Last week I let Tom Leach, the play-by-play voice of the UK Radio Network, explain what Oscar Combs had meant to him. This week I turn to Tyler Thompson of Kentucky Sports Radio to share what Combs, who decided not to be on the UK Radio Network pregame shows this year for the first time in 20 years and also founded The Cats’ Pause, meant to her.
“Oscar Combs has been as much a part of my UK fanhood as any player or coach. Growing up, I read the Cats Pause magazine, religiously, waiting by the mailbox for it to come in so I could pore over the pictures, articles, and, of course, Oscar’s columns. In fact, when I went away to college in North Carolina, my father forwarded my subscription so I could keep up with the Cats in Tar Heel and Blue Devil country,” Thompson said.
“Trips to watch the Cats in Rupp Arena were never complete without listening to Oscar on the pregame show in the car, and when I transitioned to covering UK as a member of the media, meeting him for the first time was a landmark moment.
“Since then, I look forward to conversations with ‘Mr. Combs’ about everything: UK sports past and present, life, frogs. As the editor of UK’s most popular fan site, it never escapes me that Oscar laid the path for us so many years ago, and for that, I’ll be eternally grateful.”