John Clay

Bad behavior gets a pass when you're a winner

John Clay
John Clay

Random notes:

■ We double-standard in the media. You bet we do.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wiggles out of police charges after inappropriate extracurricular activity. Bad behavior ships wide receiver Santonio Holmes to the Big Apple.

So how are the Steelers different than the Cincinnati Bengals, who made rampant comic fodder for their off-the-field shenanigans? Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette bravely posed that question. He's right.

Except for one thing. Pittsburgh's history is winning. Cincinnati's history is losing. Never mind that Carson Palmer is a model citizen, while Big Ben chases models. That doesn't fit the pre-determined script.

■ If the Phil-Amy Mickelson Masters Hallmark hug off the 18th green didn't pull at your heart strings, it must be tough carrying around your stone heart.

■ Enes Kanter, 17-year-old from Turkey and UK basketball commitment, scored 34 points for the World Team at the Nike Hoop Summit last weekend in Portland. He beat Dirk Nowitzki's old record of 33 points. Better yet, Kanter has stopped Kentucky fans from obsessing about why Daniel Orton is draft-bound.

■ Speaking of entering the draft, I may be the only one, besides Patrick Patterson, who hasn't officially declared. There are 60 draft spots. Seems like 600 underclassmen have already declared.

■ Re-igniting his alma mater may have been tougher than ex-UK baseball coach John Cohen thought. Swept by Arkansas last weekend, Mississippi State is 3-9 in the SEC. Sunday attendance at MSU's stadium was 2,186. Sunday attendance at Cliff Hagan Stadium for UK-Alabama was 1,953.

■ Don't look now, but the Reds own something more than pitching. Cincinnati has pitching depth.

Sunday, when rookie Mike "Leap to the Majors" Leake helped the Reds beat Chicago 3-1, Aroldis Chapman, aka "The Cuban Missile," threw 85 pitches for the Louisville Bats at Toledo in his official American debut. Ten of Chapman's pitches clocked 99 mph or faster on the radar gun. Three hit 101. Two hit 100. That's serious heat.

Yet the way Cincinnati's starters have started, Chapman's big-league call might be delayed. Some believed Travis Wood would make the Reds' rotation. He's pitching at Louisville. Darryl Thompson was a Reds starter for a brief spell in 2009. Thompson is now pitching at Double-A Chattanooga.

■ Best Mike Hartline attribute: He wants to be good.

■ The Lexington Legends celebrate their 10th season with their home opener Friday. Just in time. The parent club, the winless Houston Astros, needs help fast.

■ Good note from Joe Drape of The New York Times. Homeboy Kris, The 20th horse on the Kentucky Derby graded stakes earnings list, has made $250,500. That's the highest total ever for the final spot. Nowhere to Hide, the 20th horse last year, had earned $55,500.

■ OK, so at 40-1 Stately Victor was the longest shot ever to win the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. The previous record-holder was Dust Commander, who won the Blue Grass at 35-1 in 1970. And Dust Commander went on to win the Kentucky Derby.

■ Matt Simms didn't knock any socks off during his brief stay at Louisville. Now Phil Simms' son is the No. 1 quarterback at Tennessee. What does that say?

■ Former Morehead State star Jon Rauch has already recorded five saves for the Minnesota Twins.

■ One day, Florida Coach Urban Meyer is threatening to "go at it" with a media member. Another day, Meyer is at the Masters on a media pass. Go figure.

■ Lexington's Austin Kearns is hitting .300 for the Cleveland Indians. Last year, an ailing Kearns hit .195 for Washington, which declined to pick up his option.

■ Great line from the Tennessean's David Climer on Vandy's A.J. Ogilvy, who like most everyone else has declared for the NBA Draft: "I always wondered if he was more interested in putting some new blond streaks in his hair when he needed to be developing a mean streak on the court."

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