Kentucky-Georgia photo gallery by Vicky Graff

Visits from UK football players uplifting to Kentucky Children’s Hospital patients, families and staff

UK football players make weekly visits to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital but the visits often inspire the players as much as the patients. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Former Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad started a program where UK football players make a weekly visit to Kentucky Children’s Hospital to spend time with patients and their families — a program that continues this year even after Conrad’s graduation.

It’s a rewarding program for Jennifer Guilliams, child life coordinator at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. However, she does have to try and figure out who the UK football players see on their visits.

Mark Stoops couldn’t chance playing injured Sawyer Smith


Kentucky’s defense certainly played well enough for at least three quarters to give the Wildcats a chance to win at No. 10 Georgia Saturday night. However, no offense made it impossible for UK to win as the Cats fell 21-0 to Georgia.

Quarterback Lynn Bowden ran for 99 yards against a Georgia defense stacked to stop the run because he was only 2-for-15 passing for 17 yards — and both completions came after the Bulldogs had a 21-0 lead late in the fourth quarter.

Max Duffy offers no excuses for “shanked” punt, says he “wasn’t good enough” in 21-0 loss

Max Duffy (Vicky Graff Photo)


Punter Max Duffy has had a sensational season for Kentucky and had been money all year until he shanked a 15-yard punt in the third quarter at Georgia Saturday night that led to the Bulldogs’ first touchdown in a 21-0 win over Kentucky.

Duffy came into the game leading the nation in punting and earlier in the game he unleashed a 69-yard punt despite the rainy, wind, slippery conditions. It would have been easy — and believable — for him to have blamed his first bad punt of the season on the weather.

Key mistakes, lack of offense doom UK in 21-0 loss at rainy Georgia

UK Athletics Photo


Kentucky got about everything it could out of its defense at No. 10 Georgia Saturday, but the lack of any UK offense and two costly mistakes set up the Bulldogs for a 21-0 win.

A 15-yard punt by Max Duffy, a midseason All-American who leads the nation in punting, shanked a 15-yard punt in the third quarter and an on the next ply D’Andre Swift went 39 yards for the score.

“D’Andre Swift is an impressive player. Just gave him a congratulations after the game and wished him goodbye. He needs to go to the NFL. He is an elite player,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.

Inaugural holiday show premiers Nov. 1 at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – After a highly successful opening season, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. prepares to sail into the holidays with a new Christmas show that offers a spectacular swashbuckling spin on “A Christmas Carol” with Captain Scrooge and his cavalier crew.

The premiere of this holiday show promises to be a Christmas adventure unlike anything else experienced in the Smokies this yuletide season. Opening on Friday, Nov. 1 and continuing through January 4, 2020, Pirates Voyage combines a classic Christmas tale with a bountiful feast that will join together a pirate’s “Yo Ho” with the season’s “Ho Ho Ho.”

John Calipari says former players have to realize program is about players now

John Calipari with former UK players Reggie Warford, left, and Larry Stamper. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Remember this summer when former Kentucky All-American Kyle Macy, a starter on UK’s 1978 national championship team, said he did not feel welcome at UK practices any more. That set off quite a controversy among many UK fans.

This is alumni weekend at Kentucky and many former players were back for Friday night’s Blue-White Game and will attend practice today.

After the Blue-White Game, Calipari was asked about the comments made this summer. Here’s the exchanged that followed:

Mark Stoops expects Georgia to come back “stronger” than ever tonight

Lynn Bowden couldn’t find a lot of openings in the Georgia defense last year. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — It’s been nearly a decade since Kentucky has beaten Georgia and the task won’t be an easy one when the two teams meet Saturday in Athens.

The Wildcats (3-3, 1-3) ended a three-game losing streak with a 24-20 triumph over Arkansas last week, while the Bulldogs dropped a surprising 20-17 loss to South Carolina in double overtime, dropping the Bulldogs seven spots to No. 10 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll.

John Calipari says only UK could get 13,000 for intrasquad scrimmage

Nick Richards and Tyrese Maxey defend Immanuel Quickley. (Vicky Graff Photo)


I’ve never quite understood why Big Blue Madness always attracts an enthusiastic capacity crowd that creates more noise than almost any regular-season game and then a week later the Blue-White Game where the players actually play basketball never comes close to the same size crowd.

It happened again Friday night but Kentucky coach John Calipari was not all that disappointed with the crowd for the game.

Kentucky Blue-White photo gallery by Vicky Graff