Archive for February, 2009

Entry for February 24, 2009 part 3

February 24, 2009

In the middle of last week, the Blue Jackets picked up a couple 4-3 wins over St. Louis and Toronto.

Against the Blues, Columbus had a 4-1 lead then hung on for the regulation win. In Toronto, the Jackets won in a shootout.

Saturday night, Bonnie and I were in Nationwide Arena as the Anaheim won 5-2. The Ducks only got 13 shots on goal, but 5 of them went in. In the previous 7 games, Columbus had collected 13 points. So, I wasn’t too disappointed as the CBJ has had a great February so far.

We had a nice time in Columbus, our first visit there since last November. My sister-in-law and nephews have been fighting various bugs over the winter. I finally got to go ice skating with them which was a lot of fun.

Entry for February 24, 2009 part 2

February 24, 2009

The Ohio State women won two big road games at Minnesota and Indiana. With Michigan State’s loss at Wisconsin, the Buckeyes have a one game lead over both the Spartans and the Boilermakers in the Big Ten standings. Two games remain for the Bucks, both in Columbus.

The Kentucky women picked up a nice 66-56 upset win over Tennessee, but then lost by one at LSU.

The Ohio State men just ended their losing streak a few minutes ago as they broke open a close game and beat Penn State in Columbus.

Entry for February 24, 2009

February 24, 2009

With a 3-point loss at Northwestern and a 2-point loss at home against Illinois, the Ohio State men have lost 3 in-a-row and are now 7-7 in the Big Ten. The UK men lost at Vanderbilt but routed Tennessee at home. Kentucky, South Carolina and Florida are tied for first place in the SEC East at 8-4.

Entry for February 17, 2009

February 17, 2009

The Ohio State women lost two in a row (at Michigan State as previously reported, then at Iowa) before routing Northwestern. That leaves the Bucks and the Spartans tied for first place in the Big Ten at 11-3, with 4 games to go. I would say the Spartans have an easier schedule the rest of the way, but both teams have a lot of work to do. The Kentucky women lost at Auburn.

The Ohio State men played Wisconsin close in Madison before losing 55-50. With a conference record of 7-5, the Bucks have an excellent chance of finishing in the top half of the league, and getting a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament.

Jodie Meeks had 45 points as Kentucky won big at Arkansas. The Cats visit Nashville tonight, a place that is always tough.

Since my last post, the Blue Jackets collected 5 points in 3 games. Looks like I will get to visit Nationwide Arena Saturday night for the Anaheim-Columbus game.

I had 214 contacts in the CQ WW WPX RTTY contest over the weekend, in the low-power category.

Entry for February 11, 2009

February 11, 2009

Dan LaCosta got his first NHL shutout last night as Columbus beat Colorado 3-0. All three goals were scored in the third, so it was a tense game.

Kentucky ended its 3-game losing streak by beating Florida 68-65. Nick Calathes had a career-high 33 points for the Gators, but he missed free throws at the end that could have tied it.

We’ve had high winds and storms today, but no damage here so far.

Entry for February 08, 2009

February 8, 2009

When Steve Mason came down with mononucleosis, the goaltending situation in Columbus was suddenly a mess. With back-up goalie Wade Dubielewicz out with the flu, Dan LaCosta got his first NHL start. He only gave up two goals to the best team in hockey, and the Blue Jackets beat San Jose 3-2 in overtime, to end a three-game losing streak.

With about 30 games to go in the season, not a single team in the Western Conference is out of the running for a playoff spot. Last place St. Louis is only 5 points below “the bar”.

The Ohio State men avenged a earlier loss in Minnesota by beating the Gophers last night 64-58. With four wins in-a-row and a conference record of 7-4, the Bucks are in third place, only two games behind first-place Michigan State in the loss column.

The women were in action today. Kentucky lost to Vanderbilt 72-62. Ohio State lost in East Lansing 52-46, but still have a one-game (in the loss column) lead in the Big Ten.

The weather here has turned quite warm. Today it was sunny with highs in the 60s. It is supposed to stay warm for awhile.

Entry for February 06, 2009

February 6, 2009

Big night in women’s hoops.

Pat Summitt got her 1000th win.

Ohio State beat Purdue for the second time. The Bucks have a two-game lead in the loss column over the rest of the Big Ten.

The UK women broke a four-game losing streak by beating South Carolina last night.

We are expecting a warm weekend here, which will be a nice break from the cold and snow.


February 4, 2009

“Three” was the operative number yesterday. So, today on the third day of the work week, let’s get started.

We had three inches of snow yesterday. I went out about 3 o’clock and ran my snow blower, but with highs winds, it didn’t do much good.

I had three simultaneous games to watch last night. With two TVs (one with picture-in-picture) I was able to do a pretty good job keeping track of things.

Mississippi State hit 14 threes in Rupp last night and handed Kentucky its third-straight loss, 66-57. Kentucky never led in the game.

Ohio State won its third game in a row by beating Purdue in overtime 80-72.

Columbus lost another home game, this time to St. Louis 4-2. (That’s an average of 3 goals per team 🙂 ). The third period was the only stretch of good effort by the Jackets, but it wasn’t enough to pull out a win.

Entry for February 01, 2009

February 1, 2009

The temperature got up into the 50s today with sunny skies. All the ice is off the antennas now.

Wanting to spend some time outside, I took a few pictures of my license plate collection. They are here or you can look under “Miscellaneous” for the license plate set.

Steve Mason is battling mononucleosis but still started against Dallas last night. He gave up 3 quick goals and was pulled for the first time in his career. Backup Wade Dubielewicz came in, his first action since joining the team a few weeks ago. He proceeded to give up 4 goals and the Jackets lost 7-3.

Ohio State won in Bloomington 93-81 to complete a season sweep of Indiana. Not as good a day for UK though, as South Carolina won in Rupp Arena 78-77. It was the first home SEC loss of the season for the Cats, and the second loss in a row after winning the first five conference games.

The Ohio State women played Indiana in Columbus today and won 59-51. That gives the Buckeyes a little breathing room in the Big Ten.