We are five days away from marching into Papa John’s Stadium and getting the win that will make #LineBeardSadness trend throughout America. In that spirit, there are lots of things out there that you should read, and I am here to help you find them:
1. The Darker Side of Louisville: If you haven’t been in our state’s biggest city then you have probably missed the biggest story of the week. While doing renovations on Louisville’s “Whiskey Row” downtown, workers found the existence of an Underground Sex Club from times gone by. As the story above showcases, the Club dates back many decades and had long since been abandoned. But it included “disturbing” drawings and images and a number of “torture” devices. WHAS 11’s story has more pictures but the one below showcased enough for me to realize that if this is how people were rolling in the 1950s, “Leave it to Beaver” must not have been all that accurate.
2. World Trade Center Politics: As we get ready for two weeks of political conventions, another kind of politics is the focus of this fascinating article from Esquire. After September 11, everyone agreed that something needed to be rebuilt to replace the World Trade Center. But what, when and how has been a constant debate. At this point however, the delays to the construction of the Freedom Tower are not due to theories, but due to the vagaries of local politics and corruption. A stunning read from Esquire that is both infuriating and sad.
3. Knowing Your Enemy: The Louisville game is Sunday and for most of you, simply hating the Cardinals may be sufficient. But for those of you, like me, who want to know a little bit more, these Louisville Cardinal Game notes are worth a looksie. They have been invaluable for me getting ready for the pregame show and will give you all the info you need to make the (logical) argument that the Cats can beat down the Dirty Birds on Sunday.
4. Seeing Greatness: With the US Open in full effect, it is worth looking back at the greatest article ever written about Tennis in history. David Foster Wallace’s ode to Roger Federer, “Federer as Religious Experience” is unmatched in terms of writing ability and description of an athlete at his prime form. It also helped change the view of Federer as an uninteresting clog. It is beautiful, something you can almost never say about any type of sportswriting.
5. Literary College Football: Blogging is an odd thing. It gives a ton of different perspectives on sports topics and allows a voice to a different type of writer that would otherwise be muted. But lets face it…a lot of blogging sucks. However the most unsucky blogging can make you laugh in a way that an article in a newspaper could never do. This take on the the Big 12 as previewed by Cormac McCarthy is hilarious and clever in a way that you rarely see. It is the best blog I have read in at least a month and one of the few that I have bookmarked for the future.
So there you go…five reads to get you through a Tuesday. #LouisvilleHateDay is two days away….