River Rat

  • RIVER RAT: Local teams made it an October to remember

    You don’t always get a good appreciation for what you did, where you went, how hard you worked, until you start reviewing your mileage logs.

    Did that Thursday, and I eclipsed 500 miles over the past couple weeks, which will make for a nice expense check at a time when I need to pay some bills. I think back to the trips back and forth from Hardin County for soccer and volleyball regions, with some local miles, a jaunt to Louisville for a football game and a side trip to Springfield for the volleyball districts.

  • RIVER RAT: Sportsmanship is more than a handshake

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association found itself in the crosshairs of a social media fury this week, leading to some unwanted attention for the governing board. Then it went viral, being picked up by ESPN and other national media outlets.

    And the weird thing is, it was much ado about nothing beyond a couple of press releases by KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett, the first of which was just confusing enough to lead people to believe the postgame handshake line tradition was being banned.

  • RIVER RAT: Baseball, Reds and otherwise

    Two weeks ago this past Monday, I got together with an old buddy and former roommate from my Bowling Green days, Eugene, for a Reds game.

    Years and years after our running days, we still banter back and forth, ribbing each other about our respective teams — he’s a Starboys fan and I’m a Black’n’Gold guy, so we’ve always parted along NFL lines, leading to years of hilarious exchanges between us.

  • RIVER RAT: Local product Barnes an ace fundraiser

    For many young folks, a career in the sports industry means either playing or coaching professionally. But there’s more to it than that, as more and more kids find themselves drawn to pursuits such as sports journalism/broadcasting (fun, but not all it’s cracked up to be) or athletic training.

    Even those pursuits are just scratching the surface of available jobs in the high-dollar world of sports, though.

  • 2013 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Games 2 Watch

    Every year, there are a number of games that can define a season. Others are intriguing because of historical or rivalry purposes (sometimes both). Others still are opportunity-type games, a chance to take a step forward.

    Here’s a look at some of the games this season that may or may not be circled on locker room calendars.


    Aug. 23

    Spencer Co. at Thomas Nelson

  • RIVER RAT: UK’s Brown looks ahead to the 2013 season

    A few weeks ago, we featured parts one and two of my interview new University of Kentucky offensive coordinator and Bardstown native Neal Brown.

    We touched on a number of topics, such as recruiting and installing the “Air Raid” offense, as well as what it’s like moving back home and being closer to family, life in the SEC, as well as others.

  • 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: MLB’s All-Star Game just not the same anymore

    I watched the All-Star Game on Tuesday and, well, it just doesn’t have the luster of my youth, back when baseball still was America’s Pastime.

    Of course, much has changed since those days.

  • RIVER RAT: Neal Brown talks UK football

    In Friday’s issue we had part one of my interview with University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown, a Bardstown native, on what it’s like coming back to the Bluegrass State after an assistant coaching career that included stints as OC at Troy and Texas Tech, where his offense was regularly ranked among the most productive in the nation.

  • Catching up with: UK OC Neal Brown

    With the University of Kentucky’s football coaching change, it afforded Bardstown native Neal Brown an opportunity to come home, so to speak.

    Brown — who in recent years guided some of the most productive offenses in the nation while serving as offensive coordinator at Texas Tech and Troy — took over that same position at Kentucky in the winter when new head coach Mark Stoops grabbed the reins.