad P.R. Then management made it worse, egging on demonstrators in a PR blunder of mass proportions. PageOne, the hardest-working show in the blog business, has the full story.
Bad, Meet Worse: I give credit to Tom Jurich for taking on the troubled Willie Williams. He’s going to take some heat, and the i-told-you-so crowd has new ammunition after Williams was caught cruising Broadway with a bag full of pot. But Jurich did the right thing in giving Williams the boot without so much as a meeting after his Wednesday arrest. There was no “Let’s let the courts work it out first,” as is the case with JaJuan Spillman. Williams, who tried to eat the evidence, was already on double-secret probation and knew he was in a one-strike and you’re out situation. Williams was a Jurich project. Spillman, who was charged with DUI and marijuana possession after being involved in an auto accident in January, has managed to get his court business moved to late November. On the surface, it seems, Spillman’s offense is worse, yet he continues to play for the Cards. But Spillman is a first-time offender, so maybe he deserves a break. A troubling end (maybe) to one of the worst stretches of football news at U of L.
Hoax on the Hoax Trial — Yesterday morning, the C-J’s Andrew Wolfson reported on the C-J’s Web site that a member of the jury in the Bullitt County/McDonald’s hoax trial had won the $61 million Powerball lottery. It had been known the ticket was sold in Bardstown, and Wolfson reported that the judge in the case, Tom McDonald, announced the news in court. But it turns out the juror was joking, but Wolfson had done with the story based on what he’d heard in court. The whole thing was a joke, probably something others in Bardstown were saying at their workplaces.
While Wolfson was writing a corrected story, which also said the winner had not been announced, at Noon, both WHAS Radio’s Paul Miles and WHAS-TV’s Mark Hebert, working on tips from Bardstown sources, were racing to the local NuKote plant, where the real winners were celebrating. They had the winners on their Noon newscasts. Again, here’s an example of the negative effects of the Internet age, where the race to publish pushes aside the necessity of fact-checking. The egg is on the C-J’s face.