Daily Buzz: Louisville mayor trolls Kentucky fans again

There’€™s no love lost between Louisville fans and Kentucky fans when it comes to college hoops in the Bluegrass State, and as the teams prepare to meet Friday in Indianapolis with a spot in the Elite Eight at stake, even politicians are taking sides.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was asked Monday about negative reaction from Wildcats fans in town after proclaiming Friday "€œCardinal Red Day"€ in Louisville. His response, according to the Card Game blog, was straightforward and seemingly uninfluenced by the prospect of losing favor among the residents who elected him.

"€œThey say they’€™re never going to vote for me again," Fischer said, according to the site. "I’€™m willing to take that risk. I remind them I’€™m the mayor of Louisville and not the mayor of Lexington."

A Vanderbilt graduate, Fischer took over the mayor’s office in 2010, replacing longtime Louisville mayor and current Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson. But while his anti-Kentucky sentiments may have been fostered in the SEC, it’s pretty clear that it’s his pro-Louisville stance taking the lead now.

After all, this isn’€™t the first time Fischer has dissed UK since taking office.


"€œWe have two very different approaches to running a program," Fischer told the Washington Post in 2012. "UK has a one-and-done approach. We don’€™t. Plus, we have a new arena here, and the ‘Cats have arena envy. We got the best arena in the world, and they can’t handle that."€

Kentucky beat Louisville 73-66 when the teams met in December and topped Louisville in a national semifinal in New Orleans in 2012. (Louisville, you’€™ll recall, won last year’€™s national title and beat Kentucky in the teams’ 2012 regular-season meeting on New Year’s Eve.) We’€™ll see who is envying whom after the teams meet Friday night.

Now, for some links:

• Roger Goodell says Jim Irsay€™’s recent arrest will leave him subject to discipline, but he has not yet penalized the Colts owner.

• As the Louisville hoops team returns this weekend to the site of Kevin Ware’€™s gruesome injury from last year’s tournament, some are wondering: Where is Ware?

• Urban Meyer says Tim Tebow is still hoping for an NFL job.

• Kobe Bryant and a friend have a running bet on whether Justin Bieber or Katy Perry will see their career implode first.

• Tom Izzo says he’s happy at Michigan State, but he’ll never say never to the possibility of an NBA job.

• The LA Kiss released a TV commercial, and, well, it’€™s about what you’€™d expect:

• It’s kind of nice to see an NBA official admit when he is wrong, as Courtney Kirkland did to Deron Williams after a bad call Monday:

• Robin Lopez, Seven Dwarves aficionado:

• Matt Harvey will get his wish and train in New York as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

• Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke says fans are selfish if they root for tanking.

• Major League Baseball is cracking down on walk-up music, limiting it to 15 seconds.

• Andy Murray’€™s mom has been trolling Yoko Ono on Twitter.

• So, uh, what is Rex Ryan going to do about that Mark Sanchez tattoo now that Sanchez is gone?

• The Durham Bulls unveiled their "Star Wars" uniforms, to be used in an upcoming game:

• Cleveland Indians broadcaster Tom Hamilton got choked up watching his son make his first big league plate appearance:

• You can’€™t get much closer to scoring a goal without actually scoring one than Vinny Lecavalier did Monday:

• The fan who won a Twitter bet with Roddy White over the Duke-Mercer game reportedly got those season tickets, after all –€” but not from White.

• Dunking over the goal posts will earn NFL players a penalty starting next season.

• Yu Darvish is being scratched from his Opening Day start with a neck injury.

• Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels says he regrets the Matt Garza trade from last season.

• Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic called Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin a chicken after Emelin wouldn’€™t fight following a big hit.

• Virginia offensive linemen made snow angels during a rare spring storm in Charlottesville:

• Close, but not quite:

• A fan sitting courtside at Monday’s Clippers game wouldn’t give Blake Griffin the ball because she wanted to take a picture: