In your most recent publication you had an article praising WOXY in Oxford Ohio. I moved to Ohio briefly after high school in Scott County when I found 97X. I can honestly say 97X's format really shaped me into who I am today. I would promote WOXY to anyone online. It is so easy to use and has such a great break from the Clear Channel radio playlists that pollutes the airwaves here. Thank you very much for further exposing 97X here.
Can I Say?
Hello Mr. Kevin Faris, I read a recent article where you called Georgia Tech's football program an ACC "doormat." And for the record nothing could be further from the truth. I moved from Lexington, Kentucky to Atlanta, Georgia in September 1986 and in the 16* years I've lived there I have covered Georgia Tech (and the ACC). With that said let me give you some facts on why you were wrong for calling Georgia Tech an ACC football doormat.
1) They have gone bowling for the 1990, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons.
2) Georgia Tech has won four (4) national titles in their history (most recently in 1990).
3) Georgia Tech has won 15 conference titles in their history (two of those were ACC titles, 1990 and 1998).
4) With a 20-11 bowl record (a winning percentage of .645) Georgia Tech has an outstanding bowl record. It is one of the best, if not the best bowl record in the nation.
5) Georgia Tech has had head coaches who have become legends because of there accomplishments while coaching there.
6) One of those head coaches was John Heisman from 1904-1919. Heisman's record during that 16-year peroid was 102-29-7 (.779).
7) Another coach was William Alexander. His 25 year record was 134-95-15 (.580).
8) And a third was Bobby Dodd. Dodd compiled a record of 165-64-8 (.713) while coaching 22 years at Georgia Tech from 1945-1966.
9) Over the last 10 seasons (1993-2002) Georgia Tech has finished last in the ACC only once. Over that time Georgia Tech has a record of 65-55 for finishing 6th in 1993, 9th in 1994, 4th in 1995, 5th in 1996, 3rd in 1997, 1st in 1998, 2nd in 1999, 2nd in 2000, 4th in 2001 and 5th last season.
10) Georgia Tech has a winning record VS every ACC football team over the last 10 seasons, except Florida State. But then Florida State has a winning record VS many football teams over the last 10 seasons.
I could go on-and-on to include other Georgia Tech records and facts from over the last 10 seasons, however I only wanted to throw some of-and not all-of Georgia Tech's 2003 football media guide at you.
That article you wrote does Georgia Tech and the media profession a disservice. And needless to say at this point I didn't like it, as I believe their fans, alumni, faculty, players, coaching staff, administration and others would not.
For a copy of the Georgia Tech 2003 football media guide, contact Mike Stamus or Allison George at Georgia Tech's SID. I'm sure they'll be glad to assist you.
And in the future please be careful of what you write. Check your facts before writing a "report." You never know who will read what you write or listen to what you say.
Thanks for your time, take care.
Oscar C. Woodall, Jr.
HayWood Media Services, GM
Thank you for reading Ace Weekly and taking the time to write me a letter expressing your displeasure with my column.
There's no denying that Georgia Tech Football has a very storied past. I was not referring to the teams in their past, however, but to the 2003 edition that is on the field right now. If Auburn was playing one of the great Georgia Tech teams of the past, of which there are many, then their loss would not be a big deal. Instead, they played a team that had just lost to BYU and was projected by si.com to finish 4-8 overall, 2-6 in ACC play, and 8th out of 9th in the conference. CBS.sportsline.com picked them to finish 9th in the ACC behind perennial doormat Duke.
While Georgia Tech is not a perennial doormat, such as Duke, they were selected by most pre-season publications to finish this season in last or next to last place in the ACC and are currently 2-3 and winless in conference with an 0-2 record. Auburn was picked to finish in the top 10 and possibly challenge for a National Title. Hence, the embarrassment of this loss for Auburn and for the SEC.
I very much appreciate feedback and I respect other people's opinions even when they disagree with mine. I do, though, take exception with being told that what I wrote did "the media profession a disservice" or the suggestion that the facts presented in the column were inaccurate.
I appreciate the facts and records you sent me, but none of them refer to the team that is currently representing Georgia Tech on the field of play. My recent column referred to the current season of SEC football and their bad non-conference losses to teams such as Georgia Tech and Memphis, who were not picked to finish high in their respective conferences.
I would like to thank you once again for taking the time to write me a letter and I wish you and your Yellow Jackets nothing but the best in the future.
Ace Sports Columnist
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Gotta Crawl Before You Can Walk
Lexington residents can take part in the Jacobson Park 2nd Annual Bluegrass Region Walk to Cure Diabetes. Registration for the event starts Saturday, October 4th, at 8am at Jacobson Park. The walk's at 10am. Info can be found at: www.jdrf.org/chapters/KY/Kentuckian or 502/ 485.9397.
President Bush is planning to visit Lexington to help out Congressman Ernie Fletcher's campaign for governor. Bush is scheduled to be in town Thursday, October 9 to help raise money for the Fletcher campaign. (David Corn, of the Nation, refers to the Commander in Chief as a "liar" several times in this week's issue. Also, a "prevaricator." (See pages 8 and 9.)
Individuals who raise $10Gs get to have their photo taken with Bush and Fletcher.
Do not attempt to approach either politician if you have not raised the appropriate funds. Security's always tight when a prez is in town.
Thus far, Fletcher has raised more than $2.4 million for his campaign, while his Democratic opponent Ben Chandler has raised about $1.2 million.
As a part of the Save the Grand Theatre campaign, you can attend the Grand Taste and Capital Seats auction, Thursday, October 9 at 6pm in the Cralle-Day Garden at the Kentucky History Center (KHC), 100 West Broadway, Frankfort, KY. Call 502/ 695.4472 or check www.arcbluegrass.com for more info.
Lexington's Tree Board
(didn't know we had one, did you?) is in need of help in deciding which medians in town should be replanted with new trees. In all, there are ten medians up for reforesting. The ten locations to vote on are Appian Way, Cindy Blair Way, Fontaine Road Ridgeway Road, Haggard lane, Hiltonia Park, Lafayette Park, Loudon Avenue Extension, Rookwood Parkway, Shaker Drive, and Transylvania Park.
To vote for your median, visit: www.lfucg.com, call 859/425.2888, or write in your vote and drop it off at the Government Center and place the vote in the ballot box. Votes will be accepted until Wednesday, October 15.
State Senator Ernesto Scorsone, voted by Ace readers "Sexiest Elected official" in this year's Best of Lex readers' poll, announced that he's gay during a speech earlier this week at the Governor's Equal Employment Opportunity Conference in Louisville.
Scorsone, who lost an earlier congressional bid to conservative Ernie Fletcher, says he will seek re-election next year to his 13th Senate District seat in Lexington.
For more info check out www.skinnydevil.com/Bridge.html.