Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Warren Buffet smokes with that other Buffet, Offers Billionaire status to perfect Bracket

Warren Buffet has put it out there. He's offering up a chance for one person to instantly enter the tax bracket of milk and honey. Buffet will pay 1 Billion dollars to anyone,( race, creed, color, religion, or criminal background be damned) who can correctly pick every game in the upcoming NCAA Tournament in March.

Yeah, Warren Buffet just called your meager earnings from your office pool nothing. Basically, called all us hacks and 9-5ers scrounging up 20 bucks to throw down on a pool and giving up breakfast for two weeks because of it, a bunch of pussies.

In any event, seems appropriate that yet again, someone not on the floor playing the games is going to benefit financially from the tournament other than the kids playing.

'Merica. NCAA.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Blast from the past: 1985 16th Region Basketball featuring former UK Wildcat Mike Scott

Somebody found this little gem while surfing around Facebook tonight. It's the final minutes of the 1985 16th Region final between Greenup County and Boyd County. The game features former Kentucky Wildcat Mike Scott playing for GCHS.

11 years after consolidation created Greenup County High and the modern Boyd County High School.
Greenup ( I hope you are saying it as 'Green Up') County was created by bringing together Wurtland High School (Warriors), McKell High School (Bulldogs) and Greenup City (Tigers). The 3 rivals came together and made the new county school, hence the mascot being called 'Muskateer'. BCHS had previously existed, but also in 1974, they were merged with Catlettsburg Independent Schools, amid promises of a new school and better opportunities for Boyd County students. None of which happened. in 2013, a new high school was finally erected in Cannonsburg.  Boyd County basically continued on as always with the merger being more akin to a takeover or assimilation of a culture, and Catlettsburg became a footnote to progress.

Anyways, here is the game:

Friday, January 17, 2014

Horne grabs Red Devil Football Program by the Horns

Meet Sean Horne. Former middle school principle, current Russell Independent Schools Superintendent, and probably an alright guy.

Oh, he's also the guy who just booted Russell's iconic Head Football Coach out the door.

After 38 years, and making Russell relevant in Kentucky football, Ivan McGlone has been forced out as Head Coach. It was Horne who pulled the trigger.

You have to ask yourself though, what if it was time?

To a forward thinking superintendent, it was past due. Horne has attempted to get McGlone to accept the terms of not being on the sidelines for the Devils before. Matter of fact, he offered McGlone a tribute/send-off last season, with the point being that Horne was letting him know, in no uncertain terms, it was coming to an end. A new direction was going to be embarked on, and McGlone was not going to be leading them in that direction.

McGlone, said no.

After the completion of this season, Horne once more made that offer. McGlone could saddle up on his horse for one last hurrah and ride off into the sunset. However, under the terms he was offered, you know that Ivan was going to be looked at as just a symbol of Russell football being paraded and heralded on the sidelines. You have to figure that somebody else was going to be calling the shots under the guise of it still being McGlone's program. It wasn't going to be.

Once again, Ivan, said no.

McGlone's counter to Horne's offers and terms; Either he is the coach, or he is not. No happy middle. No waiving at people in the stands, no 50 yard line ceremonies before games with opposing coaches, no pictures of his face on game programs. No fuss. Either he was calling the plays, running that Wing-T, or nothing.

Nothing it is.

So there it is, it's over. No parades. No ceremonies. No commemorative shirts. Nothing.

The Ivan McGlone Era is done.

However, don't paint Horne out to be the bad guy here. He was doing and acting upon his feeling of what would be best for his school system, and for his athletic programs. That is his job. That is the job he was
in-trusted to do and one in which somebody obviously considered him qualified for.

He's doing it. He's is earning his salary. Unpopular decision? Maybe, but he's doing what he was hired to do.

Unfortunately for Horne, in the football crazed community of Russell, which is all thanks to the success and greatness of McGlone, he may only be remembered as the man who drove out their beloved hero. No matter what good he does for the school system during his tenure, this may be the only thing he will be remember for.

And that may be just as big of a travesty as the way Ivan McGlone was told, not asked, to leave Russell.

Oh, and whoever is named the next head coach? Good luck, pal.

The Ivan Era

Ivan McGlone amassed a record of 316 wins and 151 losses during his 38 years at the helm of the Red Devils since arriving in 1976. He is ranked 7th all-time in wins in Kentucky High School Football, and he has 2 State Titles to his credit while at Russell, the 3A Championship in 1978 and the 2A in 2005.

While he was there, Russell only experienced 5 losing seasons, won 44 playoff games, and went undefeated in both the 1994 and 2005 regular seasons. The Red Devils also enjoyed 6 straight double-digit win seasons.

Russell has not won more than 7 games in a season since 2008.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Still, No Excuse for NOT Boxing Out.

Fayetteville is a bitter memory now. We've moved on. We, no matter how crap-tastic the officiating was all night in the house of Wal-Mart against us, we ultimately didn't do what we could control: Free-throws and BOXING THE FUCK OUT.

When the time came, after two young kids showing that they could be clutch, take the big shot and make it, and have ice coursing through their veins, we failed at a basic principal of the game. Something you are taught in second grade, no matter how qualified your coach was at the glorified day care program that is elementary basketball practice. It's something that high school aged girls do, with a great deal of efficiency, by the thousands on any given prom night across America:

They put an ass on somebody.

We didn't.

No ass. None.

No Box out leads to put-back dunk. Put-back dunk leads to game over. Game over leads to Harrison twin altercation. Harrison twin altercation leads to Kentucky haters getting warm in the crotch and back on soap box. (Read that in a Yoda voice for dramatic purposes, but make sure you do it in a room in only which occupy you do.)
Arkansas sure does employ a lot of short-haired women security. And...the one in the back looks like Grumpy Cat.

Cats, let's stop this vicious cycle. Let's box out.

And, we still think Arkansas coach Mike Anderson looks like this:

The Aftermath of being a Folk Hero

Nothing has been posted in a minute or two on the blog, so I figured I'd go ahead and do this and beat some Kentucky Hate Group to the punch. A once 'unforgettable' Clay County boy, is Richie Farmer now an 'unforgivable' man of corruption?

Whatever your stance, Richie simply gave in to the dark side of being an elected official. Did he shame the people of the Commonwealth who voted him into his position of power, just because he wore the Blue and White? Let's be honest, that's the only reason he was elected. It was, in this state, the only platform you need to get an office with a really nice leather chair.

We did it to ourselves. It's not so much Richie's fault for being weak and unable to resist temptations, as it was ours for being whipped into an absolute frenzy when it comes to all things associated with our Cats, and putting somebody into an elected office that probably should have been running a basketball camp or having a chain of automobile dealerships. Once again, that is only possible because of wearing the Blue.

So, forgive and forget, or not. It's up to you.


Monday, October 21, 2013

It's Monday, and you may need the motivation to finish the day

This is 8 cups of Colombian and two shots, at least, of concentrated adrenaline for your Monday morning...

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Each spring, the Castellinis send out nice, warm little letters to members of the Cincinnati Reds mailing list that reaffirm the family's commitment to building a winner and maintaining a winner in the Queen City. Recent rumors that they are going to trade away Brandon Phillips, an MVP caliber player and the best defensive 2nd bagger in the game, for Dan Uggla, a good and solid 2nd Basemen, however one who was not on the Braves (Brian McCann's butt-hurt over everything Braves) post-season roster, in a straight up swap for the two middle infielders, shows that the commitment they claim to have to the fan base of the Redlegs, isn't there at all.

Shop Cueto, dangle that Captain Canuck carrot in front of some teams, but seriously don't trade Phillips straight up, for anyone. I could handle them trading Phillips, I root for laundry not the name attached to it. However, let's not trade him away for Dan Uggla, straight up.

I'd like to think that we could get more out of Phillips than the second coming of a slightly more-apt Glenn Hubbard. At least throw us a bone and make it a package deal and throw the veil over our eyes with some young talent who will undoubtedly bust, but let us have the allusion for a few seasons that we got the better of sending BP away.

 If you haven't noticed, yeah, I'm still bitter about our post-season performances that last few years. At least, though, we aren't the Cubs.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

In-N-Out Baseball Championship and Week 4

Things are better now than at this point last week. I've lived life a little. Went to work, watched my son's soccer game, even went to the epicenter for social engagement, Walmart. Make no mistake it wasn't easy, my head hung a little lower, my steps had less purpose. As the timeline of my life distances itself from that painful event so will my mental recollection. At some point I'll get my mojo back. Still yet the pain and agony of defeat will stay with me forever as it does each and every year that doesn't end with a banner. Time heals all wounds, as the saying goes. Try telling me that each morning when I see the scars of lost seasons looking back at me. While I'm not one to talk about myself, judging by my fan mail and get well wishes, I felt a status update was in order.

The aforementioned pain and anguish likely summarizes the feelings of Todd Whitley this week. Six months of being the best the 64/60 had to offer wasn't good enough as once again Landon Bowe finishes the season at the top. The victory gives Landon back to back titles and the privelage to further devalue that beautiful trophy which is the envy of all 64/60 members. While last seasons title established Landon in the ranks of the 64/60, this second title puts him in the conversation for the 64/60's best. Four seasons have produced four playoff appearences, one first place regular season(keep in mind that season the Fukudome Fuckers were on autopilot all year), 2 regular season runner-ups, 5 Playoff W's, and of course two Championships. No one values their legacy more than myself but even I tip my hat to the accomplishments of the L-Bo. From the resume to the managerial style the success is the envy of every member of the 64/60.

Walls Of Jericho 6 vs. Free Hat 5. As one would expect two solid pitching performances yet surprisingly it was the Free Hats who earned the 4-1-1 edge. Offensively it wasn't either teams shining moment as 29/8/36/.252/.723 all earned W's. While the Free Hat's have been the best all around offensive team all season over the last month plus it had been more downs than ups. Count the Championship week in the down category as all the aforementioned totals belonged to Walls, thus the 6/5 advantage. In the end all the separated victory and defeat was one measly run and a Greg Holland Save.

MVP- Jedd Gyorko .241/3/4/10/0/.899 (Verlanders 2QS 22K 1.08WHIP and 16.50 K/9 went a long way in the Hat's making a game of this.)

* The 64/60 will hold a toast to the Champion on Friday October the 11th. Venue TBD per the Champ. Drinks, laughs, tears, and proposals for the 2014 season will be on the agenda.


Not gonna lie, it's becoming more and more difficult to motivate myself to post a weekly wrapup when football's the only game in town. I'm a baseball guy by heart but I truly love football. I devote many a hours each and every week to loving and stroking my remote from the pageantry of College Football Saturday to the grand spectacle that is the Sunday Ticket. Sure I have to divide my time more so than in the past but make no mistake sometime the youngster will have to set a little longer in a nice little pile of the morning grub if a RedZone alert is looming. While my passion for football is unwavering my passion for Fantasy Football simply pales in comparison to that of baseball. As I've mentioned numerous times, these post are labors of love, 3AM alarm calls and late night web searches are simply a part of it. The topics come much easier if the heart leads you to the story. Now don't kid yourself, the BCFP is as dedicated a owner as he is in baseball, it's just the additional duties that may get the short end of the stick. Anyone out there who would like to give their two cents is welcome to it. Simply let me know, I'll send you writing privelages, bingo-bango a blog poster is what you've become. It's that simple.

Meanwhile in the 64/60......People I realize the season has just begun and that the first series of bye-weeks have occured but this week will mark the first/third of the season mark(I'm sure there is a name for this but it escapes me at this point). If the early goings of the 64/60 is any indication things could be a little crazy this season. Obviously one past champions and the current title holder came to play this season as Hardy and Whitley respectively have chewed up and spit out defeat up to this point. As for the rest of us 2-2 and 1-3 is all we have to offer. Fowlers Meth Heads with 732 points certainly stands out amongst the .500 club but other than that teams would appear to be rather balanced. As for the 1-3 Crowd only the 439 (59 total points below next highest total) points by Zero Dark 41129 would appear to be concerning. Keep in mind however that if memory serves me well, Nate was a slow starter in baseball only to become perhaps the best outfit over the final two months of the season. Point being the first half of the season isn't about measuring your penis size it's nothing more than treading water and staying in the hunt. So even if Ben Roethlisberger is your starting QB1 in a Two QB league and you cry in your Golden Crisp every morning yearning for Cam Newton, the seasons just starting to take shape. Tread water and hope for a break your postseason script is still yet to be written.

Douchebagery United 208 vs. Zero Dark 41129 121. Nate wore a smile early Sunday morning. Sitting at 1-3 nothing excites you more than a winless bunch of misfits who still has a hand in the cookie jar of fantasy baseball playoffs. Naturally when your 1-3 and struggling to score points nothing comes easy. Damn you primetime football.

Brees 44pts.

Marshall Maniac 171 vs. Hendo Colonels 132. Honestly Hobson how many times thus far have you cursed my refusal to slide Brees your way. Just when you get the desired production from your franchise, 27 points, Brees goes for 40+. As I've stated before, I apologize but my integrity as Commissioner sometimes overrides my status as a friend. If straight up friendship was the deciding factor believe me Brees would have been yours. On a good note the Maniacs got some production from the QB position. But much like a night of boozing it up with the neighborhood husky chick no matter how many beers you have when you wake up in the morning she's still husky.

Brady 27

Manscraper United 173 vs. Steady Shockers 170. As has been the theme throughout the history of the 64/60 the younger of the siblings wins the rivalry. James best his older yet less experienced brother in terms of 64/60 tenure. It has always been said that nothing good happens after Midnight while I'll disagree with the blanket statement I have found that generally speaking the term is somewhat fitting. Take note of James Hardy's letter to the Commissioner which posted on the message board well past that deadline for good decision making. Jamison in uproar over auditing issue in the Yahoo database. A victory taken away? JamesGate? Or simply much to do about nothing, in which a warm blanket and a good nights sleep would have taken care of it all.

Manning 40

9irons 151 vs. Fowlers Meth Heads 143. Round of applause everyone. GRC3 for 4 consecutive weeks has sent in a valid lineup. Is this a newfound focus a turning of a new leaf or can this simply be attributed to good health and a lack of bye weeks? The jury is still out and his status as a 64/60 Owner is still in peril. A rags and riches week for Bopp. 5-15+ players, 4- Less than 5pt players.

Torrey Smith 27

Johnny Chimpo 158 vs. B'Ville Stars 151. I'm sure Todd's happy with the win and the 4-0 start, however I am still confident Todd would gladly trade those 4 Wins for that elusive Baseball Title. Rough start for the Stars at 1-3 but from a roster standpoint this is a very underperforming team with better days ahead. I get so tired of backing up the bus and running over a McClung I feel it's only right to give them a compliment at some point.

Ryan 31

SOJM 146 vs. BCFP 121. Semifinal defeat in baseball, One sided affair in the Consolation Bracket, a loss at the hands of a winless Slim Jim squad. Yeah you could say it's been a rough go of it lately. Given all the scoring this season due to the new setup it's quite an accomplishment to get two 0 point producers. If their is a silver lining to it all, giving Bill his first victory is a honor in itself.

Foster 28