Monday Snowflakes: UK’s Magic Number, NFL Stupidity & A Place to go for Sun

Kentucky is an unblemished 19 games into the Big Blue Nation’s Winter of Content. But, in this era of if a little is good, more must be better, the Cats in the last week of January are less than halfway to their goal.

If UK makes it to the final Monday night of the season, it will be the Cats 40th tip off of the campaign. That’s right, my fellow hoopoholics, the Boyz from the Bluegrass have shot at the Big Four 0.

There are 12 more tilts in the SEC schedule. Plus 3 games in the SEC tourney. Plus the Magic Six to make it to the Last Dance of the Season. That totals 21 in case you’ve misplaced your calculator.

Kentucky’s chances of finishing the regular season undefeated? 40/60 I’d say. They’re certainly better than anybody else in the league. But the C-USA this is not. It’s hard to believe that this group of youngsters won’t slip somewhere along the way. Baton Rouge, Starkville, Nashville, Knoxville, Athens aren’t your most bucolic winter visits during league play. And that’s assuming the Cats lose a cockfight tomorrow night.

Here’s an interesting wager. Are UK’s odds greater to win the whole shebang, but suffer a loss along the way before the NCAA? Or, to go undefeated and then lose in the Dance? You tell me.

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I no longer think the BCS is the stupidest thing in the football. That crown belongs to the NFL’s overtime rule.

Listen I probably hate Brett Favre more than the next guy. And I’ve got yesterday’s blog to prove it.

But it still wasn’t fair for him and his fellow Vikings to watch New Orleans win the coin toss before OT, then march down the field, aided by penalties, and kick a field goal for a ticket to the Super Bowl. Without the prima donna QB even getting a chance to tighten his chinstrap.

In overtime, each team has to have a chance to play on both sides of the ball. Period. End of argument.

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Speaking of the BCS, did you see that the five major non BCS leagues were bequeathed a record $24 million this year?

Of course, the SEC and Big 11 grabbed a few farthings over $22 million each.

The rich get richer. And the poor eat yesterday’s bread. Figuratively speaking, of course.

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It’s been so gray around here that I not only have been ordered by my internist to take Vitamin D tablets, but to also watch at least a half an hour of the Aussie Open every night before I go to bed.

Hey, if I buy an iPhone, is there an app to get a tan?

I’ve been to Australia this time of year. What I can tell you is that it’s plenty sunny and warm. Right now I’m staring out my window at snowflakes and gray. But I’m thinking Bather’s Pavilion at Balmoral Beach in Sydney. And, if you’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about. It’s the paradigm of bucolic.

Watching a little tennis each night from Melbourne helps. At least a little.

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Who do I like for the Final Four today?

I thought you’d never ask.

Kentucky, Syracuse, Michigan State and Ohio State.

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As you stock up on chips and beverages for the upcoming Winter Olympics, remember this: Figure Skating is NOT a sport. Except for the one year Tonya Harding and her seconds went martial arts on Nancy Kerrigan.

Speaking of Kerrigan assault, this news would be interesting and ironic if not so sad. The Olympic medalist’s father died over the weekend. After getting into a fight with Kerrigan’s brother, who has criminal charges pending because of the incident.

The spirit of Jeff Gillooly and Shawn Eckardt lives on.

– Seedy K


  1. gnash001
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    How can you say figure skating is not a sport? Just because they don’t use sticks and a hard rubber disk, doesn’t mean they are not athletes! My Webster’s defines sport as “an active pastime; a specific diversion involving physical exercise and having a set form and a body of rules.” I would think that figure skating would comply with that definition.

  2. cbcard
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    NFL overtime: stupid but here’s an interesting stat. There have been four OT’s in the playoffs using the current format. This was the first time the team that got the ball first won.

    UK: Cats will go perfect in the SEC because the league has only come back part way from last years weak sister league and Cal will keep them focused. Now the NCAA could easily be a different story.

    BCS: The government has no right to do a butinsky but of course it is a monoply designed not to create a true champion but to create $$$$ for the power conferences.

    Figure skating: it is a sport only if you consider ballet a sport.

  3. Geaux Saints!
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Cats will go perfect in the SEC, and make the Final Four. IF they meet Syracuse, I would expect them to lose to a more mature and defensive minded team. (G’town still asking what hit them last night.)

    I’m with you cd, LOVED seeing Favre go down; with a stupid pass, no less.

    Geaux Saints!!

  4. Ernie Muppet
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Good stuff. While I don’t like the college rule at all, overtime in the NFL stinks too; give ‘em an extra period.

    I need some Vitamin D as well. Plus, how about an update on my beloved Bellarmine Knights?

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