Archive for January, 2008

Entry for January 25, 2008

January 25, 2008

Now that we’ve had several days with temperatures in the single digits, I guess it was about time for me to change the background colors to the “winter theme” :-).

Pascal Leclaire recorded his eighth shutout of the season last night. Jared Boll had the only goal in a 1-0 win in Chicago. Columbus won three of five games on the just-completed road trip, with all the wins in regulation. They enter the all-star break tied for eighth in the Western Conference.

The Lady Kats keep rolling along. Last night they won in Columbia 66-62. Road wins are always sweet.


Entry for January 23, 2008 part 3

January 23, 2008

The Kentucky women are currently in third place in the SEC. After a blow-out loss to Tennessee, the Lady Kats upset then number 21 Auburn 62-55. First year coach Matthew Mitchell has UK playing great ball after a very poor non-conference performance.

After the upset loss to Michigan State, the Ohio State women have run off 6 wins in-a-row to take the lead in the Big Ten.

Entry for January 23, 2008 part 2

January 23, 2008

The Kentucky and Ohio State men’s teams continue to improve, and successfully defend the home court.

The Buckeyes traveled to Knoxville and played great in losing to then 6th-ranked Tennessee 74-69. I was satisfied with the effort, and the Bucks might have pulled off the upset had they not shot so poorly outside the arc. Those shots will start falling someday soon. Last night OSU completed a season sweep of Illinois by winning 64-58.

Kentucky lost in Gainesville Saturday (the Gators’ 7th straight win over the Cats) but last night did what OSU couldn’t do. The 3rd-ranked Vols lost came into Rupp Arena and were beaten 72-66. This is clearly not the same team that lost to the likes of Gardner-Webb and San Diego :-).

Entry for January 23, 2008

January 23, 2008

Yesterday, for the first time in my career, I worked at home. Now that I have DSL, I am able to do most everything I need to do from home, or anywhere I can find a broadband connection. We had a bit of snow yesterday morning, so most all the people I work with stayed home. I enjoyed not having to make the commute, plus I was able to fix lunch in my own kitchen, saving lunch money.

Since my last post, the Blue Jackets have split four games of the current five-game road trip. In Phoenix, Rick Nash scored an unbelievable goal with 21 seconds left to secure a 4-3 win. On Yahoo’s NHL page look for video marked “goal of the year candidate”.

After a couple losses, Columbus won in Dallas last night, 4-2. Kris Russell got his first two goals in his young NHL career.

Steam in Lexington

January 17, 2008

RJ Corman has bought a Chinese steam engine to use for excursions and special events:

Herald-Leader article

Entry for January 16, 2008

January 16, 2008

The Blue Jackets have won 6 in-a-row at home for the first time in franchise history with last night’s 3-2 win over the Canucks. In two of the last three games, the Jackets took a 2-goal lead only to see the opponent come back to tie the score. But Columbus did what it took to secure the wins.

Kentucky and Ohio State went on the road to “MSU” and both lost. The Bucks were behind Michigan State 32-11 before rallying to make it close. But, the Spartans won 66-60. Kentucky lost to Mississippi State 69-64.

Entry for January 13, 2008

January 13, 2008

I also watched the Washington State-UCLA game Saturday. I don’t watch a lot of basketball, but UCLA is playing the best defense of any team I have seen this year. A barrage of 3s late in the game brought the Cougars within striking distance. But it was basically a blow-out other than that.

It was interesting that both the UK men and women were among the few SEC teams to be below .500 entering conference play. The women beat a good Florida team to get the conference schedule off to a good start, and the men beat Vanderbilt as I mentioned earlier.

I posted earlier about the national football championship but Yahoo seems to have eaten it. Obviously it was disappointing to see the Bucks lose once again, but I am proud of them for making two straight appearances in the championship game.

A bunch of streaks come to an end

January 13, 2008

A whole bunch of streaks came to an end Saturday. Some good, some bad :-).

Columbus had lost 12-in-a-row to Nashville before pulling out a 2-1 shootout win last night. Nikolai Zherdev had the only shootout goal for the win.

Kentucky had lost 4-in-a-row to Vanderbilt, and were underdogs as the undefeated and 13th-ranked Commodores came into Rupp Arena yesterday. But the Cats played their best game of the year so far, and won 79-73 in double overtime. The Cats blew a big lead early in the game, but pulled out a big victory.

Ohio State had won 19 Big Ten games in-a-row going back to January of last year. But the Bucks dropped a 75-68 decision at Purdue. The Bucks also had an 8-game winning streak going against the Boilers. This young OSU team has improved a lot, but will still be susceptible to road losses now and then.

Happy Birthday Kate and Sam!

January 13, 2008

My twin niece and nephew, Kate and Sam, turn EIGHTEEN today. Happy birthday, guys!

Entry for January 11, 2008

January 11, 2008

I have typed in some blog entries since last time, but Yahoo seems to have deleted them. I’ll see what happens to this post.