Quick hitters from the Sportsman of the Year after parties:
21. Kentucky football recruiting. According to Rivals.com, Mark Stoops' third UK class ranked No. 35 in the country. The Wildcats' 21 signees (not counting Nebraska transfers Courtney Love and Greg Hart) had an average "star rating" of 3.0.
20. Louisville football recruiting. According to Rivals.com, Bobby Petrino's second U of L class ranked No. 32 in the country. The Cardinals' 24 signees had an average "star rating" of 3.0.
19. Even, Steven. If you put credence in recruiting rankings, Kentucky and Louisville essentially ran a dead heat for 2015.
18. Stoops in the state. With the additions of Warren East's Eli Brown and Henderson County's Mason Wolfe, Stoops has signed nine in-state prospects since coming to UK.
17. Louisville in the state. Petrino did not have a single in-state player in U of L's 2015 class. Since coming back to The Ville for his second stint, he has signed one Kentucky product, Trinity's Reggie Bonnafon.
16. Stoops shows he can scramble. Given how bleak things seemed for UK after the Wildcats suffered six decommitments in the two weeks leading up to signing day, Kentucky recovered as well as anyone could have reasonably hoped.
15. Two crucial home-state losses. Not getting Madison Southern RB Damien Harris (Alabama) and Caldwell County QB Elijah Sindelar (Purdue) will be the recruiting losses that hurt UK most.
14. Same as it ever was. Given the various controversies that popped up late in the Louisville recruiting effort, the "new Bobby Petrino" seems a lot like the "old Bobby Petrino," no?
13. Ben Rhodes. The Louisville Holy Cross senior, a rising star in NASCAR, was at a Kentucky Speedway media event Thursday. After dominating NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East in 2014, Rhodes has signed to drive for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports in the Xfinity (formerly Nationwide) Series in 2015.
12. An 'All-Star' car. Rhodes will split time in the No. 88 car in the Xfinity Series with Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and Dale Jr.
11. Feeling excitement or pressure? "It's a little bit of both," Rhodes said. "I'm very eager to get in the race car, very eager to prove myself. At the same time, I know I'm with the All-Star group. ... They are going to win a bunch of races. I don't know if I will win races, but I've got to try to impress."
10. Darrin Horn. Western Kentucky University retired the jersey of ex-Hilltoppers' star and current Memphis Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee on Jan. 22. Horn, who recruited and coached Lee at Western, was on hand.
9. A return. It was the first time Horn, a standout WKU guard from 1991-95, had been in E.A. Diddle Arena for basketball since leaving Western to become head coach at South Carolina after the 2007-08 season .
8. Can you go home again? "It was kind of weird for me to be in Diddle and not be playing or coaching," Horn said last week. "But it was a good game (71-66 overtime win for Western over UTEP) with a good crowd (6,414) that was really into it. It was good."
7. Joe B. Hall. It has now been three months since The Joe B. and Denny Show, the radio talk show featuring ex-UK basketball coach Hall and his former Louisville rival Denny Crum, went off the air after almost 11 years.
6. Life as an ex-radio host. "I'm having withdrawal," Hall, 86, said last week.
5. A comeback? "No, no," Hall said to the idea of a new show. "I think I've been encouraged into retirement and I should accept it."
4. 2014 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year. The victory by former UK baseball star AJ Reed snapped a string of five straight years in which basketball figures had won the award.
3. Third baseball win. In 2006, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb, an Ashland product and ex-UK player, won Sportsman honors. The 2002 Little League World Series champion Valley Sports team from Jefferson County also won.
2. The all-time count. In the 34 years in which the Herald-Leader has sponsored the media-voted award, basketball figures have won 13 times; football 11; baseball three; golf two; and one each for track and field, gymnastics, swimming, broadcasting and administration.
1. Reed's future. At Wednesday night's Bluegrass Sports Awards, Reed said he expects to start 2015 with the Houston Astros' high Class A affiliate, the Lancaster JetHawks in the hitter-friendly California League.
So, who you got for 2015 Sportsman of the Year?