Rachel Maddow and Dave Zirin on the Wildcat Coal Lodge

Rachel Maddow had some fun with the proposed University of Kentucky Wildcat Coal Lodge on her television program Monday night.
“When American thinks basketball, America thinks black lung?” she asked as she threw the story to Dave Zirin, the sports editor for The Nation Magazine.
Zirin also found plenty not to like about the idea, including that the new lodge would replace the Joe B. Hall Wildcat Lodge. Zirin pointed out that Hall was born in Kentucky, grew up in Kentucky, played for Kentucky and coached for Kentucky.
“He’s done everything for Kentucky except put on a saddle and run in the Derby,” Zirin said.