Blue Jackets Still In The Hunt

January 13, 2019

I got somewhat pessimistic about the Blue Jackets in December as they won only three of six home games in-a-row in December. But Columbus has won 10 and lost 6 since my December posts, and this keeps them in third place in the Metropolitan division. They are four points behind Washington. Since my last post they had two games against Washington, a 4-0 loss and a 2-1 overtime win last night.

In 2018 we set a record here for the most rainfall in a year. But we have still not had a “significant” snow requiring the snow blower or snow shovel. I’d love it if it stayed that way.

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Basketball Craziness

January 13, 2019

The basketball season started out reasonably enough, but a couple teams have started to struggle.

The Kentucky men are doing reasonably well. Since my posts in December, the Cats lost a game in New York to Seton Hall. This was followed by a road loss in Tuscaloosa. But with only 3 losses on the season, and big wins over North Carolina and Louisville, the future still looks bright.

The Ohio State men were 12-1 as the old year ended, which included a win over UCLA. But January has been disaster so far. It started with a home loss to Michigan State. The Spartans are having their usual good year, but you hate to let them beat you at home. This was followed by two road losses, to Rutgers and Iowa. So, the Buckeyes are 2-3 in the league.

Similarly, the Kentucky women were 13-1 as the year ended. A loss in Starkville was not a surprise, as Mississippi State is quite good again this year. The Cats then went to Knoxville and won for only the fourth time in history, 73-71. But, today, with players out, Ole Miss upset the Wildcats who are now 2-2 in the SEC. A home loss to a team like the Rebels is not something you want if you think you have a chance at a conference title.

The Ohio State women are rebuilding and are 5-8 on the season. They upset Indiana the other night for their first Big Ten win of the year.

A Happy New Year’s Day Here

January 13, 2019

December was very busy for me, as Bonnie and I were babysitting her granddaughter, and I started work on remodeling my kitchen. I didn’t get much else done, but there is sports news to report.

Both Kentucky and Ohio State were in New Year’s Day bowls, and both won. The Wildcats hadn’t played on New Year’s Day in years. UK took a 27-7 lead on Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, then held on for a 27-24 victory. The Cats’ final record for the years was 10-3, the first 10-win season since 1977.

Similarly, the Buckeyes jumped out to a big lead over Washington in the Rose Bowl before hanging on for a 28-23 win. It was the last game for Urban Meyer, who is retiring due to health issues. Ryan Day took over the head coaching job on January 2nd.

Columbus One Point Out of Metropolitan Division Lead

December 7, 2018

The Blue Jackets have won 10 and lost 7 since my last post, and are one point behind Washington in the Metropolitan division. Other than a 9-6 loss to Calgary, Sergei Bobrovsky has looked much better in goal recently. The Capitals will be here Saturday night, which begins a 6-game home stand for the Jackets.

Basketball Off to a Good Start

December 7, 2018

Most Kentucky fans were surprised by the beat down Duke applied to the Cats 118-84 in the first game of the season. But the young Cats have righted the ship and won all games since then, although against much weaker competition.

Ohio State has been a pleasant surprise this season, with a loss to Syracuse the only blemish on the record. This includes road wins at Cincinnati and Creighton, and a win over Big Ten foe Illinois in a game played in Chicago.

The Kentucky women are unbeaten which includes wins over Virginia, UCLA and North Carolina. The OSU women are rebuilding and are 3-3 so far. But the Bucks also have a win over North Carolina. A two-game road trip to the Bay Area was cancelled due to the poor air quality because of the fires in the area.

Wrapping Up a Good Year for the Cats

December 7, 2018

Kentucky football split four games in November. Georgia won in Lexington 34-17 on the way to finishing fifth in the playoff standings. The next game might have been the low point of the season as the Cats lost in Knoxville 24-7. Tennessee did not have a particularly good year (finishing 5-7), so the loss was a big disappointment. UK then beat Middle Tennessee and routed arch rival Louisville 56-10 to finish the season 9-3. That’s the Cats’ best record in the time I’ve been following the team (starting in 1978). UK will play Penn State on New Year’s Day in the Citrus Bowl.

The End of an Era

December 7, 2018

It’s the end of an era for Ohio State football, as Urban Meyer has announced that he will be retiring after the Rose Bowl for health reasons. He has an inoperable brain cyst that causes extreme headaches. I thought Meyer was probably the second best active coach in college football, behind only Nick Saban at Alabama.

In my October wrapup, I was pretty pessimistic about OSU’s chances in November. After a big win in East Lansing, the Bucks had to go to overtime to win at Maryland. So, I didn’t expect much against #4 Michigan. But it ended up being an easy 62-39 win. In the Big Ten Championship game, Ohio State beat Northwestern 45-24 to finish the season 12-1.

Some thought there was an outside chance at the #4 spot in the playoff rankings. But it wasn’t to be, as Oklahoma also finished 12-1 and looked strong this season. OSU’s 29-point loss to an unheralded Purdue team, and other close calls, meant the Bucks will take on Washington in the Rose Bowl.

October Wrapup

November 1, 2018

The Blue Jackets are 6-5 going into tonight’s game at San Jose. Goaltending has been split between Jonas Korpisalo and Sergei Bobrovsky. Bob has not looked good so far this season. He is in the last year of his contract, and doesn’t seem to want to stay in Columbus. So, this is the first year in recent memory that the CBJ can’t rely on its netminding to win games. They will need a lot of offense, and so far they have gotten a good bit.

In my September wrapup I talked about the schedule getting easier for the Buckeyes after the win at Penn State. After struggling with Indiana and Minnesota, OSU was routed at Purdue 49-20. So, the Bucks are one game behind Michigan in the Big Ten as we enter November. I’m not about to say the schedule is “easy”. After Saturday’s game hosting Nebraska, the Bucks have Michigan State, Nebraska, and Michigan, all three of whom have winning records. The Wolverines are for real for the first time in awhile.

Playing For The SEC East Championship

November 1, 2018

This is another post I never expected to make. Kentucky is 7-1 (5-1 in the SEC) and will play Georgia (also 7-1, 5-1) Saturday in Lexington to decide who takes the SEC East. If UK wins, they could still lose their remaining SEC game at Tennessee and still go to the SEC title game as they would hold the tie-breakers against both Florida and Georgia (having beaten both of them).

Getting to this point hasn’t been easy for the Cats. After my last post here, Kentucky lost an overtime heartbreaker at Texas A&M, came from behind to beat Vanderbilt in Lexington, then scored a touchdown as time expired at Missouri for a 15-14 win.

What are UK’s chances Saturday? The defense is impeccable and leads the SEC with fewest points-against. There are many bright spots in the offense, but it has struggled at times. Although Saturday’s game will be emotional for fans and players, the offense will have to be better than it has been in October for the Cats to pull off the win.

Also on Saturday, Alabama plays LSU in a game that will almost certainly decide the SEC West.

Still Undefeated

October 2, 2018

It’s early October, and Ohio State and Kentucky are still undefeated at 5-0. That in and of itself is a big story for the Wildcats. But the headline would be the win at Florida which ended a 31-game losing streak to the Gators. “Nobody beats us 32 years in-a-row”. With wins over Mississippi State and South Carolina, the Cats are 3-0 in the SEC with a trip to College Station coming up Saturday.

Ohio State was behind 26-14 in Happy Valley Saturday night before rallying for a 27-26 win. Penn State is always a tough out. The schedule gets a lot easier from here, until the usual meeting with Michigan in late November.

I don’t follow baseball much but I did attend a couple minor league games this year. Our team is the Lexington Legends, a class-A team in the Kansas City Royals’ organization. They ended up winning the South Atlantic League championship this season.

We have had a couple days of nice autumn weather after a very wet September.

Last, but certainly no least, hockey season begins Thursday as Columbus visits Detroit. The home opener is on my birthday Friday against Carolina.