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5 Things you can do this weekend other than watching Louisville

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Like it or not, there’s a big sporting event this weekend. No, not the Valero Texas Open…the Final Four. Pardon me if I don’t root for the Cards. I feel bad for Kevin Ware and and his broken leg, but that doesn’t prompt me to go out and buy a red wife beater, flat bill cap and crack open a Four Loko. Watching Louisville become America’s darling is like seeing your ex-boyfriend for the first time with a gorgeous girl on his arm; it just sucks. So, while CBS airs montage after montage of Louisville’s march to the title, I’ve come up with five other things you can do to occupy your time.

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1. Keeneland (and post-Keeneland festivities)

There are times I miss living in Kentucky and then there are times I literally ache to be there. Keeneland’s spring and fall meets are some of those times. There is nothing better than spending a sunny day at the track, with a whiskey sour in hand and the people watching at its peak. The horses are great, too. My husband and I try to come up for at least one day each meet, with the best opportunity I have this year falling on the busiest day of the meet–Bluegrass Stakes day (if you have Clubhouse connections, let me know). So while you all are soaking up the sun, bourbon, and lovely fresh cut grass smell, I’ll be living vicariously through your Instagrams, tweets, and Vines. Unfortunately, the Louisville/Wichita State game doesn’t tip until 6:09 p.m., which is right after the last race of the day, BUT, this year, Keeneland is debuting it’s enhanced tailgating lot, “The Hill,” which will feature concerts, food trucks, TV screens and more, and it’s open until seven. While everyone else is sitting in traffic, enjoy the weather for a little while longer and avoid the game. And then go sit in traffic.

Before you go, check out Drew Franklin’s Do’s and Don’ts of Keeneland.

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2. Go outside

It’s supposed to be gorgeous this weekend. Reintroduce yourself to Mother Nature in the following ways:

a) Yard work

That’s what I’m doing. What better way to forget about Louisville than disconnecting from technology and getting your hands dirty? Channel all your Dirty Bird hate into breaking ground on your garden, or weeding a flower bed. At the end of the day, you’ll have actually accomplished something other than internal angst. When your done, dust off your old lawn chair and relax in the yard with a cold beverage and listen to the birds chirp. Pretend the cardinals are blue jays.

b) Go for a hike, or on a fishing trip

Make our friends at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife proud.

c) Porch + grill = good times

Invite your friends for an early spring cookout and rock on in blissful oblivion. Could go great with Option #4.

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3. Rewatch last year’s Final Four as though it were this year’s

This is my favorite option. For the past year, I’ve had last year’s Final Four games saved on my DVR because I couldn’t stand deleting them. Tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m., I will promptly hit play on the UK vs. Louisville game from last season and relive it second by second, complete with commercials. If UofL advances to the Championship game on Monday, maybe I’ll even invest in some streamers to recreate UK’s One Shining Moment from Nola.

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4. Plan your Spring Game tailgate

Believe it or not, the Spring Game is only one week away. Have you planned your tailgate? If not, take this opportunity to perfect your recipes. Bring out the cornhole boards to knock off the winter’s rust and limber up those wrists. Just because the game itself will only be a practice doesn’t mean your cornhole tournament has to be.

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5. Go to the movies

Honor the late Roger Ebert and go to the movies. Nothing blocks the world out more than a dark theater and a big bucket of popcorn. Currently out: Jurassic Park 3D, The Host, Evil Dead, GI Joe: Retaliation, Olympus Has Fallen, The Croods and yet another Tyler Perry movie. Or, get ready for Sunday’s “Mad Men” premiere with a Mad Men marathon. All five seasons are now streaming on Netflix, and Old Fashions pair wonderfully with avoidance.

Or you can just watch the game and pray for an upset. Go Shockers. (Still undecided about you, Nick Wiggins.)

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

22 Comments for 5 Things you can do this weekend other than watching Louisville



  1. Burr
    5:04 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Option 1 and 3 sound like the best!



  2. help
    5:09 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    does anyone know how dakari did today? I didnt get a chance to watch it.



  3. John
    5:20 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Option 3 is the best, but I’ve been doing this all year. I don’t want to wear it out. But I just might.



  4. The Real Pioneer
    5:24 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Troy McKinley will be shooting jumpers in his driveway….that’s worth the price of a Final Four ticket alone.



  5. whysoserious
    5:32 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Get ready for the U of L-UL football game?

    On the other hand, that will not be so pleasant either……

    hmmm



  6. Walden Schmidt
    5:50 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I want to watch the games and I want Louisville’s bubble to burst. Michigan or Syracuse can take them. My whole family including the in-laws are Louisville fans and I don’t have any fight left in me.



  7. Reality
    5:54 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Cheer for another Kentucky state school. GO Cards!!



  8. well
    5:55 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Number 1 should be- Get drunk this weekend.



  9. Mike
    5:57 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I think it’s pretty sad when we have to hide in the past/future or just avoid a team possibly winning something we want but can’t have.Being that we can’t have it and for Kentucky bragging rights Go Cards.



  10. Matt
    6:06 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    These are the types of posts that ruin this website. no point, so dumb.



  11. bosshogg24
    6:08 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    D’Angelo Russell led the Eagles with 20 points and three steals and Dakari Johnson added 11 points and 16 rebounds in the win.



  12. bosshogg24
    6:11 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    # 10 must have low IQ, Rupp coached black players in High School before he ever came to UK, Stupid post!



  13. News
    6:30 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Rodney purvis to uconn



  14. 9-awry
    6:50 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Do any KSR writers actually live in Lexington?



  15. Glenn
    7:16 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    What a sad, conceited, pitiful post. I loathe people like you.



  16. Bluekzu
    7:54 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Just look at the bright side..good for the state, blah blah, etc., then take the high road and smile indulgently at every red shirt-wearing fan you see. They’re coming out of the woodwork this year – all 500 of them.



  17. Rae
    8:26 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    17. You’re right. I never saw a UL fan in eastern Kentucky until two months ago. I’m proud enough to rep my blue next year wherever I get accepted to law school, especially if it is North Carolina.



  18. Sgt. Jimmy
    8:30 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    A real basketball fan is going to watch the games this weekend no matter who plays. I dislike trying to defend BBN When they refuse to give anybody else credit when they accomplish anything no matter how infrequent that might be. BBN does not have to pout and act childish. CAT fans will have plenty to be proud of in comming years.



  19. STEVE!
    9:05 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I won’t mind if the state of Kentucky duplicates in basketball what the state of Alabama has done in football over the past four years, as long as we play the role of Alabama and Louisville plays the role of Auburn.



  20. Adolph Rupp
    9:36 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Matt Jones,
    Stop deleting my posts and stop creeping on girls



  21. TNBLUE
    9:19 am April 6, 2013 Permalink

    This blue fan is good with Louisville winning it all. I will begrudingly be pulling for the cardinals.



  22. Hudgie DeRobertis
    11:35 am April 6, 2013 Permalink

    How about watching your Cincinnati Reds open a can of whoop ass on the Washington Nationals.