John Clay

Pelphrey draws a crowd for his charity

Random notes:

■ For the love of Dawgs:

A university plane took Uga V's Whatchagot Loran, otherwise known as UGA VI, from Athens to his final resting place in Savannah on Monday after the English bulldog and beloved Georgia Bulldog mascot passed away from heart failure at the age of nine last Friday.

Georgia president Michael Adams gave the opening remarks at the funeral.

Georgians really love the Bulldogs.

■ Quite a crowd turned out for the John Pelphrey Roast Monday night in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to raise funds to fight the blood disorder that claimed the life of Pelphrey's infant son John Patrick. Eddie Sutton, Billy Donovan, Richie Farmer, Anthony Grant, Joe Gottfried and Jimmy Dykes were among those on hand.

So was Skip Leroy, a Pelphrey friend from their days at UK. The two sat by each other in business school, prompting Leroy to tell the crowd, “I felt like I earned two degrees. My degree and his degree.”

■ Maggi Moss, horse owner and attorney for trainer Steve Asmussen, took issue with my Sunday column arguing that the present penalties are not much deterrent for trainers such as Asmussen, who had a horse allegedly test positive for Lidocaine at Lone Star Park on May 10.

Wrote Moss, “ … I am also all too aware of real horrors in this business of horse racing and I have to beg to differ with you. Until we have a uniform system of no drugs or any uniformity, do you really want someone ruled off that might be innocent or have a case of contamination. Is that the United States we want to live in?”

(The entire e-mail response can be read on my Sidelines blog at

■ It should be no surprise that UK Coach Rich Brooks survived his fishing boat overturning in Oregon on Monday. After all, Brooks has proven to be an expert at saving sinking ships.

■ The Sporting News ranks Kentucky's non-conference schedule the fourth worst (as in least exciting) in all of college football. Worst is Texas Tech, followed by Minnesota and Indiana.

■ Never mind Ken Griffey Jr.'s walk-off home run on Monday to send the Reds to a 4-3 win over the Pirates. I'd still offer Junior to the Tampa Bay Rays at the trading deadline.

■ The good: Ex-UK and Pleasure Ridge Park star Scott Downs has a 1.19 ERA in 36 appearances with the Toronto Blue Jays.

■ The bad: Ex-Ballard star Jeremy Sowers is now 0-4 with a 7.53 ERA for the Cleveland Indians.

■ Do you get the feeling that Tiger “I played with pain in my knee for 10-12 years” Woods is Billy Gillispie's kind of guy?

■ Soon-to-be former Indiana athletics director Rick Greenspan says he is considering writing a book. Suggested title: “Hey Kelvin, don't call me.”

■ Tennessee's Chris Lofton, Mississippi State's Jamont Gordon and Kentucky's Ramel Bradley were all better SEC basketball players than Florida's Marrese Speights last year, yet the Florida center was chosen 16th in the NBA Draft while the aforementioned trio went undrafted.

■ If Speights is the 16th pick, then where might a healthy Patrick Patterson go next season? Just asking.

■ Some (non-UK or U of L) bloggers have pointed out that neither Kentucky nor Louisville has produced a lottery pick in the NBA Draft in the last 11 years. Which school has produced the most lottery picks in that time? Duke, with nine.

■ Chris Evert and Greg Norman, both 53, wed in a $2 million ceremony over the weekend in Bahamas. It's the second marriage for Norman. It's the third set of nuptials for Evert. So she could be headed for a third-set tiebreaker.

■ As part of his duties for Ivy Walls Management, Lexington Legends' CEO Alan Stein is involved with the business dealings of the Omaha Royals, the Kansas City Royals' AAA farm team also owned by Ivy Walls.

Stein has been spending time in Nebraska as the Royals are talking to the city of Omaha about a stadium deal.

A Royals' minority owner is none other than Warren Buffet, the world's richest man, who when asked about the stadium situation, told a Nebraska newspaper, “Ask Alan Stein.”