Vaught's Views: Dunn continues to excel

March 30, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Notes, quotes and thoughts from a variety of sports-related areas.

* Former Harrodsburg standout Jason Dunn continues to make a nice living for himself in the National Football League.

Dunn, who played both tight end and on the defensive line at Eastern Kentucky, recently signed a six-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. The tight end has already spent seven years in the NFL, playing in 97 games and starting 42 times.

He has 53 career catches for 688 yards and nine touchdowns, including five catches for 35 yards and three touchdowns last season when he helped put the Chiefs in Super Bowl contention.

Dunn was drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996.

* Kentucky had to think it had a great chance to make the Final Four this year before it lost to Alabama-Birmingham in the NCAA Tournament's second round.


However, watching the regional semifinals and finals Thursday through Sunday illustrated that the Cats really did overachieve to win 27 games this year because they were not nearly as athletic, or explosive, as a lot of other teams.

The teams still playing all have better inside-outside combinations than Kentucky. They all also have at least one player capable of creating his own shot and scoring no matter what the situation.

* Keeneland's opening day Friday will have a different look thanks to the initial Hats Off to Keeneland Contest.

Judges will award prizes to adult race fans with the best hats in these categories: most fashionable, best handcrafted hat and spirit of Keeneland. Children will also be able to compete in the best children's category.

Winners in the adult categories will receive gift certificates to the Keeneland Shop for $250 for first, $100 for second and $50 for third. The children's category winner will get a $100 certificate and Keeneland apparel and toys will also be given out.

Every participant will receive two free general admission tickets redeemable any day later in the spring meet.

The grand prize winner selected via a random drawing among the category winners will receive a weekend trip for two to Chicago, including airfare.

* Eastern Kentucky will hold its annual spring intrasquad game April 17 at 3 p.m. in Roy Kidd Stadium. The Colonels are practicing each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday under second-year coach Danny Hope.

Among the players in the spring game will be Harrodsburg tight end Patrick Bugg and Boyle County receiver Matt Miller.

Kentucky's Blue-White Game to end spring drills will be April 24 at 1 p.m. in Commonwealth Stadium. Among the Cats playing will be Danville running back Andrew Hopewell, Boyle kicker Taylor Begley and Boyle receiver Jacob Tamme.

* Whether you are a Tiger Woods fan or not, you have to admire the tenacity he has and the poise he shows even when he is not playing well.

"I play the same way whether I'm shooting 82 or 62," Woods said during The Players Championship. "There might be others who don't play that way. I play that way all the time."

He's made the cut in a record 120 straight events, an amazing feat.

Even though he didn't win and struggled in two of his four rounds last wek, he found something positive about his play over the weekend and said not to write him off in the Masters just yet.

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