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Choosing a column

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By Tommie Kendall

While tapping my fingers against my desk on Monday afternoons to the annoyance of my coworkers, I usually stare at a blank screen with nothing coming to mind. There are voices in there, sure, but the problem is filtering out the ones that have anything meaningful to say. Picking the right topic for a column can be tricky at times.

But this week, I had way too many ideas coming to mind and my filtering system was letting everything through. I first started to type an extension to my column last week since I got so much feedback, but deleted the first two paragraphs when I decided against that idea. There were dozens of other ideas that entered my mind, and I eventually decided to write about a few of those instead. I added the other topics to the bottom of my must-write-about-later list that I scan down each week.

First up, Facebook. Some of my friends have been eagerly trying to talk me into getting on Facebook but I never understood what all the fuss was about — now I do. To their urging, I decided to start a profile last week and I now feel that it’s the best invention since James Naismith threw a ball into a basket in 1891. I’ve already been reconnected to people I haven’t talked to in years. Now I’m the one doing the urging.

Next up, the Kentucky-Louisville football game. It wasn’t a contest of beauty but it sure was entertaining. I was hoping for a close game, and that’s exactly what I got. I’m a little embarrassed to admit it now, but I had Kentucky winning 35-10. Although I was pulling for UK, this was a game U of L should not have lost. Kentucky ended up winning 31-27 on a whacked-out finish.

Speaking of football, the powder puff games at the high schools last week were a hoot. I could definitely use these 21 inches to write about both the Eminence and Henry County games. They were entertaining. The girls were way more intense than I imagined, and there were plenty of talented athletes. I was impressed. Congratulations to the HCHS sophomores for winning the championship and those bragging rights; the lone Eminence game was a tie.

On a more serious topic, the Jason Stinson trial came to an end last Thursday with Stinson being found not guilty of all charges. Stinson was on trial for reckless homicide and wanton endangerment for the death of Pleasure Ridge High School football player Max Gilpin in August 2008. While I won’t go into details on the case or the ruling, I will say the focus needs to shift away from this trial and how we can prevent this from happening again. There could have been a number of coaches in his same situation, including coaches at our local schools. It’s called coaching. We need to move forward.

Finally, the Friends For Michael 5K race is this Saturday. It benefits the locally-based organization that was started to help Michael Brent and expanded to help others who suffer from spinal-cord injuries, too. The race starts at 9 a.m. at Henry County High School. For those who are intimidated by the word race, there are plenty of people to walk with from start to finish. Not everyone sprints off the start line, then huffs and puffs their way to the finish line, falling over with exhaustion. Plus, it’s for a good cause.

On a week when my filtering system wasn’t working, those were the topics I decided to touch on. Hope to see you all at the race this Saturday. And, if you have Facebook, don’t forget to send me a friend request. I’m sure I will respond quickly.

Tommie Kendall can be reached at (502)845-2858 or sports@hclocal.com. Follow his Twitter account at www.twitter.com/hcsports.