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Let the Madness Begin

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.




Big Enes Kanter and his Nike sneakers may be spotlighted on the court or on the sidelines this coming Friday night when the curtain is dropped on the 2010-2011 Wildcats at Rupp Arena in the annual Big Blue Madness festivities, only our overworked friends at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana know the answer to that… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on October 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Cats Come Home Needing Wins

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.


Kentucky football can be so frustrating to follow at times. Keep in mind that no matter how frustrating it is for you the fan, you can take it to another level for the players and coaches. They put in a lot more time and energy than any fan. And both have much more at stake than the most ardent fan.



Even with all the… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on October 6, 2010 at 11:11pm — 1 Comment

Bouncing Back in Oxford

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.


Don't blame Joker Phillips or his staff for not preparing the Cats properly or setting the offensive and defensive schemes accordingly to give them a chance to pull off the upset in "The Swamp". And don't blame the players for not believing in themselves to match the Gators obvious advantage in size, athleticism, and sideline to… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on September 28, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Surviving the Swamp for Bigger Days

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.




I'll never understand some coaches thought process especially football coaches, then again, maybe that mystery is the part of team sports that intrigues us all the most. The head coach has to read his players mind before each game and decide what course of action to take when game action begins.



Still, I just do not… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on September 21, 2010 at 10:18pm — 1 Comment

Putting the Pedal Down

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.




Kentucky opened it's 120th home season of intercollegiate football last Saturday night when it's rookie head coach, Joe "Joker" Phillips, and his offensively talented yet defensively limited Wildcats overwhelmed the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers 63-28 in front of 66,258 of the Commonwealth's most ardent gridiron fans… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on September 14, 2010 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Can The Cats Go Bowling Again?

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.


A wise old sports writer (Earl Cox) once told me that there are three sports topics or items that are of a natural born birth right to any Kentucky sports fan:



1. The right to second guess any managerial moves by the Cincinnati Reds manager.

2. The right to second guess the UK basketball coach or… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on September 1, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Rating the State's High School Prospects

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.




Poll taken by: Ira D. Combs Sources: Various college scouts/coaches, recruiting services, and media across the Commonwealth


Top 10 KHSAA Multiple Athletes:



Jonathan Davis - Lou. Eastern - 6' 3" 235 lbs. Sr.

Flo Hardin - Lou. Ballard - 6' 0" 190 lbs. Sr.

La Mont McMurray - St.… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on August 27, 2010 at 11:48pm — No Comments

UK will ride Coattails of the Offense

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.




The 2010 Kentucky football team will go as far as the offense will take them in the all important win department. It simply cannot depend on its youthful and inexperienced defense to do anything but hold serve this year and hopefully not give up to many big and/or cheap plays for touchdowns.



That's not earth… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on August 23, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Cats Defense Young but Talented for 2010

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.




The old saying goes offense sells tickets and defense wins games.



With that being said Coach Steve Brown one of the holdover assistant coaches from the Rich Brooks era once again is in charge of organizing the UK defense and implementing the schemes accordingly with the Wildcats talent, this particular year he may… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on August 20, 2010 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Reasons for Optimism in 2010

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.


UK's new head football coach Joe "Joker" Phillips stepped up to the speaker's podium at the Wildcat Den underneath the bowels of Commonwealth Stadium last Friday morning before a state media contingent of approximately 75-100 members of the Commonwealth's sports media. He very confidently asked, "Well, guys, are you… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on August 12, 2010 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Ten Topics of Summer

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.


Getting a little antsy waiting on UK football so here's my random list of notes related and unrelated to UK I've accumulated over the summer:



#1 - Guess I'm the only one who has thought of this because I've not seen it mentioned anywhere but I'm astounded that the lawyers of Rick Pitino and Karen Sypher found and agreed on… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on August 5, 2010 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Schedule Could Help The Cats Climb

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.


As a member of the SEC, the Kentucky football team has been striving for many years to get its head above water so to speak on a more consistent basis within the conference with the so-called mid-level programs of South Carolina, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Tennessee and out of the bottom level basement with their longtime perennial… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on July 27, 2010 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Late July Football Talk and Memorable Quotes

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.


We're deep into the summer of 2010 and staring down that media driven story of many years in the past that the UK-UofL football game should be the first game of the season so the two flagship universities and the sport of football can get mega coverage all summer from the statewide media contingent. Yet, I've counted only a combined… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on July 21, 2010 at 12:26am — 1 Comment

Summer of 2010 filled with Drama

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.


The summer of 2010 is unfolding in it's early period as drama filled with storylines as any in the past on UK football and especially basketball.…
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Added by Ira's Blog on June 15, 2010 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Conference Call - Could the Cats be on the Move?

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.


We are officially in off-season mode for the UK football and basketball fan so let's let our thoughts and opinions drift a little and create a little mystique concerning the future of Wildcat athletics, especially UK football and basketball.
First of all let me step up to the plate and give Mark Story of the Lexington…
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Added by Ira's Blog on May 4, 2010 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

Big Blue Nation Hurts

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.




This one hurts just like it did in 1984, but there was another UK basketball season in 1985 and there will be another UK basketball season in 2010-11 as well, but dang it hurts to be so close to having done something so special to have it ripped away from you so quickly.



College basketball teams that have an… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on March 29, 2010 at 2:10pm — 1 Comment

Sweeping towards the Sweet 16

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.


John Calipari and his extremely young but mega-talented college basketball team swept through New Orleans this past weekend with a swift force nothing stood in their way and nobody from East Tennessee State or Wake Forest had any answers to combat the Cats' efforts.



Going into the first weekend of play many of the…
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Added by Ira's Blog on March 23, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Cats Go Marching In

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.




John Calipari and his second ranked Kentucky Wildcats escaped Nashville with their 26th SEC tournament championship Sunday afternoon winning a thrilling overtime game 75–74 that left…

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Added by Ira's Blog on March 17, 2010 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Marching Toward the Madness

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.




We have finally arrived at the Commonwealth of Kentucky sports fan's most special time of year.



Any college basketball coach will tell you that they divide each basketball season into four seasons. The first being the preseason practices, the second being the November and December non-conference season, the third being the… Continue

Added by Ira's Blog on March 10, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Cats Eyeing Number One Seed

By Ira D. Combs Syndicated Columnist

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.






Now that the Cats have survived the double dose of Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville…
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Added by Ira's Blog on March 5, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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