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River Rat

  • RIVER RAT: Wild World Series

    Amazingly enough, the world didn’t end following the Chicago Cubs’ comeback from three games to one down to steal the World Series away from the Cleveland Indians.

    I was certain that Armageddon was the only natural reaction by the cosmos after one of the two longest-suffering franchises in Major League Baseball ended its generations-long drought — since 1908 for the Cubs and 1948 for the Indians. It seemed too historic for history to handle, with too many stunning, gut-punching disappointments endured by both tortured fan bases to wash away unnoticed.

  • RIVER RAT: HS FB is here!

    Welcome to the 2016 high school football season, and our special coverage of it.

    Of course, today’s issue of The Kentucky Standard features an old favorite, the football preview section, where we profile the teams that will be hitting the gridiron under the lights on Friday nights for the next few months.

    In addition, I hope you’ve been watching our companion coverage on PLG-TV 13, where this week we launched Season 8 (!) of Zubaty and Crew Sports Week with individual segments focusing on each of our local varsity football teams.

  • RIVER RAT: Big year for college signings

    Just out of curiosity, I did some investigating of the sports pages over the course of the 2015-16 school year, and that research found that this has been a banner year for local kids landing athletic scholarships at the next level.

  • RIVER RAT: Scouting experience still paying off today

    Each year, the local Friends of Scouting in Nelson County hold a fundraiser to support Scouting troops in the area.

    I usually always go, as the guest speakers generally hail from the sports world, and there are always interesting stories told. I also usually go because it puts me in connection with a fun time in my youth, my days as a Boy Scout.

  • RIVER RAT: Manning's 'last rodeo' won't be fun

    This weekend marks the culmination of the Peyton Manning lovefest, as it appears it will be his “last rodeo,” as he told Patriots coach Bill Belichick two weeks ago.

    Regardless of how Sunday’s game turns out on the scoreboard, it will serve as a celebration of all that No. 18 has done over his storied career. If you don’t believe me, listen to how Jim Nantz and Phil Simms gush over every single completed pass Manning makes.

  • RIVER RAT: Pats, Panthers should move on to Super Bowl

    I’m writing this on Friday in an empty office, occasionally glancing outside — yep, still snowing.

    Hopefully, all of you received your papers on time Sunday morning, as forecasts on Friday suggested the worst would be over by Saturday morning. And even if you are hunkered down for the weekend waiting for all the snow to melt, if nothing else, there’s some good entertainment and superb storylines on tap for Sunday afternoon’s AFC and NFC championship games.

  • RIVER RAT: Sunday Funday coming up

    Another Sunday, two more huge playoff games to plow through.

    It will be interesting to see if this week’s games play out in similar fashion as last week’s Wild Card round, with the late game Saturday and early game Sunday being nailbiter thrillers, bookended by a pair of snoozers.

    In Friday’s issue, I listed my picks for Saturday’s games, picking the Chiefs and Cardinals. Today’s games are even more intriguing, so let’s dive right in.

     

    Seattle at Carolina

  • RIVER RAT: Home cookin'?

    Last week’s NFL Wild Card round provided some interesting theatre with the dramatic wins by Pittsburgh and Seattle in the closing seconds, almost making up for the snoozers we saw with Kansas City and Green Bay.

    It was a historic weekend as well, with all four road teams winning for the first time ever. This week’s Divisional round, historically, tends to go the other way, as all four home teams are well-rested following their first-round byes, while the Wild Card winners will undoubtedly be a bit beat-up (some more than others, such as my Steelers).

  • RIVER RAT: CFP title game one for the ages

    On Monday afternoon, I was at a bit of a loss for what I might do for entertainment on a cold night in front of the tube, scanning the paper for what games might be on.

    “Oh yeah,” I thought. There was a football game I had completely forgotten about.

    I love college football, but there’s just not enough time in my week to follow it closely, especially since I usually work long days on Saturdays. I cast my lot with NFL Sundays a long time ago, since that’s really the only full day that I’m off work, and, well, it is the Steelers.

  • RIVER RAT: Today's NFC WC picks

    Friday’s edition featured my picks for Saturday’s AFC Wild Card games, so if you’re reading this Sunday morning, you’ll know whether I was right or wrong. My picks were Pittsburgh and Kansas City, in both cases, the road team. Weirdly enough, all four road teams this Wild Card weekend are favored, but I’m not picking all of them, as you’ll see in a moment.