Friday, December 14, 2018

One Pac-12 Bowl Game This Weekend

This weekend, there's one Pac-12 bowl game. That's Arizona State vs. Fresno State in the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl. The game starts Saturday at 12:30 PDT and is on ABC.

Fresno State is ranked at #21 and ASU is not ranked at all. So the Sun Devils are going in as the underdogs.

UPDATE: Arizona State lost 20-31.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New

Time once again for the 52-week blogging challenge. Today's prompt is "New." A couple of weeks ago I talked about "old and new."

So...what's new, pussycat?

There's not much new in my world. Same ol' same ol'. I'm seriously thinking about getting a new computer but the hassle of switching everything over is dissuading me.

I do have a new iPhone Xs. I love it. And Apple made it very easy to switch everything over. The only thing I had trouble with was music (I have a lot of music on my phone). I finally found that the "sync music" setting had been deselected somehow. When I selected it, my music loaded onto my new phone just fine. And speaking of music, when you don't use earbuds or any other kind of headphones, the music coming just from the phone is amazing in how good it sounds.

The biggest problem I have with the iPhone Xs is sometimes the facial recognition (Face ID) doesn't want to work the first time. To unlock the phone (which has no "home" button), you swipe up. Then the Face ID is supposed to unlock it. When it works, it works great. But sometimes it doesn't, especially in low-light conditions. I have, at times, just given up and typed in my password.

I think for the XI (or whatever they call their next generation iPhone), there should be an low-power IR emitter on the front so the Face ID works in low or no-light conditions.

What's new in your life? Let me know in the comments below.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Spring

Back to the 52-week blogging challenge. Today's prompt is "My biggest fear." Well, I pretty much covered that here.

So what's the next one? "Spring." Which is ironic to write about as we're now sliding into winter. The Vernal Equinox will be March 20, 2019 at 12:58 P.M. Pacific Standard Time (3:58 P.M. Eastern Standard Time). That is the day when there should be about 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night (I assume that's why it's called an "equinox").

Spring has good and bad. The good: the roads clear up and I can take my snow tires off and drive my car like it's meant to be driven. It gets warmer so don't have to wear a coat anymore, nor get snow and slush all over your shoes. Trips to Seattle aren't marathons of snowy driving anymore.

The bad? Allergies. My allergies aren't as bad now as before I did seven  years of allergy shots. But some times the pollen just overwhelms and I sneeze and itch and sneeze some more. One time before allergy shots (BAS), someone told me if you sneeze ten times in a row, you'll die. I proceeded to sneeze eleven times in a row. I didn't die.

Or maybe the prompt has to do with bouncy springs? I don't know.

What do you dread or look forward in spring? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Huskies Are #9!

Today the AP top 25 college football poll came out early. And in that poll, the University of Washington Huskies moved up one to #9, putting them in the top ten in the final regular season poll.

Utah, who they beat in the Pac-12 Championship, dropped to #20 from #17. And Washington State University stayed the same at #12.

But the AP poll isn't what matters these days. It's the CFP committee rankings. The top six were announced at 9:30 AM PST. Those are #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Notre Dame, and #4 Oklahoma. No surprises there. They also announced #5 Georgia and #6 Ohio State.

And in the CFP rankings, the Huskies are also #9 WSU is #13 which leaves them out of the six New Years bowls. Utah is #17. Both WSU and Utah should get good bowls, but not a New Years one.

The Huskies will likely play #6 Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. We'll be the underdogs in that game. The "New Year Six" will be announced at noon PST so we won't know for sure until then.

UPDATE: Yes, it's confirmed: the Huskies will play Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day. The game is at 2;00 PM PST (5:00 PM EST) on ESPN.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Huskies are 10-3 and Pac-12 Champions

The University of Washington Huskies beat the University of Utah Utes last night in the Pac-12 Championship game. The game was played in Santa Clara, California.

When the top two defenses in the Pac-12 meet,  you expect a low-scoring game. And last night was a very low scoring game, finishing at 10-3 for the Huskies. The only touchdown was a pick 6 interception that the defense ran in for six points. All other points were field goals.

The Huskies could move the ball slightly better than the Utes, but still had trouble getting into the red zone let alone the end zone. Often they would go for it on fourth down and only made it once, if I remember right. The Utes held Myles Gaskin to only 71 yards of rushing. It's unusual for him to have less than 100 yards in a game.

But the Huskies did the same to the Utes, holding them to one field goal in the third quarter. It was a defensive grind of a game and Utah's multiple turnovers made the difference, including the one ran in for a touchdown.

The crowd seemed to be mostly Utah fans and they were rude. They booed loudly when the Huskies ran onto the field. They booed during the trophy presentation ceremony. They shouted and booed if they didn't like a call by the officials.

What's Next:

The Huskies will play in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day for the first time since 2000. They would have played there in 2016 except they went to the CFP bowl game. They will play the winner of tonight's Big-10 Championship game between Ohio State (heavily favored) and Northwestern. So they will likely play a very tough Ohio State, unless by some miracle Ohio State goes to the CFP. For that to happen, someone like undefeated Alabama would have to lose their game today.

However, #1 Alabama plays #4 Georgia. One of them has to lose. But Ohio State is #6 so it's unlikely they would move up enough to go to the CFP.

The Polls:

The AP top 25 college football poll comes out at 11:00 AM PST tomorrow. The final CFP committee rankings will come out at noon PST tomorrow.

Coaches:

So far, the only coach in the Pac-12 that has been fired is Colorado's Mike MacIntyre. The Athletic Director at USC said they aren't going to fire their coach despite a losing season.  I'm always nervous this time of year that someone is going to try to lure Husky coach Chris Petersen away.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Old and New

Back to the 52-week blogging challenge. Today's prompt is "Old + New." I don't know if that's supposed to be "Old plus New" or "Old and New." In any case...

I like old stuff sometimes. I like old cars (except having to repair and maintain them). But then again, I just like cars.

I like old music. In fact, any music released past about 1992 I'm really not interested in. Seems the music has gone downhill since then.

But I like new. I used to be an "early adopter." I've had a computer of some kind since 1982. I got my first cell phone in 1993 (and it only made phone calls). Back then cell phone usage was around $1.00 per minute plus long distance (if any). Quite the contrast with today with unlimited minutes and no long distance charges. And there was this thing called "roaming" were if you left your home area (If I remember right, that was your area code) the costs went up even more.

I'm not a fan of antiques, but I do like the classical look when it comes to furniture.

Of course, "old" music is pre-1990. Old cars are pre-1970. Old cell phones are pre-2015. So what's old depends on what you're talking about.

So do you prefer old or new stuff? Let me know in the comments.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Huskies are #11 in CFP

Yesterday the College Football Playoff (CFP) committee rankings came out. I expected the University of Washington Huskies to move up after defeating Washington State in the snowy Apple Cup. I was hoping that, like the AP poll, they would move into the top ten. But they are #11, now, in the CFP. But, the good news is that the top twelve teams go to the big six college football bowls normally held on New Years Eve/New Years Day (three will be played on Saturday December 30th this year so as not to conflict with NFL games on Sunday the 31st).

The Washington State Cougars fell from #8 to #13, just missing the big six bowls.

Now Washington has to beat Utah in the Pac-12 Championship game. That game is Friday at 5:00 PM PST (8:00 PM EST) on Fox. We already beat Utah early in the regular season but the Utes have a different quarterback and teams tend to improve during the season. So I expect this to be a tough, hard fought game.

Assuming the Huskies win the Pac-12 Championship, they will probably play in the Rose Bowl. If the Utes win, they will likely play in the Rose Bowl.

The final CFP rankings come out at noon Pacific Time Sunday. So we'll know more then.