Sports idolatry a sad distraction
So our current local obsession will be ongoing until a University of Kentucky basketball game is lost or final NCAA victory is won? Honestly, I really do wish them well.
Far more important, our focus should not be on this diversion to dumb down, to simply entertain or provide more pablum for the public's minds. Nation, state and local issues need minds to solve major concerns.
If only these sports guys and their talking heads were activists inspiring acts for clean soil, air and water; seriously advocating improved education; helping provide national health care for all; pushing to end war or caring for the neglected and abused. Then I would be extremely impressed.
Never miss a local story.
Sports is too much like our religious institutions. It is not enough doing feel-good public-relations appearances and padding their pockets to later give to like-minded folks who do feel-good work while padding their own pockets or feeding their own faces.
I do remember a few successful sports figures who stood up, and a few who still do; but they are the exception. The polluters, profiteers and corrupt politicians smile as they use these stars. No more idolatry when suffering reigns like sports does in distracted minds.
UK fans amazing
I watch University of Kentucky basketball games on my TV, and I am always amazed at the number of UK fans in the audience no matter the location of the game. That so many faithful fans follow the team to away games is really remarkable. It says a lot about what kind of fans UK has. My compliments to each and every one of them.
Polly Jo Green
Coaches do wrong, profit
It really amazes me how the head coach for a college team can violate NCAA rules and the school loses scholarships, previous wins, and has many sanctions for years to come and the coach, if fired, gets his contract bought out and just goes to another school as its head coach with a great salary.
What's wrong with this picture? A coach who violates the rules, behaves in a manner not for the betterment of the players and the school should be banned from coaching for at least as long as the school where the violations occurred.
Letting a coach go to another school after messing up is not justice for players and schools.
Adjust your dial
I read that a frequency of 528 hertz is conducive to healing. I have no idea if this is true. I do know if you have a flat-screen TV you can go to the onscreen audio choices and choose the equalizer. Then, click on the 100 hertz field and reduce its value to zero. Why? Well, if you like to watch University of Kentucky basketball but don't want to hear sportscaster Dick Vitale, this will make his voice almost indistinguishable from other background noises.
Play more zone
If you want to beat University of Kentucky, do what the national champs did last year; they spread their offense and Coach John Calipari fell for it.
Our big men moved out too far from the basket. A few pick and rolls and a quick slant, and a player is wide open under the basket.
Kentucky needs to play a little more zone and less man-to-man. It's harder for big men to play man-to-man with smaller and faster men.
If you lose one game in the playoffs, you are one and done, and your NBA stock declines. I go back to the Fabulous Five, the Fiddlin' Five and Rupp's Runts — who were the best even through they lost the final game.
Look who's in trouble now
Wow, how times have changed.
We have heard for years that University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari's programs at previous schools were put on probation, although he was never proven to be involved in those infractions.
Now, we have good ol' boy Roy Williams' program at the University of North Carolina involved in academic fraud with their players attending classes that were at best suspect such as African studies available to basketball players only.
We have Coach Jim Boeheim at Syracuse University using an ineligible player with academic fraud, facing a suspension and loss of wins to that program.
Now as hard as it to believe, we have, Do-No-Wrong Coach K at Duke University playing a player accused of sexual abuse — a year ago. Let me say again: Wow!
Give walk-ons minutes
University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari has three walk-ons who have sacrificed as much as the others to make the team better for four years. What do they get in return? Twelve seconds of playing time on senior night.
If he has such an unbeatable team, shouldn't he have the luxury of letting these dedicated walk-ons more playing time?
University of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino is a good example of today's coach who takes care of the players. We will see if Calipari pans out. He's got a ways to go.
Terry L. Bugg