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River Rat

  • 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.

  • 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.