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The 5 Best Programs to Never Win a Title and The 5 Most Likely To Do It First

By ATLCat - Since we are in the heart of wedding season, today we examine the Bridesmaids of Kentucky Football. The programs who have yet to hoist the trophy. We will start with the 5 Programs which have historically been the strongest. The criteria: - I am looking at the teams who have sustained their success for the longest periods of time first and foremost. A team like Johnson Central has been really good in the past decade, but historically were pretty mediocre. - Near misses matter. Winning a lot of games against inferior local competition does not make a great team, but teams who have made... Read More →

Can you see it? Hear it? Smell it? Touch it? Can you taste it?

By Purple Nation - Can you see it? 10 more weekends from now, you grab the family (or your old high school buddy) and pull into your Alma mater campus, find the perfect parking spot talking about how the squad looked last year and how they WILL BE this year; I mean, this is the year for them to take it all the way and sock it to the team you despise. Yes, that team - The team whose fans are even ugly, whose colors never you would be caught wearing. Can you hear it? You exit the car from your perfect spot, hearing the sounds of the bands as you enter the mecca of High school football (insert your stadium,... Read More →

The Five Most Iconic Programs Of Kentucky

By ATLCat - For Today's installment we will define the Top 5 Football Programs that personify Kentucky to the rest of the HS Football world. The Criteria I Used: - Trophies Matter... self explanatory... cannot take a program serious who doesn't have a trophy case that is stocked up - Recent relevance matters. General Steel may have shaped our nation, but corporations like Google and GE are more iconic in today's culture because of their relevance in the short term. - With that said, a great tradition reigns supreme. Flashes in the pan come and go, but programs who have been elite for decades... Read More →

The Top Five Gameday Stadiums In Kentucky

By ATLCat - Piggy Backing off the "Top Uniform" thread... shall we continue to hand out some superlatives? The Criteria: - A Great Stadium has character. Anyone can put a set of aluminum bleachers and throw a field logo down... but the Best of the Best offer a specific ambiance and environment that makes every trip a memorable one. - A Great Stadium has a winning tradition. Any time someone waxes nostalgic about "their" homefield a bit of bias is involved, but let's face it... the elite stadiums have an air of invincibility. - A Great Stadium has traditions. When you think of the great college... Read More →

The Ten Best Uniforms In Kentucky High School Football

By ATLCat - Let me begin by prefacing my comments. When it comes to "Ranking Uniforms" it simply becomes a matter of taste. What some may like, others see differently. Whereas one person may prefer the chrome and neon of Oregon's uniforms, another may prefer the traditional steadfast Alabama jersey. I understand that. As such, it is only fair that I share what MY criteria is: - It begins with the Helmet. To me the helmet is the key. I look for a helmet that either is timeless and easily identifiable, or a helmet that is unique and stands out among it's peers. - Speaking of "unique" it is all... Read More →

South Warren Spartans vs 4A in 2015

By Doubletake1906 - Similar to PurplePride, I would like to stir the pot a little. The Spartans (now in 4A) will have the most challenging schedule they have had in their past 4 years of existence. The past 2 seasons have been their most successful since the program began posting a combined record of 24-3... With Coach Smith returning for his 2nd year as head coach, and the team returning virtually every starter from both sides of the ball, I believe this team is primed and ready to make a run at a 4A State Championship. Some areas of improvement for them to make that run will have to be filling the void at... Read More →

Make Big Decisions Now, Coach When It is Time to Coach

By ChiefSmoke - In my book, Black Shoes & White Shoestrings, I talk about Bill Walsh’s impact on how we run our program and the level of organization we try to incorporate. We use play scripts, job descriptions, and any necessary planning documentation we can to make great decisions BEFORE the season begins. Once the season begins, we coach our team the best we can. A couple weeks ago, I received a favorable response when talking about setting the priorities of what a head coach does. As head coaches prepare for the season, one suggestion I would make would be to prepare the following: 1- job... Read More →

Adjusting Priorities - Head Football Coach

By ChiefSmoke - Over 20 years ago at a clinic, Sam Harp, former Danvlle HS coach with seven state titles, shared a master list of what a coach needs to do, broken down by the months of the year. That list has been a big help, but when I took the job at Mercer County in April, I became overwhelmed with everything I was NOT getting done. This past Thursday, I woke up at 4 am and just started working to try to get a handle on what needs to get done. The four hour round trip, teaching school in Maysville, and doing spring practice in Harrodsburg, is making it tough to complete every task. It is very important... Read More →

Mother Teresa To Be Elevated To Catholic Saint In September 2016

By Colonels_Wear_Blue - Archbishop Fisichella, who is the head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelization (a relatively new office of the Roman Curia established to renew the effort of spreading the message of the Roman Catholic Church), spoke about the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta this past Tuesday in an interview with Catholic News Agency. Initial plans point for Mother Teresa to be canonized on September 4, 2016, although a Vatican spokesperson clarified today that all plans at this point are hypothetical. Mother Teresa was born Agnes Bojaxhiu in 1910 in the... Read More →

Will 2015 Go Down As One of The Strongest Years for Football in "Eastern" Kentucky?

By ATLCat - I cannot recall a year in which there is as much Team and Individual Prowess or expectations for the schools East of I-75 or in the WYMT "Mountain" Coverage Area. The Teams: Two Defending State Champions both return with loaded rosters... Belfry- The Back to Back 3A Champs will certainly be a major player once more Pulaski County- The Defending 5A Champs return a host of talent including Mr. Football Finalist Riley Hall Along with that.. Read More →

KHSAA sanctions Lawrence County, Pike County Central for Bylaw 15 Violations

By theguru - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2015 Following an incident in a varsity baseball game between Lawrence County and Pike County Central on May 5, which led to the termination of the game by the officiating crew in the 6th inning, the KHSAA conducted an investigation to determine any appropriate penalties. Per the umpire’s incident report, the altercation began when a Pike County Central student-athlete charged into the Lawrence County base runner at second base. Per the officials’ report, and confirmed later through discussion with school representatives, both teams had players leave their... Read More →

Transition: When one of yours takes over the program

By ChiefSmoke - On April 2nd a tough transition began to take place. I resigned as the head football coach at Mason County HS after 19 great years. I am returning to be the head football coach at Mercer County Senior HS in Harrodsburg, KY, my hometown. There have been some emotional times. Great joy and memories from relationships and accomplisments that have stretched over 19 years. The joy of returning to your hometown to play a role in building a great program for the kids that are now in the shoes you filled 35 years ago. The sadness as you face separation from kids, coaches, and a community that has... Read More →

Grant County Football Coach Kevin Siple on bullying

By theguru - Dear Colleagues, Let me first apologize for the long email. But, I have had something on my heart for many years. Here goes. As a long time teacher/coach, I have been thinking for several years about ways that we can impact our young people and our school community in the area of how kids are being treated in our hallways. Just like every school building in the country, we have kids at Grant County who get on the bus in the morning, go through their entire school day, get on the bus to go home, and do not experience one positive comment, smile, greeting, etc directed their way. Not... Read More →

What would the Owensboro Red Devils record be if they played in the WNBA?

By PurplePride92 - What would the Owensboro Red Devils record be if they played in the WNBA? Could they beat a WNBA team? Could they have a successful season in the WNBA? Would Justin Miller be stopped by any woman in the league? Can Aric Holman handle Britney Griner? Can Jacoby Harris put the clamps on Diana Taurasi? Taurasi is actually taller than Harris so she already has the edge in that matchup. Would Darion Morrow and Dylan Sanford be as effective against the WNBA as they were all season? Would Airius Phillips have a field day as the Sixth Man against WNBA? All great questions. Who knows the answers? ... Read More →

Hey Ump! Call it like you see it

By theguru - By Keith Sherman I have a few things to say as I get ready to start another season of umpiring baseball. First, as an umpire, I'm a volunteer, that means I'm giving up time with my family to be out there and I call anywhere from one to six games in a day. Yes, I do receive some compensation for my efforts and in exchange for that I hustle on every play to be in the right spot to make the call. Yes, despite my best efforts I will make a mistake occasionally. Yes, I read the rule book. In fact, I read it before the season starts and I go back during the season to re-read it, even after a... Read More →