February Wrapup

March 1, 2015

Well, this has certainly been a tough winter for keeping this blog up to date. Being retired, it’s not like I don’t have time. But I just seem to get absorbed in projects, and it “feels” like I don’t have much spare time.

Speaking of winter, it’s been a pretty cold and snowy one around here. We had 12 inches of snow on the ground a couple weeks ago. With a lot of cold weather, the snow pack has been slow to melt. But it’s getting there.

I’ve been busy going through a lot of the old antique radio equipment I’ve collected down through the years. Even though much of it doesn’t work, at least it looks “organized” now, rather than sitting in piles. I should take some new pictures around the shack.

It was an interesting month in amateur radio. There was a major DXpedition to Navassa Island, and a friend of mine was a member of the group. I worked them on 15-meter single sideband. I found out that I finished #4 in North America (in my operating class) in last July’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) contest. I got back into radio-teletype contesting yesterday in the North American QSO Party and had a big time as the bands were in good shape.

The Blue Jackets stayed below .500 during February, and have been out of the playoff race for awhile. The club has made some trades. Management indicated that it would not trade away draft picks, and so far it has not. So there is clearly an eye to the future. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has just returned from injury.

The Kentucky men are still undefeated with two games remaining in the regular season. For the other college teams I follow, conference tournament byes may be tough to come by.

The Ohio State women have been a pleasant surprise. The Buckeyes went 6-2 in February and are tied for third in the league.

The Kentucky women went 4-3 in February with the three losses in a row. The Cats are 9-6 in the SEC and wrap up the regular season hosting South Carolina later today. The Gamecocks are #2 in the country and need the win to finish unbeaten in the SEC. The Cats lost in Columbia earlier in the year.

The Ohio State men were 3-3 in February which puts them in sixth place. Thad Matta teams often finish strong, so it would be fun to see this team make some noise in the Big Ten tournament. Freshman D’Angelo Russell has had a great year and is probably off to the NBA.

Lexington Radio Shacks

February 9, 2015

I went out this morning to “make the rounds” of the local Radio Shacks, looking for clearance sales. Here is what I’ve found out. This may be old news to a lot of you as even WLAP Radio is reporting about the local Radio Shacks.

There are 5 stores in Lexington according to the Radio Shack web site:

West New Circle Road next to WalMart – not closing, no clearance sale.

Eastland Shopping Center – not closing, no clearance sale.

Hamburg – closing. Entire store is 30-70% off. Most items are 40% off. I spent about $50 today. As of this morning, this store is pretty well stocked so if there is a particular item or items you want, this store may well have it.

Most of you are familiar with the “parts drawers” where they keep small parts (resistors, capacitors, connectors, light bulbs, etc). I opened every single drawer. Still pretty good stock.

Since Hamburg was so well stocked I did not continue on to Fayette Mall or the store on Nichols Park and Man O’ War. But I understand both of those stores are closing.

I’m not an expert in commercial real estate but it looks to me like it is the “high rent” stores that are closing. Over here in my neighborhood (the low-rent side of town) we’re still good-to-go :-).

The man working at Hamburg is the assistant manager at the store in Richmond. He says that store is staying open. The Nicholasville store is closing or has already closed.


January 31, 2015

As January winds done, the Kentucky men are still undefeated. Their 20-0 record is good for their third-best start ever. Tonight the Cats will entertain Alabama.

The Blue Jackets are two games below .500 going into tonight’s game at Tampa Bay. I really don’t think Columbus has a shot at the playoffs, but a really long win streak could get them back into the picture.

After a second loss to Iowa, the Ohio State men have run off three wins in a row, including this week’s 80-56 rout of #16 Maryland. D’Angelo Russell may be the best freshman in college basketball this year. At 6-3, the Bucks are tied with Michigan and Maryland for second place in the league behind Wisconsin which is 7-1.

The Kentucky women had a heartbreaking home loss to Tennessee this week, 73-72. The Cats had several chances for a game-winning score. At 5-3, Kentucky is far behind Tennessee and South Carolina who are still undefeated at 8-0.

National Champions

January 15, 2015

Ohio State took care of business Monday night in North Texas, winning the college football championship 42-20 over Oregon. There are so many sidebars to the game: the Buckeyes being led by their “third string” quarterback, Cardale Jones, who was starting in his third game. Ohio State’s defense was suspect early in the year, but they held Oregon’s high-powered offense to 20 points. And, I would not have given the Buckeyes any chance of winning after turning the ball over 4 times. But it ended up being a decisive win by a team that had been considered by many of us to be “a year away”.

I’m not quite ready to stick a fork in the Blue Jackets, but their playoff hopes are getting dimmer by the day. ┬áColumbus is riding a three-game losing streak after an awesome month of December. They will need another winning streak like December to get back in the hunt.

The Ohio State and Kentucky men had big wins Tuesday, routing Michigan and Missouri respectively.



A Rough Weekend

January 12, 2015

The UK women went to South Carolina yesterday to take on the #1 ranked Gamecocks. It ended up being an emotional day, and the Cats fell just short. Janee Thompson was involved in an unfortunate collision and broke her leg and dislocated an ankle. Coach Mitchell was tossed after a horrible no-call after UK had stolen the ball under the basket with time running out for a comeback. Janee is lost for the season, but Bria Goss may be able to play again in the near future after being out most of the season with an injury.

Columbus lost in Toronto Friday night, but still collected 4 points on the four-game road trip. But the current home stand started off on the wrong foot in a 5-2 loss to the Islanders Saturday night. The Jackets need to beat the Canadiens and Rangers this week before heading out on the road again.

After the nice road win in Minneapolis, the OSU men traveled to Bloomington and didn’t play as well in a 69-66 loss to the Hoosiers. So the Bucks are 2-2 in the league.

The UK men were taken to overtime yet again. This time it was double-overtime in College Station before the Cats came out on top 70-64. Kentucky is still ranked #1 after Duke lost. Virginia is still undefeated, but they too have had some close calls.

A Big Night

January 8, 2015

Lots of sports action last night, and close nail-biters.

The Kentucky men seem to only play well against tough competition, and slack off a bit against middle-of-the-pack teams. Last night Ole Miss visited Rupp Arena, and took the Cats to overtime before losing by 3. Earlier in the year, no more than 70 points had been scored against Kentucky. The Rebels shattered that record even before the overtime. In OT, both teams shot free throws poorly, leaving the game up for grabs.

Ohio State went to Minneapolis and pulled out a nice road win over the Gophers in overtime. Amir Williams missed an easy shot in regulation that would have won it. But the Buckeyes prevailed in the overtime in which neither team shot particularly well.

Last but not least, the Blue Jackets went to Dallas and stormed out to a 3-0 lead before the Stars rallied to make it close. But Columbus prevailed 4-2. The Jackets are now above .500 for the first time since early in the year.

“Won, not done”

January 6, 2015

The tee shirts around Ohio and Oregon say “won, not done” after New Year’s Day’s first-ever college football playoff semifinals.

Oregon broke open a close game to beat Florida State 59-20. FSU had some unbelievable gaffs that allowed the Ducks to take command.

In the nightcap, Ohio State overcame a couple first-half turnovers to beat Alabama 42-35. The Tide had a 21-6 lead at one point, and it might have been tempting to turn off the TV. But the Buckeyes put up a quick touchdown, then another, to make it close at the half. Some great interceptions in the second half led the good guys to the win.

Can Ohio State beat Oregon? The Oregon offense is a monster and I expect they will score a lot of points. But the Buckeye offense isn’t too shabby. So it’s probably a high-scoring game. If OSU can keep it close, a little fourth-quarter luck will make the difference.


January 1, 2015

The Columbus Blue Jackets finished December 10-1-1 and have climbed back to .500 (16-16-3) after a miserable November. After my last post, our old nemesis Nashville beat us 5-1 for the only regulation loss in December. Home wins over Boston and Minnesota (last night) followed. The Jackets start the new year with four games on the road.

The Kentucky men beat archrival Louisville 58-50 in the Yum Center last Saturday. It was quite a defensive struggle. Gotta believe those two teams will meet again in the tournament.

The Ohio State women have come alive with a rout of then #21-ranked West Virginia 96-54. As I type this, the Buckeyes are finishing up a rout of #16 Rutgers. A solid rebuilding year seems to be underway for OSU.

The Ohio State men lost their first Big Ten home opener in the Matta era, as Iowa visited Columbus Tuesday and left with a 71-65 win. The Buckeyes are better offensively this year, but perimeter defense is somewhat lacking after the graduation of Aaron Craft.

A Happy New Year to all readers!

A Good December So Far

December 21, 2014

Turning the calendar page from November to December made a huge difference for the Columbus Blue Jackets. The CBJ is 8-0-1 so far in the last month of the year, with three games to go, all at home. At now just one game under .500, we’re right back in the playoff race.

The Ohio State men lost to another ranked team, this time North Carolina in a game played at the United Center in Chicago. UNC had lost some games earlier in the season, but seem to have their act together now. They dominated the Buckeyes for most of the game.

In the second game at the United Center, Kentucky annihilated UCLA 83-44. This after beating North Carolina last Saturday 84-70. The Cats actually struggled a bit in beating Columbia by 10, after trailing the entire first half.

As I type this, the UK women are being routed in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Looks like the Cats will suffer their second loss of the year. Senior guard Bria Goss is out several weeks with a broken thumb.

From me to all readers: Best wishes for a joyous holiday season!

Who’s In? We Are!

December 7, 2014

With all of last week’s top four in the college football playoff rankings having won this weekend, I didn’t expect the Buckeyes to move into a playoff position, even with the incredible 59-0 rout of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game last night. But sure enough, when the final rankings were announced this afternoon, TCU fell from third to sixth, Florida State moved from fourth to third and Ohio State moved into the fourth and final spot. The Bucks will play top-ranked Alabama on January 1. The other semifinal is Oregon vs. Florida State.

In basketball, Kentucky handled visiting Texas Friday night in a war. Both teams are pretty good defensively, and the game was close for awhile. The UK women went to Louisville today and beat the Cards. Of the upsets this weekend, NJIT winning at Michigan is the biggest head scratcher. Another good top-ten matchup was yesterday as Arizona beat Gonzaga in overtime.


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