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River Rat

  • RIVER RAT: Bo Jackson curse continues

    Playoff time is here in the NFL, and look who back-doored their way in.

    That’s right, the Steelers, the team nobody wants to have to face in the playoffs, especially a certain team that hasn’t won a playoff game in more than two decades.

    The sense of dread and self-loathing coming out of Bengals fans is downright comical in its sadness. I get the feeling they would rather have played anybody else than Pittsburgh in this game.

  • RIVER RAT: Top Sports Stories of 2015

    Each year on the sports pages, a number of stories capture the fancy of local readers.

    At the end of each year, I take some time to reflect on just what it was we saw, and try my best to bring it all together in one list and bring context to it all.

  • RIVER RAT: Hard work key to grid success

    It takes a lot of hard work to be successful in football, and those countless hours spent in the weightroom, conditioning, drilling and fine-tuning technique will finally start to pay off for our local teams this week.

    I’m starting my ninth year here at the Standard, and while I get excited about football, I’ll confess I regularly dread the long hours it takes to put together a section such as this, and all the preparation that goes into wrangling everything together.

  • RIVER RAT: Welcome to Ky. Standard Sports

    Those of you who are regular readers of the Standard’s sports section have a pretty good idea of what you can find in these pages on a regular basis.

    But for those of you who may be seeing our paper for the first time, allow me to give you a bit of a primer on what you’ll generally find here in this section.

    High school sports coverage tends to be the bread-and-butter of most small-town newspapers, and this paper is no exception to that rule. For 10 months out of the year, these pages are filled with the exploits of our local adolescent athletes.

  • RIVER RAT: Welcome to Ky. Standard Sports

    Those of you who are regular readers of the Standard’s sports section have a pretty good idea of what you can find in these pages on a regular basis. 

    But for those of you who may be seeing our paper for the first time, allow me to give you a bit of a primer on what you’ll generally find here in this section. 

  • RIVER RAT: Coming soon, to a gridiron near you

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s “dead period” ended at midnight today, ushering in the unofficial beginning of the 2015-16 prep sports season as fall sports teams get back to practice.

  • RIVER RAT: Baseball district race a jumbled mess

    Well, that was interesting.

    I managed to get back to Bardstown’s baseball field from the tennis regionals in E’town on Tuesday just in time to catch the final few plays of the Tigers’ 11-9 win over Bethlehem.

    It was a win that, while deceptive at first glance, was defined by some great pitching. True, it sounded crazy when I was told that Tuesday night, but it made more sense when I checked out the stats on Wednesday morning.

  • 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.