River Rat

  • WHITAKER BANK/KHSAA BOYS' SWEET 16: Can Bardstown break through?

    In seven previous trips to the Sweet 16, Bardstown has never made it past the first round.

    Could this be the year the Tigers break that drought? The magic 8-ball doesn’t necessarily say yes, but the signs do point to that possibility.

    Their first-round opponent Thursday at 6:30 p.m. is Pleasure Ridge Park, a veteran of 14 appearances including last year, when they fell 65-60 in the first round to Covington Holmes.

  • PEOPLE and PLACES: District snapshot

    The postseason is special, and as a result the performances that occur during the postseason are just a little bit bigger, a little more weighty. There’s just so much more on the line, especially when you’re facing down a win-or-go-home scenario.

    We’ve seen plenty of big outings during this 19th District tournament (Saturday’s boys’ championship between Bardstown and Thomas Nelson was too late for this edition), and here are a few of the biggest highlights of the week:


  • RIVER RAT: Weather cancellations, reschedules keep ADs scrambling

    Were you to check my computer’s browser history, I’m pretty sure the Weather Channel’s site has moved into my top three. And I’m not alone.

    Athletic directors at area high schools have to do a lot more prognosticating than they would like as they try to get as many ballgames in during an increasingly closing weather window.

  • RIVER RAT: Not on the Broncos bandwagon; Seahawks have played the best

    As you can imagine, over the past two weeks, I’ve had a lot of people ask me who my pick is for tonight’s Super Bowl.

    Readers of this column know I’ve been riding the Seahawks during the playoffs, but I latched onto them as my pick to win it much earlier in the season, right around the time I watched them destroy San Francisco 29-3 on a Sunday night in the second week of the season.

  • RIVER RAT: Look for Seahawks, Patriots to survive Sunday's championships

    So, here we are in January, and it’s butt-cold here.

    This is the time when the weather is always a consideration for picking NFL playoff games, especially when Peyton Manning is involved.

    The Denver gunslinger has enjoyed an incredible regular season, like he usually does, but now is the time for his cold-weather woes to crop up again.

    Or not.

    What alternate universe have we fallen into where it’s in the 20s here in Kentucky and today’s gametime temperatures in mountainous Colorado are going to be almost 60 degrees?!?!

  • RIVER RAT: Sunday's playoff picks

    Last week’s playoff picks were a bit middling on my part, as I went just 2-2. However, in a bit of absolution for my mistakes in the long lead time from my deadline to the games’ kickoffs, I did modify my opinions a bit.

  • RIVER RAT: Cardinal football coaching shuffle leaves emotional spin in its wake

    It’s been a weird, stressful week for Louisville fans.

    They’ve found their own little ways to sort out the range of emotions in play from the fallout of the departure of football coach Charlie Strong and the quick turnaround that led to Wednesday’s announcement that Bobby Petrino would be returning for Act 2.

    I’d like to touch on some of that.

  • Playoff picks: Do the Bengals finally get that elusive win?

    Sunday’s group of playoff games are intriguing, for many reasons.

    The near blowing of last week’s game against the Cardinals notwithstanding, the 49ers are playing their best ball of the year and appear to be a big contender to get back to the Super Bowl after winning six straight.

    For their recent and season-long 12-4 effort, they get to go to Green Bay, where temperatures will be zero or below all game, and they get a Packers team that is at least healthy on offense, if not so much on defense.

  • RIVER RAT: So close …

    Driving back from Iowa on Sunday was a stressful proposition, and not just because the icy roads that dominated the central Illinois portion of the trip, sending a number of cars skidding into the ditch.

    No, it was largely football-induced, a by-product of my being stuck behind the wheel with only a boring radio broadcast of the Colts blowing out the Texans to finish out the regular season.

  • RIVER RAT: Toots for Tots: Stripes make the call for charity

    It might go against some of you fans’ better (worst?) instincts, but when the high school hardwood season heats up starting next week, I’m asking that you take it easy on the guys and gals in the stripes for a change.

    I know, I know. They’re always wrong, or at least hopelessly biased against your team. But hear me out here.

    This year — as they have for the past decade — the refs are making the right call, and it’s indisputable. It’s a call for charity.