Many Louisville and Kentucky fans were puzzled to see a photo of the schools' basketball coaches, Rick Pitino and John Calipari, together at a restaurant this week. Not only do the two men represent rivals schools, they don't have the most cordial relationship.

As it turns out, the coaches were not dining together, rather they happened to be eating at neighboring restaurants at the exact same time. What are the odds of that?

The restaurants are attached and under the same ownership, Bluegrass Hospitality Group.

USA Today's Laken Litman got to the bottom of the story.

Calipari was at Malone's in honor of a friend and the former COO of Bluegrass Hospitality Group, Ron Rager, who recently passed away. Pitino, who has a horse competing in this weekend's Kentucky Derby, was next door at Drake's. When one of the waiters told Calipari that Pitino was next door, the Kentucky coach walked over and shook hands. Then the two posed for a pair of photos with some fans.

Bluegrass Hospitality Group's marketing director told Litman that Calipari had a bone-in filet accompanied by calamari. Pitino ate a calamari salad, a cup of broccoli cheddar soup and the Lexingtonian Salad.

Calipari and Pitino may be rivals, but they've got at least one thing in common: A shared affinity for calamari.

(H/T to For The Win)

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There is no better example of winning by losing than LaRosa's Pizzerias.

The Cincinnati chain sponsors a promotion at Reds home games, and when the team strikes out at least 11 opposing hitters, fans at the game can redeem their ticket stub for a free pizza. In 81 home games last season, Reds pitchers tallied 11 strikeouts just 13 times. In 15 home games thus far in 2013, the team has reached the mark seven times.

The Reds lead the National League with 195 strikeouts through 21 games.

And even though LaRosa's has given away more than $100,000 in free pies, management swears it's a win-win.

"The real reason to do this is to underscore awareness of our brand and get people to visit," Pete Buscani, LaRosa's executive vice president for marketing, told WLWT. "This is the best promotion we've done in a long time."

Fans have one week to redeem their prize, which is an eight-inch pizza with their choice of any four toppings. Normally the dish sells for $6.79.

Cincinnati pitchers have tallied at least 10 strikeouts in each of the Reds' past six games. That's the first time in the team's modern history that it has accomplished that feat. While Cincinnati's pitchers certainly deserve a lot of credit, the Reds have faced some weak opponents recently. Both the Cubs and the Phillies, who've visited the Great American Ball Park in the past two week, rank in the top five in the National League in terms of strikeouts.

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Even though fast food restaurants have long tied their brands to sports teams, it still comes as a shock when a big-name athletic program like USC partners with a fast-food joint called Fatburger.

USC and Fatburger announced the partnership this week. According to a press release, Fatburger will have "on-field and courtside signage, video board features, Fan Fest display and radio spots."

Fatburger has worked with USC in the past, providing post-game meals to athletes.

"My sons and I are all proud alums, so we jumped at the chance to extend the partnership, becoming an official partner of USC Athletics," said Fatburger CEO Andy Wiederhorn. "We are honored to have the opportunity to feed one of the most elite sports programs in the country and hope that our tasty burgers will fuel the Trojans to bring home many more championships."

This is far from the first time that a fast food restaurant will be advertising at a sporting event. McDonald's sponsors an annual high-school All-American basketball game, and it was even an official, but controversial, Olympic partner at the London games.

Perhaps a Fatburger sponsorship is no different than one from McDonald's. Both fast food chains are known for their fattening hamburgers. But the name "Fatburger" just isn't very aurally pleasing, especially when tied to an athletic department.

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Seeing as Russ Smith is one of the best collegiate basketball players in the country, an uber-fit guard who helped lead the Louisville Cardinals to the national championship, his Waffle House tradition may come as a surprise to many.

The junior guard is known for having what are called "tea parties" at a Waffle House near Louisville's campus. At the popular restaurant, Smith creates a fat-filled concoction by mixing grits and scrambled eggs, then adding butter, salt, pepper and sugar.

If you don't believe it, watch him for yourself:

As it turns out, the "tea parties" are quite the exclusive event. Despite his best wishes, senior guard Peyton Siva was shunned for much of the year. But when Louisville goes to the White House to celebrate its championship, Smith says he is looking to extend a special invitation to his Waffle House tradition:



Something tells us Michelle Obama, the founder of the Let's Move! campaign, would not be cool with her husband dining at Waffle House.

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Unfortunately, Chris Bosh will most likely remember his 29th birthday party for the terrible ending of being robbed of jewelry worth $340,000.

But if it's any consolation, it sure looks like the Heat big man and his buddies had a great time before the night was over.

Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald reported that Bosh had a Moroccan-themed party complete with a camel, fire eaters and belly dancers.

And perhaps best of all was the magnificent birthday cake.

The 29-year-old reportedly cut into a chocolate elephant covered in jewels and ridden by a figurine of himself wearing a turban.

The chocolate elephant, in all of its outrageous glory, takes the cake when compared to Bosh's previous birthday desserts. But it's close.

Last year Bosh had a cake which matched his jacket, and two years ago he had this.

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The Wichita State Shockers are playing for more than just a trophy this weekend at the Final Four.

They're also playing for pizza.

Pizza Hut, which was founded in 1958 in Wichita, has promised free pizzas for all Wichita State students if the Shockers win it all.

The pizza chain moved its original restaurant to the Wichita State campus in 1986, and the company says if the Shockers cut down the nets in Atlanta on Monday, it will reopen that restaurant to provide pies to the campus.

"We're very proud of our heritage and history in Wichita, and when we see things coming out of the city and campus, we're aware and proud to be a part of that,” Doug Terfehr, director of public relations for Pizza Hut, said last week. "It's an exciting moment already, but it’s always better when there’s pizza around."

Pizza Hut also announced that, should the Shockers win the title, all large, one-topping pizzas will be $9 for people who sign up for the company's email program. The $9 figure comes from Wichita State's seed in the NCAA tournament.

But as some have pointed out, this $9 promotion actually might not be a good deal.

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