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14 Nov

Why Jimmie Johnson Will Win The Cup And What It Means For NASCAR

by Tyler Rousey @ 10:09 AM

400 miles. 400 miles until one of the best drivers in a long time is once again on top of NASCAR. 400 miles until Jimmie Johnson is one title short of Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty. Johnson is going for his 6th Cup title in eight years. Six in eight years. Yep, you read that right. All he has to do is finish 23rd or better this Sunday at Homestead. That seems easy enough. Especially when his winning percentage in Chase races is 24.2%. That is double his regular season winning percentage. Pretty good right? When you talk to his fans they all say he's the best. Ever. He let someone else win these last two years. When you get right down to it, maybe he did. The 48 has all the best equipment he can get but so does the rest of the Hendrix Motorsports drivers. So does that mean the Johnson is just better? 63 career victories. 63. That's 8th best in NASCAR history. The best part, he has only been driving for 13 years. His career is still young. Not to mention that he is a perfectionist. He's a killer on the track. Its like he's a shark when it smells blood. He finishes. He's clutch. In short he's good. There is no question that he's going to win his 6th Cup Championship. No doubt. He made sure of this when he finished 3rd last Sunday. Not to mention in the first eight Cup races he finished sixth or better. The other finish? 13th. More than enough to conclude that yes he will finish 23rd or better. What does this mean for NASCAR? It means Johnson could be the best driver of all time before his career is finished. He's only 37 years old and after Sunday he'll be one title short of matching the record. Petty and Earnhardt got better when and after the turned 40. So it's safe to say the Johnson might as well. Also he decides to rattle off another 5 titles in a row he will own the championship record. Being great is measured by championships right? Yes. While he is not the best yet he's on his way. He is undoubtedly the best driver right now. While I like Dale Jr. he isn't even close to skill level of Jimmie Johnson. Yes I just said that. NASCAR and NASCAR fans should be on the edge of their seats. Johnson is becoming a legend in front of our eyes. That is rare. There is only one Jordan. No matter if you like Jimmie or not you may never see a driver be as dominate as Jimmie is now. NASCAR can and will be able to make even more money of JJ now more than ever. Once he wins Sunday next season is already set up. Can he tie the record. Boom. Tons of marketing money right there. Not to mention the fans may get to see one of the most dominate seasons ever. He won't stop either. If and when he ties he will continue to go and go. When he retires he will be the greatest ever if he keeps this up. Best driver. Best athlete. Most dominate. Call him whatever you want but I like Legend in the making. Or NASCAR's King. It's not even close.

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13 Nov

What We Learned From UK's Loss To Michigan State

by Tyler Rousey @ 5:55 PM

Kentucky and Michigan State played a fantastic game last night. While it looked like Michigan State would run away early it was not the case. Yes Kentucky never had the lead. However, they fought back and made it interesting late in the second half. While Digger can say whatever he wants the effort fight from Kentucky was awesome. Here are things we learned from last night:

  1. Michigan State is good at basketball. They are the #1 team in the nation. They are extremely well coached and they play together. They capitalize on the other teams mistakes and they limit their own mistakes. This team is dangerous now and can only get better.
  2. Julius Randle is the best freshman and the best player in the nation. Yes he started slow but man he took off. Triple team, double team, contact, no contact, it doesn't matter. Randle finished and finished strong. He had another double-double with 27 points and 13 boards. He can't be stopped and Wiggins and Parker can just deal with it. Need proof? Here you go:
  3. Kentucky is still bad at free throws. 20-36. That is terrible. If they make half of the 16 they missed they win the game. While Randle hit most of his, he will need to make both. Kentucky will get fouled and they need to take advantage of that. 
  4. When the Twins are bad Kentucky will struggle. While Randle is the heart of the team the Twins are the brain. They both played terrible. Their body language was bad through out the whole game. They had 7 turnovers combined and four assists. While they will be solid in March they sure looked like freshman yesterday.
  5. WCS is bad. I hoped he would get better this season and right now he hasn't. He can hardly hang on to the ball. He also can't hit a free throw. He can't play defense. He is 7 foot tall and he can't get double digit rebounds. He can't score in the paint. All he had was 5 points and 7 rebounds. That won't cut it. I believe he will be a four year player and hopefully he gets better.
  6. Alex looks like he has gotten better. He had 7 points and 12 rebounds. Yes he still got deflated at times. Yes he may have pouted. However, he going at a level that we didn't see much last year. He going for the ball on the ground. He was blocking shots and he just played well overall. In my opinion he has played his way back into the starting role. Over WCS.
  7. Officials are still bad. While I have no problem with the new rule changes I do have a problem with the consistency of the calls. They missed two or three walks by Michigan State players and were way to inconsistent on the hand check calls. Not to mention missing the player throw his hip into WCS when MSU hit that three towards the end of the game. All I'm saying is that the officials have to better in these big games. 
  8. Kentucky will get better. There is no doubt Kentucky will get better. They will still be a #1 seed in the tournament. The flashes are there. When the Twins get in sync and Randle and Young play like they did this team will be dangerous. They played terrible last night and only lost by 4. That is impressive.
Here are Coach Cal's post game comments if you are interested:
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13 Nov

30 For 30: Space Jam

by Tyler Rousey @ 2:49 PM

The folks over a Yahoo have put together a mockumentary of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. In it they look at one of the greates basketball games ever played: The Tune Squad vs The Monstars. What a game. In this 30 for 30 series they explore, Jordan and his impact, The terrible officiating of the game, the next man in motto the Tune Squad played with, how dirty the Monstars are. They even have some big basketball names involved. Plus see what was the turning point for the Tune Squad and what happened after all was said and done.  Anyway its worth a watch just relive the magic.

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12 Nov

UK vs MSU Preview

by Tyler Rousey @ 5:32 PM

The biggest game in this young college basketball season is undoubtedly Kentucky vs Michigan State. Its #1 vs #2. Cal vs Izzo. It could be a preview of the championship game. Here is everything you need to know for tonight's game.

Keys for a Kentucky victory:
  1. Get off to a quick start. Tonight the Cats can't start slow. In the two exhibition games Kentucky has started slow. They can't afford that tonight. They need to start quick. If the Cats can get up early and fast they could make MSU nervous.
  2. Hit free throws. This has been a problem for all of Cal's teams. With the new rule changes this year Kentucky will be at the line a lot. Randle and the Twins need to hit most of their free throws. At one point against Transy UK was 17-31. That's terrible. When Randle and the other Cats get fouled, and they will even more now, they have to nail the easy ones.
  3. Play together. In two games UK has only 24 assists. MSU had 22 in one game. Tonight the Cats need to play as one. Granted they are still young and learning but tonight they really need to be on the same page. If there was a time that the Cats really click and they will eventually down line, but if they click earlier than it needs to be tonight.
  4. Play defense. The defense was so-so in the two games and exhibition. Tonight they need to play better defense tonight. MSU has returned 6 of its top 7 scores from last year. They can get buckets. The Twins will have their hands full with MSU backcourt. As long as the Cats can contain and play defense its a huge deal.
  5. Stay on Keith Appling. Andrew Harrison will have his hands full tonight. He is a great scorer and very athletic. So is Andrew Harrison. Whoever is tasked with guarding him tonight needs to keep pressure on him. Be aggressive and they should have no problem.   
  6. Limit the fast break. MSU had 40 fast break points in their first game. That's a lot. Kentucky is athletic and can get out in front of these breaks. So as long as they limit them Kentucky will have a huge advantage.
Michigan State keys to victory:
  1. Get Adreian Payne the ball. Panye is a baller. MSU needs to get him the ball and get it to him a lot. Payne will probably be guarded by Randle. MSU needs to hope that Payne can exploit the fact that Randle is a freshman.
  2. Foul WCS. WCS is a terrible free throw shooter. If he has got an easy look, foul him. He will miss. Most likely both of them. Fouling WCS should be a big part of the game plan.
  3. Apply pressure. Kentucky is young. They may not be able to handle the pressure. Getting up in these young players grills could cause them to make turnovers. It could lead to fast break chances for MSU.
  4. Play smart. MSU is an experinced team. They have been in big games. The biggest thing they can do tonight is play smart. Limit the mistakes. Force turnovers. Don't waste positions. Make the little play. The little things could be the key.   
Kentucky MVP:
Julius Randle. Randle is the best player on the court tonight. With a double-double in both games he is a monster. He will have a great game win or lose for Kentucky.
Michigan State MVP:
Gary Harris. He has a great basketball IQ and he can shoot. They will be enough for him to take advantage of Aaron Harrison and out shine the rest of MSU players.
Who Wins?
Kentucky. 78-71. This will be a very good, very close game. While MSU has its experience and its fair share of talent I think UK will pull away late. The talent that UK has should be enough to get the win. No matter who wins sit back and enjoy the game.

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11 Nov

Chamipons Classic Or The Final Four?

by Tyler Rousey @ 7:18 PM

Tomorrow night the State Farm Champions Classic takes place. Many including myself believe that this could be the final four later in March. Kentucky vs Michigan State. Kansas vs Duke. Can it get any better? Forget about all the hype and headlines and get ready for some good basketball. Regardless of who you like.

#1 Kentucky vs #2 Michigan State:

  1. #1 vs #2. Title game preview. Old School vs New School. Cal vs Izzo. Good vs Evil. Call it whatever you like but this is the biggest game of the season. Both schools have aspirations for a title and this could make or brake each team. In one corner you have the #2 team in country. Izzo has MSU back near the top and its not a surprise to any one. Garry Harris and Keith Appling are just as good as a backcourt as any in the country. Adreian Payne is a monster. Not to mention that this team has experience. On the other hand you have the #1 team in the nation. Cal has put together another #1 recruiting class and depending on who you talk to the best player in the nation. While young the Cats have talent and will be looking to prove they are the best. Randle is a force to handle and will look to have his way in the paint. The Twins make a deadly backcourt as any. Plus returning WCS and Poythress should help.
#5 Kansas vs #4 Duke
  1. The second game is just as good. Kansas brought in a very good class headlined by the #1 player Andrew Wiggins. They head in to this game young and inexperienced. However, the talent and Bill Self's coaching will make this a good game. This is a game where Wiggins will get his chance to shine early in the season. On the other end Duke also brings in a good class. Parker being the main one. Duke has experience surrounding Parker though. It will be fun to watch the Wiggins and Parker match up in this game.
While both games are going to be great the one you really want to watch is Kentucky vs Michigan State. While the experience of MSU may cause problems for the Cats I think the talent will be too much for MSU. If UK can get off to a quick start and Randle gets rolling it will be a long night for MSU. Not to mention the problems they can cause on defense with their size. Kentucky takes this one 80-74. In the other game much of the same. However, as much as I hate to say it I think the experience will win out in this game. Kansas will look to have to Wiggins take control of this game but it might not happen. Parker can play his game while Duke's other experienced talent can lead the way. Duke takes this one 78-71.     

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7 Nov

Phillps, Choo, And Arroyo All Gone?

L to R: Phillps, Choo, Votto

by Tyler Rousey @ 5:10 PM

In a column by Jeff Passan,a writer for Yahoo Sports, he said an anonymous Reds executive told him that Brandon Phillips will be traded. That would free up $50 million for the Reds. The exec also said that Bronson Arroyo and Shin Soo-Choo wil be gone as well. This money would allow the Reds to go after some free agents and extend contracts of Jay Bruce, Homer Baily, Mat Latos, or Johnny Cueto. If this report is true not only would the Reds lose a consistent Pitcher in Bronson Arroyo but they would also lose two huge pieces of their offense from last season. While it looked like smooth sailing after the Reds extended an offer to Choo a couple days a go it doesn't look that way now. As for Phillips it seems like the Yankees inquiry may a set a trade plan in motion. That is if the Reds weren't already thinking about moving him. If the Reds do in fact lose the Phillips and Choo they would have to work hard to find offensive replacements. As far centerfield goes they are hoping that speedster Billy Hamilton will be ready to go. However, that may not happen. As for Phillips they could see who is in free agency. However, is there really anyone that can make the plays that Brandon Phillips makes. as far as Bronson goes the Reds should be fine. Tony Cingrani is a very good Pitcher and would add another lefty to rotation. Losing Bronson is not as big as losing Phillips or Choo. The Reds off season could be very interesting this season. Reds fans should hope that they can find a way to keep a least Choo or Phillips.

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7 Nov

Rebel Seniors Lead the Sweep

The Boyle County Rebel Cross Country runners made their way down to Wayne County for the regional tournament this past Saturday, and they certainly did not come back empty handed. The Rebel Lady Cross Country team is led by two seniors, Hannah Robertson and Katie Sudd.

Not only did the girls come back with the team win on Saturday, but they also dominated the competition with all three top finishers coming from Boyle County. Junior Nikki Coffey finished first with a time of (20:31), Senior Hannah Robertson finished second overall with a time of (20:53), and the top three was rounded out by young stud Ally Anderson with a time of (20:56). Fellow senior Katie Sudd finished in twenty ninth place with a time of (24:38).

          Senior Hannah Robertson was in a unique and new situation coming into this season on the team because this is her first year doing competitive cross country running for the school. Robertson had this to say: "Well, we started training in June—having practices and training—so the physical aspects... just kind of came together. Obviously if you run every day you're going to improve and begin to get into shape and things will work themselves out. Now, the chemistry of the team, it took time because we have a very young team, but we also have a lot of older kids. We bonded together; we trained really, really hard together! Once school started we had some [excruciatingly] hard practices."

          As far as expectations go for herself and the team, Robertson commented, "Well, since this is my first year just making it to state, I'm just here for the ride so the best I can do as far as I can make it is good with me... As a team, I think that if we all could get [personal records] and improve that would be fantastic! Individually, I would like to get a [personal record] and just finish off on a high note."

          As aforementioned, Robertson and Sudd are the only two seniors on the girls' side this year, and they each have their own specific leadership roles that they take on. Robertson comes from a background as being a member of the swim team at BCHS, and she compared her main sport to cross country as being very similar as far as the individual aspect goes.

          "Well, coming from swimming, cross country and swimming have a lot in common... you work together as a team, but... it is an individual sport, so in the end, it has a lot of accountability. You have to be accountable for yourself, you know, no one is going to make you get up on the weekends and run when we don't have practice... but as a leader, I do see myself as a leader for a lot of the younger girls... as the season has gone on I've become more of a motivational leader, preparing for races, being motivated, finishing through, I think that is kind of [the leader] I have become."

          Sudd comes into this year with a different role, being that is her sixth year on the team. She had this to say on her part as a leader and role model for some of her younger teammates and even some older, but less experienced members of the team: "We don't really look at ourselves as different ages, we are all really close, and I try to lead and show everyone just how to practice and [the proper technique], and just the main thing is to stick with it. But like you said, we have a lot of talent in all grade levels."

           The team will head toward the KHSAA State Cross Country tournament in Lexington, Kentucky, at the Kentucky Horse Park this coming Saturday, November the 9th.

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6 Nov

Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett Has Signs Of CTE

by Tyler Rousey @ 8:16 PM

Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett has been told he has signs of CTE. Along with Dorsett are HOF Joe DeLamielleure, and all-pro Leonard Marshall also have signs of CTE. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is caused by head trauma and it has been linked to depression and dementia. The three players underwent brain scans the past three months at UCLA. Five other players have been diagnosed with this as well. A build up tau is how you know someone has CTE. Tau is an abnormal protein that affects the brain cells that are related to memory, emotions, and other brain functions. At least 50 ex-nfl players have shown a build up of tau in their autopsies. Mike Webster and Junior Seau are among those who have shown tau in their brains as well. Dorsett decided to undergo scans after he reported memory loss, depression, and thoughts of suicide. He also said he can't remember where he is going at times or why. There is no known cure for CTE. All three are among the names in the class action lawsuit against the NFL that is being settled for $765 million in damages. Of course you know the NFL concealed reports of links between playing football and brain damage. Hopefully the NFL can learn from this and move forward in positive way. My hope is that some sort of protective measure can be developed soon so football doesn't die.  

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6 Nov

Are The Reds Shopping Brandon Phillips?

by Tyler Rousey @ 5:30 PM

The Yankees seem to know that Robinson Cano is leaving via free agency. So they have reached out to the Reds about Brandon Phillips. While is seems strange that the Reds would consider moving such a key part in the Reds offense this season. He had over 100 RBIs this season and he grabbed another Golden Glove. However, its not surprising as it sounds. While the price is high for Phillips the Yankees could certainly afford it. For a small market team like the Reds his contract is expensive considering how much they are about to pay out to Joey Votto. That's not taking into account the fact that Phillips may have angered the Reds front office a little this season. In an interview Phillips was asked how he felt about Votto's contract and his contract. He said it was like a "slap in the face" He also ragged them for giving Votto a deal before they gave on to Phillips when he was about to be a free agent. He also went of on a reporter when he asked him why his batting average was were it was. He wasn't nice either, calling him a "fat mother******." That also might be were some of the motivation to shop Phillips around is coming from. For a team that is so close to getting over the hump in the playoffs and making a run this is a very bad idea. The Reds need to hold on to Phillips. He is the best second baseman in baseball. His defensive skill set alone is enough to hold him. Hopefully the Reds see this and they can stop this nonsense.

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6 Nov 1

Coach Cal And The Basketball Team Visit An Ailing Fan In The Hospital

by Tyler Rousey @ 5:12 PM

The scene in the picture above is normally how the Rupp Arena atmosphere is. However, on the first of November when UK played Transy it changed. 73 yeard old Dickie Gregory was just like every other UK fan. He didn't even get to see the game. During the National Anthem Gregory was helping his wife into her seat. She had some trouble and fell down to the ground by her seat. However, while Gregory was trying to help his wife during her fall, he fell. However, his fall was even worse. He fell down several rows of bleachers. He was going to section 238 too so he was up pretty high. Coach Cal caught wind and of the story and decided to take his team to see Gregory yesterday. Gregory is now paralyzed from the neck down. Today his son called into KSR (Kentucky Sports Radio) to give an update. His son said that the visit from the team completely changed his father's day. He also said he can feel all the prayers coming from BBN. So on behalf of ATW our prayers are with you  Mr. Gregory along with BBN. Here is the interview:

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