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  • Vaught’s Views: UK freshman center Bam Adebayo is a ‘mama’s boy’

    By Larry Vaught

    If a player comes to Kentucky, John Calipari has to have seen something special in a player to offer him a scholarship.
    The Kentucky coach knew freshman Sacha Killeya-Jones was a good player. He just didn't know how good until he got on campus and started competing with other talented teammates.
    So was Killeya-Jones, who originally had committed to Virginia, just better than Calipari realized or has he improved since getting to UK in June?

  • Unique

    Call me Gerard Flanagan.
    That's my name, and that's who I am. And I am unique, just like you. I have triumphs, tragedies, a story, mistakes, and other things that make me, well, me. They set me apart from the other seven billion players on this planet. The trials, tribulations, successes, lessons, and memories of which I have been apart have laid bricks in my life that have led me to where I am today.

  • Woods and Waters: Fishing isn’t over and gun season is about to begin

    As our fishing season ended for 2016, I reflected back on a few things. Specifically, unanswered questions. Ya see, while the rest of our crew was busy actually catching fish, John and I concentrated on the important matters in life. We managed to answer the most pressing problems but still - after months of contemplation - we are still stuck on one question: In the USA we steer cars from the left side, but we steer boats from the right (starboard) side. Our question is “Why?” If you have the answer let one of us know, it’s important!

  • Vaught’s Views: UK sophomore Isaiah Briscoe is an underrated playmaker

    By Larry Vaught

    Isaiah Briscoe certainly has earned the respect not only of Southeastern Conference coaches, but also SEC players.
    "He is a tough defender and player and underrated playmaker. Really he was an underrated player for them last year. He makes the game easier for others," said Georgia guard J.J. Frazier, a preseason all-SEC pick just like Briscoe. "They had Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray last year, but he was that piece that made them go.

  • Sometimes, that’s the way it goes

    Sometimes, an offensive lineman gets beat so badly by a defensive player that he has no choice but to commit a holding penalty in order to avoid a possible disastrous situation.
    Now wait, a holding penalty is disastrous, you say! Your team is pushed back 10 yards, and now your team has to gain 10 more yards on top of the yards already needing to be gained. Yards are already hard enough to come by, and now it became a little harder.

  • Vaught’s Views: NBA scouts regard Fox as the best prospect on the Kentucky roster

    By Larry Vaught

    During his time as an assistant coach at Texas A&M, Rick Stansbury got to see Houston point guard De'Aaron Fox play often. Stansbury, who was named head coach at Western Kentucky in the spring, says the Kentucky freshman reminds him of NBA standout Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City.

  • Mother Nature

    What's the ideal type of weather for you? Sunny and 75 degrees? Cloudy and a little cool? Snow, with a little more snow? No matter what the weather is, people will almost always wish the weather were different. If it's sunny and 75 degrees, perhaps they wish it weren't so dry. If it's a cloudy and cool, it needs to be warmer. I'm freezing, come on! If it's snowy, well, I'm really freezing!

  • Woods and Waters: Number of young hunters decreasing for variety of reasons

    One question asked by fish and wildlife agencies is, “Why is the number of young hunters decreasing?”
    That seems to require a very involved answer. No place to hunt, no transportation, no mentor type to take them and, according to some kids, it’s boring - just to name a few reasons.
    I can understand most of them. Unless you own land, are related to someone who’ll let you hunt or have landowning friends who’ll let you hunt, you’re pretty much out of luck.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky coach John Calipari’s son is a freshman walk-on at UK

    By Larry Vaught

    Having his son on the team could guarantee that Kentucky coach John Calipari will be at Kentucky the next four or five years. Or at least that is what Calipari recently told ESPN.
    Brad Calipari is a freshman walk-on at UK and is excited about the opportunity to be part of the program he has become so enamored with since his father left Memphis for Lexington in 2009.
    However, he has no idea what this year will be like basketball-wise.

  • One more time

    Sports are unpredictable, and that's what makes them exciting. That's what makes people watch, and that's one of the many reasons the stadiums are filled.