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Columns

  • Number called

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

    Who has ever heard of the phrase "next man up" or "your number has been called?" What do you think those two phrases mean?
    I hear those phrases often in sports when a starter on a team is injured. The phrase means someone has to step up and replace an injured player or step into a role when the need arises. Or, it could mean that someone must embark upon something that might not be the most pleasant thing to do.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky is still a ‘dangerous team’ going into tournament play

    By Larry Vaught

    Most years ESPN analyst Dick Vitale believes 12 to 15 teams might have a reasonable chance to win a national championship. This year, he thinks as many as 25 teams could have a chance to win six straight games in NCAA Tournament play and a national title depending on pairings.
    He believes Kentucky, which has been to the Final Four four of the last five years, is a "dangerous team" again this year despite an inconsistent season filled with various injuries to key players.

  • All alone

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    Defensive coordinators despise many things: roughing the passer calls, pass interference calls, face mask calls, just to name a few. However, what many (and me, as a lover of hard-nose defense) may hate and despise the most is a blown coverage. It doesn't matter when it happens (though it'd sting if it occurred in the final minutes in a close game).

  • Hunting and fishing is an expensive hobby

    As outdoorsmen we’re often faced with rants from non-hunters. They do have some valid points… like “Do you have to hunt to eat?”
    The answer to that would be (since we’re being honest here) no. You can buy meat in the stores! Yes, but never forget, that hamburger and steak didn’t commit suicide. Somebody somewhere did that beef in!
    So, I guess we hunt simply ‘cause we can. We fish for the same reason, ‘cause we can.

  • Vaught’s Views: Tyler Ulis is going to be real a pro

    By Larry Vaught

    Alabama coach Avery Johnson, a former NBA player and coach, thinks Tyler Ulis is already better than some current NBA players.
    “He is a pro. He can play on the professional level. He is good. He can do everything,” Johnson said after Ulis had 19 points and 10 assists against his team last week. “He is a pure point guard that can hold his own. He takes charges. He throws his body in there. As a coach you don’t like coaching against him. I see lot of things I did as a player in him.”

  • Hustle and think!

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    Do you ever hear a coach say, "hustle!" to one of their players? Do you ever hear a coach, fan, or players talk about hustle? "They didn't hustle! You got to hustle! Hustle! Hustle! Hustle!"

  • Coyote hunt begins Feb. 26

    Another coyote hunting story. Not this week, but next week for sure!
    This week we’re going to talk about a coyote hunt happening this coming Friday and Saturday.
    Ran into a friend at Wal-Mart who told me the Marion County Coon Hunters are putting on a coyote hunt with registration being between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb 26, and running through the same time Saturday.
    That way you can take advantage of a night hunt Friday into a morning/all day hunt Saturday. You can hunt, sleep, hunt or just stay up and hunt for 24 hours.

  • Vaught’s Views: In-state recruiting connections could improve UK’s football team

    By Larry Vaught

    One reason head coach Mark Stoops and then offensive coordinator Neal Brown wanted John Schlarman on the UK coaching staff was for his in-state recruiting connections.
    “Coach Stoops has emphasized from day one that we have to do a good job with instate recruiting,” Schlarman, a former UK offensive lineman, said about UK's 2016 recruiting class. “Sometimes you work really hard at that and we've been working on this class since 2013. This has been a work in progress for the last two to three years.”

  • Football withdrawal

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports correspondent

    "Turn out the lights. The party's over. They say that all good things must end."

  • It’s never too cold to coyote hunt