Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all readers. I hope 2011 is your best year ever.

The UK men picked up a nice win in Louisville 78-63. At the start of the year, the center position looked like the weak spot for the Cats. Senior center Josh Harrellson had a career-high 23 points, showing how much he has developed during his time at Kentucky. Coach Calipari says he has received NBA queries about the big guy, who was a bench dweller until recently.

The UK women had back-to-back games last week, but it was no problem as the Cats beat Middle Tennessee and Tennessee-Martin. Tomorrow the Wildcats visit #3 Duke.

The OSU women almost always have a slump every year, and they seem to be in it now. The first surprise was the loss at Syracuse in mid-December. Losing to Connecticut was not a surprise (although Stanford ended the Huskies’ 90-game win streak recently). Then a home loss to Duquesne was a real head-scratcher. The Bucks then lost their Big Ten opener at Michigan by 13 points. That ended a streak of 14 wins in-a-row over the Wolves. After a 48-point win over Bethune-Cookman, Ohio State returns to Big Ten play Wednesday against Indiana.

Speaking of Indiana, the OSU men remain undefeated after opening the Big Ten with an 85-67 win in Bloomington. I thought the Bucks were a bit soft on defense at times, but a win is a win. Ohio State is in Iowa City Tuesday night.

Mathieu Garon didn’t last long as the Blue Jackets’ starting goalie. Steve Mason has started all the games since Christmas and Columbus did manage three wins in-a-row. Last night, however, the Jackets lost in Nashville for the 15th straight time.

For the stock market in 2011, we have to keep in mind that we have come a long way up. It is certainly true that we look overbought by many measures. One positive thing, though, is that valuations continue to look quite reasonable, with many great companies selling at historically low PEs. Don’t chase stocks, but I think any corrections are probably pretty good buying opportunities.


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