John with yesterday’s Hall of Fame Inductee, Ryan Lemond……and another guy
by Tyler Thompson
“You’re a great American.”
Outside of the Big Blue Nation, those words hold a simple, patriotic meaning, a compliment of the highest regard. For longtime UK sports talk show listeners, it’s the signature greeting of John Short. For more than two decades, Short has been a fixture on the UK talk show circuit, going back to the days of Cawood Ledford. Short is the BBN’s eternal optimist, never missing the chance to call in to talk about his Cats or give his “bigguns” prediction. How much do fans love John Short? These days, a pregame show isn’t complete without his greeting and score prediction, to the point that it’s a frequent question on the KSR live blog. What’s the spread? Who cares. How many bigguns did John Short say we’d win by?
John Short is legally blind, but he’s still able to see some things close-up, so when he goes to Rupp Arena to see Kentucky play, he takes a binoculars to get whatever glimpse he can of the Cats. He also wears his headphones to make sure he doesn’t miss a second of Tom Leach and Mike Pratt’s call, along with Matt’s pregame and postgame shows, of course. Short’s limited vision doesn’t define him; when he’s not listening to UK sports talk, he’s bagging groceries at the Romany Road Kroger. Want to meet him in person? Tune into the radio show, he shares his schedule each time he calls.
Over the years, Short has become a KSR celebrity, and we’ve been able to share some pretty cool experiences with him. Short was able to meet Goose Givens, his all-time favorite UK player, at a pregame show last season, cover a UK Hoops game back in 2012, get his picture with Mark Stoops at the Lexington tour stop, and even throw out the first pitch at the Lexington Legends game last month. True story: meeting Goose Givens was the first time Short has been rendered speechless.For keeping the fan base positive, making us smile, and being one of the most passionate Kentucky fans on the planet, John Short, you, sir, are a great American.