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Author: Dick Gabriel

How the Great Handshake Controversy looked from my side of the field

  (COLUMBIA, SC) – There was a handshake at midfield, all right, prior to the Kentucky-South Carolina game Saturday night. These are the parties from each sideline that did the grip-&-grin: Me, and Langston Moore, the ex-Gamecock now working as my radio sidelines counterpart on the SC network. Otherwise, there was no flesh pressed. As for why… Moore has told the Charleston Post and Courier that the South Carolina players refused to extend their hands because of chirping by the UK players. That’s not the way I saw it. Yes, the Kentucky players were vocal but, from what I...

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Maybe George Costanza could figure out this UK team

Offense: 54 points. Defense: 33 points. What a lot of us might have predicted to be the final score of Kentucky’s season opener instead is the aggregate score of the first TWO games of 2017 for the football Wildcats. Oh, yes. These numbers are even bigger: 2-0. This time last year the Cats were winless, two thirds of the way through a three-game series that saw them give up more than 500 yards per contest, and an average of 44 points. After a turnaround in 2016 that landed Kentucky in the TaxSlayer Bowl, the Big Blue Nation looked forward...

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Fans everywhere need to remember more than just last week’s game

“Tom Brady has lost it… he lets Kansas City come in here and kick his butt, at home. He’s lost it. He’s done.” Somebody somewhere in New England Could be a fan, could be a talk show host, trolling for ratings. Maybe it’s a blogger who needs that instant take.  But you know he’s out there (probably more than one). We know this because they’re everywhere – fans who judge based on precisely what they see before them; no more, no less.  They don’t bother with context, history or reason.   Never mind the fact that the last three times...

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Ugly to you? It was beautiful to Mark Stoops as Cats ring up road victory in season opener

(HATTIESBURG, MS) — Kentucky’s victory over Southern Mississippi on a sweltering Saturday afternoon hangs like a piece of modern art – either a vision of joy or an ugly, wide splotch on the wall.  As for noted football critic Mark Stoops: “It was a thing of beauty to me.” There might not be a groundswell of support among members of the Big Blue Nation when it comes to his take on the esoteric nature of the game, but as for the result – they’ll take it. Kentucky’s defense, so porous against the run last year, stoned Southern Miss tailback...

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