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UK Volleyball – Thrills, Chills, and Kills—By John Huang

UK advances in NCAA Volleyball action – Photo by John Huang

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — The matches I just witnessed during the first and second rounds of the 2017 NCAA Volleyball Tournament weren’t anything like the games our moms used to play. They weren’t the backyard variety we batted around at summer picnics nor were they the recreational version we played in church or intramural leagues. They were nothing like the two-man game invented on California beaches, and they certainly didn’t resemble the testosterone laden variation I participated in while serving in Uncle Sam’s Army. Continue reading UK Volleyball – Thrills, Chills, and Kills—By John Huang

Pro Football – Raggedy Andy—By John Huang

Andy Dalton – Photo by Michael Huang – Bluegrass Sports Nation

(CINCINNATI, Oh.) — Like the prodigal son, the Cincinnati Bengals finally returned home this week from a long and winding road trip. For the past three consecutive Sundays, the much-maligned misfits in striped helmets suffered painful defeats at the hands of Jacksonville (23-7) and Tennessee (24-20), before rebounding to squeak by Denver (20-17) in the most recent Mile High City matchup. Continue reading Pro Football – Raggedy Andy—By John Huang

UK Football – Brawn Over Brains

UK vs Vandy – Photo by Mont Dawson

By John Huang
NASHVILLE, Tn. — Vanderbilt University touts itself as an elite academic institution. There are a lot of smart people at Vandy with a haughtiness that’s probably rightfully deserved. With ACT scores soaring through the stratosphere, this “Harvard of the South” is pervasively known for kicking academic sand in the face of its fellow SEC brethren. Continue reading UK Football – Brawn Over Brains

Toilet Bowl—By John Huang

AJ Green with a TD grab – Photo by Brendon Miller

In his post-game press conference in Paul Brown Stadium a couple of weeks earlier, Marvin Lewis was uncharacteristically giddy. The usually stone-faced Bengals head coach actually cracked a few smiles and responded to questions with a bit more vim and vigor than was his custom. His team had just defeated the Buffalo Bills, improving their record to 2-3, and pulling within a game of division leading Pittsburgh. Continue reading Toilet Bowl—By John Huang

I Am Rick Pitino—By John Huang

Louisville Coach Rick Pitino out at Louisville – Photo – Brendon Miller

Many of you have recently asked me my opinion about Rick Pitino and his role in the U of L scandal. Up until now, I’ve purposely refrained from commenting until more of the facts came in. With the ongoing federal investigations, threatened lawsuits, and invariable delays on the docket, I may be senile before any final conclusions are drawn. So I figured I might as well go ahead and throw in my two cents now before I retire to the rocker. Continue reading I Am Rick Pitino—By John Huang

Bengals, Bills and Burfict

By John Huang
A lot can change in two short weeks. After two disappointing home losses to start the season that had the Cincy fan base ready to jump ship, the Bengals fired their offensive coordinator in hopes of jump starting their stagnant offense. Out with Ken Zampese, in with Bill Lazor. The subsequent offensive resurgence in the narrow road loss to Green Bay (27-24 in OT) followed by the dismantling of the hapless Browns in Cleveland (31-7) last week revived a minimal modicum of faith that the season might still be salvageable. Continue reading Bengals, Bills and Burfict

Carolina Cold Cocked—By John Huang

UK wins at SC – Photo by Michael Huang

Road trips are tough. I’m not talking necessarily about the UK Football team traveling to away games with their cushy charter flights and first-class hotels. I’m referencing the trips made by the lowly sports journalist covering the team—travels punctuated by endless drives, budget accommodations, and greasy fast food. Continue reading Carolina Cold Cocked—By John Huang

NFL – Marvelous Marvin Lewis

Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis – Photo by John Huang

A Marvin Lewis post-game press conference these days is about as excruciating as a root canal. Although the 58-year old Bengals head coach appears soft spoken, unassuming, and contemplative when speaking to the media, I don’t think I can believe much of what he says anymore. You see, Lewis is entering the final year of his contract without an extension. It’s like he’s piloting a plane with no landing gear or parachutes. His fate is solely dependent on the team’s immediate success, so he’s relegated to speaking mainly in the truisms and platitudes of someone on the chopping block. Continue reading NFL – Marvelous Marvin Lewis

NFL – Ravenous

Bengals fall at home to Ravens to open season – Photo by Brendon Miller

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore. While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

The Baltimore Ravens’ 20-0 thrashing of the Cincinnati Bengals was as horrific as any Edgar Allen Poe narrative. It was literal, real, and exactly what the Bengals did not need. For a team predicted by many to be no better than .500 by year end, every win speaks volumes for a fanbase clapping, rapping, and tapping into the bottomless well of early season optimism. Continue reading NFL – Ravenous