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Rediscovering History

Falls of the Ohio guided tours show off the best of the fossil beds 

By Remy Siskscreen-shot-2017-09-25-at-6-45-15-pm

If you’ve lived in Southern Indiana or Louisville for any amount of time, then you’ve surely heard of the Falls of the Ohio. Located on the shore of the Ohio River in Clarksville, the falls is among the world’s largest exposed fossil bed of the Devonian Period. These expansive 390-million-year-old fossil beds are open 365 days a year for visitors to explore on their own, but there’s also a multitude of guided tours available, which, as Falls of the Ohio Assistant Manager Brad Kessans affirms, help give the astounding fossils and park in general a bit more context.

“We’re a vast fossil bed, so sometimes it’s hard, even if you know where a fossil is, to locate it without a GPS,” said Kessans. “But we are familiar with where the best fossils are and what those fossils are. So, on the guided hike, you get taken directly to some of the best spots versus having to explore for hours to stumble upon these places. We also utilize scrub brushes, water and water bottles to get the dirt, silt and sediment off of the rock so we can expose the natural limestone that carries the fossils. … Also, most fossils are not in their entirety and totally visible – sometimes you only can see the top or bottom of a fossil – and our experts are able to identify those whereas a lot of amateurs are not.”

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-6-45-20-pmGuided tours are usually on the weekends and scheduled fairly regularly, and the easiest way to stay completely in touch with what’s going on is by checking out the events section of the Falls of the Ohio State Park’s Facebook page or by browsing the events calendar on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website. They’re also completely free outside of the $2 parking fee that all visitors pay whether going on a tour or not.

An upcoming event that Kessans encourages folks to check out is the Outer Bed Fossil Hike on Oct. 7. “If you have the opportunity and you’re physically able to make it to the outer beds, which are the rock structures that people see across the waterway, they’re only accessible maybe two months out of the year by foot, but if you can make it, they are the place to go,” Kessans said. “The fossils are larger, for the most part untouched and you actually have some Silurian – which is the time period before the Devonian – mixed in out there. So, you can experience both time periods in certain parts of the outer beds.”

On the tour, visitors can expect to not only explore these magnificent fossil beds and examine the staggering history present in them but also learn a bit more about the history of the falls as well as its unique and extraordinarily varied ecosystem.
screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-6-46-34-pmAttendees to tours – or just solo explorations – can also expect to get a workout at the falls. “We’re right on the Greenway Project, which is a huge recreational and exercising source,” Kessans said. “So, we’re part of that and also have our Woodland Loop Trail. And then on our fossil beds, there is a little bit of leg workout involved because of the varied elevation. So, one could definitely get a workout here.”

Whether you’re looking to work up a sweat or just wanting to leisurely take in the scenery, Kessans said it’s important the community get out and explore the Falls. Its fossil beds are only matched in splendor by its history, and, on the guided tours specifically, you can discover both – just don’t come looking for dinosaur fossils.

“People say ‘fossils,’ and they always relate back to dinosaurs,” said Kessans, “so people come here and know we’re a fossil bed and ask, ‘Well, where are your dinosaur bones?’ But our fossils about 200 million years older than dinosaurs, so that’s pretty amazing. But if people are wondering, that new layer of rock – the Jurassic or dinosaurs – has been shoved out of here and eroded away due to glaciers, so that’s why you don’t find dinosaur bones in Indiana.”


FALLS OF THE OHIO STATE PARK 

201 W. Riverside Drive

Clarksville

812.280.9970

www.fallsoftheohio.org


 

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INSPIRE | Freedom & Fitness, Too

Photo by Christian Watson
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Nine years ago, Gaurav Zane Sharma moved from India to the United States at the age of 21. Today, he is an American citizen, a successful business owner, husband and father living in Southern Indiana.

“I came to the USA for freedom and opportunity so I could feel what it is like to be free and breathe without being afraid of what other people would do if you would try to do the right thing, and also for equal opportunity without being judged because of my race, caste or color,” he Gaurav explained. “Also, I wanted to learn more and grow with this strong, beautiful country who gives everyone the same opportunity to grow if you are willing to work hard and believe in yourself. The day I arrived, I fell in love with the beauty, grace and kindness of the people around me.”

Today, Gaurav is a much-sought after weight loss expert, personal trainer and exercise specialist. He has worked with Olympic -level coaches and also represented India in the 2004 Asian Games in judo. He has been in the personal training business for 12 years and has clients – some of whom are online – around the world.

Gaurav likes to challenge and encourage his clients to overcome their mental boundaries by using functional exercises and mastering fitness fundamentals. “I know from my experience that exercise is only as good as how it’s being performed,” he said. “It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it! And as we all know, the body is a terrible thing to waste. Take control of yourself. Make a commitment to staying fit.”

Contact Guarav at coachgfitlife@gmail.com.

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Editor’s Note | October 2017

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-6-41-56-pmPizza Today Art Director Josh Keown shot this month’s cover story, including that delicious cover shot. He’s also featured as our Athlete Next Door – and for good reason. Despite traveling the country photographing, featuring and often tasting pies for a living, after recently turning 40, Josh is in the best shape of his life. How in the world did he do it? Read his story to find out more.

CELEBRATING SUCCESS 

For the second time in his life, Pat McCrite shot a hole-in-one, which we celebrate in these pages. My favorite part of writing up this short snippet was calling friends who golf – I do not – to help me with the lingo when I couldn’t get ahold of my golf guru hubby (thank you, Will Dierking for the ultimate assist) as well as the fact that Pat made the milestone in the presence of his daughter, Ali (McCrite) Glotzbach. Sure, Pat won an award that’s worth a bit of cash, but experiencing what is usually a once-in-a-lifetime happening in the presence of family and friends? Priceless.

KENTUCKIANA’S BEST SPORTS SPOT 

In our previous two issues, we asked for your nominations and subsequent votes for the best public place to watch sports on TV. It was thrilling to watch the votes roll in. As soon as we thought there was a clear winner, yet another venue would take the lead. But, finally, the contest is over and the Extol Team is thrilled to announce Bearno’s Southern Indiana has won the award. Now go and enjoy, but don’t forget to try out the other finalists, too.

HIGH SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT 

In this issue, we feature our first-ever High School Spotlight, a feature highlighting local high school teams, coaches and athletes. This time around, writer Daniel Karell casts a light on Providence’s Marissa and Ali Hornung, sisters who are making –and taking – names on the volleyball court. If there’s a high school athlete, team or coach you’d like to see featured, send an email to extol@ extolmag.com.

As always, thanks for picking us up. We appreciate your support.

Truly,

Angie Fenton

Editor in Chief

Abel Belcher demonstrates the right way.

Health Corner | Helmet Safety

Buckle Up! Here’s Why You Should Go Head-First Into Bicycle Safety With Your Kiddo

By Angie Fenton | Photos by Adam Kleinert 

Less than five minutes after posting a photo of my toddler, Olive, on her new tricycle while haphazardly wearing her helmet on social media, I received three inbox messages essentially saying, “Your daughter’s helmet isn’t on correctly.”

Granted, we were in our carpeted living room and had only posted the photo for fun, but I took the messages seriously. Surely, I knew how to put a helmet on correctly…didn’t I? I mean, I’d only put it on for fun, but once we took her new trike outside, would she be protected?

Abel Belcher demonstrates the wrong way.

Abel Belcher demonstrates the wrong way.

Almost 400,000 children younger than 19 years of age are treated in U.S. emergency departments every year for bicycle-related injuries. In 2016, Norton Children’s Hospital had 22 bike versus motor vehicle injuries and 183 bike-related injuries.

Even if we were just tooling around in the driveway, I thought after learning the statistics, how can I keep my daughter safe?

First and foremost, said Sharon Rengers with Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness, anyone riding a bicycle – or tricycle – regardless of age, needs to wear a helmet that meets safety standards. Look for ones that have the Consumer Product Safety Commission or American National Standards Institute stickers on them. I bought mine at Target brand-new. Speaking of which…

Sure, used clothes and toys are awesome and save money, but “kind of like car seats,” said Rengers, “they’re good for one crash. You can’t always tell if it’s been in a crash or not.”

Abel Belcher demonstrates the right way.

Abel Belcher demonstrates the right way.

So, if you are looking at used – which is NOT advised – look for cracks inside and outside the helmet and any evidence of a crash of any kind. “I personally would rather just get a new (helmet) instead of trusting that it’s not been damaged before,” said Rengers, and I agree. Safety first. Always.

When it comes to the proper fit, the helmet needs to sit level on the head. Put two fingers above the eyebrow; that’s where the front of the helmet should be sitting, said Rengers.

Then, be sure one strap is placed before the ear and one strap is behind it. After snapping the straps together, an adult should be able to fit only one finger below the chin. Ask your child to open his or her mouth as wide as they can; they should feel the snugness. But remember: “It’s really important that you have it level so you’re protecting all lobes of their brain,” Rengers advised.

My tot isn’t exactly going for a jaunt on her parent-steered bike, so does she really need a helmet beyond the factor that (let’s face it) she looks super cute?

“Yes,” said Rengers, emphatically, “you really need a helmet – even on the driveway, on the sidewalk in front of your house or any time.”

In addition to safety, what you’re also teaching is a pattern, Rengers explained. “It’s like wearing a seatbelt. You do it every time so when (kids) are big and on their own, they do it every time.”

If you want more information about bicycle helmet safety call Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness at 502.629.7358.

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The Athlete Next Door | Josh Keown

Josh Keown, 40, of Louisville 

Art Director for Pizza Today magazine and Digital Coordinator for Comedy Central’sTosh.0 screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-6-53-11-pm

Where do you workout? 

Home four days a week and ProFormance Health and Wellbeing one to two days a week.

What is your weekly fitness routine? 

After a few years of Crossfit, I went back to basics this year. I started working out at home. All you need is a few pieces of equipment and the willingness to get uncomfortable in your comfortable home.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-6-53-02-pmMY ROUTINE 

Every day: 10 minutes of mediation, 3 rounds of Wim Hof breathing and Egoscue movements to get the body/mind primed for the day

Monday and Friday: 250 pushups, 75 strict pull-ups, 200 squats, 150 situps

Tuesday: A lot of shoulder work. Weightlifting and mobility because I have suffered a few dislocations in my right shoulder

Wednesday: Punching the heavy bag for six rounds and rowing at ProFormance

Thursday: Leg work and I will mix that in with some fun arm sets

Saturday: Trail run and a few hill sprints

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-6-53-07-pmWhat about your diet? What’s it like? 

I’m always asked why I don’t weigh 1,000 pounds since I work for Pizza Today, a national magazine geared toward the pizza industry. I limit myself to pizza once a week. I keep it simple. Find healthy foods that you like and eat them every day. I start each day with a protein smoothie that I make at home. Lunch will consist of a chicken breast and bag of frozen vegetables that are easy to heat up in the break room. Dinner is usually more fun with homemade tacos or gluten free pasta.

What compelled you to change how you approached your health? 

I always enjoyed working out, but I also liked wine and eating out six days a week. I wasn’t seeing any results. Then I started educating myself on nutrition and mindset. It was a game changer and since I started cleaning up my diet and meditating, things have slowly started moving in the right direction.

How differently do you feel at 40 as opposed to when you were 30? 

I definitely feel better physically, but the biggest difference is my mindset going into 40 versus 30 is I’m way more focused and happy.

What advice do you have for others? 

Patience. Be patient with yourself. If you start a program and you have a bad day or week. Don’t quit. Get back up. Be consistent. 

Incorporate small changes into your lifestyle. If you try to overhaul everything on a Monday, you’ll be back to your old ways by Tuesday night. Start with trying a new healthy breakfast for a few weeks. Then move to lunch, and so on. Start hanging out with people who inspire you to be better. Get rid of the friend who tries to drag you down. Keep it simple. Even if you have zero equipment and no gym membership you can have an amazing workout. Just get to moving and break a sweat.

BREATHE. Be conscious of your breath. A few times a day sit up straight and take ten deep inhales/exhales. You notice the tension you have in your shoulders will fade away. Around 3pm every day when I start to feel a little tired I will find an upbeat song and breath to the beat. It’s an instant pick-me-up.

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College Spotlight | Jaire Alexander

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The University of Louisville had a player voted to the first team in the first-ever Associated Press preseason football All-American list.

No, it wasn’t the reigning Heisman trophy winner, Lamar Jackson, but rather junior cornerback, Jaire Alexander.

Alexander also was named to Sports Illustrated’s 2017 Preseason All-America Team as well as 247Sports’ Preseason All-American team and the All-ACC preseason team, and was named to numerous preseason watch lists, including the Paul Hornung watch list (most versatile player in major college football), the Jim Thorpe watch list (best defensive back in college football), the Bednarik watch list (college defensive player of the year) and the Nagurski watch list (best collegiate defensive player). Those awards will be handed out after the season.

All those awards and nominations are very impressive for any college athlete but especially impressive for Alexander because he didn’t start playing cornerback until his junior year of high school. He grew up playing wide receiver but made the switch to corner when he transferred high schools. When the Charlotte, N.C., native transferred, his new school already had established wide receivers, but there was a need at corner. So, he moved to the defensive side of the ball and played corner full time but still managed to play wide receiver part-time.

The 5-foot-11-inch, Alexander managed to be the leading receiver in the Charlotte area during his senior year at Rocky River High School. Despite being the state’s most productive two-way player, and being ranked as the fifth best player in the state of North Carolina by Scout.com, he received exactly zero scholarship offers from the from any of the power-conference teams in North Carolina. He was rated as a consensus 3-star athlete and the No. 67 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com.

The lack of big-time offers and low player ratings didn’t seem to bother Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, who is known to recruit to what he feels is a good fit for his style of play rather than “expert” rankings or star ratings. Petrino knows talent when he sees it, and so Louisville was the first school to offer Alexander a scholarship

Alexander committed to Charlotte but soon changed his mind when South Carolina came calling.

Alexander comes from a tight family, and they were heavily involved in his college decisions. It was said that Alexander and his parents felt like South Carolina didn’t give Alexander the love he deserved and the coaches couldn’t exactly tell them where their son fit into their plans.

It was time to move on, so they moved on to the University of Louisville where Alexander was only promised a chance to compete for the starting job. He had to earn it.

Alexander enrolled early in January of 2015. In his freshman year, he played in 10 games and recorded 19 total tackles, one interception, and two passes defended He also had 23 punt returns for 223 yards (9.7 yard per return average).


ALEXANDER BY THE NUMBERS

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40-YARD DASH


While those statistics are good, they were not good enough for Alexander. He worked very hard in the offseason in the weight room as well as the film room.

In his sophomore season, he burst onto the national scene when he returned a punt for a touchdown versus second-ranked Florida State with ESPN Gameday in the house. He nearly broke off a second touchdown but was tripped up short in his attempt. He told his father, Landis, that “his body locked up preventing him from scoring” on that second punt return.

He later had two amazing interceptions and a forced fumble in another nationally-televised game in Death Valley versus fifth-ranked Clemson. He also had a two interception game vs Virginia. He finished his sophomore season with a team leading five interceptions, nine pass breakups, 39 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Pro Football Focus (a website that focuses on a thorough analysis to grade every player both college and the NFL) graded Alexander as the No. 1 Power-5 cornerback for the 2016 season.

Entering this season as a junior, expectations of his performance have been raised by everyone, including Alexander himself. He again has worked hard in the off-season and has become faster. He was clocked with a 4.32-second 40-yard dash.

Along with those expectations come talk of skipping his senior year and entering the NFL draft. Alexander is ranked as the No. 19 draft prospect in 2018 by ESPN’s Mel Kiper. Landis praised his son and said that he has remained grounded and focused despite all the awards and attention. He also said if his son is not projected as a first- or second-round pick at the end of the 2017 season, he’ll return to Louisville for his senior year.

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High School Spotlight | Marissa and Ali Hornung

By Daniel Karell | Photos by Tony Bennett 

Ali Hornung

Ali Hornung

If you’ve watched Providence High School volleyball over the past six years, there’s always been two constants: head coach Terri Purichia on the sidelines and a Hornung sister on the court.

First came Jacquie Hornung from 2011 through 2015, followed by Marissa, who is in her fourth and final season of varsity volleyball before heading to Purdue next fall. And the youngster, who may be the best of the three, is freshman Ali, who has dominated the Indiana High School Class 4-A circuit in her first varsity season.

Despite moving up a class after last year’s state final appearance, the Pioneers are motoring through opponents and look just as primed as ever for a deep playoff run. As of Sept. 17, the Pioneers are 21-1, having not lost a set to a school in Southern Indiana.

Marissa Hornung

Marissa Hornung

“How can you not be thrilled with how things are going?,” Marissa Hornung said. “As people have heard, this is the hardest schedule we’ve played, and to look at the teams we beat and played and how we beat them … I’m just extremely proud with the way we’ve handled our schedule. We haven’t had the weekend off. I’m very excited and proud and hopeful for what the future is bringing for the postseason.”

An outside hitter with a fierce spike, the second Hornung sibling has developed into one of Southern Indiana’s all-time best volleyball players. Early in her sophomore year, Marissa committed to Purdue, and she’s improved her game even more, due to experience and injury.

As a junior last season, Marissa was struggling with shoulder and back injuries, forcing her to become more precise with her blasts from the left side, as opposed to overpowering an opponent like she did as a youngster.

“That year was a struggle mentally, but that’s when she improved her craftiness,” Purichia said of Marissa. “She figured out a way to find holes. She’s always been good at picking apart a defense, but she wasn’t able to go up and unload on a ball like she was doing, so she had to get very smart and crafty.”

This season presented another challenge to Marissa. She’s the lone senior on the squad.

As such, she’s taken leadership roles for everyone on the team, wearing many different hats. Sometimes she’s the caring mother, other times the disciplinarian or the competitor.

“She has so many facets to her personality, and she knows when to bring them out,” said Purichia, who won her 500th high school game this season. “She’s the exact kind of leader this young team has needed.”

While Marissa has been the star for the Pioneers the last couple of years, her sister Ali has now earned some of the spotlight. As of Sept. 13, Ali was second on the team behind Marissa with 176 kills – Marissa had 204 – while also racking up 178 digs and 11 service aces.

“Her athleticism is crazy,” Marissa said of her sister.

Ali’s progress on the varsity level and on the club circuit has already garnered her plenty of college interest. The University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Indiana University and Purdue have all expressed interest, and Ali is even getting some notice from the University of Florida, one of the NCAA Division 1 premier volleyball teams, and one that successfully recruited former Sacred Heart star Paige Hammons.

“I’m really honored,” Ali said of the attention she’s receiving. “It makes me feel more confident if I have a bad day. It just makes me feel more comfortable with my abilities.”

One interesting aspect of the Hornung siblings is that while they’re so much alike, from looks to the fact that they will all wear the No. 12 at some point during their high school career, they also have different personalities.

Jacquie, now a sophomore outside hitter at Bellarmine, is more structured and serious, Marissa said, admitting she herself is more goofy and open to keeping things light in the locker room. Ali though, may be the fiercest competitor of the three.

“Ali is a tremendous athlete and very talented volleyball player,” Purichia said. “Ali lacks a little bit of confidence at times because she’s an extreme perfectionist, she wants to be perfect at everything and she gets rattled sometimes when she’s not perfect.

“This year has been really good for her because there’s so many people on this team that can be effective that the pressure isn’t really on her, so she doesn’t have to be the one to put the ball down.”

Keeping the pressure off Ali should pay dividends for the Pioneers as they prepare for a deep playoff run, with Marissa leading and the pair dominating on the court.

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WHO IS KENTUCKIANA’S BEST SPORTS SPOT?

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-29-49-pmWE ASKED AND YOU ANSWERED. After narrowing downs the dozens of restaurants, bars and public places you nominated as Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot, we asked you to vote on the finalists at ExtolSports.com.

AND NOW WE HAVE A WINNER…

KENTUCKIANA’S BEST SPORTS SPOT is BEARNO’S SOUTHERN INDIANA!

Congratulations to Bearno’s Southern Indiana, Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot – as voted on by you. 

Sure, the pizza is amazing and award winning, but what makes Bearno’s Southern Indiana Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot? According to many of you it’s the atmosphere, staff and your fellow patrons. But that’s not all. screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-09-pm

There’s live music in the warmer months and plenty of TVs for your viewing pleasure. When you frequent one of the three locations on the sunny side of the river, you’ll find great drink specials, beer specials and locals who make each respective locale their spot – but welcome newbies to join.

“I don’t want to say we’re like Cheers,” said owner/operator Kirk Johnson with a half smile, “but we’re kind of like Cheers. Anyone is welcome here.”

That also includes families and youngsters. “We do a lot with kids and schools, lots of Little League and also basketball,” said Johnson. And, “any kid wearing their (sports team) uniform gets a free six-inch cheese pizza.”

Each location also has a lunch buffet featuring all-you-can eat soda, salad, pasta, pizza and dessert for $8.99. Plus, added Johnson, “we host birthday parties, wedding rehearsals, events, fantasy football drafts, you name it.”

If you go, be sure to try the Mama Bearno’s pizza and mac ’n‘ cheese wedges – or the grilled chicken sandwich if you’re seeking healthier fare – and don’t forget to congratulate the Bearno’s Southern Indiana staff on their much-deserved win.

“I think (the award) is great,” said Johnson. “A lot of friendships have been made here. It’s like a second home for a lot of people, and that feels great.”screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-29-pm


BEARNO’S SOUTHERN INDIANA

3002 Charlestown Crossing

New Albany

812.949.7914

 

401 Lafollette Station Drive

Floyds Knobs

812.923.4600

 

700 W. Riverside Drive

Jeffersonville

812.282.3125

*Search “Bearnos Southern Indiana” on Facebook


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-40-pmBUCKHEAD MOUNTAIN GRILL

A NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITE and Louisville staple for more than two decades, Buckhead Mountain Grill is a locally-owned, family-friendly restaurant that combines a comfortable and relaxed mountain lodge atmosphere with a full selection of classic, delectable foods. From their famous Cheese Boulders to delicious, homemade pot pie, guests have been enjoying many of the signature dishes for years – and great TV sports viewing, too.

The bar offers a wide variety of beers – including a great selection of craft brews – and knowledgeable staff. Enjoy the riverside view at the Jeffersonville location during halftime while dining on meat loaf, ribs, salads and other fare. The large menu offers something for everyone. Made from original recipes, Buckhead’s delicious choices are always fresh and made by hand every day.

Visit one of the three locations, either in the greater Louisville area or in Bellevue, Ky. – just minutes from downtown Cincinnati. And when you stop by, don’t forget to congratulate the Buckhead crew on being named one of Extol’s Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot Finalists.


707 W. Riverside Drive

Jeffersonville

812.284.2919

 

3020 Bardstown Road

Louisville

502.456.6680

 

35 Fairfield Avenue

Bellevue, Ky.

859.491.7333

www.buckheadmountaingrill.com


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-46-pmTHE SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB 

THE SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB is a relaxed sports bar offering classic pub food and tremendous sports viewing in a comfortable tavern setting. Serving lunch, dinner and a dynamic nightlife, The Sports & Social Club also offers bowling, live entertainment and The Eagle: a fully equipped private party room.

The restaurant and bar is equipped with state of the art technology including the ultimate sports viewing room equipped with two 100-inch, high-definition projectors and digital surround sound, making this the perfect venue to watch sports and party with friends.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-53-pmThe Sports & Social Club has been ranked No. 21 by ESPN Magazine in their “29 Greatest Sports Bars in the Known Universe” and “Best Sports Bar 2013” by A List Louisville.

Prefer to play sports as opposed to watching them? Take a turn on one of the bowling lanes.

The menu is delicious, but definitely try the cheesesteak rolls or the chicken-bacon macaroni and cheese.
When you stop by, don’t forget to congratulate The Sports & Social staff on being named one of Extol’s Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot Finalists.


427 S. Fourth St.

Louisville

502.568.1400

thesportsandsocialclub.com


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-30-59-pmTUCKER’S AMERICAN FAVORITES 

LOCALLY-OWNED and -operated, Tucker’s American Favorites offers great food and service in a sports-oriented atmosphere. Whether you sit in the bar or opt to eat in the two-tiered dining area, there’s no shortage of sports on TVs of all sizes.

Belly up to the bar and you’ll be catered to by attentive and amicable staff. Or, bring the family – including little ones of all ages – and catch the big game/match/competition as you enjoy a burger (try the fresh-made salmon burger for a healthy bite), the scrumptious cheese fries, succulent wings, one of the many steaks, a salad, ribs or even the vegetarian platter.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-31-04-pmBig games are fun to watch at Tucker’s because most patrons who frequent the eatery at those times are fans and aren’t shy about voicing their loyalties. There are a few massive booths down front as well as tables that can be moved to accommodate large parties, too.

Also, if you’re interested in hosting a private party or meeting, there’s a banquet room reserved just for that. And don’t forget to congratulate the Tucker’s team for being named one of Extol’s Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot Finalists.


2441 State St.

New Albany

812.944.9999

tuckersaf.com


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-31-10-pmSAM’S FOOD & SPIRITS 

SAM’S FOOD & SPIRITS serves up classics, favorites, specials and ample viewing for sports fans who want to catch the big game on TV. With its casual, neighborhood feel, locals often refer to Sam’s as their “second kitchen,” which makes watching sports there a no-brainer.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-31-15-pmMunch on specially-spiced (free) popcorn as you wait for a cold one, but then peel your eyes away from screen to place your order. Here are a few recommendations: You can’t go wrong with the half-pound burger, a flatbread pizza, nachos or the hand-breaded onion rings.
But, you’ll thank yourself (and us) later if you order the blackened fish tacos. We have yet to find any – and we mean any – as good as those served at Sam’s.

Not as into sports as you are animals or maybe you want a bit of both? Sam’s patio is always dog-friendly.


702 Highlander Point Drive

Floyds Knobs

812.923.2323

samstavern.com


 

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Celebrating Success: Pat McCrite Records Another Hole-in-One

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-39-54-pmFor most of us, a single hole-in-one is unachievable. But for a rare few, there are more.

Pat McCrite of McCrite Milling – on what happened to be his company’s sponsored hole – recorded his lifetime second hole-in-one Sept. 15 at Valley View Golf Club during the annual National Association of Women in Construction Scramble.

Pat made the hole-in-one on hole No. 12 (par 3, 154 yards).

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-40-02-pmThis one – again, his second – had special meaning because he shared the unforgettable experience with his daughter, Ali (McCrite) Glotzbach, also of McCrite Milling, and longtime friends Craig Nance and Jason Applegate.
The outstanding feat gave Pat his choice of a 40” Sharp HD TV or pocketing $500. We’ll leave it to Pat to determine whether he wants to divulge what he chose, but we wanted to congratulate Pat on yet another ace in his illustrious (and thus far amateur) golf career.


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790 KRD | From Ali to Kanye to Lamar: Adidas’ American BOOM is a Huge Boost for Louisville

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column was written and published in the print version of our October issue prior to the developments at the University of Louisville. Instead of pulling it from our website – because you can’t do that when something is published in print – the Extol Sports team made the decision to publish this column online and in our digital format, too. Please keep that in mind. Like so many other sports fans, we’re waiting to see what happens next.  –Angie Fenton, Extol Sports Editor-in-Chief

By Howie Lindsey of 790 KRD

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-7-57-20-pmA NEW PARTNERSHIP worth $160 million makes Louisville the highest-earning college program in Adidas history.

The new deal, announced in late August, will include 10 years of apparel and branding partnership between the University of Louisville and the global shoe brand at a rate of $16 million per season.

“Our new partnership with Louisville is one of our largest ever investments in sports in America,” Adidas North America president Mark King said. “When you think about college sports in America, you think Louisville. The athletic program the Cardinals have created is remarkable. These young athletes are impressive competitors in every sport.”

The partnership between UofL Athletics and Adidas will not only include clothing and shoes, but also facility enhancements and collaborative, widespread brand-marketing efforts meant to take the Louisville logo to an international audience.

While the $160 million is certainly headline grabbing, the more interesting story is where this deal came from and where it is going.

GENESIS

The deal with Louisville started nearly 20 years ago when Louisville Vice President and athletic director Tom Jurich was working to find a partner for athletics in the apparel business.

“Our first deal was if we bought two pairs of shoes, the third would be half price,” Jurich said with a smile. “We have come a long way since then.”

Since then, Louisville has gone from Conference USA to the Big East to the American and now to the ACC, arguably the nation’s top all-sports league. And along the way, Louisville’s elite athletes – national champions, Gold Medal winners and Heisman Trophy winners – have worn the three stripes that Adidas is known for.

“When we began our relationship with adidas nearly 20 years ago, we weren’t in the same shape we are now,” Jurich said. “Adidas has stood arm-in-arm with us through adversity and success. The biggest winners in our cooperative partnership have clearly been our student-athletes, who are at the focus of all that we do.”

King, the Adidas’ North American president, explained, “Louisville has been an important partner of ours for nearly 20 years, and we see tremendous value in our new partnership as we continue to shape the future of sports together.”

While Louisville’s success led to higher numbers in each subsequent apparel deal, Adidas’ rise as a North American power helped send the newly announced deal into the stratosphere.

Essentially, as Louisville built itself into a multi-sport national power under Jurich’s guidance, Adidas built itself into a stronger American brand.

Signing innovative shoewear designers and art and culture influencers like Kanye West, Kendall Jenner, Pharrell and Missy Elliott, Adidas transformed its image from European soccer shoes and shell-toes to Yeezys, UltraBoosts and innovative design like Tubular Shadow.

It has worked so well that Adidas’ stock has been rising for nearly two years straight and the brand just leaped Michael Jordan’s signature line.

“Adidas has overtaken Jordan as the No. 2 brand in U.S. sport footwear. This is an achievement I never thought I would see in my lifetime,” sports industry analyst Matt Powell of the NPD Group wrote. “Adidas sport footwear sales grew more than half for the month of August, and shares grew by nearly half, to 13 percent of the market.”

“Adidas basketball grew more than 40 percent, while Nike declined in the mid-singles and Brand Jordan lost about a third of its sales,” said Tonya Garcia of MarketWatch in mid-September.

Adidas’ rise in market share and stock price meant more money available for schools like Louisville, Nebraska and Kansas.

THE FUTURE

So that’s where this new deal came from, but where is it going?

Jurich was asked to name details at the official announcement and declined, smiling while saying, “We have big plans and we’re excited about our future together.”

Adidas wants UofL – and its other collegiate partners – to think outside the traditional box of teams wearing sneakers and gear.

Jurich said, “We are thrilled to be partnered with an enterprise who shares our passion for innovation, pioneering efforts, striving for excellence and simply doing things differently.”

Doing things differently fits with Jurich’s brand – he is always thinking five years down the road to see what is next in collegiate athletics. Part of Louisville’s plan is to continue its strong Adidas Interns program, where UofL students can learn the business of sports apparel with an inside look at the Adidas brand.

And what else will the deal include? Jurich and Adidas’ Chris McGuire said fan and media will have to wait and see.

“It’s not vague,” McGuire said. McGuire is Adidas’ senior director of sports marketing. “It’s just that our product timelines are 12 months in advance, so we have a lot of work to do on our end to bring those products to market. It’s a long process for releasing products. There’s a lot of concepts that are out there, a lot of different ideas, just not anything that’s ready to come to fruition yet.”

Part of the Adidas partnership announcement centered around Louisville Athletics’ new slogan, “We, The Future.” The slogan, developed over the last 18 to 24 months, firmly focuses Louisville Athletics’ vision on the future of its athletic programs.

“It is here the future of sport will be written,” the UofL mantra states. The “We, The Future” branding is all over Louisville’s campus and athletic fields this fall.

Louisville’s slogan fits hand in glove with Adidas’ longtime mantra “Impossible is Nothing,” especially considering “Impossible is Nothing” comes from a 1974 quote by Louisville’s native son, Muhammad Ali.

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it,” Ali said. “Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

Most people familiar with the metropolitan commuter school in the early 1990s would have thought it impossible that Louisville would sign a $160 million dollar deal with an international brand like Adidas. But it happened this fall.


U OF L & ADIDAS PARTNERSHIP BY THE NUMBERS

10 YEARS

$16 PER SEASON

ADIDAS HAS OVERTAKEN JORDAN AS THE NO. 2 BRAND IN U.S. SPORT FOOTWEAR