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Columns

  • 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

  • Woods and Waers: When fishing, don’t over think it

    When you watch fishing shows on television it seems like they catch fish on almost every cast. Course they’re catching them on lures, which just happen to be made by the show’s sponsor!
    Now I’ll admit that I’m the type of viewer the sponsors want to appeal to. First, I love to fish. And secondly, I’m inclined to … or used to be … buy anything I see somebody else catch a bass on!
    What I ended up with was box after box of lures that, even though they worked for the pros, didn’t work for me.

  • Vaught’s Views: Cobb is UK grad with $40 million contract with Packers

    By Larry Vaught

    In four years with the Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb  has had 335 receptions for 4,214 yards and 33 touchdowns. Cobb also has a 108-yard kickoff return for the Packers.
    The former University of Kentucky star signed a four-year, $40 million contract to stay with the Packers before the 2015 season. Yet you might be surprised to know that his mother, Tina Cobb, still thinks it was more exciting to watch him play when he was at UK than it is in the NBA.

  • Tee Time: Golf isn’t always a gentleman’s game

    By Dennis George

    Golf is described as a gentleman’s game, but, unfortunately, golfers don’t always fit that description.
    Surely most of you have played with that person who always cuts corners, if you will, so as to win those few extra bucks or to shave a couple of strokes off their score.
    They don’t bend the rules; they break them.
    And when you see it happen, you don’t know if you should laugh, get upset, or say something.