Archive for February, 2006

Entry for February 27, 2006

February 27, 2006

I am taking some time off from work again today. I’ll be primarily working on taxes. It will be nice to get that chore done.

We had beautiful weather here for most of Saturday. I washed Bonnie’s new car. Then I had some work to do to install new speakers in both of my cars. The unit that I installed in the Lumina has special digital signal processing (DSP) noise reduction capability. I am anxious to try it out, as we have some areas around town that are quite noisy.

Thursday night, the Ohio State women clinched the outright Big Ten Championship by beating Purdue. The win avenged an earlier season 2-point loss at West Lafayette. Sunday, the Lady Buckeyes were a bit lackadaisical at Penn State but pulled out a 61-59 victory. So, they finished the Big Ten regular season with just one loss.

The Kentucky women struggled against Alabama’s zone defense for quite awhile yesterday, but ended up winning 80-60 on Senior Day. The Lady Kats finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference, so they earn a first-round bye in the SEC tournament. Their quarterfinal game will be Friday.

The OSU men beat Michigan on Saturday, and are currently alone atop the league. Two games remain: at Northwestern, and Senior Day with Purdue.

The Kentucky men gave LSU a good game in Baton Rouge Saturday but lost 71-67. Hard to believe, but going into that game, Kentucky had an outside shot at the SEC East title, as Arkansas upset Tennessee in Knoxville. But UK’s loss makes that a moot point.

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Entry for February 23, 2006

February 23, 2006

I have been off work this week until today, taking care of some things at home. So, let’s get caught up.

We had some snow Friday night that covered the streets. Probably 1-2 inches at most. It seemed to catch the city and state by surprise, as nothing had been done to the streets and roads. Bonnie stayed around until 1:00 Saturday. By that time, the roads had melted and she was able to get home.

Ohio State lost at Wisconsin, then struggled a bit to beat Northwestern in Columbus. Then, last night, we went to East Lansing and won a big road game. In the meantime, Minnesota  beat Iowa and Michigan beat Illinois. So, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio State all have the same number of losses. Ohio State’s remaining schedule looks easier than the other two, but as Clark Kellogg would say, “there is work to be done”.

The Kentucky men picked up wins over Georgia, South Carolina and Ole Miss. The Kentucky women beat the Mississippi schools. The women are guaranteed to finish above .500 in the conference. The men need at least one more win to finish above .500, and the final three games are against the three best teams in the league.

The OSU women have a huge game tonight, against Purdue in Columbus. The Buckeyes lead the league, with Purdue one game behind. I got to see the OSU women play their last two games, which were lopsided wins over Minnesota and Michigan State.

I operated in an international Morse Code contest Sunday for about five hours. Always lots of fun. In my side-contest with DD6VSF, I lost by about 38000 points to 16000 points. But after beating him in the earlier contest, he was due to win one.

Entry for February 15, 2006

February 15, 2006

It has been busy at work, and hard to find time to write.

The Kentucky men went to  Nashville Saturday afternoon and lost 84-81. After being down big late, the Cats mounted a furious comeback. But, they missed two free throws with about 25 seconds left, then missed the last shot, a three-pointer that would have tied it. It was the first time that Vanderbilt had swept the season series against Kentucky since the 1973-74 season.

The Kentucky women, on the other hand, went to Fayetteville and blew Arkansas out of their own gym. They are looking pretty good for an NCAA tournament bid, the first in many years.

The Blue Jackets lost their last two games before the Olympic break. With everybody healthy, they are playing better hockey but no one can win them all.

In the Big Ten, Iowa maintained its conference lead as they won in Bloomington. The two Michigan schools both lost on the road to Minnesota and Purdue. On Sunday, Ohio State beat Illinois handily.

In Big Ten women’s basketball, Ohio State and Purdue continue to lead the league. I get to see the Lady Buckeyes on TV tomorrow night.

We had some snow Friday night that was quite wet and didn’t stick to the pavement. But it looked nice on the trees and grass. It is in the 50s today. After one more warm day tomorrow, it is back to cold weather again.

Entry for February 10, 2006

February 10, 2006

Some interesting road wins last night.

The Ohio State men made 15 three-pointers and won in Ann Arbor, 94-85. Michigan guard Dion Harris sprained an ankle in the second half, and the Wolves clearly missed him  after that. Michigan is certainly a contender for the Big Ten title, so this was a great win for the Bucks.

The Kentucky women beat South Carolina in Columbia last night. They are on TV Sunday afternoon, and I am looking forward to that.

Also in women’s basketball, Tennessee lost at home for the first time in TEN YEARS. I had mentioned earlier that LSU had a great team, and sure enough they won in Knoxville last night.

The forecast keeps changing, but they are still talking about some snow tonight into tomorrow morning.

Entry for February 09, 2006

February 9, 2006

Lowly South Carolina has beaten Florida twice this year, and last night they did it in Gainesville. That is one of the fun things about college sports, you can analyze teams and make predictions all you want, but it is still a bunch of young kids going into the field of battle, and you never know what will happen.

With Northwestern’s upset of Iowa last night, we have the logjam in the Big Ten that I anticipated. There are five teams with 3 losses, and Indiana and Wisconsin are still in the running with 4 losses apiece. Tonight, Ohio State goes to Ann Arbor in a game that will be on ESPN.

After a 7-4 loss in Vancouver Monday night, the Blue Jackets finally returned home and beat the Kings last night, 7-4. Los Angeles had taken an early 2-0 lead, and it looked like it might turn into one of their typical routs of Columbus. But the Jackets scored 4 goals in the third period, and won fairly easily. LA pulled its goalie with about 4 minutes to go. That was the earliest I had ever seen that happen. But being 3 goals behind at the time, it was probably a worthwhile gamble, given that the Kings are in danger of not making the playoffs.

I had a rare mid-week visit with Bonnie Monday. I picked her up at her office and brought her here so that she could drive her Jeep back home.

Entry for February 05, 2006

February 5, 2006

It’s been a pretty exciting week. I couldn’t talk about it until now, for reasons that will become obvious soon :-).

The Blue Jackets have now won a franchise-record 5 games in-a-row. This week they won in Calgary and Edmonton. Both games went to a shootout, and both ended with a final score of 2-1.

Yesterday was “Disappointment Saturday” for me in college basketball. Notre Dame nearly won in Louisville, but the Cards hit a 3 at the buzzer in regulation, and won in overtime by 3. Also, Duke nearly lost at home to Florida State, but pulled it out in overtime. After winning several games, Kentucky lost in Gainesville.

In the Big Ten, a couple of teams that I consider to be “non-contenders” pulled off big wins. Penn State won in Champaign which has to be one of the biggest upsets of the year. Also, PURDUE (Hi Vernon!) beat Wisconsin. Iowa now leads the league.

The Ohio State men beat Minnesota but the UK women lost at home again, this time to Florida.

For sometime I have had my eye out for a vehicle for Bonnie, as her Jeep has 150,000 miles on it. I found a sharp-looking red ’05 Monte Carlo and bought it Thursday. When she arrived to visit me after work on Friday, it was sitting in the driveway, to her complete surprise. I will try to post pictures of it when I get a chance. Her birthday isn’t until July, but I found the car I wanted so she got her gift just a few months early :-).

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February 3, 2006

The folks on the International Space Station have put a VHF transmitter on an old space suit, and will be sending it into space in a little while. The transmissions will be heard by hams and scanner listeners worldwide. Here is a link with much more information:

http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2006/02/01/2/?nc=1