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I Love You 3000

The guys give a complete breakdown on how the upcoming Super-Regional Tournament will play out based on current seeding of 15th region teams in their districts in a hypothetical scenario. Also, a preview of next week's 58th District Tournament at Prestonsburg Fieldhouse. KHSAA proposed realignment ideas on how to place all Floyd County schools in one district rather than fractured.

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Your Sports Sweethearts

Three of our four guys spend Valentine's talking sports... One is still figuring out the nuances of Valentine's Day in a marriage. Super Bowl reaction and the big business of the NFL. Blind comparison of 3 major college basketball programs and where they stand in the court of public opinion. 15th region high school basketball discussion. Sweet 16 pairings. Pikeville's girls challenge themselves. Throwback game at the Betsy Layne "Dome" this weekend.

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Why Don't My Baby Get to Play?

Parents are always asking, "Why don't my baby get to play?" They'll bad mouth a coach and talk to anyone that will listen, rather than ask their son or daughter, "Why aren't you getting to play?" The sports culture in Floyd County needs to change because at the moment, it's complacent. Where does the change begin? It starts with understanding why your baby isn't playing.

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In our Podcast Era

The guys are back in studio after being snowed in, entertaining the Cincinnati Reds and covering wall-to-wall basketball games around the 15th region. Bunch of anti-heroes talking about Taylor, Travis, State All "A" Classic, 15th region basketball and the search for a new football coach at Prestonsburg High School.

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58th District Grades are In

The guys give out mid-term grades for the boys' basketball teams in the 58th District for Lawrence County, Betsy Layne, Prestonsburg and Floyd Central. Also, Prestonsburg is searching for a new head football coach. Who are some possible candidates?

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Finish What You Started

Two takeaways from the CFP and Bowl season: the committee got it right and something has to be done to stop early opt-outs. The key is moving the date for the opening of the transfer portal. High School Basketball scene in the 15th region is as even as it's ever been in years on the boys' side as we're at the halfway point of the season.

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The Airing of Sports Grievances

It's Sports Festivus and time to air out your sports grievances... Also, Santa told the guys what the basketball coaches at Betsy Layne, Floyd Central and Prestonsburg have asked for this Christmas. Merry Christmas from the Sound Off on Sports Podcast!

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Travis Perry Comes to Wayland

The KHSAA all-time leading scorer in boys' basketball Travis Perry of Lyon County is coming to the home of the player who's record he shattered - "King" Kelly Coleman. Perry and Lyon County are traveling across time zones and over 300 miles to play in historic Wayland Gym this Saturday and the guys discuss why fans need to appreciate Perry for his talent and ability rather than compare him to Coleman. Also, a different take on the Pikeville 85-point win over East Ridge girls last week than you'll hear anywhere else.

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Addicted to the Dollar

Why are there so many fleeting hearts over Florida State football being pushed out of the College Football Playoff? When it comes to college football, always follow the dollars. We've had a week to digest the failed escape plan of Mark Stoops. How do you feel now that Kentucky has a chance to beat a big-name program in a bowl game? The guys also touch on the opening week of 15th region high school basketball.

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Wheelwright Gym Joins Glory Road

The guys return from a post-week of turkey hangover to touch on several topics including the buzz around Kentucky Basketball and sensation Reed Sheppard, Mark Stoops and his apparent escape plan from Lexington, a preview of the 15th Region high school basketball season and this weekend's historic throwback basketball game between Paintsville and Floyd Central at Wheelwright Gym, which is being designated as part of the KY High School Basketball Hall of Fame's Glory Road project.

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No Bad Questions Edition

On this episode the guys open the format of the show with a "no bad questions" segment, where video podcaster viewers submitted questions for the guys to chime in on. If you'd like to submit a question for a future episode, email your thoughts to: jamey.johnson@wmdjfm.com


What's the mood of the high school football season following the conclusion of the season for Betsy Layne and Floyd Central? The mood of Big Blue Nation? The mood of the upcoming high school basketball season.

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Playoffs Round 1: The Proving Grounds

The first round of the KHSAA High School Football playoffs is what the guys refer to as, "the proving grounds". But what have teams that finished winless in their district or even overall done to prove anything that they should be in the postseason? It's the oldest argument in high school football throughout Kentucky, but the guys give some fresh perspective. Meanwhile, Floyd Central will host only it's second-ever playoff game, while Betsy Layne goes for a school record 10th win of the season against Prestonsburg. Also, the passing of Bob Knight today and what makes some sports icons beloved even when they're not loveable.

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The End is Near

It's the fastest season of all the different high school sports - seems to be anyway. High School Football's regular season ends this Friday. The guys breakdown where Betsy Layne, Floyd Central and Prestonsburg stand. Also a full preview of the upcoming playoffs. Jamey got a free copy of Cats Pause magazine.

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The Hager Bowl

Episode 10 finds Jamey and Josh with a full preview of this Friday's matchup between Floyd Central and Martin County, affectionately known as "The Hager Bowl". Jaguars coach Shawn Hager returns to the Rock at Inez for a winner-take-all game against the Cardinals for the regular season district championship. On the Cardinals sideline is Shawn's son, Wes, who's an assistant coach at Martin County. Of course, Shawn Hager spent many years as head coach of old Sheldon Clark High School in Inez. Also, how will Betsy Layne respond after suffering their first loss of the season last Friday? What about the postgame thoughts of Shelby Valley coach Anthony Hampton following the win?

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The Game VII - Prestonsburg vs. Floyd Central

Simply put, it's Prestonsburg vs. Floyd Central in what we are calling "The Game VII" this Friday and this time, it has district implications. Class 2A 8th-ranked Betsy Layne is playing for a possible district championship on the road at Shelby Valley, while looking to stay undefeated at (8-0). High School basketball talk as the old Wheelwright Gym prepares to be designated a Glory Road Gym by the KY High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Was Mark Stoops wrong when he asked fans to "pony up" to help UK football compete against the upper echelon of the SEC?

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It's October, Do You Know Where Your Football Is?

District high school football games are underway, where is your football team at the moment? Are they a contender for a district title? Home playoff game? Can they make a run in the postseason? The guys discuss Betsy Layne (6-0), Floyd Central (4-3) and their grassy knoll win over Knott County Central last week and what has happened to Prestonsburg (4-3)? Also, 2-minute drill on a variety of topics from UK football, the renewal of the UK/IU series and MLB.

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History in the Making

The guys discuss last week's Betsy Layne Bobcats win over Prestonsburg snapping a 25-game/37-year losing streak to the Blackcats. Should there be a traveling trophy for the unofficial county football champion? What does the future of high school football hold over the next 20 years in Floyd County? The guys look back at the last 20 years' worth of stats against Pike County opponents as an example of where Floyd County needs to be.

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Betsy Layne Football (5-0): Poised and Prepared

The Betsy Layne Bobcats remain undefeated at (5-0) after dismantling county rival Floyd Central (3-2) in the "680 Series". Bobcats dominated the line of scrimmage from the start while looking poised and prepared. Bobcats host county rival Prestonsburg this Friday. The guys break it down. Predictions on all of this week's games. Also, Jamey wants to know why every Floyd County school can't enjoy the same amenities, such as working internet in the press box at Betsy Layne.

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Rivalry Week: The Battle of New Route 680

Just in time for this week's Floyd Central at Betsy Layne rivalry football game, new KY Route 680 opened, connecting the communities. Coincidence? The Battle for New Route 680 happens this Friday and they gang breaks down the matchup. New RPI ratings are out and 2 of Betsy Layne's 4 wins are against last place teams in RPI ratings of their respective classes - does that matter? Can the Cincinnati Reds win 11 of their final 16 games to reach 87 total wins and postseason play? Is it panic time for UK football fans after two lackluster wins?

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A Win is a Win is a Win

Every win should be celebrated in high school football no matter whom it's against - it's better than the alternative. Betsy Layne is rolling opponents with their confidence schedule, while Floyd Central is winning again, but showing areas in need of improvement. Prestonsburg suffered their first loss of the season on the road at Paintsville. Plenty of football talk on every level and Josh shared the story about how he let a waitress "feed him" while on an anniversary date with his wife - what!

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I Pledge Allegiance to My Team

Episode 3 finds our sports guys discussing why they're so loyal to their favorite college or professional teams, even when they mostly let us down. Have you ever "fired" a favorite team? Also a full recap of Week 2 of KY High School football in the mountains. Are Betsy Layne and Prestonsburg on a collision course for one another in late September? Can Floyd Central get healthy for their home opener?

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Greasy Spoons, Hometowns and High School Football

SEASON 3, EPISODE 2 - The guys memorialize a food fixture on U.S. 23 in Lawrence County that announced that after 30+ years they're closing their doors this week. Save your hometown greasy spoon hotspot! Also, a full recap of week 1 wins for Betsy Layne, Floyd Central and Prestonsburg High School Football. Also, a shortage of 15th region officials is forcing 3 games to be moved next week to Thursday night starts.

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Captain Insano Shows No Mercy

In our final episode of Season 2, the guys give rapid reaction to the Boys and Girls 15th Region Tournaments. Josh used a dry erase board (not that it helps with the audio version of the podcast) to explain in depth the upcoming Super Regional next season for high school basketball and why it's a GOOD THING. If you're upset that your team didn't make the regional tournament or felt that you should've won the regional, remember what Captain Insano said? Apply it to next season. Finally the guys discuss the changes to major league baseball. Season 2 finale.

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The King is Gone

State basketball phenom Travis Perry from Lyon County is within striking distance of breaking Floyd County / Wayland High School scoring champ "King" Kelly Coleman's all-time career scoring record of 4,337 points. Would it be better for Perry to break the mark before or during this year's Sweet 16, granted his team isn't upset along the way. Why can't we get Lyon County to make the trip to Wayland for a game next year in Perry's senior season? (It's faster to get from Wayland to Canada than it is to Eddyville!) Also, the guys preview the upcoming 58th District Tournament for the Boys/Girls to be played at Lawrence County High School. 

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Greatness Speaks for Itself

When your team is playing great, the results speak for themselves. Now is the peak time for high school basketball teams as the regular season is wrapping up and the guys discuss the landscape of the 58th District and 15th Region in boys' basketball. Speaking of greatness, how great was the atmosphere at the Prestonsburg Fieldhouse this past weekend? A packed gym with the kind of pageantry not seen in years for a regular season game. It has fueled the debate of moving the 15th Region Tournament back to high school gyms and away from the Appalachian Wireless Arena. One more great point: Michael Jordan never proclaimed himself as the G.O.A.T. like Lebron has done, who is now the new NBA all-time scoring leader, yet still disliked in the court of public opinion. How great is that?

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Sports Time Travelers

This special episode of the Sound Off on Sports Podcast was recorded live at the history Wayland Gymnasium in the tiny coal town of Wayland, the home of basketball legend 'King' Kelly Coleman, the first recognized Mr. Basketball award winner in Kentucky. The Wayland Gym, now the home of the Mountain Sports Hall of Fame, which represents athletes from the 16th, 15th, 14th and 13th regions, hosted it's first KHSAA basketball game in 52 years on February 4th. The guys spoke with former Mr. Basketball JR Vanhoose, Van Lear Bankmule alumnus Doug Kretzer and Wayland Wasps alumnus Jerry Fultz about the MSHOF and recapped a weekend of throwback basketball in Floyd County.

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Times they are a Changin'

The guys breakdown today's KHSAA changes with the approval of the new high school football realignment, which will only be for two seasons rather than a 4-year cycle. The gang explains why. Also, some teams got what they wished for with the alignment, some were denied. One wanted to change positions after seeing what they were leaving behind and were rightfully denied. The realignment is a win-win for Betsy Layne, Floyd Central and Prestonsburg. The Jaguars and Blackcats annual rivalry becomes a key district game now and the best part, the 8 teams that make up the new Class 2A Districts 7 and 8 all have a level playing field to achieve a deep postseason run. The guys also preview the Friday showdown in Lawrence County between the Dawgs and Lady Dawgs vs. Floyd Central in two games that will be battle's first place in the 58th District. 

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Call Coach John Calipari

Everyone has an opinion on men's basketball coach John Calipari and the situation at the University of Kentucky. Jamey and Josh took live calls and created a support group setting for Wildcat basketball fans who are suffering through a miserable season. 

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Dad's Away and the Kids are in Charge

Jamey was out sick, missing his first episode ever of 'Sound Off' and the rest of the crew picks up the slack. Our panel of four presents the Top 10 Best Boys and Girls High School Basketball Teams in Floyd County over the past 30 years. The guys debate their selections and their own bias. Who's the best from Allen Central, Betsy Layne, Floyd Central, Prestonsburg and South Floyd over the past three decades?

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Generation Gap

Jeremy set the tone before the show telling the guys about being dubbed, "a Gen Xer" today during an important meeting. 'Gen X Jeremy and Jamey' take a different view of the whole college football players sitting out bowl games topic than 'Millennial Josh', who has more of a 'doesn't-affect-me' viewpoint of Will Levis and Chris Rodriquez sitting out Kentucky's Music City Bowl game with Iowa. Also, some perspective on the 15th Region Boys Basketball scene and how strong the 58th District has been in the early going. Floyd Central will clash with defending District Tournament champion Betsy Layne this Friday and the guys have a complete breakdown. Prestonsburg is out to their best start in two decades. Johnson Central is struggling, but loaded with talented youth. Pikeville stumbling out of the gate. Martin County looking strong early. 

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