Archive for October, 2008

Entry for October 29, 2008

October 29, 2008

A couple of interesting articles in this morning’s Herald-Leader:

A consortium of six Kentucky colleges and universities have been building a satellite, called KYSat-1. It will be launched by NASA in the middle of next year.

Every year, Officer Debbie Wagner and her husband John decorate their house for Halloween. This year, her house has been entered in a competition being run by The Today Show.

Entry for October 27, 2008

October 27, 2008

Well, there were some good football games Saturday. Unfortunately, my teams weren’t involved in any of them :-).

Kentucky hadn’t been routed in awhile. But in The Swamp the Cats had their first two punts blocked and ended up losing 63-5.

Penn State and Ohio State got together for a defensive battle. OSU was ahead 6-3 and was moving the ball. But one lost fumble made the difference and the Lions won 13-6.

The Blue Jackets were 0-2 for the weekend. I didn’t see the game Saturday night at Minnesota but I understand there was a controversial ruling of “no goal” on a Nash attempt that would have tied the game with 11.5 seconds left in regulation.

Could the stock market be making a “W” bottom? The Dow low was about 7773. After today’s low of 8175, we’re 400 points above the low. It will be interesting to see if 7773 holds.

Entry for October 25, 2008

October 25, 2008

Since my last post, I have been on vacation a good bit, making good progress on outside projects. The sunny and cool days this time of year make autumn my favorite season.

The Blue Jackets suffered their first home loss of the season last night as the Rangers won 3-1. The game saw the return of Zherdev and Fritsche to Nationwide Arena after Columbus traded them to New York.

Ohio State had no trouble in East Lansing last Saturday. Tonight they host Penn State, and I hope the Buckeyes can give the Lions a good game.

Kentucky scored two touchdowns late last Saturday to beat Arkansas 21-20. I did not get to see the game. The Cats have suffered a bunch of injuries to key players. In about an hour, they take on Florida in The Swamp.

We had an all-day rain yesterday, and my newly-installed electronic rain gauge said we had .66 inches. That will be a big help since it has been so dry here.

Entry for October 12, 2008 part 2

October 12, 2008

Just how bad is this year’s Michigan team? They had never lost to a MAC school until yesterday, when Toledo, not exactly a MAC power, came into the Big House and won 13-10. It was the third home loss of the year for Michigan, who lost to Utah and Illinois earlier.

Steve Spurrier is now 16-0 against Kentucky as South Carolina came to Lexington and beat the Cats 24-17. Kentucky is going to have to start winning home games against teams like South Carolina in order to be taken seriously on a national level.

Ohio State beat Purdue 16-3 in a defensive struggle.

Texas is this week’s new #1 team in the land after beating previously #1 Oklahoma 45-35 in a great game. The Sooners lead for much of it but the Longhorns prevailed in the end. There were a lot of strange plays and strange calls. All-in-all, an entertaining game.

In another interesting game, Notre Dame seemed to have control at North Carolina but lost 29-24.

Entry for October 12, 2008

October 12, 2008

I was actually somewhat hopeful last week at this time that the market had stabilized. But, this week it just got worse. A bounce is long overdue, but the downside momentum is significant.

Hockey season got underway with Columbus winning in Dallas 5-4 in overtime. Rick Nash had a goal late in the extra period to seal the win. The Jackets had a 4-2 lead late in regulation, but gave up two quick ones. They may have a bit more offensive prowess this year, but will need to learn how to finish.

Last night Columbus lost in Phoenix 3-1 last night in a game I missed due to VCR problems.

Entry for October 05, 2008

October 5, 2008

Things are pretty topsy-turvy in the SEC East with traditional powers Florida and Georgia having already lost a conference game. Tennessee has lost two. Vanderbilt just keeps rolling along after last night’s 14-13 win over Auburn. Kentucky traveled to Tuscaloosa to take on #2 Alabama and lost for the first time this season 17-14. It was a defensive struggle and the Cats gave a good account of themselves. It was a good experience for Kentucky’s young offense. UK next has South Carolina and Arkansas, both in Lexington.

Terrelle Pryor scored with 1:08 left last night as Ohio State won in Madison 20-17. It was the first time I had gotten to see the Freshman phenom play. Being behind late on the road against a tough Big 10 foe didn’t phase him a bit.

We had a nice boat ride on Cave Run Lake last Saturday. Two of my work associates have boats docked there, one a house boat, one a sail boat. They invited their colleagues out to the lake for a get-together. Lots of fun. Thank you Brandon and Michelle.

With some nice autumn weather this past week, I was able to get some outdoor chores done, mostly painting.

Has the credit crisis bottomed? A lot of people have been premature in buying stocks this year, thinking the worst was over. I was encouraged by the fact that Wells Fargo made an offer for Wachovia that trumped what Citigroup planned to pay. There may be litigation on that for awhile, but the point is, Wells Fargo, who currently might have the best management of a big bank in the US, thought Wachovia was worth more than the “fire sale” price it was going to Citigroup for.

There is a lot of fear that National City may be the next big bank to fail. But, action in its stock this week indicates that smart money thinks it may survive. NCC is a good one to watch to get the market’s general perspective on things.

I frankly have no idea whether the government bailout is good, bad, or indifferent. It probably depends a lot on the details of how the money is spent.