TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
It’s been a while since I just cut loose with a few random ramblings, so with that said, here goes!
First and foremost, I know the World Series hasn’t been over for long, but I miss baseball already.
It’s always been my favorite sport to watch, so I suppose it’s only natural that as soon as the season is over, I’m the first one to start the countdown to spring training.
You would think that since I’m a Cubs fan and the season is usually over on a competitive level by the end of April, I wouldn’t be so quick to wish for the season to start back so soon.
The fact of the matter is the Cubs are improving and their farm system is as good as it has been in a long time. I know the thought of a positive Cubs future doesn’t help fans as the end of another sorry season has come and gone, but as a Cubs fan I’ve become an eternal optimist.
• Hoops season is almost here
It’s hard to believe, but in just a little less than a month, the high school basketball season will be under way in Kentucky.
How do I know this? Because we’ve been as busy as bees around here getting our basketball preview questionnaires sent out to Tri-County coaches.
As usual, we’ll release our basketball preview right around Thanksgiving so fans can get the inside scoop on our local teams and a rundown of what to expect in the 13th Region.
The most exciting part of this basketball season to me is the fact that the 13th Region Tournament will return to The Arena here in Corbin. If you look on the bright side, at least having some basketball games will knock the dust off the old place when February rolls around.
• High school football
The high school playoffs begin this Friday and it’s an exciting time for many teams in the state of Kentucky, but I think it could be even more fun with a few changes.
The biggest thing I’d like to see change is the start time for football games.
I’m not sure when or why the 7:30 p.m. start time was adapted for Friday night football, but I think if teams could stand to start games a little earlier and not suffer too much at the gate. An earlier start time could also increase concession stand sales since a lot of fans grab a bite to eat on the way to an evening game.
I’ll take it a step further in the fact I’d like to see some of our local teams play a Saturday afternoon game or two throughout the regular season.
I know that idea may interfere with some weekend routines when it comes to college football, but I think in the long run Saturday games at the high school level would be a hit.
I know there are times when families can’t or won’t attend games toward the end of the season due to the colder weather, so maybe an afternoon showdown is all it would take to fill up the stands.
• One long day
I’d like to say I’m looking forward to this Friday, but I have mixed emotions.
I’ll start things out with a trip to Valley High School in Louisville to watch the Whitley County Lady Colonels play in the state tournament at 9:30 a.m.
If you’re keeping score, that means I’ll be on the road bright and early.
After I get a story and photos emailed back to the office, I’ll get back on my horse (not an actual horse) and head over to Henry County to watch the Corbin Redhounds open the playoffs on the road.
It’s going to be a long day, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it sure beats laying bricks for a living.