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

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