Up and At ‘Em

Once every two months, we start the week with The ‘Ville Voice Breakfast of Champions. By holding the event at 7 on a Monday morning, we make sure guests really want to be there. Today we’re at the University Club listening to Dr. James Ramsey, the school president, and will let you know how that goes a little later.

Attention Local Advertisers: I’m talking to you — still spending your entire ad budget on print and broadcast media. Check out this NYTimes story on the shift in ad spending to blogs. And how blogs have to produce original content to stand out. You can call us to advertise here, you know. [NYTimes]

Hell, Yea, It’s Litter: Maybe advertisers paying to be in the C-J’s weekly ad supplements, delivered to non-subscribers, will see that their money is being wasted now that a federal judge has trashed its lawsuit against the Metro Council’s anti-littering ordinance. Judge Charles Simpson scoffed at the paper’s free speech argument, saying the ordinance only poses a financial challenge. In other words, it’s not OK to throw unsolicited ads in your yard. Good. [Courier-Journal]

Speaking of Wastes of Newsprint: Employing an unemployed “biz wiz” is just one of five sins that make Velocity a weekly waste of the five minutes you spend on it, according to Zach Everson’s piece. We could probably come up with more reasons. [Louisville.com]

Rebel, Rebel: U of L’s football team goes to Lexington Saturday at Noon to take on UK in what used to be a really big football game. We want to test these new Southeastern Conference rules against blogging from the stands. The league says it will try to enforce a new rule that says if you buy a ticket, you can’t publish images, video or descriptions of the game on blogs. So buy us two tickets, and we’ll break the rules, just to see. [New Rules]

Can’t Beat the Bulls: A great year for the Louisville Bats ended Sunday with a 5-3 loss in the deciding game of a five-game series to Durham.  [C-J]

Media Loses Again: Coach Billy Reed found us a bunch of ringers, but we still couldn’t beat the guys the Metro Council recruited in our charity game for The Healing Place Saturday. Kyle Draper kept us in it, and we didn’t lose nearly as badly as we did last year. The Council critters put David Tandy, Kevin Kramer and James Peden out there, who proved they can at least run up and down the floor.

So We Don’t Need that Money Any More? Raise your hand if you think the city-ordered furloughs, which would have saved $2 million a year, were a good idea.  Now Jerry Abramson says we don’t need ’em, so city employees will show up to work the day of the St. James Art Fair and Christmas Eve and Oaks Day and goof off. [Courier]