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August 26, 2010, 12:09 am
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'It didn't win on taste,' says Kentucky State Fair public relations
The judges have found in favor of Karen Sypher.
Well, at the State Fair, at least.
A label featuring Sypher?s photo and several jokes about her infamous
affair with University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino ? on
a beer called Blackmail Ale ? has snared a Kentucky State Fair blue
ribbon in the Homebrew category.
?Blackmail Ale, 7 Years Old,? the label reads. ?A bitter brew
available only at your local Italian eatery. 0% Dignity by Volume.?
?It didn?t win on taste,? said Edward Browne, the fair?s director of
public relations and media. ?The category was Humor/Satirical, and the
label could represent a political or current event.?
Sypher, of course, was convicted earlier this month of extorting
Pitino and lying to the FBI about the affair they had at a Crescent
The label was created by Louisville homebrewer Greg Rosenberger, who
?With all the media and everything, I just sat down one afternoon, put
my mind to it and was able to come up with a pretty good idea.?
The label also carries a warning: ?Consuming this beverage may lead to
incarceration in the United States federal prison system.?
Sypher is expected to be sentenced in late October