Saturday’s Preakness may be most important to thoroughbred racing in the history of the second jewel in the Triple Crown.
And all fans of racing should pull for Derby winner Animal Kingdom to win the Baltimore race. Racing badly needs another champion that will restore some of the luster to not only the Triple Crown but all of racing, which badly needs a great horse. Not necessarily a Secretariat, understand, but something close would be nice.
A quick question: When the TV cameras showed the tail end of the Derby horses, did you ask yourself, “Did all those hopelessly beaten also-rans really belong in the greatest race in the whole wide world?” I think the question answers itself.
Really, I thought it was embarrassing both for the strung-out horses and their connections (owners and trainers). Obviously the NBC bosses thought so because their cameras did not return to the also-rans. That’s how far back they were.
UK’s hoops roster
I’ve heard you! I’ve heard you! So here is UK’s basketball roster for next season.
Darius Miller, G-F, 6-7, 228
Elroy Vargas, F, 6-11, 250
Twany Beckham, G, 6-5, 195
Jon Hood, G, 6-7, 202
Terrence Jones, F, 6-8, 244
Doron Lamb, G, 6-4, 195
Jarrod Polson, G, 6-2, 185
Stacey Poole, G, 6-4, 195
Anthony Davis, F-C, 6-9
Michael Gilchrist, F, 6-7
Marquis Teague, G, 6-1
Kyle Wiltjer, F, 6-10
Note: Miller averaged 10.9 points last season, Lamb 12.3. Jones 15.7.
Two sport stars
I get so many questions that I should start charging for answers. The latest: Who were the greatest big guys who played both football and basketball?
That’s a new one!
Let’s start with Kentucky’s Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones, the pride of Harlan High. He is the only Southeastern Conference Legend in both sports – and he is an SEC first-team selection in baseball too!
I would include Ron Kramer of Michigan and Doug Atkins of Tennessee.
Atkins was so strong that even UK’s Bill Spivey was careful around him after totally humiliating Clyde Lovellette, who was an All-American basketball player at Kansas.
Lovellete was so dominated in UK’s Memorial Coliseum dedication game that he left the floor with tears in his eyes.
Oscar for Oscar
I never know whether to laugh or gnash my teeth when I see the ESPN know-it-alls start ranking basketball players.
Oscar Robertson makes some of their lists of the top 10, often not because they are too young to have seen him. I was lucky to have seen him play eight or nine games for Chrispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, a lot of games for the University of Cincinnati and then in the NBA for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks.
Oscar averaged a triple-double (points, rebounds and assists) for the Bucks when he played with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The Big O always will be No. 1 in my list of all-time greats.
About the Author (Author Profile)
Earl Cox, Sports Columnist
Earl doesn¹t just write about sports legends, he counts many of them as his
friends. A member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, he has been writing
about sports for 60 years. Incidentally, that¹s about how long it’s been
since he¹s cleaned his desk but he knows where everything is.