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Louisville’s Airport Renamed for Muhammad Ali

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You can now call Louisville’s airport “The Greatest.”

This afternoon the Louisville Airport Authority announced the city’s airport, formerly known as Standiford Field, will now be known as Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.  The three-digit code will remain SDF; Alice International Airport in Texas had first dibs on the the ALI code.

The three-time Heavyweight Champion now has a street and an airport that bears his name.  Frankly, this Louisvillian wouldn’t mind if more things were named after the Louisville Lip.  I hear there’s a football stadium that needs a new name.

While I think of more places that could use Ali’s name, enjoy this YouTube rabbit hole of The Greatest.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

26 Comments for Louisville’s Airport Renamed for Muhammad Ali

  1. rlburd2
    5:46 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    hopefully the new name won’t bring “dodgy” flights with it.

  2. UKinIN
    6:20 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Terrible name. Makes the city look weak. Insecure. Just Muhammad Ali Airport would be better. Drop Louisville.

  3. ukfaningatorland
    6:41 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Should have named it for Pitino, Louisville Pitino Airport, “When you have to be in and out in under 30 seconds…”

  4. katsrock
    6:53 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Not surprising Louisville has fully embraced this draft dodging coward.

    • abobicesaevior
      7:22 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      He was a hero. He would’ve never seen combat and would’ve been used as a propaganda tool. He gave up the best years of his boxing career. His courageous stand shined a light on huge mistake by our government. I have nothing but respect for the honorable veterans that served during that time but they shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

    • RealCatsFan
      8:42 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      At least he didn’t have his daddy get him off the hook for him like ol’ Donnie boy. And then have the unmitigated gall to disparage a man who actually served his country and was shot down and captured. Or who would not travel to honor WWII veterans because it was raining. Should I continue?

    • bigbluebanana
      11:11 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      What wars have you served in katsrock? Ali stood up for rights when people were being killed for doing the same. He refused to fight in an unjust war he didn’t believe in, and history (aka facts) have proven how poorly that decision to go to war played out. Should I bro g up the thousands of Vietnam veterans our country shat on after the fact? Or are we good? If only there was some far right nut who dodged the war too…oh wait

    • catsarerunnin
      7:42 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Yes RCF please continue. At least he didn’t go play golf.

  5. Cousins Fake Tooth
    7:09 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Named it after a racist. Good job.

  6. kjd
    7:13 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    The new name is bigger than the airport.

  7. sincitycat
    7:51 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Cousins, They didn’t name it after Trump.

    • BoogieDMC
      7:54 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      You realize Ali actually said the white American was the devil, correct? Google it for giggles.

    • bigbluebanana
      11:16 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      In the context of the interview, the subject was about the rapes, enslavement, and murder white people inflicted on us black folks for years. Still, the quote shouldn’t have been said, but people in the spotlight tend to say dumb stuff occasionally. A book is literally being written off the racist, ignorant comments made by our current president, and they’re only using his twitter. Think about that.

  8. neat1ky
    8:19 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Seriously, the guy dodged the draft by using religion. Not a good argument because we fight muslins today in the Far East and he would never have fought and really what did he do for Louisville other than cheer for them in basketball. The guy didn’t even live here. Sorry, just don’t buy it having grown up in that era

    • bigbluebanana
      11:18 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      A thousand bucks says you’d have zero issues with him if he was a white man who used his Christianity as a reason not to go to war. Jesus is a great dude, he’d never want anyone killing each other.

  9. Jpcat15
    8:32 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    I rooted against Ali in every single fight. He set precedent for poor sportsmanship and showboating. His lack of class and bad attitude created a trend that is still with us today. He was a great fighter but I believe he was a detriment to sports overall.

  10. Kat4Life
    9:18 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    In case anyone wondered, Elisha David Standiford (December 28, 1831 – July 26, 1887) was a United States Representative from Kentucky. He was born near Louisville, Kentucky.

    Standiford was a member of the Kentucky Senate in 1868 and 1871. He was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875) but declined a renomination in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress. After leaving Congress, he was president of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company from 1875 to 1879. In addition, he engaged in banking and agricultural pursuits. He died in Louisville, Kentucky in 1887 and was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery.

  11. BluKudzu
    10:54 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

    Muhammad Ali, to all you racist, redneck, trailer trash,idiots, did more for our world in one day than all of you bigots combined will ever accomplish in your hate filled lives.

    Maybe he did not live in Louisville during his career, but he wanted to be buried here. He is here now, and forever.

    Reading these replies, makes me hope you people are trolling. Otherwise I am ashamed that you people call yourselves Kentucky fans.

    He stood up when others backed down. He was the most universally recognized human on earth, and he was from Kentucky, born and raised in Louisville.

    It makes me sad to read the hate in your comments. You embarrass yourself and anyone who is a UK fan.

    • IndianaSucks
      11:52 pm January 16, 2019 Permalink

      Right on. KSR is filled with nothing but haters. Fact.

    • catdaddyd
      12:39 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

      Calling people racist because they can’t stand Muhammad Ali is idiotic. WTF are you to judge, people have their reasons and can voice their opinion. We are not under Sharia Law, yet.

  12. AncientOne
    10:11 am January 17, 2019 Permalink

    Why not ‘Cassius Clay International Airport,’ or ‘Walnut Street International Airport?’

  13. CatFanInLou
    12:24 pm January 18, 2019 Permalink

    Since ALI and LOU are already taken as airport codes, we should consider GAT for Greatest of All Time.

    I also thought that Louisville City was a boring name for our soccer team. The Louisville Lips would have been much better.