Congrats To Clemson

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.




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