Sometimes I run into random signs at restaurants, usually in the restroom.
This year I went to the Kentucky Derby for the first time in a long time. It was a blast and I even saw a horse. With the dates making it so it didn’t conflict with Worlds or Summit for the first time I figured I had to go while I had the chance. I’m glad I took it because with back to back Summits in the future I don’t think I’ll have as good of a chance for a while.
Kentucky is now 5-7 and the season is over. The season ended with a 38-24 loss to Louisville after jumping out to a 24-7 halftime lead. Without earning at least 6 wins the Cats are not bowl eligible, therefore the season is over. Sadly for the football team, the basketball team already has more victories this season.
On the national scene there are 2 undefeated teams remaining, Clemson and Iowa. Both will secure spots in the playoff with wins in their conference championships games this weekend. Both will play 1 loss teams with Clemson meeting North Carolina and Iowa meeting Michigan State.
The other teams in solid playoff contention are Oklahoma, Alabama, and Michigan State. Oklahoma has played their final game before Selection Sunday so I’m certain they’ll be in. Alabama plays Florida and Michigan State plays Iowa with Alabama and Michigan State being all but certain of securing a spot with a victory. What will be interesting to see is who gets in if Clemson or Alabama lose this weekend.
Last weekend I went to Louisville to credential at JAM U. I didn’t get to hear many people speak, but enjoyed listening to those I had the chance to. Those were Sydney McBride talking about giving your gym an identity, Tom Stec regarding what you are doing wrong from a judge’s perspective, Jessica Legette and Tom doing a Q&A session, Sarah Smith talking scoring, and Mike Blaylock talking about passion disguised as a talk about championship practices. It was the first time I’ve heard Sydney, Tom, and Mike talk and was impressed with all of them.
The highlight of the weekend was going to Jeff Ruby’s with Jessica. A good steak with a good friend that has good conversation and good bourbon is hard to beat, but we’ll try in Atlanta in a couple weeks.