Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all readers. I hope 2016 is your best year ever!

I had a wonderful holiday season. Got to spend a lot of time with my girlfriend’s granddaughter.

Over the holidays, craziness abounded in Columbus. The Jackets lost a bunch of games but also managed victories over Dallas and Washington, the best teams in the West and East respectively. Goaltenders Bobrovsky and McElhinney are both hurt, so Columbus is dependent on minor-league goalies. Ryan Johansen has been traded to Nashville in exchange for defenseman Seth Jones.

SEC play hasn’t been kind to the Kentucky men and women so far. The women beat Duke and finished out the non-conference schedule unbeaten. But the Cats opened up SEC play at Auburn and lost 66-61. I did not get to see the game, but Auburn has not traditionally been an SEC power.

The men beat archrival Louisville, then easily handled Ole Miss in the SEC opener. But Tuesday the Cats went to LSU and lost by 18. UK is not getting much effort out of its players right now.

On the other hand, the Ohio State men are turning things around. The win over Kentucky seemed to be the turning point. After a couple more non-conference wins, the Bucks won their first three conference games over Minnesota, Illinois and Northwestern. A big game against Indiana comes up Sunday on CBS.

The Ohio State women are ranked #5 nationally with wins over Virginia, Michigan State and Maryland. The nationally-televised contest on the Terps home floor was their first ever Big Ten loss since they joined the league. Kelsey Mitchell could be the player of the year.

The stock market has certainly had a horrible start to 2016. I have continued to add stocks to my portfolio on down days. No idea how low we go. But the Fed raising rates and the economy slowing down can be a one-two punch to the financial markets.

 

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