Rumor & Innuendo: Rumblings From the World of Sports

Was it me, or was something missing on NCAA Selection Sunday? Oh, yeah, the sun. And any mention of the University of Louisville Cardinals. Hmmmmm!That schedule thang. U of L played only one non-conference team that is dancing. Can you spell UK? And the Cards only beat one NCAA team — Marquette. Pitiful.

Foaming in the gloaming

Competition consumes the Capitol under the twilight of every session as lawmakers, lobbyists and stakeholders plot to muscle bills beyond the legislative bottleneck that paralyzes, then suffocates, measures great and small. It’s been a strangely quiet yet quirky session in the Senate. A string of illnesses, deaths and surgeries among senators and their parents seemed to complete the maturation of a chamber rife with strife only a few sessions ago. The institution continues its plunge into adulthood by muting the partisan feuding and substituting a more bipartisan approach.

Doc Naismith’s best bets, and some OK Tourney News

by Bill DoolittleIf the Louisville Cardinals had to skip an NCAA basketball tournament, this was probably the one to miss. 2006 looks like a very big Blue Year. All four No. 1 seeds — Duke, Villanova, Connecticut and Memphis — wear blue. And Kentucky, too.

Who would have ever thunk it?

Denny and Joe B. Hall are knocking ’em dead in the radio ratings departmentBy Matt WillingerSome say it’s sports talk of a refreshingly different sort. Others say it only proves that in Kentucky, anything to do with the basketball fortunes of the Cats and the Cards will have an audience. But everybody has to admit that the popularity of “The Joe B. & Denny Show, ” heard locally each weekday from 10 a.m. to noon on 790-AM, is a bigger upset than anything that will happen in this month’s NCAA basketball tournament.

Beware those suffering Boobus Hoopus Americanus

Spotting this species is like obscenity...You’ll know it when you see itGood morning, students, and welcome to the Vitale Institute of Basketball Insanity. Today we are going to discuss the species known as the fan, identified in your textbooks under the generic name, Boobus Hoopus Americanus.

It’s Welch, without a surprise

To a tenderfoot, the jovial mood in Metro Council chambers before the March 1 interview session for those hoping to fill Democrat Ron Weston’s vacant 13th district seat would’ve seemed unusual. Considering the business of the day, one might think all the smiling was, well, weird. The sun was out and it felt like spring that day, but otherwise, the Council was facing an important — if somewhat controversial — task.

Lofty challenge

Clifton Lofts were controversial, but they need love nowBy MICHAEL A. LINDENBERGER

A season late, a basket short

U of L can retire its dancin’ shoes for another yearSometimes writing assignments go awry.Imagine it’s Good Friday, April 1865. You’re an aspiring theater critic for some Washington gazette. Your assignment is to review a romantic comedy, “My American Cousin,” at Ford Theater. Curtain’s up, a shot rings out, some guy jumps from a balcony. All of a sudden the staging of romantic interludes gives way to entirely different reportage.

Maybe the NIT will start sucking a little less

In August of last year, it was announced that the four-year legal battle between the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association would end with Moby Dick gobbling Ahab: for about $56 million, the NCAA would become owner and operator of the National Invitation Tournament, the once-venerable college hoops tourney that has become more a national platform for extending the shame and humiliation felt by prestigious programs that turn in a crap season here or there than an actual tournament worth winning.

Arts & Entertainment

Special EventsGlassworks presents “Louisville Uncorked,” benefit for the Council on Mental Retardation featuring Chardonnay tasting by teams, March 15, 7-10pm, $10 donation, 815 W. Market St., 584-4510.••UofL Dance Academy presents “Theme and Variations,” ballet class work in a performance setting, March 17, 7pm, $6, $4 students & seniors, Margaret Comstock Hall, 852-6878.Sacred Celebration presents “The Dance of Creation,” an evening of celebratory dance including musical accompaniment, March 18, 7pm, Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St., 897-2721.Hospice of Louisville presents luncheon and family fashion show emceed by “Mrs. Louisville 2006” Denise Yates, March 18, noon, $25, reservations required, Pendennis Club, 218 W. Muhammad Ali, 719-4155.Ballard High School presents Spring Arts and Crafts Show featuring exhibitors from Cherokee Triangle and St. James Court, March 18, 10am-4pm, 6000 Brownsboro Rd., 899-3222.Arts Council of Southern Indiana presents Regional Partnership Initiative grant workshops for arts organizations and providers near Floyd Co., March 18 (10:30am), March 21 (4pm), Arts Council Office, 820 E. Market St., (812) 949-4238.  Unity Church of Middleton presents dramatization of the life of Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, preformed by John Gage and Philip Cherry, March 19, 11am, 11700 Main St. Middletown, 244-9696. Louisville Science Center presents “Earth Exhibit,” thru May 7, 727 W. Main St., 560-7159.Oldham County History Center presents “World’s Largest Whiskey Jug Collection,” thru May 15, 469 jugs from all over KY, exhibit features films on distilling and moonshining, Tue.-Sat. 10am-4pm, 106 N. Second Ave., La Grange, 222-0826.“Discover Louisville” Landmarks, tours scheduled second Sun., 1-4pm, Water Tower on River Road, $45, 574-2868.