Dark Days in Columbus

March 8, 2019

The Blue Jackets made a bunch of trades before the trade deadline but they have lost three of the last four including last night’s 3-0 shutout in Pittsburgh. The lone win was over New Jersey which is a very inexperienced team. Columbus is now “below the line” (out of the playoffs if the season were to end today).

The Ohio State women beat Wisconsin twice during the regular season but lost to the resurgent Badgers yesterday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Wisconsin was worst in the league in 3-point shooting but made 11 of 16 to bury the Buckeyes. At 14-14, I don’t know if OSU will be eligible for any kind of post-season tournament such as the Women’s NIT. A good recruiting class comes in next year.

Kaleb Wesson continues on suspension and the OSU men lost at Northwestern earlier this week. Barring a good performance Sunday against Wisconsin and in the Big Ten Tournament, I would say the Buckeyes are out of the NCAA picture.

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Sucky Saturday

March 2, 2019

Today was a real stinker as far as sports go.

The agony started at 1 PM as the Edmonton Oilers came into Nationwide Arena and beat the Blue Jackets 4-0. Columbus made a bunch of trades right before the NHL trade deadline. But it remains to be seen if the “new team” will really be a contender down the stretch. The CBJ played .500 hockey since my last post and are six points behind the Islanders and Capitals in the Metropolitan division.

Ohio State suspended Kaleb Wesson for a violation of athletic department policy. So, the Buckeyes were no match for league-leading Purdue in West Lafayette this afternoon, losing by 35 points. OSU is a bubble team for the NCAA tournament. I have not heard when Kaleb Wesson will be back.

Purdue has the lead in the Big Ten after some help from cross-state rival Indiana, who today beat Michigan State for the second time this season.

Kentucky fans were optimistic about this afternoon’s trip to Knoxville after having beaten the Vols in Rupp Arena two weeks ago. But with Reid Travis still out with an injury, Tennessee dominated the game and won by 19. With two games to go in the regular season, UK is one game behind league-leading Tennessee and LSU.

The UK women have a good chance at a #4 seed in the upcoming SEC tournament, which gives them a double-bye. One regular-season game remains, at Georgia tomorrow.

For the NCAA women’s tournament, the Wildcats seem to be on the bubble for a coveted #4 seed, as teams seeded 4th and above play the first two rounds on their home floor.

Despite being two games above .500 overall, the Ohio State women are in a two-way tie with Michigan for fourth place in the Big Ten. The Bucks play third-place Rutgers tomorrow in Columbus, a team that OSU beat handily in Piscataway a couple weeks ago.

I recently got a Roku for my TV, and subscribed to YouTube TV, which is now available nationwide. This has allowed me to watch the Big Ten Network. Ohio State won the regular-season Big Ten Championship, the first conference championship for the Buckeyes since 1972 when they were in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

We have had a couple nice days here, but in general cold winter weather continues. We’ve not had enough snow for me to get out the snow blower, but significant accumulation is possible starting tomorrow morning.

Kiwi SDR

February 10, 2019

Long-time readers know that I provide a couple of radio receivers on the GlobalTuners web site (www.globaltuners.com). These work well (when my Internet service is OK) but only one frequency can be monitored at a time. I have now also put a “Kiwi” software designed radio (SDR) online. To access it, you can go to the website SDR.hu and search for “ku4a”, or use the direct URL: http://ku4a.ddns.net:8073

As with other SDRs, you get a visual (“waterfall”) representation of the area of the radio spectrum you are interested in. (The Kiwi covers up to 30 MHz). The Kiwi allows up to four simultaneous users on four different frequencies. From the SDR.hu website you can also access nearly 400 other Kiwis online around the world.

The UK men are in great shape, having won 10 in-a-row. The Cats are ranked around #5 nationally in most polls or rankings. Tennessee continues to rule the roost in the SEC with a perfect 10-0 record. LSU and UK are right behind at 9-1. This week will see the Cats play host to both LSU and Tennessee, and then UK travels to Knoxville on March 2nd. So, a lot of changes in the standings are coming up.

The Blue Jackets have has some streaks good and bad since my last post. January ended with a 5-game losing streak which dropped Columbus into a wild-card spot. But a 3-game trip out west was just completed with three victories over Colorado, Arizona and Las Vegas. So the Jackets are in third place in the Metro, five points behind the Islanders.

The Ohio State men and women are both 6-6 in the conference. The UK women are 6-4.

Blue Jackets Still In The Hunt

January 13, 2019

I got somewhat pessimistic about the Blue Jackets in December as they won only three of six home games in-a-row in December. But Columbus has won 10 and lost 6 since my December posts, and this keeps them in third place in the Metropolitan division. They are four points behind Washington. Since my last post they had two games against Washington, a 4-0 loss and a 2-1 overtime win last night.

In 2018 we set a record here for the most rainfall in a year. But we have still not had a “significant” snow requiring the snow blower or snow shovel. I’d love it if it stayed that way.

Basketball Craziness

January 13, 2019

The basketball season started out reasonably enough, but a couple teams have started to struggle.

The Kentucky men are doing reasonably well. Since my posts in December, the Cats lost a game in New York to Seton Hall. This was followed by a road loss in Tuscaloosa. But with only 3 losses on the season, and big wins over North Carolina and Louisville, the future still looks bright.

The Ohio State men were 12-1 as the old year ended, which included a win over UCLA. But January has been disaster so far. It started with a home loss to Michigan State. The Spartans are having their usual good year, but you hate to let them beat you at home. This was followed by two road losses, to Rutgers and Iowa. So, the Buckeyes are 2-3 in the league.

Similarly, the Kentucky women were 13-1 as the year ended. A loss in Starkville was not a surprise, as Mississippi State is quite good again this year. The Cats then went to Knoxville and won for only the fourth time in history, 73-71. But, today, with players out, Ole Miss upset the Wildcats who are now 2-2 in the SEC. A home loss to a team like the Rebels is not something you want if you think you have a chance at a conference title.

The Ohio State women are rebuilding and are 5-8 on the season. They upset Indiana the other night for their first Big Ten win of the year.

A Happy New Year’s Day Here

January 13, 2019

December was very busy for me, as Bonnie and I were babysitting her granddaughter, and I started work on remodeling my kitchen. I didn’t get much else done, but there is sports news to report.

Both Kentucky and Ohio State were in New Year’s Day bowls, and both won. The Wildcats hadn’t played on New Year’s Day in years. UK took a 27-7 lead on Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, then held on for a 27-24 victory. The Cats’ final record for the years was 10-3, the first 10-win season since 1977.

Similarly, the Buckeyes jumped out to a big lead over Washington in the Rose Bowl before hanging on for a 28-23 win. It was the last game for Urban Meyer, who is retiring due to health issues. Ryan Day took over the head coaching job on January 2nd.

Columbus One Point Out of Metropolitan Division Lead

December 7, 2018

The Blue Jackets have won 10 and lost 7 since my last post, and are one point behind Washington in the Metropolitan division. Other than a 9-6 loss to Calgary, Sergei Bobrovsky has looked much better in goal recently. The Capitals will be here Saturday night, which begins a 6-game home stand for the Jackets.

Basketball Off to a Good Start

December 7, 2018

Most Kentucky fans were surprised by the beat down Duke applied to the Cats 118-84 in the first game of the season. But the young Cats have righted the ship and won all games since then, although against much weaker competition.

Ohio State has been a pleasant surprise this season, with a loss to Syracuse the only blemish on the record. This includes road wins at Cincinnati and Creighton, and a win over Big Ten foe Illinois in a game played in Chicago.

The Kentucky women are unbeaten which includes wins over Virginia, UCLA and North Carolina. The OSU women are rebuilding and are 3-3 so far. But the Bucks also have a win over North Carolina. A two-game road trip to the Bay Area was cancelled due to the poor air quality because of the fires in the area.

Wrapping Up a Good Year for the Cats

December 7, 2018

Kentucky football split four games in November. Georgia won in Lexington 34-17 on the way to finishing fifth in the playoff standings. The next game might have been the low point of the season as the Cats lost in Knoxville 24-7. Tennessee did not have a particularly good year (finishing 5-7), so the loss was a big disappointment. UK then beat Middle Tennessee and routed arch rival Louisville 56-10 to finish the season 9-3. That’s the Cats’ best record in the time I’ve been following the team (starting in 1978). UK will play Penn State on New Year’s Day in the Citrus Bowl.

The End of an Era

December 7, 2018

It’s the end of an era for Ohio State football, as Urban Meyer has announced that he will be retiring after the Rose Bowl for health reasons. He has an inoperable brain cyst that causes extreme headaches. I thought Meyer was probably the second best active coach in college football, behind only Nick Saban at Alabama.

In my October wrapup, I was pretty pessimistic about OSU’s chances in November. After a big win in East Lansing, the Bucks had to go to overtime to win at Maryland. So, I didn’t expect much against #4 Michigan. But it ended up being an easy 62-39 win. In the Big Ten Championship game, Ohio State beat Northwestern 45-24 to finish the season 12-1.

Some thought there was an outside chance at the #4 spot in the playoff rankings. But it wasn’t to be, as Oklahoma also finished 12-1 and looked strong this season. OSU’s 29-point loss to an unheralded Purdue team, and other close calls, meant the Bucks will take on Washington in the Rose Bowl.