Vaught's Views: 'Never' now the wrong answer

July 26, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

If the Jeopardy category is "Topics of Discussion" and the answer came up "Never," then here are a few winning questions that would quickly come to mind:

* When is the last time the Tour de France and Jeopardy were topics of dinner conversation along with Kentucky basketball?

Yet there I was Saturday at a 50th anniversary function for my aunt and uncle when we not only discussed Ken Jennings winning his 38th consecutive game on Jeopardy to push his winnings to $1,321,660, but we also debated just how remarkable it is that Lance Armstrong has dominated the Tour de France the way he has.

Normally conversation about UK hoops, or football at this time of year, are normal. But I never dreamed I would live long enough to see a conversation about Jeopardy and the Tour de France that actually would interest me.


* Would Ashley Judd ever be happier at a Milwaukee racetrack than at a Kentucky basketball game?

Yet there she was Sunday on the verge of tears as husband Dario Franchitti completed his comeback from career-threatening back surgery to win the A.J. Foyt Indy 225.

It was Franchitti's first win after missing almost all of last season with a back injury suffered in a motorcycle crash.

His best IRL finish had been second on June 12 at the Texas Motor Speedway.

It was no surprise that Judd, Kentucky's real Miss Basketball, got more TV time than her husband after the race, but she sounded like a racing veteran by thanking everyone from the team owner to the sponsor to the crew.

* Would Centre College sponsor a golf outing to Ireland?

Yet the Centre Alumni Association is doing just that and still has a few spots open for the trip Sept. 3-11 that will be hosted by former Centre golf coach Herb McGuire.

If you like golf - and have $3,435 plus air fare, caddy fees and other expense money - then this could be a unique trip.

The package includes seven nights accommodations, daily Irish breakfast, three dinners, and, best of all, eight rounds of golf on world championship links courses.

If you have always wanted a chance to play links golf - and what golfer hasn't after watching a British Open - this could be your once in a lifetime chance. For more information, contact Brian Miller at 1-877-678-9822 or 238-5506. He can also be reached by e-mail at

* Will the area's most visible former athletes come from Casey County?

Or that would have been the answer before the Costello twins (See today's story) started their climb to stardom a few years ago in California.

Not only have they appeared in movies, national commercials and TV shows, but the former All-Area basketball players have become celebrity golfers and now have a chance to win a $250,000 contract as the WWE Diva.

I can still remember when they were part of the Casey team nicknamed the "Barbie Dolls" because so many of the girls had blonde hair. Rather than be offended, the players embraced the idea and Casey's gym became known as the "Doll House" that season.

Now they are rubbing shoulders with the nation's most famous professional wrestlers and likely could become regulars on the Monday night show.

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