Archive for January, 2017

Almost Through January

January 23, 2017

Since last time, the Blue Jackets have won 4 of 7. This includes winning 2-of-3 against Carolina, a split with Ottawa, and a split on the road in Florida. Sergei Bobrovsky has had to miss some games. Washington and Columbus each have 66 standings points which is tops in the NHL.

After the 1-2 SEC start, the UK women have won 4 in-a-row which includes road wins at Alabama, LSU and Auburn. Tonight, South Carolina and Mississippi State get together. When the dust settles, only one of those teams will remain unbeaten in SEC play.

On the men’s side it is UK that sits all alone undefeated in SEC play with Saturday’s win over South Carolina in Rupp Arena.

In the Big Ten, Maryland is the only women’s team undefeated in conference play. Ohio State is a half game behind after the loss at Michigan State.

Saturday, the Ohio State men lost a home game to Northwestern for the first time since I was enrolled at OSU :-). The Wildcats are 5-2 in the league and it will be interesting to see if they can earn their first-ever bid to the NCAA tournament. The Bucks did manage a win at Nebraska. Matta appears certain to break his streak of 20-win seasons. I would favor keeping him around for another year. But if the 2017-18 season goes like this year, I’d say he’s gone.

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Congrats To Clemson

January 10, 2017

Volatile winter weather here lately, but it is January after all. We’ve only had about an inch of snow so far this season. But we had temperatures in the single digits over the weekend. It has warmed up a good bit today (to about 50) but we have high winds. We expect rain for SEVERAL days but temperatures will be mild.

Great game last night as Clemson beat Alabama for the college football national championship after being behind 14-0. For the second year in-a-row I enjoyed the “Sounds of the Game” feed on the WatchESPN app. There are no announcers. So you only hear the stadium PA announcer, the crowd, and the referees. It’s a nice change from the usual way of covering a game.

Since my last post, the Blue Jackets opened the new year beating Edmonton for their 16th win in-a-row. But the streak came to an end in Washington as the Caps won 5-0. I didn’t get to see much of that game as I was concentrating on basketball. In the next game. Coach Tortorella decided to give goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky a rest, and he started Curtis McElhinney in his place. Unfortunately, Mac gave up 5 goals in a 5-4 loss to the Rangers. Sunday, Columbus got back to its winning ways with a 2-1 overtime win over Philadelphia. I was surprised to hear yesterday that McElhinney has been put on waivers. Anton Forsberg has been called up from minor league Cleveland to be Bob’s backup.

So, the 16-game win streak goes into the books as the second-longest in NHL history. Pittsburgh retains the longest streak at 17 from the 1992-93 season.

The Kentucky men are off to an easy start in SEC play. But they go on the road tonight in Nashville. The UK women have had a tougher time. I mentioned the loss at Tennessee earlier. The Cats managed to hold off a surging Missouri team for a 2-point win. But Sunday Texas A&M came to town and won, leaving the Cats below .500 in the league at 1-2.

Feast and famine in Columbus. The women are 4-0. As was the case last year, Ohio State and Maryland seem to be the top teams in the league and, so far, they are the only teams still unbeaten in league play.

But the men are 0-3 after losses at Illinois and at Minnesota. Saturday the Buckeyes played host to Purdue and lost by 1.  At this point, I see a below .500 Big Ten record for the Bucks unless things change quickly.

 

 

Happy New Year!

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year to all readers! My best wishes for a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.

The college football playoff semifinals were somewhat lopsided. Alabama broke open a 7-7 tie game to beat Washington 24-7. In the nightcap, Clemson shut out Ohio State 31-0. The Buckeyes have had offensive struggles all year, but I had not expected to lose to the Tigers in a rout.

Yesterday Kentucky lost the Tax Slayer Bowl to Georgia Tech in Jacksonville 33-18.

When I last posted the Blue Jackets had won 10 in-a-row. That streak is now at 15 games with wins over PIT, MTL, BOS, WPG and MIN. Defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh scored the first goal in Nationwide Arena but then lost 7-1. The game at Minnesota last night was historic in that Columbus entered the game with a 14-game win streak, while the Wild had won 12 in-a-row. That set a record in all of professional sports.

The 15 in-a-row ties streaks by Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders in the past. The all-time longest streak in NHL history was 17 games by Pittsburgh.

The Kentucky men lost at Louisville 73-70 but opened SEC play with an easy 99-76 win at Mississippi.

Since last time the Kentucky women had two tough road losses at Duke (69-54) and today at Tennessee (72-65).

The Ohio State women started Big Ten play with two wins. Minnesota fell 87-62. Yesterday, the Buckeyes played on national TV in Bloomington and beat the Hoosiers 92-82 after being in control virtually the entire game.