Monday Morning Quarterback for March 17th

Top of the Mornin’ to ya!!!!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all!!!

Thoughts on the 13th Region Tourney for 2014……..

First off, it was nice to be back at the Arena in Corbin after a year away.  Harlan county did a great job as the host in 2013, but my money has always been with the Arena.  I am happy to say that for at least the next 2 years, the Arena will be the sight for the Regionals.


As for both the Boys and Girls, this year’s tourneys experienced a little bit of everything.  You saw the emergence of future stars like Freshmen Jordon Brock of Harlan.  She scores 20 points in the upset victory of Clay County in the semi-final round.  She even drained an NBA 3-point basketball during the championship loss to Corbin.  With her, along with fellow Frosh Emma Bianchi and with all but one player returning, Harlan should repeat as 13th region Class “A” Champs and content again for the overall Region Title. 

Another future star in the 13th Region has some bigh shoes to fill.


Trey Farmer, the son of Clay County Legend, University of Kentucky Unforgettable and soom to be incarerated for mis-approprating state funds while Agriculture Commish Richie Farmer had a great tourney for the Boys Champion Clay County.  In his first year for the Tigers, the Soph. garnered the MVP of the Tourney.  With Clay only losing one player on the whole roster, the boys from Manchester will be the favorite for a 3rd Regional title in a row and 30th all-time in 2014-2015. 

There were a share of disappointments in this year’s Regional.  On the Boys side, both Jackson County and Knox Central fell by the waste side in their first round contests.  These two teams where regarded as some of the best in the region.

On the Girls side, the disappointments went to Whitley County and Bell County.  These two schools were on a collision course to meet in the finals as the two best teams in the region.  Whitley County fell in the first round and Bell was not all that impressive in their semi-final round loss to eventual champion Corbin.

When all was siad and done, it was a repeat of the 2013 Regionals as the Lady Redhounds of Corbin and the Tigers of Clay County repeated as Region Champs.  Congrats to both schools.  Corbin’s season ended with a 79-70 loss to GRC in the State first round in Bowling Green last week.  Clay County takes on Covington Catholic in the first round of the Boys Tourney this Thursday night.

As for the Steve Black Show, we had a blast in covering the tourney this year.  We made the most of our media pass.  Much thanks to Jon North for the live chats on this website.  John Gatto came over and assisted during one night of the Tourney.  Much thanks to him as well.  I had a blast with the broadcasts of select games, including both the Boys and Girls Championship Games.  We hope to do it again next year.

My favorite part of the my time at the Arena this year………………………..



 Have a Great Week!!!!

Monday Morning Quarterback for September 9 2013

Fall from Grace!!!

If I was doing my show and writing this blog back in the late 1980’s, early 1990’s, I would probably be talking a lot about a certain player who led his high school basketball team to two state championship games in a row, winning one of them and down the line mentioning him as part of the resurrection of, regarded by most in this state, the best college basketball program of all time.  That person would be Richie Farmer.


We all know about his basketball career.  He is regarded as a hero to those in Clay County, winning a state championship back in the late 80’s for Clay County High School.  He was also a member of the University of Kentucky’s basketball team that was coming back from the probation that was levied on the program back in the early 90’s.  His last game at UK was that famous 1992 Regional Final game against Duke (I won’t go into detail of that game out of respect of my UK friends.  We all know what happened in that game).  He was a part of a group of players from Kentucky who were regarded as the genesis of what would later bring two more national championships to the Commonwealth in the late 90’s.

He went on to serve Kentucky again from 2004 thru 2011 as Kentucky’s Agricultural Commissioner, but things went wrong from there.  There were several abuses of power during his time in office, and he also went through a divorce.  Now it is reported that he will plead guilty to many of those abuses and it looks like he will have to serve jail time as a result.


Farmer’s jersey hangs from Rupp Arena along side others who were a large part of the great tradition at UK.  In light of his actions in office, should UK look to take that jersey down?  What are your thoughts on this matter?  Feel free to comment.

Have a great week!!!