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Kentucky Football – First and Bold

First and Bold
By John Huang
I’m tired. I’m actually sick and tired–nauseated and exhausted by the numerous false promises, last-second-heartbreak, and general negativity associated with the UK Football program over the past few decades. Like many of you, I no longer have the patience or willingness to accept the myriad of blown calls, game changing turnovers, or bad clock management that seem to mockingly plague our beloved Cats year after year. Unlike many of you though, I’m turning over a new leaf this season–believe it or not. I hereby revoke my annual membership as a long-suffering UK football fan and joyfully resign my commission from the fellowship of the miserable. Whether Norman Vincent Peale or Philippians 4:8, I’m enacting the power of positive thinking to will this year’s version of the gridiron Wildcats to surprising and unimaginable heights of glory.
I don’t blame you if you don’t believe me. The inglorious history of the University of Kentucky Football Wildcats is replete with the agony of gut-wrenching, last-minute defeats. The Bluegrass Miracle against LSU, first-and-goal at the Vandy One, and Marty Moore’s Peach Bowl fumble come immediately to mind. Every year, we hopeful football die-hards come out of basketball hibernation with visions of winning seasons, bowl trips, and that elusive victory over Florida dancing in our delusional minds only to be met with the stark reality of another doormat finish in the SEC East. We dare to dream of upsets between the hedges, sinking the Commodores once and for all, and silencing Rocky Top only to wake up to the nightmare of another dropped pass, blocked punt, holding penalty, or missed field goal ruining our plans for that long-awaited bowl trip to Shreveport in December. Seriously, we don’t ask for much, but we still just can’t win–literally.
This year, things are going to be different. Coach Stoops and his all-star staff will finally cross the Rubicon of futility and propel our Cats to those rarefied heights. Here’s how it’s all going to shake down. An old fashioned beat down of Southern Miss on opening night will have ex-offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson hankering for the days of Patty Ice. Blowout victories over New Mexico State and Austin Peay are sure to follow. Vandy will also go down easily, followed by hard fought squeakers over South Carolina, Mississippi State, and Missouri.
The remaining big boys on the schedule will undoubtedly constitute the season’s biggest challenges. Only a lunatic would predict a road victory against Alabama. Despite the scorn of being jilted by Mac Jones and his giddy social media posts, I’m not quite that delusional yet. The Cats will play hard but won’t have enough depth to wipe that smirk off of Nick Saban’s well-paid face. The same can be said for the road trip to Florida. After being teased and taunted the last couple of years as gator bait, I promised I would never predict a UK victory ever again. Thus, I’m sad to say that the losing streak will continue–probably in perpetuity, or at least for my lifetime. Unfortunately, the visit to Neyland Stadium will also end in similar disappointment. The Vols are back as we grudgingly realize we missed the golden opportunity to kick the rocky top out of them when they were down.
But remember, this isn’t one of those two-win seasons we’re all too familiar with. This is the year of positive thinking. It’ll be one of those magical nights in Commonwealth when Georgia comes to town in early November. The stars will all align as the only “hunkering down” will be by Wildcats rather than Bulldogs. The many stadium ghosts will finally be exorcised as Stoops gets his first real signature win. The good karma continues as the Cats travel up I-64 to put a season ending whooping on Papa Jo that’s right. Nine wins and three losses–good enough for a major bowl trip south of Nashville. Those of you laughing in my face are free to continue to wallow in the tradition of the last half-century of UK football ineptness. As for me, I feel like a new man–liberated from the shackles of losing seasons and moral victories. You’re more than welcome to enjoy the ride with me at any time. Just remember you heard it here first.
hn’s Cardinals.
According to my count, that makes us 9-3. Yup,If you enjoy my writing, please continue to visit me at www.huangswhinings.com and follow me on Twitter @KYHuangs

Night Out for Crime Prevention

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Tuesday, August 2 marks the 33rd Anniversary for the Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event that will be held locally for the first time by the London Police Department at the London Laurel County Farmer’s Market from 6 to 8 PM. This night is designated for communities throughout America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. The community is invited to come out for a free, family friendly safe night out with food, games, giveaways, health screenings, and more.


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Family of seven runs from law

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Sheriff John Root is reporting that: Deputy Tommy Houston along with Sgt. Larry Parrott arrested Brandon Foutch, age 23, off Laurel River Road (London) on Ravenwood Circle after Houston attempted a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Silverado who attempted to flee the traffic stop traveling approximately 1/2 mile in excess of 60 mph while driving recklessly through the residential neighborhood.


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Criminal solicitation to commit kidnapping

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A Corbin man was indicted by a Whitley County grand jury. Doyle L. Fox, 49, was named in a two-count indictment for charges involving a kidnapping that allegedly occurred on or about April 21. JailTracker records show that Fox was arrested in February for a probation violation. According to Whitley County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Tim Baker, the alleged actions occurred while he was incarcerated in the Whitley County Detention Center.


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Save a life, win 4X4 Toyota Tacoma

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Blood drive scheduled in Manchester

Clay County residents can be life—savers at the upcoming blood drive at the Community Room of the Clay County Public Library, Tuesday, August 9 from 1:30 – 6 PM. This will count as an entry into the summer truck giveaway. As a thank you, everyone (18 years and older] who registers to give blood will be automatically entered to win a 2016 4X4 Toyota Tacoma, perfect for hitting those Kentucky back roads all yearlong.


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Partners for Education to Lead Regional Creative Asset Mapping Project

Partners for Education at Berea College [PFE] is launching an extensive creative asset mapping project across southeastern Kentucky. PFE aims to provide training and support to teams from Clay County and seven other Kentucky Promise Zone counties (Bell, Harlan, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Perry and Whitley) to map and promote features of the region’s culture and heritage.


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Boil Water Advisory

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A Boil Water Advisory is in effect for the customers of North Manchester Water Association for Ells Branch, Ball Road and down Sextons Creek, Grassy Branch, Crane Creek, Collins Fork, and Cool Springs, effective Thursday, July 21st until further notice, due to a water line break on Ells Branch.


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