Some random thoughts:

—Don’t look now but the Reds — or is that the Louisville Bats? — have a better record than six teams in the National League.

—Here’s hoping Team U.S., with Kentuckians Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes, can show Team Europe a thing or two about golf in this week’s Ryder Cup on Kentucky turf in Louisville.

—With his milestone 20th win behind him, Arizona pitcher Brandon Webb goes for No. 21 tonight against the San Francisco Giants. He needs to keep winning to stay in contention for the NL’s Cy Young Award. A strong finish gives him a good chance.

—Robert McAtee. Ever heard of him before Saturday? He’s the defensive back who saved Kentucky’s bacon, preventing Bluegrass Miracle II when he dragged down the Middle Tennessee receiver at the one on the last play of the game. Whew!

—Was anybody else shocked by this score on Saturday: Eastern Kentucky University 16, Morehead State 8? Great showing by the non-scholarship Eagles at Roy Kidd Stadium.

—Carlos Zambrano and Ted Lilly almost became the first teammates to throw back-to-back no-hitters. Zambrano no-hit the Astros on Sunday and Lilly took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Monday before losing it. While teammates have never thrown consecutive no-hitters, there was an oddity in 1969 with the Astros and Reds, who traded no-hitters on consecutive days. Reds fireballer Jim Maloney no-hit the Astros, 10-0, on April 30 and the following day Don Wilson no-hit the Reds, 4-0.

—Last weekend was a bad one to be a Buckeye fan with Ohio State, the Bengals and the Browns going down with only one touchdown between the three teams combined. Oucho Stinko!

—Is it just me or did Mike Hartline start improving before our very eyes? Kentucky’s sophomore quarterback seemed to get a jolt of confidence after quarterback-in-waiting Randall Cobb’s ankle injury. If the Cats receivers can start making some catches, Hartline may not be as bad as feared.

—Last week’s SEC Offensive Player of the Week? The aforementioned Mr. Hartline of Kentucky. Of course, in a league where two of the final scores were 3-2 and 14-7 there weren’t an abundance of candidates.

—I wonder if Philadelphia Eagle receiver DeSean Jackson will ever live down the premature celebration of a touchdown reception on “Monday Night Football?” Jackson dropped the football a yard before making it into the end zone against the Cowboys. Fantasy players already hate him. It wasn’t the first time it happened to him either. At the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a high school all-star game, he tried to flip into the end zone from the five-yard line and wound up coming up short — on the 1. Some guys never learn.

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at or (606) 326-2648.

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