Archive for January, 2007

Entry for January 30, 2007

January 30, 2007

I’ll admit to being a bit surpised that the Ohio State men are ranked ahead of UCLA and Kansas in this week’s basketball polls. Of course, it is easy for me to worry about OSU’s deficiencies, whereas I don’t see Kansas and UCLA play all that often. But I am impressed with the quality defense that those two play. OSU has been a bit inconsistent in that category.

The Ohio State women went to Purdue last night and won 64-55 in a nationally-televised game. So, the Buckeyes are in the driver’s seat for yet another Big Ten championship.

Entry for January 29, 2007

January 29, 2007

We had sunny skies for much of Saturday with a high about 55, but then rain, snow and cold weather moved in. This morning we were in single digits with a wind chill about 0.

The Blue Jackets made the most of a three-game home stand by winning all three games. After a three game trip out west, Columbus will have six-in-a-row at home.

Ohio State blew a 20-point halftime lead and hung on to beat Michigan State Saturday night. Kentucky beat Tennessee by 19 with Chris Lofton hurt. The UK women’s team fell below .500 in the SEC with a loss at South Carolina. The OSU women are still unbeaten in the league, and have a showdown tonight at Purdue.

35th anniversary of Minnesota brawl

January 25, 2007

Rob Oller article

Rob Oller has an excellent article in this morning’s Dispatch about the brawl that happened 35 years ago at Minnesota. I hope this sad incident is never forgotten.

Kentucky has lost two in a row with last night’s 78-69 loss in overtime at Georgia. The Cats were ahead by as many as 17 points in the first half.

Snowy, cold weather continues around here, although accumulations have been minimal. Schools were closed yesterday as some roads were a solid sheet of ice.

Entry for January 22, 2007

January 22, 2007

We had some ice and freezing rain Sunday morning, but it really didn’t amount to much. The temperature rose above freezing by noon or so, and so things melted off without me having to do any work :-).

The UK men’s team broke an 11-game win streak by losing to Vanderbilt 72-67. It was the second year in a row that Vandy has come to Lexington and beaten Kentucky in Rupp Arena, and the third win in a row overall in the series between the Cats and the Dores. Ohio State broke open a close game with Iowa and won by 19.

The UK women won at Auburn, snapping a two-game losing streak. This puts the Lady Kats back above .500 in SEC play. The Ohio State women are still undefeated in conference play.

Entry for January 16, 2007

January 16, 2007

It was the guys’ turn Saturday, and another couple close games ensued.

Ron Lewis of Ohio State hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds to go, and the Bucks held on to beat Tennessee 68-66 in Columbus. With a decided height advantage, Greg Oden had a career high in points. Of course, his career is just getting started.

Kentucky also won at home, beating a good Mississippi State team 64-60. I don’t think coach Smith was happy with the effort, at least in the early stages of the game. But the Cats sealed the deal when it counted.

The UK women had a heartbreaker Sunday afternoon in losing to Ole Miss in overtime. It was the first conference loss of the year for the LadyKats. The OSU women had no trouble with Northwestern.

Saturday night, I put in and enjoyable 7 1/3 hours in the North American CW QSO Party. I had a significant increase in my score compared to last year.

Entry for January 12, 2007

January 12, 2007

A couple of close women’s basketball games last night, but the good girls won.

Ohio State beat Penn State in Happy Valley 63-61 in a game I didn’t get to see. The Buckeyes have still only lost one game this year.

Kentucky was in Tuscaloosa and trailed Alabama most of the game. Samantha Mahoney drove the lane and hit a jumper with two seconds to go for a 63-62 win.

We are expecting heavy rains this weekend. Flood watches have already been issued.

I will be spending a few hours in the North American QSO Party Saturday. This particular contest is CW (Morse code) only.

Entry for January 10, 2007

January 10, 2007

It has been a rough week for Ohio State sports.

Ohio State lost the football national championship to Florida 41-14 Monday night. At the beginning of the season there was some concern about OSU’s defense, but it seemed to be pretty good most of the season. But then the Bucks gave up 80 points in their last two games, and that just isn’t championship-caliber play.

The OSU men’s team lost at Wisconsin last night 72-69. The Bucks missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer that would have tied it. Ohio State may not be physical enough to win the Big Ten, which is a conference that usually has a lot of big players banging around in the middle.

The Kentucky-Ohio State women’s game that I mentioned previously turned out to be a good game. The LadyKats seemed a bit stymied in the first half, and only scored 15 points. But, they rallied from 14 points down, and missed a shot at the buzzer that would have tied it.

There was an excellent sporadic-E opening Monday night, and I made a number of contacts on the six-meter band, mostly to stations west and southwest of me. I understand that skip contacts were made all the way up to the two-meter band. I have been told this was the first time that 2m was open during the winter Es season since 1996.

Bonnie and I had dinner at Buca di Beppo in Louisville last night. We love that restaurant, but there are none close to us. So, it is a real treat to get to visit one.

Entry for January 05, 2007

January 5, 2007

The weather has been mild here lately, as it has in most of the eastern part of the country I guess.

I forgot to point out that on the day after Christmas, I finally got to witness a win by the Blue Jackets. My brother and I went to the Boston-Columbus game. After being down 4-2, the Jackets tied it, then scored in overtime. Columbus had lost all previous games that I had attended. The Jackets are in the middle of a 3-game road trip out west.

As readers probably know, I have degrees from Ohio State and Kentucky, and follow the athletic teams of both schools. They will meet tomorrow in women’s basketball, and I understand the game will be televised by CBS. I don’t recall much women’s basketball on The Tiffany Network in the past, so it sounds as if the sport is beginning to get some much-needed TV exposure.

Happy New Year!

January 3, 2007

Happy New Year to everyone!

I had a great vacation and got a lot done around the house. We had a nice visit in Ohio with my sister and brother and their families.

Kentucky won its first bowl game since 1984 with a 28-20 win over Clemson in the Music City Bowl. The Cats took a 28-6 lead, then held on for the win.

Ohio State opened up the Big Ten basketball season last night with a hard-fought 74-67 win over Indiana. The Hoosiers shot well from the outside, and it took some good defense down the stretch for the Bucks to pull out the win.