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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: KSR Friday Summer Storytime

Every Friday from now until the beginning of football season, I open the Friday Rants and Ramblings post up to the reader.  Part of what makes this fanbase great is the memories and stories that people cherish so much.  So I am asking you to send me your favorite UK story.  Whether it be a joyful moment or one that brings tears to your eyes because of the heartbreak, something that sticks with you as a fan of UK.  You can send these stories to [email protected].  You can even send me a picture if you want.  Either way, I like hearing from you.  Today, a trio of stories from one Cats fan:

Three come to mind. The first is about Cawood Ledford. As great as Cawood was in basketball, he could tear your heart out calling a football game. It was always caught and dropped, interception and dropped or touchdown and dropped. One particular game, UK scores and Cawood says “hold the phone, now they are saying he stepped out on the three”. Ralph Hacker chimed in and said, “Cawood, they are lining up for the extra point”.
In 1978 the seniors came to Cawood High School in Harlan County and played two games on their barnstorming tour. In between games Rick Robey who was always real personable and approachable was in the middle of a crowd 5 or 6 deep answering questions. Robey at 6′ 11″ was standing way above the crowd and in that crowd was a little old man about 5′ 6″ wearing overalls, tobacco juice on the edge of his lips gazing up at him the whole time and finally says, “Hey buddy, didn’t you all win the state tournament this year”? Robey stopped in mid sentence and looked down and said, “We won a hell of a lot more than a state tournament”.
We had an older gentleman who was an American History teacher at Cawood H S. He could have been cast as a college professor in any movie, pencil thin mustache, top coat, fedora, umbrella and brief case. So this elderly gentleman comes in the dressing room to meet Jack “Goose” Givens and Goose was on the john which was in a small offset from the dressing room with no door. He walks over to Goose with his hand held our and say “Goose Givens, I’ve always wanted to meet you”. Goose just waved him off and said “Not now man”.
-Ron Osborne

Article written by Bryan the Intern

6 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: KSR Friday Summer Storytime

  1. Bruce Dickinson
    10:50 am May 17, 2019 Permalink

    Kind of odd to want to shake someone’s hand while they are using the restroom.

    • ukisgr8
      11:57 am May 17, 2019 Permalink

      No such school as “Cawood” High School, it was James a Cawood High School and Cawood Ledford had nothing to do with the name. In Cawood Ky, a community named after our family as well as an elementary school there named Cawood, but neither are named after him, just his moms side of the family, who’s maiden name was Cawood. I’m related through both the Cawood and Ledford side of the family to him. Just thought I would clarify because no one called it Cawood high school, it was either James A Cawood or JAC, never Cawood High.

    • ukisgr8
      12:06 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

      I was there as well, the event and went there to high school as well. My aunts went there the first year it opened after Hall High became a Junior High school in 67 or 68. Just sayin, between that time and the time I went there 39 years ago, I never once heard “Cawood High School” pass the lips of a single person. Maybe in retrospect people call it that I guess.

  2. runningunnin.454
    12:09 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

    Hah, Robey and gang won the 50 State Tournament.
    Have to disagree about Cawood’s football play-by-play; it was great, and he had a great flair for words.
    I loved, “leaving a host of would-be tacklers in his wake”.

    • ClutchCargo
      12:33 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

      Yes. Cawood was just a great play by play guy, basketball, football and even horse racing.

    • ClutchCargo
      12:36 pm May 17, 2019 Permalink

      Also, it took some adjustment for me when Tom Leach came along and started using the word “dropped” in place of “tackled” when calling football games.