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Griffin McLarty’s Late Friday Notes


Oldham County breeds winners.  This is 100% fact.  So it wasn’t entirely surprising that the North Oldham Little League Playaz (that’s their new AAU name) emerged victorious over the hometown Pennsylvania team.  But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great night for baseball in Williamsport as the evening served as the official crowning of Griffin McLarty as the world’s most dominant 13-year old…for at least this one night.  McLarty carried the hopes of the Commonwealth on his middle school shoulders and responded with a dominant all-around performance in front of 41,848 people.  That’s not a typo.  There were over 40,000 people packed in the stands to watch 12 and 13-year old boys, shattering a record previously held by To Catch A Predator, Episode 14.  McLarty homered in the first inning to give Oldham County their only run and struck out nearly everyone he faced for the first four innings.  After the most indecisive set of umpires the world has ever seen delayed the game to debate a fair or foul ball, McLarty found himself in a few jams in the last couple of innings, but benefited from clutch defensive play from his first baseman and catcher and all the positive vibes that came with the ridiculous hats the team moms were wearing in the stands.  The good guys emerged victorious and moved another step toward world domination and a possible fight with a Chinese team in the finals, all the while proving that Oldham Country rules.  Don’t forget it.

Some other stuff to enjoy before bed…

 – With the start of the regular season right around the corner, the Kentucky football team will play their final scrimmage game Saturday and Joker Phillips said he’s told everyone to treat it like a job interview.  Joker and the staff are still trying to sort through some of the slotting on the depth chart and will evaluate Saturday’s scrimmage with those decisions in mind.  When practice resumes Sunday, he said it will be all about preparing for Western Kentucky and getting his team ready for the game with the Hilltoppers in Nashville.  He hinted again Friday that freshmen could be seeing some significant time this season and said that they’re still trying to find guys at wide receiver who will step up and make plays. 

 – Kentucky football and the UK band:  All they do is win!  Some of you should be very, very happy about this turn of events.  Your football/band experience might be changing….

 – Coach Cal is somewhere right now (I think it’s Brazil) getting ready for the FIBA Americas tournament, so there’s not a lot of action around the basketball program and while some schools are getting some unofficial visits (Nerlens Noel and Ricky Ledo at Syracuse), the Cats are on hold for a bit.  However, the conference schedule was released Thursday and it again looks like the final stretch of games will be what allows them to clinch a conference championship and build momentum for the tournament.  The first nine games of the SEC schedule appear contain the easiest games, with a home matchup with Alabama looking like the toughest game.  However, the final seven look like this:

@ Vandy
Ole Miss
@ Mississippi State

Mississippi State could very well be sitting atop the West, assuming they don’t implode yet again and Vandy and Florida could be in the top-10 by the time Kentucky plays them twice in the final three weeks. A big push to end the season from a team that should be developed into a formidable and consistent power by this part of the schedule should have them sitting firmly as a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament and in the conversation as a possible top overall seed. And that means games in the Yum! Center. We can all support that.

 – There was more NFL preseason action Friday night and Alfonso Smith stood out as the Kentucky’s biggest star of the night.  The Arizona Cardinal rushed for 39 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown, while also hauling in two catches for 21 yards against the Packers.  Meanwhile, Randall Cobb didn’t pull in any receptions, but netted 27 yards on two kickoff returns.  And his eyes were as beautiful as ever.

 – Friday also marked the big start of high school football season and former Cat Craig Yeast recorded his first head coaching victory as Bryan Station shocked Anderson County and matched last year’s win total.  Kentucky commitment Patrick Towles threw for 194 yards and a touchdown and ran for 78 yards and three scores, while future teammate Austin Sheehan had five catches for 106 yards.  Mason County’s Josh Harris, who was recently named a Second Team All-American, ran for 32 yards in a 50-0 loss to Lafayette. 

 – If you watched ESPN earlier, you saw the latest episode of their series chronicling the Elite 11 quarterback camp that featured Towles and Auburn commit Zeke Pike.  You were also treated to a mystery man showing up several times on screen wearing a Kentucky football camp shirt.


The mystery man is George Whitfield, a very well known quarterback coach, who recently trained Cam Newton for the NFL Draft and turned down an opportunity to work out Terrelle Pryor.  I like where his head’s at.  Either way, having a respected and well known quarterbacks guru repping the blue and white on ESPN can’t be a bad thing, right?  Didn’t think so.

  That’s it for now.  If you missed Kentucky Sports Radio this morning, make sure you check out the podcast below.  It was awesome.  No surprise.  Check it out.

*This post officially ends my run as the sole man in charge of KSR.  I hope you’re as excited about that as I am.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

16 Comments for Griffin McLarty’s Late Friday Notes

  1. cats11
    1:14 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Oldham is the greatest county in the history of counties.

  2. Dana
    1:21 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Oldham County breeds something, I’m not sure it’s winners.

  3. Hoss
    1:36 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks for everything, Beis.

  4. Malballs21
    1:40 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Oldham County is awesome. I can’t imagine how many hand jobs these kids are going to get.

  5. Common Sense
    2:15 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Good news for Alfonso Smith is that he could benefit from an injury to a fellow Arizona Cardinal RB. Ryan Williams, drafted in the 2nd rd last April, torn his Petella tendon and is likely out for the season.

    With Beanie Wells being an injury bug in his own right…I would think that makes Smith a lock for the team. Great news for a Cat, but in sad circumstances. Lets hope Ryan Williams makes a speedy recovery.

  6. Andre Riddick's Love-Child
    2:30 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Neal Burcham = Winner

  7. kyblue
    3:00 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Whitfield was really impressed with Towles’ play on one of the days in Malibu so he went and bought a UK football shirt in honor of pats impressive play that day! GO Cats!

  8. Tricky Rick
    7:06 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Cobb left in Q3 with a “bruised knee”.

  9. Holden McGroin
    8:58 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    great, now hit mute to come here. just great

  10. Feelin' Blue Today
    9:05 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    #4 – In context, one of the funniest damn comments I’ve ever seen here.

  11. Mo
    9:21 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    I wondered who that guy was in the UK shirt… thanks for the info

  12. Al's IndiCats
    9:36 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    JUst watched that espn round table with Cal, and as usual Cal hits it out of the park, I just couldn’t bring myself to listen to the one with Calhoun and Quick Rick…Way to early to listen to the “Rs” sounding like “As” in the morning….Beside who gives a rats ass what they have to say anyway.

  13. DOM PAPA
    10:02 am August 20, 2011 Permalink

    Your automatic noise on the site will cost you views. Can’t listen to podcast with out it… Why bother checking site.

  14. Holden McGroin
    10:05 am August 20, 2011 Permalink


  15. FreeTonyVanetti
    2:40 pm August 20, 2011 Permalink

    *This post officially ends my run as the sole man in charge of KSR. I hope you’re as excited about that as I am

  16. Bigbluebooger
    9:32 am August 21, 2011 Permalink

    Watched Marion co vs Russell County friday night, not sure what the kids name is from russell co but he’s #28, his first two touches went for long touchdowns and ended up with 5 overall. Kentucky may need to take a look. Rumor is he runs 4.3 40 but not sure, just know he ran all over our Knights.