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Columns

  • Tee Time: Don’t let your playing poorly get in the way of having fun

    By Dennis George

    “A bad day on the golf course is better than a good day at the office.”
    How many times have we uttered those words when taking a day off from work to play in a golf outing?
    Whoever came up with that saying wasn’t walking a mile in my shoes during my three days of competing in the Georgia Senior Invitational Tournament.
    And I use the word competing lightly.

  • The Greatest

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

    Muhammad Ali, nicknamed "The Greatest," passed away Friday at an Arizona hospital at the age of 74. His death has made many people take time to reflect on the impact he had on both the sport of boxing and society. Ali was an inspiring figure for many and a driving force for change, yet a controversial one as well.

  • Outdoors column: Boat repairs are a bummer but a necessity

    Sometimes writing this article is easy. This usually happens when I’m sorta stretching the truth a smidgen!
    Then there are the times when it hard to put into words what actually happened. The reason: the absolute truth can be a little boring! So it becomes necessary to embellish some of the details.
    As a word of warning, don’t believe everything you read. That doesn’t just go for what I write either!

  • Vaught’s Views: ESPN reporter loves being a part of Big Blue Nation

    By Larry Vaught

    During the last few years, Kentucky basketball fans have got to know ESPN reporter Shannon Spake very well and have embraced her to the point that they sometimes feel like she is part of the Big Blue Nation.
    How does Spake feel about that?

  • Tee Time: The good ole days

    By Dennis George

    I’ll never forget the first time.
    And the feeling that went through me as I realized that I had accomplished it.
    It was the summer of 1966, and it happened in the field behind Dr. Eli George’s house in Lebanon.
    My cousins had been playing golf in that field for a long time and they always talked about how much fun they had.

  • Know when to speak, when to listen

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

    Former Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox holds the record for most ejections in MLB for a manager with 161. Cox managed baseball in MLB for roughly 40 years, mostly with the Braves. He was one of many managers over the years to be known for their short tempers and tendencies to express their anger and displeasure with a call in an unforgettable or angry way.
    Earl Weaver.
    Ron Gardenhire.
    Lloyd McClendon.
    Lou Piniella.

  • Thank you for your service

    Memorial Day (long weekend) isn’t for cookouts, camping, fishing, cold brews or socializing. It’s about remembering our veterans and those currently serving.
    It’s remembering that all gave some but some gave all! It’s respecting the men and women who serve whether you agree with what they have to do or not! It’s often just enough to say, “Thank you for your service.”

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky receivers coach has energy, credibility

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says it is now hard to see the impact receivers coach Lamar Thomas has with players.
    "I just think you see a very energetic guy that brings credibility. He played in the NFL, was one of the great college football players. He has a great presence about him, does a great job in recruiting," said Stoops.

  • Tee Time: How well do you know your golf game?

    By Dennis George

    Figures lie.
    Liars figure.
    That’s an old saying that I’ve used many times when people have spouted out numbers that I wasn’t sure that I could agree with.
    And just as many professional and collegiate teams use statistics to plot which player to foul in certain situations or ask, is now the time for a hit and run, golfers too should be able check out their numbers.
    Most of us do not have any idea of our vitals.
    We should.

  • NBA Playoffs

    By Gerard Flanagan, Sports Correspondent