Thursday, November 17, 2005

Storm Warning

For the last couple of days, I have been assessing damage on my home due to a (probable) tornado that ripped through South Central Kentucky on Tuesday evening. Most of the damage came from shingles that were peeled off of a neighbors house and hurled at my vinyl siding like hundreds of ninja stars. That normally does not happen IN NOVEMBER in Kentucky, but 78 degrees and high humidity was tumultuously displaced by a fierce Canadian air mass that spurred some terrific storms and had us at 21 degrees this morning, just 36 hours later.

The warm bath-like atmosphere of goodtime exhibition games are past, and the cold, hard season starts tomorrow for WKU. The Tops have high expectations from fans, the conference, and themselves. The start with Austin Peay tomorrow night in Diddle Arena.

The Govs will be lead by local boy G Maurice "Squeaky" Hampton (14.7 ppg)and C Zach Schlader (12.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg). Truly, the Govs are no match for WKU on paper, but APSU always seem to play the Tops very tough. Last year, the Tops trailed by double-digits before storming back to win on the road by an 87-80 count. It should not be that close this time, but APSU is a regional rival with a local star. They will probably come out with guns blazing.

Sorry to cut this short, but I am leaving for Chi-town today. More on Monday after I return.

Also, my latest column dealing with the NCAA selection process is up on