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River Rat

  • RIVER RAT: Sweet and sentimental 16

    Each year, I look forward to the boys’ Sweet 16 state basketball tournament as a bit of a family/class reunion of sorts, a chance to catch up with old friends I’ve made along my travels around the state over the years.

    Lately though, I’ve been thinking a lot about who was there, rather than who is.

  • RIVER RAT: Asher spins Derby tales at annual Scouting luncheon

    Kentucky Derby 141 looms less than two months away, and Nelson Countians — and racing fans state- and worldwide — find their own ways to celebrate the passion of that first Saturday in May, Churchill Downs executive John Asher said in an entertaining visit Tuesday.

    Asher, an award-winning radio journalist before ascending to vice president in charge of racing communications at the venerable track in Louisville, called on his old radio chops to weave a number of folksy tales during his visit for the Nelson County Friends of Scouting Luncheon at Maywood.

  • RIVER RAT: This year, I just don’t know

    In most years, I declare a two-week moratorium on the 24-hour national sports networks during the lead-up to the Super Bowl.

    Too much hype, and my reservoir fills up with overkill pretty quick. So I don’t watch, so as to enable me to remain somewhat excited when the big day — today — comes around.

    I strayed a little from that philosophy this time around.

  • RIVER RAT: Don’t let that rich history fade away

    I love history. Always have. It was my major when I first started school at Western Kentucky way back when, but I put that on the minor back-burner once I transferred to Northern Kentucky and discovered journalism was my thing.

    Sports is a great way to explore that history, to tell the stories of those who came before to the younger generations.

    As I’ve learned more about the local sports history during my years with The Kentucky Standard, I’ve had an idea rattling around in my melon for some time.

  • RIVER RAT: Championship Sunday

    Other than unexpected losses by the Steelers and Broncos, most NFL prognosticators feel things went according to plan.

    An aside: If this were the final act for No. 18, I bid him well and thank him for being a great foil over the years. A truly scary QB for your team to have to face.

    Should Peyton Manning have been injured, his recent play is justified. I hope that is the case and he can come back for another round, should his body allow it.

  • RIVER RAT: Sunday's playoff picks

    The common theme of the divisional round of the NFL playoffs is that the home team most always wins. Those teams are rested after a bye, awaiting teams that got knocked around the week before in the wild card games.

    My picks for Saturday’s games — which appeared in Friday’s edition — reflected this, as I expect the Patriots and Seahawks to have already reserved a spot in the conference finals by the time you read this.

  • RIVER RAT: Expect home teams to advance in Saturday's playoff games

    Not gonna lie — last week’s playoff loss by the Steelers was a major-league disappointment. Making it worse was the fact that it came to the team I dislike more than all the others.

    So much so, I was still a bit angry the next morning. The sun didn’t come out that day.

  • RIVER RAT: District races heating up in January

    Over the course of the next few weeks, everybody in the 19th District, boys and girls, plays each other, which should bring a great deal of clarity to the respective tournament seeding races.

    Today, we’re going to do a bit of a mid-season profile, looking at where the local teams have been and what they have on their plates coming up, and how I think things will turn out.

     

    Boys

    Bardstown Tigers (5-8 overall, 0-0 dist.)

  • RIVER RAT: Playoff picks

    Playoff time is here, and I won’t lie — I’m a bit giddy that the Steelers are back in the playoffs after being the No. 7 seed the past two seasons, on the outside looking in.

    There are expectations beyond just being happy to be there, mind you. I’m not a Bengals fan, you know.

    Here are my first-round picks for this time around. Obviously, those of you who won’t see this until Sunday morning will already know the outcomes of the Saturday games, but those of you who read online at kystandard.com get to see the advance work.

  • RIVER RAT: Roundball time has arrived

    High school basketball season has arrived in Kentucky, with the regular season beginning Monday in the Bluegrass State.