Monday Morning Quarterback for February 10th

Team on a hot streak.

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The Union College Men’s Basketball team under 2nd year Coach Kevin Burton are poised to claim a spot in the NAIA Div II National Tourney in Branson, MO, here in a few weeks.

Here are the current AAC Standings (as of 2/9/14).

Union  14-1

Reinhardt  9-4

Tennessee Wesleyan  10-5

Bryan  9-5

Milligan  9-6

Virginia Intermont  7-8

Montreat  6-9

Point  4-11

Truett-McConnell  3-12

St. Andrews  2-12

Union has won 13 games in a row, they are 23-3 on the season.  In fact, the Bulldogs have not lost a game in 2014.  Union has clinch at least a tie for the conference title.  One more Union win or Reinhardt loss and Union clinches the title outright and an automatic berth in then National Tourney.

Local fans have only one more chance to see this team in action this season (Wednesday, February 19th, at 7:30pm).  Come check them out live, or listen to all of the action at www.ucbulldogs.com with the Voice of the Bulldogs Jon North.

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Monday Morning Quarterback for September 23 2013

This week’s edition of Monday Morning Quarterback is all about the last few days in the life of Steve Black.

Thursday, September 19th

After working the day job, it was a chance to make final preparations for what may have been the BIGGEST Steve Black Show ever since my co-host JT Elliott and I decided to start this show in August of 2012.

Guests on the show included Mr. Brian Milam.

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I was familiar with Brian’s work at WYMT TV out of Hazard, KY with Sports Overtime.  He is currently at WKYT in Lexington.  I consider him one of the biggest guest we have ever had on the show and he did not disappoint.  I hope he enjoyed being on the show, as we did having him on the show.

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We also were going to have both coaches Wayne Mills and Scott Russell on the show at the same time.  It did not look like they were going to call in.  I was about defeated, until I was able to contact a friend of mine, the KY Stud. The Stud called into the show and bantered with me, JT and Jon North.  As a result of the Stud’s great mic skills, I was able to make a final contact with both coaches.  I was prepared to go overtime on the show (we normally go an hour, but I schedule the show for 90 minutes, just in case).  Long story short, both coaches called in and I had a great time talking to them both.  Wayne and Scott are the best of friends whose teams were going to play the next night, which make for a good interview.  Special shout out to the Stud for filling that gap and making the show, told to me by several people, the best show yet!!!  If you have not listened to the show yet, you can check it out here.

 

Friday, September 20th

After working the day job, it was on the road to Barbourville for the big game with Knox Central and Bell Co.  since I am on assignment in Lexington/Winchester with the day job, I have not been available for my PA duties with the Panthers.  I was not going to make this game originally, but a favorable schedule at work and to help out new Panther AD Jeff Canady, I made the trip.  I was ready to get back in the press box for the Panthers.  This was the day that KC would get that WIN against Bell Co.  It looked good in the beginning, but it became very apparent that Bell Co. isn’t a traditional power for nothing.  Bell at 2-2 coming into the game after losing to Middlesboro, was in danger of losing 2 in a row for the first time in forever,  Bell took on the challenge and had their way with the Panthers in a 34-12 victory.  Needless to say that I was disappointed with the Panther’s performance on this night.  KC has lost 2 in a row now themselves, and this did not look like a team that was coming into this game at 3-1.  I hope the Panthers turn it around before District play.

 

Saturday, September 21st

I was going to drive back to Lexington after the KC/Bell game, so I decided to stay the night in Barbourville.  Saturday brought a trip to Union College for their game with Webber International.  As I arrived at the ball field, the nicknames for me were flying around.  I was dubbed by Union Athletic Director Tim Curry as “The Curse of Panther Nation” and “Black Death” in regards to my return to the press box for the KC/Bell game (all in jest, of course).  We had a great laugh about the whole thing.  Curry had another nickname waiting on me.  It was “O-fer”.  If Union loses to Webber International, I would be 0-3 as a PA guy this season.  This game would be a battle of two teams who are not very good, but someone had to win, right?  Union scored in the 4th quarter to go up 19-13.  It looked like I would be spared of that new nickname, until the Warriors scored a TD with 28 seconds to go in the contest for a 20-19 win.  Crushing defeat for the Bulldogs, who fall to 0-3 on the season.  Just call me O-fer!!

At least the Oklahoma Sooners were idle this weekend.  If they had played, the way my luck was going, they would have lost too.  Let’s beat Notre Dame next weekend!!  BOOMER SOONER!!!!

bob stoops  Can Stoops become “Big Game Bob” one more time next week at Notre Dame?  That is why they play the games!!

 

Sunday, September 22nd

My hope for a winner this weekend was in the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals, but it was not going to be easy.

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They hosted the Green Bay Packers.  Things started great as Cincy started out with a 14-0 lead, but Green Bay rolled off 30 straight points to take a 30-14 lead in the second half.  Long story short, the Bengals become the first team in NFL history, a team wins a game after up by 14 and then down by 16.  What a great finish in Cincinnati, as the Bengals come back for a 34-30 win!!!!  At least a team that I root for came away for a win.

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By the way, the Cincinnati Reds crush Pittsburgh to take 2 out of 3 from the Pittsburgh this weekend!!!!

Needless to say that I am needing a little rest after a long last few days.  Another big week at work this week!!

You all have a GREAT WEEK!!!!!


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!!!!!


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!