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The ABC’s of Basketball in Kentucky Version 2012

by Billy Reed A is Atlanta, the place where UK and IU will play Friday night in the South Regional semifinals. Everybody seems to think the Wildcats will be so determined to avenge their loss to the Hoosiers last Dec. 10 that they will crush the boys in the candy-cane warmup pants this time around. To quote Lee Corso, “Not so fast, my friend.” Hardened by a winter in the nation’s toughest league, IU will not back down from the Big Blue Bullies. B is for block, the stat popularized this year by Anthony Davis at Kentucky and Giorgi Dieng…



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Suggesting a New Job for Jurich and Fixing the Football Mess

This time, Billy’s got a great idea for college conference realignment, with the classy Tom Jurich as leader of a new league with an HQ here. by Billy Reed It was John Wooden who said, “Sports do not build character…sports reveals character.” That being the case, it’s fascinating to look at the growing list of university presidents, athletics directors, and conference commissioners who have revealed their character – or, more accurately, the lack of it – during the current orgasm of greed in big-time college athletics. Let us be clear about one thing: the bottom-line culprit here is ESPN. As…


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We’ve Got Your Bridge Info, Right Here

I heard Rebecca Jackson, in a press conference yesterday, say that all President Obama has to do this week is declare an emergency for our little bridge situation, and the construction will start immediately on the East End bridge. Jackson, who leads a group that has done anti-River Fields advertising, talked to media yesterday along with David Jones and Bill Samuels, and some Metro Council members. Jones has offered $10 million in a loan to get the project started. He made an appearance on Great Day Live! on WHAS-TV this morning, and said another $6 million has been pledged to…


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Will Greed Kill the Big East?

Talk radio is going 24/7 with speculation about how conference realignment will change the face of college sports. Here’s Billy Reed’s take on how we got here, why college presidents are to blame, and how sports needs more guys like Dave Gavitt. by Billy Reed It was on the afternoon of Dec. 23, 1978, that I met Dave Gavitt for a cheeseburger at the Executive Inn near Freedom Hall. In a few hours, his 10th and last Providence College basketball team would play the University of Louisville. At the time, U of L belonged to the Metro Conference and Providence…


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Dominican Fever and Calipari’s Coup

Read this column by Hall-of-Famer Billy Reed, and you’ll know all you need to know about the Dominican Republic, its basketball team and the soap opera currently going on between UK and U of L fans over this exhibition next week at the KFC Yum! Center. by Billy Reed I don’t know about you, but, frankly, I’m thrilled that the national basketball team of the Dominican Republic is training in Lexington for the FIBA Americas Tournament Aug. 30-Sept. 11 in Mar del Plata, Argentina. I am not sure what this tournament is all about, but I think it has something…


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Billy Reed: Raise the Twin Spires

Billy Reed has never liked the luxury boxes that obscure the traditional look of the twin spires at Churchill Downs. Now is the time, he suggests, to look at raising them up. by Billy Reed Standing on the backstretch last Sunday at Churchill Downs, it was sad to view the desecration at Kentucky’s most famous landmark. I’m not talking about the barns that were ripped asunder by the recent tornadoes. They will be rebuilt after the current meet, and, unless Churchill management does it on the cheap, it will be sturdier and better. No, I’m talking about the irreparable damage…


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Derby Betting System No. 7: The Reed System

In the last of this great series by Billy Reed, you’ll find out who the Hall of Fame turf writer likes in this year’s race, always subject to change, of course. Thanks to LouisvilleCatholicSports. By Billy Reed This is the one you’ve been awaiting, right? The one where I bring into play all the wisdom I’ve gained on the Kentucky Derby trail since 1964, when I got a freelance assignment to cover the Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland for the Toronto Star. The Toronto paper was interested in the Blue Grass because the favored Northern Dancer was owned by E.P. Taylor,…


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Derby Betting System No. 6: The Catholic Connection

This time Billy gives area Catholics a reason to get behind Nick Zito’s Dialed In on Saturday. Thanks again to LouisvilleCatholicSports. By Billy Reed I was trying to figure out why I think Catholics might wager more than other religious denominations when –Bingo! – I figured it out.  No telling how many Catholic parishes have used gambling on the old parlor game to both socialize and raise funds for church-related projects. I doubt that any studies have been done about the correlation between Bingo! gambling and other forms. But if Bingo! players ever do visit a casino, I’ll bet most…