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Columns

  • COLUMN: Sports talk: The good, bad and ugly

    The Derby’s over, and a long summer awaits. But there’s plenty of sports talk and chatter for fans. Some news is good, some is bad, but there’s always something for sports fans to discuss, argue and gripe about. I’m no different.

  • 24 ways to wish a merry Christmas

    Christmas week. What mystery parcels are snugged up beneath your tree? Treasures to remain so on snow days with grey skies when ornaments are boxed, mistletoe is used up and the tree is back in the attic?

    Today, 24 points-of-view (gifts) under my tree ... for you.
    1. Merry Christmas to you. Especially if you or a friend has a trooper home from Iraq or Afghanistan.

  • COLUMN: WKU's Kerusch finishes at head of his class

    Sergio Kerusch is blessed with a Scotty Pippin run-the-floor body, a smile worth a million bucks, and maybe, ideally, a Larry Bird play-all-day love for the game.

    The 6’5”, 225-pounder stepped up his game to Pippin-like numbers too at Western Kentucky last season. But this isn’t about Kerusch’s 15.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 44 turnovers in 992 minutes (32 games).

  • COLUMN: College basketball’s silly season

    NASCAR has its silly season every year when teams sometimes seem to change drivers faster than tires are changed in a pitstop and fans are left trying to decide if their loyalties should stay with a driver, a car, an owner or a sponsor.

  • COLUMN: Kentucky sore about 4-seed?

    Hand-wringing Kentucky fans should take pause from “we got hosed again!” and consider the short guy at Morehead.
    Coach Don Tindall lobbied for more respect, a higher seed for his OVC champion Eagles. Recalling “be careful what you wish for,” he got the latter. A 13-seed and all but certain one and done, Morehead faces the team nobody wants to play this week, the Louisville Cardinals.

    KENTUCKY WILDCATS

  • COLUMN: For teams in Kentucky, this is it!

    For Morehead State (in), Louisville, Bellarmine, Georgetown, and at this writing, possibly Western Kentucky, drum roll, please.
    This is it! Michael Jackson crooned. Tournament time.
    Morehead will wait to see if its next foe is Kansas, Duke or Ohio State.
    The best tournament could be the Big East and UofL is a major reason why.

  • COLUMN: This is what is right about sports

    Do Americans take sports too seriously? Probably.
    It’s hard to watch the hoopla surrounding the Super Bowl, the politics behind the BCS or the madness that is March to realize that big-time sports is big business that often puts the dollar ahead of the joy of the game.

  • Home run pitch: Calipari fouls it; Barnhart the Blessed gets pay hike

    Mixing metaphors ... gopher balls, basketballs and money.
    Best home run pitch question for a ball coach in February?

    My vote goes to one from a reporter to John Calipari last week. “What do you think of the officiating in the SEC?”

    Was this a Ralph Terry fast ball to Bill Mazeroski all over again?

  • Super bowl wasn't super television

    Just like in years past, the Super Bowl last Sunday attracted millions and millions to the television, but unlike some years, this year the best television occurred when the two teams were actually playing.

    The Packers and Steelers engaged in an entertaining game that came down to the wire and the game itself was actually the highlight of an otherwise so-so evening of television.
    The commercials were disappointing and it seems that advertisers seem to try way too hard to impress or get a laugh. Sometimes simpler is better.

  • Murray town to Title town

    Disguised this time as a football, opportunity presented itself again last week. This time to a kid who resembles a Mark Twain character riding a raft on Big Muddy, a scene to remind us anew why ... America, I (we) love this place!

    A gangly red-haired kid born in Pittsburgh, grew up in Murray, Kentucky with smarts, perseverance and pluck enough to be ready, recognize and seize the moment. Tim Masthay.
    This week, home boy hero to bright lights, Masthay is among the Cheese Head darlings parading through title town USA, Green Bay, Wisconsin.