What’s on tap for tonight’s show

NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

 

Tonight we take a look at what is happening around the 13th Region with Les Dixon, plus we talk with Knox Central Panther’s Girls Basketball Coach Darrin Mills.

And as always, we go around campus, discuss sport’s items with the crew and we will have a new Stud Corner.

Join us LIVE tonight for the show!!!

Monday Morning Quarterback for January 27th

 The NFL is still the MOST POPULAR SPORT 30 years running……

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Every year since 1985, the Harris Poll has conducted its annual Most Popular Sport Survey.  Here are the results of the current 2014 Poll:

NFL                            35%

MLB                           14%

College Football        11%

Auto Racing                 7%

NBA                             6%

NHL                             5%

College Basketball      3%

Interesting points about this Poll since it began in 1985……

  • The NFL has been voted the most popular sport every year of the Harris Poll (30 years in a row).
  • MLB was second in 1985 as well (24 vs. 23 percent) to the NFL.
  • The NFL remains the popular, despite the negative backlash due to safety in the sport.
  • Even though it finished second, MLB continues to lose ground on the NFL.
  • You would think that College Football and Basketball would be more popular than the results from this year’s Poll suggests.

What are your thoughts on the Harris Poll?  Leave your comments here.

 

Have a great week!!!

Monday Morning Quarterback for January 20th

KERRIGAN & HARDING

It hard to believe that it has been 20 years since the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan incident rocked the Figure Skating world right before the Winter Olympics in 1994.  ESPN’s 30 for 30 Documentary Series just released its current installment of the Series last Thursday night.  The documentary is entitled “The Price of Gold” and it goes over the events of that incident leading up to the Olympics that year.  If you did not see the documentary last Thursday, be sure to catch the replay.  It is a must watch.

Was Tonya Harding a villain or a victim in this saga?  Many people have differing opinions on the subject.  Here is an article on the topic here.

Leave a message of your thoughts.  I would love to here your opinions.

Have a great week!!!

Bowl Preview: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

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The 43rd annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will be held tomorrow night, January 1, 2014, at 8:30 PM at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

This year’s game features Big 12 champion Baylor (11-1) vs. American Athletic Conference champion Central Florida (11-1).

Baylor    Central Florida

Team History

Baylor, the traditional doormat of the Big 12 Conference, has really turned things around in recent years, as this will mark their 4th consecutive bowl appearance after being shut out from postseason play the previous 15 years. Baylor participated in the 1994 Alamo Bowl but didn’t appear in another bowl game until the 2010 Texas Bowl. This will be Baylor’s 20th bowl appearance in school history. It will be their first appearance in the Fiesta Bowl as well as their first appearance in a BCS bowl. Baylor produced recent Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, who won the award in 2011.

Central Florida joined the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East) this season after spending 8 years in Conference USA. This will be UCF’s 6th bowl appearance, all of which have come since 2005. As was the case with Baylor, this will be UCF’s first appearance in the Fiesta Bowl as well as their first appearance in a BCS bowl. Central Florida produced former NFL star Daunte Culpepper, who graduated in 1998.

Coaches

Baylor is coached by Art Briles, who is in his 6th season at the school after spending the previous 5 seasons at Houston. Briles has an overall record of 78-59 (44-31 at Baylor). This will be his 8th bowl game (4th at Baylor).

NCAA Football: Wofford at Baylor

Central Florida is coached by George O’Leary, who is in his 10th season at the school after spending 8 seasons at Georgia Tech and 2 seasons as an assistant with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. O’Leary is perhaps best known for being hired as the head coach at Notre Dame on December 9, 2001, and then resigning 5 days later as it was revealed that his resume contained inaccurate information. O’Leary has produced an overall college record of 123-89 (71-56 at UCF). This will be his 10th bowl game (6th at Baylor).

Central Florida Golden Knights v Florida Gators

The Game

Both schools are participating in a BCS bowl game for the first time. Baylor won its first Big 12 championship this season. Central Florida won the American Athletic Conference in its first official year of existence after formerly being called the Big East.

Baylor was the highest-scoring team in all of college football this season, finishing the year averaging 53.3 points per game. Their only loss came when they were blown out at Oklahoma State in November. Their best wins were decisive victories over Oklahoma and Texas.

Central Florida went undefeated in conference play this year, including a victory over Louisville, which was Louisville’s only loss all season. UCF’s only loss came in September when they were narrowly defeated at home against South Carolina. Their best wins this year were the Louisville win and a nonconference win over Penn State. They didn’t exactly blow everybody out, though, as 7 of their 11 wins were by 7 points or fewer.

Bryce Petty    Blake Bortles

Both teams’ marquee players are their quarterbacks – Bryce Petty of Baylor and Blake Bortles of Central Florida. Both quarterbacks are juniors. Petty has already declared that he is returning for his senior season, while Bortles has yet to announce his plans. The draft stock of Bortles has been skyrocketing lately, and he is expected to be one of the first quarterbacks taken in the draft if he declares. Both quarterbacks have impressive size, with Petty at 6’3″, 230 pounds, and Bortles at 6’4″, 230 pounds. Petty has completed 61.8 percent of his passes this season for 3,844 yards while throwing for 30 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Bortles has completed 68.1 percent of his passes this season for 3,280 yards while throwing for 22 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

Both teams statistically have good defenses, with Baylor allowing 21.2 points per game and UCF allowing 19.6 points per game. However, Baylor scores over 20 points per game more than UCF (53.3-33.2).

Baylor is favored to win this game by 17 points, due to their juggernaut offense, better strength of schedule, and significantly higher margin of victory. I think UCF can keep it somewhat respectable but I think Baylor will win by a comfortable margin.

Prediction: Baylor 49, Central Florida 31


The Top 3 Sports Books of All Time

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I love to read! It was my favorite subject as a child and teenager. I do think it is hard to write a good sports book, whether it be fiction, non-fiction, or an autobiography. It is difficult to keep the reader attention, especially when the author replays sporting events play-by-play. All of these books are available in The Steve Black Show Store.

3. Bo Knows Bo

A lot of athletes think they are a top college recruit, but Bo Jackson was a top college recruit. He recalls the stories of university helicopters landing on his street during recruiting visits. The details about the trickery of sports agents which cost Jackson college eligibility are included.

 

2. Playing for Pizza

The best author in America in my opinion is John Grisham. He has written 3 novels about sports fiction and by far the best one is Playing for Pizza. It revolves around a former NFL quarterback who gets cut for the final time in the pros. He decides to take a starting QB job for an Italian football team.

 

1. Friday Night Lights

Clearly the best sports book ever written. A true story about the Odessa Permian panther’s football team in the 1980s and their quest for a state title. Booster donations help the team fly to games, coaches’ real feelings with harsh words about players are included, and the pressure from the town to win at all costs is detailed in the player’s lives.

 

The latest episode of the Steve Black Show (12/12/13).

We had a great interview with the Offensive Coordinator of the University of the Cumberlands Coach Edgar Weiser as the Patriots prepare for their National Championship Game with Grand View of Iowa next Saturday in Rome, Georgia.

We spoke with Dustin Adams who works in Student Life at the University of Kentucky on how sports plays a part in campus life.

We also spoke with Terry Jo Martin who is part of the Corbin Rehound Varsity Club who sponsors the long running Cumberland Falls Invitational Basketball Tournament each year in Corbin, Kentucky.

Here is your chance to listen to these great interviews and more of the show.

 

Popular Sports Internet Radio with The Steve Black Show on BlogTalkRadio

Steve Black Show’s latest episode!!!!

Here is the latest and greatest episode of the Steve Black Show.  Had a great interview with the Voice of the Bowling Green Purples Joe Brunk.  We had some great discussion with the crew during our shot clock segment.  Check it out when you can!!!

2013 Steve Black Show Mythical Football Championships

For the 2013 KHSAA football championships, I have decided to share my mythical high school football championships for the schools in the Tri-County area, along 25E (Cumberland Gap Parkway) and those counties that encompass what is recognized as the 13th region when it comes to other sports in this area.  The winners will be recognized on my show and on this website.  Here are the three championships.  May the best team or teams win!!

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Mythical Tri-County Champion

This award goes to the school in the tri-county area (Knox, Laurel and Whitley Counties) that has the last football team to be eliminated from the playoffs or wins their class championship.  Schools eligible for this award are Corbin, Knox Central, Lynn Camp, North Laurel, Whitley County and Williamsburg).  South Laurel did not make the playoffs this year, so they are not eligible.  Last year’s winners were Knox Central and Whitley County (both eliminated in the second round).

 

Mythical Champion of 25E

This award has gone on among some of my friends for several years now.  This mythical championship goes to the school in the towns connected by the Cumberland Gap Parkway (25E) that is the last team to be eliminated from the playoffs or wins their class championship.  Schools eligible for this award include Middlesboro, Bell County, Pineville, Knox Central, Lynn Camp and Corbin.  Last year’s winner was Bell County (eliminated in the regional championship).

 

Mythical 13th Region Champion

This award goes to the school in the 13th Region (Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel and Whitley Counties) that has the last football team to be eliminated from the playoffs or wins their class championship.  Schools eligible for this award include Middlesboro, Pineville, Bell County, Harlan Independent, Harlan County, Jackson County, Clay County, North Laurel, Williamsburg, Whitley County, Lynn Camp and Knox Central.  South Laurel did not make the playoffs this year, so they are not eligible.   Last year’s winner was Harlan County (eliminated in the final four).

Stay tuned to the Steve Black Show (Thursdays at 7pm EST on www.blogtalkradio.com) as we will soon crowd our mythical champions for 2013.

In case you have not have the chance to listen to the show.

Happy Hump Day!!!!

We know that we live very busy lives and we don’t get the chance to do the things we love to do, like listen to my AWESOME show!!! 

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Below are some links are some of our recent shows.  When you can, take a listen!!

I would love to hear your comments on the show, or better yet, leave a voicemail comment on the show with our voicemail feature on this website.  We would love to hear from you.

You can always catch any of our past shows for free on demand at www.blogtalkradio.com.  Just search for The Steve Black Show.

Thank you for your support of the show!!!!

 

Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) 2013 Football Playoffs-First Round

It is time for the 2013 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Playoffs.  Here are the first round pairings involving local schools (Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Laurel and Whitley Counties).

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Here are the first round match ups.  Area teams are in RED.

Class 1A (District 5 and 6)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.  All games are scheduled for 7:30pm local time.

Jenkins at Williamsburg

Berea at Pineville

Harlan at Campbellsville

Lynn Camp at Hazard

 

Class 2A (District 7 and 8)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.

Leslie Co. at Middlesboro

Somerset at Betsey Lane

Shelby Valley at Danville

Lexington Christian at Prestonsburg

 

Class 3A (District 3 and 4)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.

Casey Co. at Louisville Central

Elizabethtown at Bell Co.

Corbin at Henry Co.

LaRue Co. at Wayne Co.

 

Class 4A (District 5 and 6)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.

Clay Co. at Boyle Co.

Mercer Co. at Knox Central

Rockcastle Co. at Lexington Catholic

Marion Co. at Russell Co.

 

Class 5A (District 3 and 4)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.

Whitley Co. at Pulaski Co.

North Laurel at Perry County Central

Letcher County Central at Madison Southern

Lincoln Co. at Harlan Co.

 **Note:  No local teams are classified as 6A**

Best of luck to all of our area teams as they begin their journey to Bowling Green KY, and the 2013 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Gridiron Bowl Championships.

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Be sure to catch the Steve Black Show’s High School football playoff review on Thursday, November 7th LIVE at 7pm EST on www.blogtalkradio.com.  Guests include Williamsburg Head Coach Jerry Herron, North Laurel Head Coach Chris Larkey, Pineville Head Coach Bart Elam, and Bell County Head Coach Wayne Mills as they reflect on their regular seasons and look forward to the playoffs.