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Stamina Required for Derby Week

April 27th, 2009 by admin · 4 Comments

We feel like we just ran the Mini, but the week ahead requires extra stamina. As if it were a full week of weekend. And if you’re working, you know to get everything done early this week, because nothing gets accomplished around here Thursday and Friday. Commonwealth’s attorney’s office staffers get the whole week off…furloughed.

Saturday we were amazed at the crowd at Captains Quarters for Mark Hebert’s going-away party, a bash attended by news personnel from every local station, ex-TV folks and even a Congressman.

We’ve got plenty of catching up to do on news, like the Sypher arrest, the C-J’s latest odd story on PRP football, and the continued inefficiency of Metro Corrections. And we’ll be talking this week about our Derby activities.

So let’s get this party started, beginning with….

Out of the Can, Sort Of: Some of that infamous interview with Karen Sypher made it into a Fox41 story over the weekend, after the FBI charged her. She claims Pitino asked her for a list of demands, and that he was prepared to give her $100,000 and leave Louisville to go to the Phoenix Suns. So she and her mother want the public to believe Pitino was asking for the list of demands. There’s still plenty of tape, the station says, that it won’t air until the charges become part of the public record. [Fox41]

Louisville Goes GQ: The odds-on favorite as the sentimental choice in the Derby is General Quarters, whose 75-year-old owner may have been your high school principal at Seneca, Durrett or Valley. Tom McCarthy’s farm is out on Watterson Trail. Seasoned writers desperately want this horse to win so they’ll have a tear-jerker to write, and every major media outlet in the U.S. is profiling McCarthy. [BillyReedSays]

Dancing Celebs: OK, Patti Swope’s turn on the dance floor for the Louisville Orchestra’s Dancing with Stars benefit blew us away.  No wonder she won. Media diva Leesa Mitchell got the most votes on the C-J’s poll. And Barry Bernson — we’re impressed with you, too. Watch the videos. [Courier]

It’s Valerie Bertinelli!: She recently showed up in a bikini on the cover of People after dropping 80 pounds. Which qualifies her as the perfect B-List celeb irresistable to Derby Eve party organizers.  Yes, we’re bothered that the parties pay these people to show up, but the Mint Jubilee has compiled an impressive guest list. [Courier]

If You Recruit a Weather Guy from an Augusta, Ga. TV station:  Then he’ll naturally qualify for the finals in the Derby Hole-in-One competition. [WHAS-TV]

Today’s Bad News for Bunning: Joe Gerth points out in this morning’s C-J that the cash Jim Bunning has on hand may be even less than it seems, if he still has to pay his polling firm $20K. And that he paid his daughter, the campaign treasurer, as much as the entire campaign brought in during the first quarter. [Gerth]

Tags: Art · Celebrity · Contests · Courier-Journal · Ethics · John Yarmuth · Kentucky Derby · Senate Race · University of Louisville · Weather

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 David Harpe // Apr 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Not a big surprise that Patti Swope was good…she’s had plenty of practice on the CJ homepage.

  • 2 Heather // Apr 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Just to clarify on the Dancing with the Stars event. Patty Swope won the people’s choice award, but Brian Heil (who is a coordinator for Louisville Uncorked) actually won the votes from the judges. It was a great time, and Rick, you should dance next year…

  • 3 Ben Pine // Apr 27, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks guys! I’ll hold a press conference if I win the million :)

    I got a chance to play Seneca for the first time today, hit a few extra shots on # 8. No hole in one…yet.

    You know, pro golfer Lee Travino was struck by lightning in a tournament in 1975, if he can be that unlucky, perhaps, I can be equally lucky.

  • 4 Erikd // May 7, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Leesa Mitchell and Francisco Valenzuela won the CJ People’s choice? They sizzled on the dance floor, but the CJ hasn’t printed the results yet. The Derby’s been over for days. What’s up with that?
    ED

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