What I Saw on Saturday

 

Florida-Gators

The Gator defense was EXPOSED big time by Toledo.

This was the first game I watched on Saturday. Rockets running back Fluellen averaged over 5 yards a carry rushing.

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Union came out swinging against Cumberlands.

I listened to the game via radio and there is no reason to hang your heads Bulldog fans. Union RB Leonard Dixon stepped up and a good game plan was executed early on. Cumberlands made better halftime adjustments and I would have hated to be a Patriot in their locker room at halftime.

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Nicholls State found an easy way to make $450,000!

Play Oregon in their home opener! This was the most interesting item to come out of the 5 minutes I watched the Notre “Overrated” Dame game.

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Kentucky v. WKU

Western’s helmets remind me of a Dr. Pepper can. Early on Western is gaining far more yards than the Cats and Whitlow is not playing with any confidence. Let the countdown to Big Blue Madness begin.

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Georgia v. Clemson….1 Word…

SPEED!!!!!

Tonight on the Show….(August 29, 2013)

Week 1 of the 2013 high school football season is in the books. We recap the highlights from the first week and preview the Friday night match ups!

Also, for Union  College and University of the Cumberlands its a challenging way to start the season as the winner walks off the field with the Brass Lantern! Both school’s head coaches join us to discuss the match up!

  • Union College football head coach Tommy Reid
  • University of the Cumberlands football head coach John Bland

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Also joining us to speak about the administrative side of this match up, as well as, debate the game during The Shot Clock are: John Gotto, Union College Asst. Sports Information Director and Tim Bargo, University of the Cumberlands football chaplin..

Which picture represents what we will see Saturday?

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Coach XO is a great football resource for coaches!

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If you’re a football coach then you need to visit Coach XO. The website includes forums to discussion every type of defensive scheme, offensive sets, and off season workouts. As well as, podcasts with little league, middle school, high school, and university football coaches. A link to the site is below.

www.coachxo.com


Monday Morning Quarterback for August 26 2013

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Steve Black Show’s Monday Morning Quarterback.

What a first weekend for high school football in the Tri-County area (Knox , Laurel, Whitley).  A special shout out to Steve Black Show frequent guest Les Dixon, Sports Editor of the Corbin Times Tribune, as source of information for this blog.  You can follow his twitter account at www.twittwer.com/@Theendzonett where you will get great updates from around the local area on game nights!!

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Here are the results from around the area this past weekend.

From the Pioneer Bowl at Knox Central

Powell Co. 48  Lynn Camp 16

Tough loss for Coach Phil Russell in his 2nd season as head coach.  Lynn Camp’s Tyler Reynolds scored 2 touchdowns in the loss.  Lynn Camp was hampered with player suspensions and key injuries, but Powell Co. looked really good in the win.

Knox Central 51  Louisville Atherton 7

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No hangover from the post Jeffrey Canady era from Coach Scott Russell’s Panthers as Freshman QB Casey Diamond made his debut for KC, going 4 or 9 passing with 3 touchdowns.  Senior RB Jonathan Gist filled the hole left by Canady very well with 190 yards rushing and 2 scores.  Junior Matthew Barger had 68 receiving yards with 2 scores of his own.   As for Casey Diamond, I have heard positive things from several people about his potential.  I know it is just one game, but this young man has a chance to grow and do some special things for the Panthers in the years to come.  Check out some of Casey’s highlights from Friday’s game courtesy of www.hudi.com.

Williamsburg 43  Halls (TN) 14

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No hangover from the Yellow Jackets tough 7-0 loss to Hazard in last years Regional Final as the offensive attack of QB Dalton Sizemore and WR’s Corey Shelton and Skylar Griffith picked up where they left off last year.  Sizemore had a monster night with 415 yards passing with 6 touchdowns (3 pass, 3 rush).  WR’s Shelton and Griffith combined for 358 of those passing yards and 3 scores.  Coach Jerry Herron must be happy with his team’s offensive performance.

North Laurel 48  Claiborne Co. (TN) 20

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Poised to build on last years first winning season since 2004, Coach Chris Larkey’s Jags were lead by Gabe Nelson with 128 rushing yards and 2 scores.  This will set the stage for our show’s game of the week this weekend as North and Williamsburg are set to clash at South Laurel this Saturday night.  If you are in the area, this is a MUST SEE contest!!!

Other Tri-County scores…

Corbin 14  Pulaski Southwestern 0 in the Ray Corell Bowl in Somerset.

Morristown West (TN) 42  Whitley Co. 13.  Austin Ysidro (Sid-Dro) with 14 rushes for 99 yards in the loss.

South Laurel had the weekend off.

Scores from outside of the Tri-County area.

Leslie Co.  26 Harlan Ind. 21.

Middlesboro 48  Grant Co. 7.

South Pittsburg (TN) 35  Bell Co. 20.

Paintsville 55  Pineville 32.

Harlan Co. 49  Madison Central 6 in the Roy Kidd Bowl.

Perry Co. Central 21  Clay Co. 0.

 

On the schedule for this weekend.

Friday Night

Campbell Co. (TN) at Lynn Camp

Whitley Co. at Madison Southern

Perry Co. Central at Corbin

Knox Central vs. Pulaski Southwestern at Corbin

Clay Co. at Harlan Co.

Saturday Night

North Laurel vs. Williamsburg at South Laurel (Steve Black Show game of the week)

Wayne Co. at South Laurel

Bell co. at Marion Co.

Bellevue at Harlan Ind.

 

There you have it.  Another great start to the football season.  If you did not get the chance, check out The Steve Black Show’s Tri-County Football Preview show from August 22nd.  We had Coaches Jerry Herron (W’Burg), Chris Larkey (North) and Phil Russell (Lynn Camp) on the show, as well as Sports Editors Les Dixon (Corbin Times Tribune) and Tim Bransetter (Barbourville Mountain Advocate).  We had a few glitches, but we hope to fix those issues before our show on Thursday, August 29th at 7pm.  We will revisit the first weekend of local football, preview this weekend’s games and preview the upcoming local college football season, as we will focus on the Battle for the Brass Lantern with Head Coaches John Bland of the University of the Cumberlands and Tommy Reid of Union College.  There will be other guests representing Cumberlands and Union and we discuss this annual clash between college rivals.

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Have a great week folks!!!!!


Tonight on the Show…..(August 22, 2013)

The start to Season 2 officially begins tonight at 7pm! In the words of UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer….IT’S TIME!!!!!!

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We preview the local 2013 high school football teams with our Tri-County Football Season Predictions. Special guests, Lynn Camp football head coach Phil Russell, Williamsburg football head coach Jerry Herron, and North Laurel football head coach Chris Lakrey respond to our season predictions LIVE!

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Also, Les Dixon, Sports Editor for the Times-Tribune,  and Tim Branstetter, Sports Editor for the Mountain Advocate, join us for The Shot Clock! Plus we reveal our 2013 Tri-County Football Rankings!

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Uncensored! Unbiased! Unpredictable!


Monday Morning Quarterback for August 19th 2013

This week’s Monday Morning Quarterback focuses on College Football and preseason rankings.  Does a preseason #1 ranking equal a National Championship?

Since the AP began polling in 1950, there have been 10*** schools who were ranked preseason #1 who have gone on to finish the season ranked number one.

In the BCS era, two teams (Florida St. in 1999 and USC in 2004), started and finished the season ranked #1.  ***It has to be said that USC’s title in 2004 was vacated due to NCAA sanctions.

This year, as expected, Alabama has been ranked #1 in AP Poll, and given their success over the last few years, they have a good chance to finish the year #1 once again.  Check out the article on the preseason AP top 25.

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Can Bama make it 3 championships out of the last 4 years?  The last time Bama started and finished the season ranked #1 was in 1978 during the Bear Bryant era.  As my good friend Donney Jackson would say, “That’s why they play the games”!

That is it for this week.  Tune in Thursday night at 7pm for episode 1 of the season 2 of the Steve Black Show on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/steveblackshow/2013/08/22/the-steve-black-show.

 

 


Please welcome George Carter to the show staff!

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Wheel of Fortune champion George Carter joins The Steve Black Show!!

George is a graduate of Lawrence County High School, where he was a member of the Lawrence County tennis team. George attended Morehead State University, where he earned a BA with a double major in Math and Communication as well as an MA in Communication. George currently lives and works in Frankfort. He plays volleyball in a church league in Lexington. George has previously been a guest on the Joe B. Hall & Denny Crum radio show. He is a fan of the Kentucky Wildcats, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Browns.

 


Monday Morning Quarterback for August 12th 2013

This week’s version of Monday Morning Quarterback is devoted to someone that became a part of my online show back in January of this year, and has since become a fixture as one of the Co-Hosts of the Show, Mr. Jon North.  Jon brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to high school and college athletics, as well as professional wrestling.

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Jon grew up in Leslie County Kentucky and played basketball at Red Bird High School.  After graduation, Jon attended Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky, majoring in Mass Communications.  During his time at Union, Jon became involved with Union’s Sports Broadcasting Department, many times providing color commentary with the Director of Broadcasting Matt Mahony on football and basketball broadcasts.  During his time at Union, Jon also had the chance to work in local radio, calling high school athletics.

After graduating from Union this year with his Mass Communications degree, Jon had visions of one day working for WYMT Television out of Hazard, Kentucky, but something got in the way of those plans.

In early August Jon, who had just started working for Union in the Admissions Department, was given a great opportunity in broadcasting.  Matt Mahony had just accepted a broadcasting position with Georgia Gwinnett College just outside of Atlanta, and as of last week, Jon accepted the position to become the brand new “Voice of the Bulldogs” at Union College.  As for now, those dreams of WYMT will have to be placed on hold.

I got to know Jon from my PA duties at Union College and we have become friends.  He has added so much to the show since coming on board in January.  I just hope that with everything on his broadcasting plate, that he still has time for my show (haha).  Jon is living his dream and we at the Steve Black Show could not be more proud of him and wish him the best of luck with the Bulldogs!!!

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Jon also lived out another dream this past Saturday night, as he provided commentary for Pro Wrestling Freedom’s Retribution wrestling show broadcast in London, Kentucky.  Needless to say that 2013 has been the year of NORTH.  Oh I forgot. Jon got engaged this Summer to fellow Red Bird and Union Alum Samantha Caldwell.

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What does the rest of 2013 have to offer for Jon North.  We will see…….

This is it for this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback.  Remember that the Steve
Black Show is back and better than ever beginning August 22nd at 7pm live on www.blogtalkradio.com.

Have a great week!

 


Monday Morning Quarterback for August 5th 2013

Good Morning.  Here is the latest installment of The Steve Black Show’s Monday Morning Quarterback.

Power Outage in Cincinnati

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As you may or may not know, I am a big fan of the Cincinnati Reds.  The Reds have not tasted a World Series Championship since their sweep of the Oakland A’s Bash Brothers of Conseco and McGuire in 1990.  Since then, they have experienced some lean years, but over the past few years, they have made a sort of resurgence back into the baseball spotlight.  They have captured the NL Central Division Title in 2 of the last 3 years.  The only problem is they have not made it over the hump to be a serious threat in the post season, especially after their disappointing loss to eventual champion San Francisco Giant in last years Divisional Playoff Series, blowing a 2-0 series lead.

This year’s team has been in the playoff race for most of the season to date (as of this post, they cling to the last Wild Card Playoff spot, 3rd place in the NL Central), but with their lack of offensive punch as of late, that spot could be in jeopardy.

Speaking of a lack of power, I found an article from espn.com’s Christina Kahrl which explains very well the current power outage the Reds are experiencing.  You can check out that article by clicking here.  Hopefully with the return of slugging third baseman Ryan Ludwick (who has been out of the lineup since opening day due to a shoulder injury), the Reds can turn things around as they head towards the playoffs. Only time will tell.

That’s it for this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback.  A reminder that our first show of the new season takes place on Thursday, August 22nd, with our high school football preview show.  Check it out at www.blogtalkradio.com.  Keep checking out the website for more details about upcoming shows.

Have a great week!!!


Fall 2013 Guest List

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Below are the confirmed guests for the fall 2013 sports season! We are very excited to have so many commitments! Hope you’re as pumped as we are….great radio to come and it all begins August 22nd!

Whitley County

John Blend, University of the Cumberlands Football Head Coach

Tim Bargo, University of the Cumberlands Football Chaplin

Gary Peters, Williamsburg Athletic Director

Brad Harris, Corbin Boy’s Golf Head Coach

Tyler Harris, Corbin Cross Country Head Coach

Erik Steeley, Corbin Girl’s Soccer Head Coach

Liberty Roberts, Corbin Volleyball Head Coach

Greg Duncum, Corbin Football assistant coach

Tony Pietrowski, Corbin Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Brent Jackson, Corbin Middle Head Football Coach (Feeder Program series)

Jimmy Hendrickson, Corbin Middle Basketball Coach (Feeder Program series)

Les Dixon, Corbin Times-Tribune Newspaper Sports Editor

Allen Bonnell, CenterShot Archery Ministries (Immanuel Baptist of Corbin)

Jeff Sparks, The Lion’s Chase Obstacle Race (Central Baptist of Corbin)

 

Knox County

Tommy Reid, Union College Football Head Coach

Dustin Adams, Union college Student Life Director

Phil Russell, Lynn Camp Football Head Coach

Scott Russell, Knox Central Football Head Coach

Brian Evans, Knox Central Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Darin Mills, Knox Central Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Andrea Hillard, Barbourville Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Jeff Canady, Knox Central Athletic Director

Scott Payne, Barbourville Youth Soccer

Tim Branstetter, Mountain Advocate Newspaper Sports Editor

 

Laurel County

Chris Larkey, North Laurel Football Head Coach

Brad Sizemore, North Laurel Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Eddie Mahan, North Laurel Women’s Basketball Head Coach

James Butcher, Radio Voice for North & South Laurel

 

Other-  Statewide

Brian Milliam, WKYT-TV Sports Anchor

Earl Owens, WYMT-TV Sports Announcer

Norm Haney, The Sports Guys, 1340 WBGN Bowling Green Radio

Wayne Mills, Bell County Football Head Coach

Bart Elam, Pineville Football Head Coach

Chris Jones, Fall Road Runners President & Marathon Runner

Jocelyn Sams, The Life of a Coaches Wife (Sports Jobs series)

Rick Jones, Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball

 

Other – National

*Hal Mumme, Former University of Kentucky football head coach

*In conjunction with CoachXO.Com

Eddie Canalas, Gridiron Heros Foundation

Cherelle Lampkins, MTV’s Made – Volleyball Edition

Sam Pennington, USA Today Football Contributor & SouthernGameDay.Com

Kelly Combs, Athletes in Action sports ministry

Matt Mahoney, College Sports Radio Broadcaster

Todd Davis, WhereToWatch.Com CEO

Adam Young, Gateway Grizzles & SIU Edwardsville (Sports Jobs Series)