■ If kids say the darndest things, parents know that kids can also do the dumbest things.
This isn't to soft-pedal the suspension of Kentucky football players Dorian Baker, Drew Barker, Tymere Dubose and Stanley "Boom" Williams for apparently firing an airsoft gun Sunday night on south campus, causing a school lockdown.
The discharge of any sort of weapon on campus, even an airsoft gun, is no laughing matter, certainly not to the students who received "shots fired" text alerts on campus and the parents who learned about it on the news.
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In these times of school shootings, "shots fired" is not something you want to hear on any campus.
The seriousness of the matter was compounded Tuesday with the shooting at Fern Creek High School in Louisville in which one student was reportedly injured.
No one got hurt Sunday night at UK, however. And airsoft is not gun play. It's not even BB-gun play. A step down from paintball, airsoft is a warfare-type game popular among high school and young college kids.
(Truth be told, there are some of those colored plastic balls, or pellets, lodged in the floor seams of my garage. You try and get those things out.)
In the end, "kids" is an apt description of the four now-suspended football players — kids who did a really dumb and embarrassing thing.
■ Fayette County Attorney Larry Roberts' decision to charge the players with a misdemeanor, disorderly conduct, seems about right.
■ Far more serious — to me, anyway — is the incompetence and bumbling at Michigan over the concussion situation concerning quarterback Shane Morris during the Wolverines' 30-14 loss to Minnesota over the weekend.
Coach Brady Hoke said Morris did not have a concussion as explanation for why the quarterback was allowed to re-enter the game.
At 1 a.m. Tuesday, Michigan Athletics Director Dave Brandon released a statement saying Morris did have a concussion.
Brandon insisted no one on the Michigan sideline saw Morris take the hit. Seriously? Does he expect anyone to believe that?
Hoke's days are obviously numbered in Ann Arbor, but Brandon's might be, as well.
■ Judging from the reaction to New England's 41-14 loss to Kansas City on Monday night, it is the media/Internet's job to overreact.
■ The Sunday night undefeated Bengals vs. backs-to-the-wall Patriots game in Foxborough is shaping up as a pretty important game.
■ The Kentucky defense has forced opponents into third-and-10 or longer 20 times this season, and the opponents have converted just four.
■ As ridiculous as it may sound considering Johnny Cueto won his 20th game Sunday, if I'm the Reds I seriously consider dealing the ace starting pitcher.
The 28-year-old Cueto enters the option year of his contract in 2015, and his future salary is likely to be higher than the $10 million he's scheduled to make next season.
General Manager Walt Jocketty has traded away hitting to secure starting pitching. Now he needs to consider trading away a star pitcher to secure much-needed hitting.
■ As for the possibility that the Kentucky football team will wear black jerseys Saturday night against South Carolina, we are told that players like the black jerseys.
TV networks like the fact they can wait until the last minute before setting the starting times.
Athletics departments like the idea of buying easy victories over cupcake opponents, not to mention the checks from the TV networks.
The conference office likes the television network that has taken games away from the local television channels.
So what is left for the paying customer to like?