Archive for December, 2018

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.