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Columns

  • How playing sports in college helped prepare me for the real world

    By Bailey Foxworth
    Sports correspondent

    Have you ever watched a movie or TV show about someone in college who has an assignment due, and they try to convince the professor to give them an extension, but the professor won’t do it? Then, some football player or basketball player asks the professor for the same thing because of the “big game” and they’re granted the extension without a second thought?
    I hate those scenes.

  • Vaught’s Views: Jamal Murray is ready to earn his keep at Kentucky

    By Larry Vaught

    Others can rave about Jamal Murray all they want — and most college basketball analysts are — but the Kentucky freshman doesn’t pay attention to that or forecasts that he could be a top five pick in the 2016 NBA draft.
    “It is a lot to have that said about you, but I have not earned anything yet. I just try to stay focused and make sure this team goes where it needs to go,” said Murray.

  • Our real effect

    By Gerard Flanagan

    I got the idea for this column when I watched a Verizon commercial featuring Saints Quarterback Luke McCown. It was about how Verizon's backup towers' purpose was to step up when the regular towers went down. The same is true for an NFL quarterback. Drew Brees for the Saints went down with an injury last week, so Luke McCown must step up. McCown now gets a chance to make an impact on the field.

  • Vaught’s Views: How good can Tyler Ulis be?

    By Larry Vaught
    Correspondent

    In just about two weeks, Kentucky coach John Calipari will show off his next team that he hopes can once again be a Final Four/national championship contender.
    But think back to a year ago at this time. Sure, everyone thought the Wildcats would be good. Really good. They were, too.

  • The wage gap

    By Bailey Foxworth
    Sports correspondent

    In my house, Sundays are for two things: Jesus and football, and last Sunday was no exception. I went to church, then drove to my dad’s house to watch the Bengals teach the Chargers a lesson in passing completion.
    Now, I’m a huge fan of sports. I play sports; I watch sports; I plan on forcing encouraging my kids to play sports when I have them. However, I have a few grievances with sports, namely the adversity women face.

  • Why take the easy route?

    By Gerard Flanagan

    Sports correspondent

    Life, like sports, has its share of bumps in the road and its share of curveballs that throw you off your feet. You might not get that promotion. This certain girl may not like you back. In sports, maybe you lost on a last second touchdown, or things aren’t looking good for your team.  

  • Attitude is everything

    By Bailey Foxworth

    Sports correspondent

    Sports are physically demanding.
    Well, duh.
    As someone who plays two sports at the college level, I’m practically a connoisseur of the physical demands of sport. I practice two to three times a day and compete almost every weekend. I’ve had my fair share of practices in extreme heat and the cold, injuries and days when I’ve had to give it my all when I’ve had no gas left in the tank.

  • One plus one equals one

    By Gerard Flanagan

    Sports correspondent

     

    The math geeks out there are probably cringing at this if they’re reading this. One plus one equals one!
    While it doesn’t in the math world, if you’re in the sports world, one plus one does indeed equal one.

  • Don’t let the heat beat you

    By Bailey Foxworth

    Sports correspondent

    When I woke up last Tuesday, I didn’t know exactly what the day would hold. I knew I’d have to go to practice, eat breakfast, go back to practice, eat lunch, go back to practice, take a nap and go back to practice again. Cross country preseason training only really consists of eating, sleeping and running.
    But sometimes, things don’t always go according to schedule.

  • The joys of practice

    By Gerard Flanagan

    Sports correspondent

    “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.”   

    We talking about practice? Well, at least I am today.