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”.