Saturday, December 3, 2016

Kentucky 92 - 97 UCLA

And my interest in the season just waned considerably.  Today was the first time I've seen Kentucky, and to me they looked a lot like last year's team.  I'm sure they will win a lot of games, and they may make another run in March.  But it's very hard to reach the Final Four as a number-four seed.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Kentucky High-school Football, Championships


Updates to this breaking story will appear in the comments as warranted over the weekend.

Oh, Kentucky

Good for M, taking it a little slower in the reading room. That was a long day yesterday. Kentucky for sale:



Christmas parades: Owensboro, Nov. 19; Ashland, Nov. 22; Lebanon, Nov. 25; Brownsville and Sebree, Nov. 26; Bardstown (success!), Dec. 1; London, Maysville, Monticello and Richmond, today!; Arlington, Beaver Dam, Beaver Dam/Hartford, Berea, Bowling Green, Cadiz, Clinton, Columbia, Corbin, Flatwoods, Frankfort, Glasgow, Grayson (smack amid a very busy "Hometown Holidays" schedule), Harlan, Henderson, Horse Cave, Madisonville (free ice skating, too), Manchester, Munfordville, Murray, Paducah, Paintsville, Paris, Somerset and Winchester, Dec. 3; Boyce, Nortonville, Owenton and Schochoh, Dec. 4; Hickman and Lexington, Dec. 6; Augusta, Burnside, Cave City, Crofton, Elkton, Hopkinsville, La Center, Livermore, Nicholasville, Pikeville and Williamsburg, Dec. 10, and Auburn, Dec. 11.

Interesting table from The Lane Report, listing the number of certified beds by category for Kentucky's largest hospitals.


New life for the old Young Man's Christian Association in Frankfort?



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NFL Poll: Week 13

From a fan perspective, we could be headed for one of the most emotional NFL seasons since the Steelers and Cowboys met in Super Bowl XXX.  After years of playoffs featuring bland franchises like Seattle, Arizona, Baltimore, and Carolina, we could have an AFC Championship game between the Raiders and Patriots, and an NFC Championship Game between the Giants and Cowboys, followed by a Super Bowl featuring two of those four teams.  Those three games would drive the interest among neutral fans -- especially those in the 45 to 55 year old bracket -- to extraordinary levels.  Red America would pull for the Raiders and Cowboys; Blue America would pull for the Giants and Patriots -- it would be spectacular.

On the other hand, I've had one rule about the NFL since I was about 12 -- never count out the Broncos until they are actually beaten.  Those guys have taken the fun out of many, many seasons.

Anyway, for now the Cowboys remain on top:

1.  Dallas Cowboys:  10-1
2.  New England Patriots:  9-2
3.  Oakland Raiders:  9-2
4.  Kansas City Chiefs:  8-3
5.  Seattle Seahawks:  7-3-1
6.  Denver Broncos:  7-4
7.  New York Giants:  8-3
8.  Atlanta Falcons:  7-4
T9.  Washington Redskins:  6-4-1
T9.  Detroit Lions:  7-4

The Redskins fell from 8th to 9th after a close loss in Dallas on Thanksgiving; while the Dolphins (7-4) moved from 12th to 11th after they beat San Francisco for their fifth win in a row.

This week, the only game featuring two top-10 teams is a noon game on Sunday that has the Chiefs going to play the Falcons.  So you're pretty safe skipping this week, and saving your energy for the playoffs.

Oh, Kentucky

Merry Christmas from Paducah:



Merry Christmas in Paducah, after all.


Christmas parades: Owensboro, Nov. 19; Ashland, Nov. 22; Lebanon, Nov. 25; Brownsville and Sebree, Nov. 26; Bardstown, Dec. 1; Maysville (the KHSAA girls' golf champ and her Mason County High teammates will serve as emcees), Monticello and Richmond, Dec. 2; Arlington, Beaver Dam, Beaver Dam/Hartford (but the party starts Friday), Berea, Bowling Green, Cadiz, Clinton, Columbia, Flatwoods, Frankfort, Glasgow, Harlan, Henderson, Horse Cave, Madisonville, Manchester, Munfordville, Murray, Paducah, Paintsville, Paris, Somerset and Winchester, Dec. 3; Boyce, Nortonville ($100 top prize), Owenton and Schochoh, Dec. 4; Hickman and Lexington, Dec. 6; Augusta, Burnside, Cave City, Crofton, Elkton, Hopkinsville, La Center, Livermore, Nicholasville and Pikeville, Dec. 10, and Auburn, Dec. 11.


F. Kathleen Foley in the Los Angeles Times: "To her credit, Winkler never condescends to her Southerners — a welcome departure from other recent playwrights who fetishize their characters’ regionalisms. The characters in ‘Kentucky’ may be wildly eccentric and speak with a twang, but they are otherwise people, coping as best they can with the detritus of disappointed lives. Given a more assured staging, one suspects that this ‘Kentucky’ could more effectively express the soaring musicality of a colorful and misunderstood state."


The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame aims to open July 1, 2017, in Elizabethtown.


Happy 60th, Greer's Florist of Glasgow.


Mapping WKU's "safe spaces."


The unemployment rate went down in 82 Kentucky counties from October 2015 to October 2016, up in 33 and stayed the same in five. The low was 3 percent in Woodford County; the high, 14.1 in Magoffin. And statewide, it was 4.6 percent--a tick better than the national (4.7).


Toward more construction workers in and around Louisville.