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Back in the saddle again

Just as Gene Autry sang those lyrics as he rode the range totin’ his old 44, I have come riding back into town. Not on a nice white horse or carrying a 44, just my camera and my keyboard will probably be all I need. As a few of you already know, I am officially back on the sports beat in Adams County, though I move back in with somewhat mixed emotions.

The business world can be a tough place and for me to move back in, that meant that someone had to move out. That someone unfortunately was Charles Grove, who had done a bang-up job for us in news and then sports since he arrived here earlier in the year. Charles was a fine young man and a very good writer and he will be missed around here. He came into a tough spot as an “outsider” of sorts trying to learn new places and new people and just as he was excited about starting a basketball season, he gets bad news, but I have faith in Charles. He has talent and he will land on his feet. After all, the last Facebook picture that I saw of him, he was sitting with the president of UC in a suite. Looks like he has some pretty high-up connections. Good luck Charles and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you did.

With that being said, I must beg your patience as I transition back into what I really wanted to do all along anyway. I may be a little rusty and I may forget a few things here and there so bear with me. I haven’t sat down and written sports all day until today and it takes a little getting used to-again. I hope that I can again live up to the standards that Adams County expects from their sports coverage and have no fear, I am ready to get back out there.

It wouldn’t be a return column if I didn’t gloat just a bit about a certain basketball team in Lexington, Ky. I will admit that this year’s version of the Big Blue didn’t have me too excited until I watched them dismantle the Dookies. Now I have some hope that this team will be fun to watch, and totally different from last year’s squad. (Before you say it, no, that just doesn’t happen at Kentucky.) There really isn’t that one dominant team in college basketball this year as we have already seen the number one team in the country lose to Northern Iowa, so this year’s March Madness should be just that-mad! Until then, enjoy the season, root for your team, and don’t bash my Wildcats too often. At least not where I can hear you.

I am also writing this on Monday evening, still stinging from that adventure in the desert last night for the now 8-2 Cincinnati Bengals. Finally, a prime time loss that can’t be blamed on Andy Dalton. It’s really no embarrassment to lost to the Cardinals, who are legitimate Super Bowl contenders even with Carson Palmer, especially when the sideline began to resemble a M*A*S*H unit by game’s end. Again, though, it was mismanagement that likely cost the Bengals that game along with some horrible penalty calls by NFL officials who seem to be working this year on a flag quota. Tick tock, tick tock, teach Marvin to use the clock…

So now I wrap up my return column and already start thinking about a topic for next week. I shall be riding back into a gym near you beginning tonight, not toting a 44 like good ol’ Gene Autry, but instead a D3100. Don’t worry, I’ll leave my horse tied up out in the parking lot. It’s good to be back.

Mark Carpenter

Sports Editor

Reach Mark Carpenter at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.

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