We hope you enjoy a new weekly sports column from 1996 ECHS graduate Robert Vincent. The column covers local, college, and pro sports. Robert has some informative and entertaining views on sports in the world today. He lives with his family in the Chalybeate community.
by Robert Vincent
Sport (n): An athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess of a competitive nature.
Fan (n): (derivative of fanatic) a person with extreme enthusiasm.
In my opinion, this world is made up of two types of people: Those who love sports, and those who don’t. This is a column for those who do.
I have spent the last 30-plus years of my life loving sports. Whether they be cheering for the Edmonson County Wildcats or watching my favorite professional sports teams. Writing this is a labor of love. Giving my opinion (or fact) about something that, to me, is important…sports.
But enough about me.
Don’t know if you heard, but we got a pretty good football team. Last week, The Wildcats hosted Caverna…and by hosted I mean destroyed. 47-0. This week, they host Butler County. Edmonson County has a long rivalry with Butler, but not as big as the game that follows (that would be Grayson County). As long as the Cats keep it up on the arm of Tucker Cole (who looked very impressive against Caverna) and the play of guys like Caudill and Farmer, Edmonson should be fun to watch all year. The thing you have to remember is that Butler County isn’t a push over by any means…they beat a tough Logan County team 46-6. My pick: Edmonson 24-20.
Does anyone know what the year 1908 means?
On January 12, the first long distance radio message was sent from the Eiffel Tower. On August 8th, The Hoover Company gets the rights to the upright vacuum cleaner. But the important date? October 14. Why? It was on this date that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the last time with a 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers in game 5.
Fast Forward 107 years… The Cubs are 20 games over .500 (as of Thursday the 27th). They have offense and if all plays out, they get to be a wild card team. This may not mean much to some, but to true baseball historians, this is a big deal. True, the Cubs has a run of good seasons in the 2000’s but was cut one out short of the World Series by a Cubs fan with a glove he shouldn’t have brought to the game. They looked good during the home run race that featured more juice than a white Bronco going 40 mph. They have yet to produce a solid outing for a whole season since 1945 (that last appearance in the fall classic), until now. The fall looks nice in Chicago (well…unless you are a White Sox fan) for the first time in a while, and if not this year…who knows.
COME FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER
I am sure many of you have heard the name Isaac Humphries. No? You sure? Isaac Humphries is a young man from Australia. He is 7 foot tall. He is 17. In the FIBA U17 World Championship games last year, he averaged a hair under 19 points and just about 11 and a half rebounds and 3 blocks per game. Once, he scored 41 points and 19 rebounds against Canada’s team. He is also the newest recruit on University of Kentucky’s squad. You know…just in case they need tall people since about 300 Wildcats were drafted this year.
BITS AND PIECES
Things to watch for this week…Lots of good high school football across south central Kentucky before they have to share the weekend with Hilltoppers, Wildcats, Colonels, Cards and Horned Frogs. The Pro Golf Championship is on and Tiger is nowhere to be found. Another 49er was indicted for another crime as the team slowly goes down the drain, but they do have a trip for the preseason to visit Peyton in Denver. Yankees play the Braves in a throwback to the 1990’s when both teams mattered…well…mattered more.
Next Week, we look at Edmonson County’s trip to Swampy land and do something I call The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Truth: 2015 College Football Preview.
Hope you enjoy-- and remember, Bowling is still not a sport…