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Nuggets for the holiday

Sports in Kentucky



To readers of The Mountain Eagle, in particular you who spare a few of 10,080 minutes a week to agree-and-not with one old guy’s opinions before tossing it into the trash, thank you. Your time is precious and e-mails afterward are too. Even those with suggestions of where I can stick my points-ofview, which often are physically impossible.

This week, in the spirit of good intentions, a few ideas with Mark Twain in mind. “The human race,” he wrote, “has one really effective weapon, laughter.”

Thanksgiving nuggets to express holiday gratitude include …

1. On turkey dinner day after, what could be C-USA better than Western Kentucky’s Hilltoppers (9-2) and Marshall’s Thundering Herd (9-2)?

2. Louisville-Kentucky Governor’s Cup renewal has star power again and cha-ching incentives.

• Cardinals, thumped at Pittsburgh, have state brag rights at stake, but 7-5 and winners of five of last six registers better than team with two-loss sputter at the end to bowl officials.

• Wildcats (5-6), off a 58-point show have their mojo back? On the line: It’s UofL, it’s a bowl bid and, it’s two more weeks to practice.

3. Alabama-Birmingham basketball coach Jerod Haase donated $46,000 of his own salary to help pay for men’s and women’s programs’ cost of attendance this year – $23,000 to each program. Haase’s salary? One million annually.

4. Northwestern Wildcats (9-2) are bowl bound again.

5. Mark Stoops. Hammered on radio call-in show, Kentucky’s coach insisted callers be allowed to howl.

6. Willie Taggart. Tampa area media and South Florida football fans have slammed ex-WKU coach for two seasons, but after the Bulls smashed Cincinnati 65-27 and post season play was possible, Taggart “ain’t too bad.”

7. Tweet from Bowling Green High football coach Kevin Wallace

“… the past five seasons, BGHS is 67-3. That’s a lot of good play by a lot of good players. Keep rollin’!” The Purples host Fern Creek this week in a state semi-final.

8. Godfather Dept. NBA Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive intends to make John Calipari “an offer he can’t refuse” to become the Kings’ next coach.

9. Another Kentucky-trounced- Duke is history. First rate entertainment … for a night in November.

10. Tyler Ulis. Praise was too lavish, too widespread, too early and fool’s gold. Thankfully, Kentucky’s point guard will keep clear eyes, humble heart and play on.

11. Latest link to basketball greatness in Kentucky, Louie Dampier is a Hall of Famer.

12. Kids in Kentucky harboring a Big Blue dream and in need of worthy role models – Alex Poythress and Derek Willis.

13. Just Wondering Dept. Will Katina Powell of UofL sex scandal fame, be among nominees for Kentucky sports person of the year?

14. Andre McGee and Jalen Rose (ESPN) remind us, by way of sex scandal and tawdry confession (Rose), a rotten underside of college sports remains.

15. Gary Pinkel. Soon to be excoach at Missouri, will stay near to show us what courage looks like after the cheering stops.

16. Wheels of Justice grand slowly. We’re still waiting to see justice meted out to North Carolina athletics.

And so it goes.

You can reach me at bob.Watkins24@aol.com

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