Archive for March, 2009

Entry for March 30, 2009

March 30, 2009

John Calipari is in negotiations to take the UK basketball coaching job. A deal may be signed as early as this evening.

The Blue Jackets collected only one standing point in two games with the Blues. Columbus lost in a shootout Saturday, then lost 5-2 in Columbus on Sunday. The Jackets are still in sixth place in the west.

I mowed grass today for the first time this season. The yard looks nice. We had lots of sun today for the first time in awhile.

The Ohio State women lost to Stanford in the NCAA tournament Saturday night. I forgot to point out that the Kentucky women lost at Wisconsin last weekend in the WNIT.

Coaching change at Kentucky

March 28, 2009

Kentucky will soon have a new men’s basketball coach. It was announced at a press conference Friday afternoon that Billy Gillispie is done. Wednesday, the Cats lost at Notre Dame in the NIT quarterfinals to bring the season to an end.

The Blue Jackets routed Calgary Thursday night 5-0. It was Steve Mason’s 10th shutout. A Calgary fan who resides in Columbus phoned in death threats for some of the players. He’s in big trouble with the law. The Jackets have a home-and-home series with St. Louis this weekend.

There has been a whole lot of cloudy and wet weather around here lately, but nothing like what the folks in the Dakotas are going through. My thoughts are with them.

Entry for March 22, 2009

March 22, 2009

Columbus was behind at Florida 1-0 last night with 2:46 left in the game. That’s when Raffi Torres scored 2 goals in one minute-13 seconds to give the Jackets a 2-1 lead. An empty-netter late sealed the 3-1 victory. Torres was obtained earlier this season in a trade for Gilbert Brule. He was advertised as a “game changer”, and sure enough that’s what he did.

The Blue Jackets have not locked up a playoff spot, but Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch says the Jackets are in.

Entry for March 21, 2009

March 21, 2009

Columbus beat Chicago 4-3 Wednesday night as Antoine Vermette scored in overtime. It was Vermette’s sixth game with the Jackets after being acquired from Ottawa, and he has points in five of those games. The Jackets are now in Florida for games against the Lightning and the Panthers.

The Kentucky men had a home game against UNLV in the NIT. After leading 50-30, the Cats survived a rally by the Rebels and won by 10. The Cats travel to Omaha to take on Creighton Monday night.

The UK women beat Chattanooga in overtime, and next play at Wisconsin Sunday afternoon.

End of season for OSU men

March 21, 2009

After losing to Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament championship game last Sunday, the Buckeyes were seeded 8th in the NCAA Midwest Region and assigned to play in Dayton. But last night, OSU lost in 2 overtimes to a Siena team that made clutch baskets down the stretch.

So, now the speculation is about who stays and who leaves for the pros. I am guessing BJ Mullens will head out, but other players will stay.

The OSU women are seeded 3rd in the NCAA, and will play Sacred Heart this afternoon.

Entry for March 15, 2009 part 2

March 15, 2009

There have been a lot of upsets in conference tournaments this year. Not the least of which is Ohio State’s 82-70 semifinal win over Michigan State. The Spartans were the Big 10 regular-season champs, and were hoping for a #1 seed in the Big Dance had they been able to win the Big 10 tourney.

To get the semis, the Bucks had to come from behind and nip Wisconsin 61-57 in the quarterfinals Friday. This afternoon, the Big 10 championship game is Purdue vs. Ohio State.

Kentucky beat Ole Miss Thursday in the SEC first-round, but then lost to regular-season champion LSU Friday. The Cats are unlikely to get an NCAA bid, breaking a string of 17 consecutive visits to the Big Dance.

Entry for March 15, 2009

March 15, 2009

The Blue Jackets won all three games since my last post, and now have a four-game win streak going.

Boston game to town Tuesday and went home with a 2-0 shutout loss. It was Steve Mason’s ninth shutout, which is best in the league.

On Thursday, Columbus had a 3-0 lead over Pittsburgh early in the 3rd period. But the Pens rallied to tie it at 3. Christian Huselius had the lone goal in the shootout and the Blue Jackets had another two points.

Friday night, in a game I didn’t get to see, Columbus won in Chicago 5-3. Wade Dubielewicz started between the pipes, giving Steve Mason a rest.

Tonight, the Jackets host Detroit, 8-2 losers to Columbus last weekend. It will be interesting to see if the Red Wings have improved their goaltending situation.

Entry for March 10, 2009

March 10, 2009

It was a good Sunday for Ohio State basketball.

The women won the Big Ten tournament in a hard-fought game against Purdue. The Boilers had the ball at the end with a chance to win it. OSU has won 5 straight regular-season Big Ten titles, and 2 tournament championships in the last 4 years.

The men beat Northwestern to finish tied for 4th place in the conference, and the #5 seed in the Big Ten Tourney. That gives the Bucks a first-round bye. They will play Wisconsin at 2:30 EST Friday afternoon.

The Cats play Ole Miss at 1:00 EDT Thursday in the SEC tournament in Tampa.

The Parkette drive-in, a Lexington tradition since the 1950s has reopened. Bonnie and I often stop by there on Friday nights to see vintage cars parked there.

A record setting Saturday night

March 8, 2009

The Blue Jackets set a number of records Saturday night in their 8-2 rout of Detroit in Joe Louis Arena. Eight goals is the most in a game in franchise history. The six goal margin of victory is also a record.

Rick Nash had a hat trick, with all three goals unassisted. That was the first time that had happened in the NHL since 1948. Thanks to Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, and the Elias Sports Bureau who came up with the information here.

Columbus is in sixth place in the west, with 16 games to go. If they look behind them, they see a bunch of teams with just a few fewer points.

Entry for March 05, 2009

March 5, 2009

The Kentucky women’s team was eliminated in the first round of the SEC tournament this afternoon by Georgia. The Cats held a one-point lead at halftime, but ended up losing big. At 15-15, I would say Kentucky is on the bubble for a WNIT bid.

The Kentucky men suffered an incredibly embarrassing loss last night to Georgia in Rupp Arena, 90-85. Georgia had the worst record of any SEC team, and lost by 23 to the Cats in Athens. Many UK fans are ready to call an end to the Billy Gillispie era at Kentucky.

Ohio State won at Iowa by 2 to complete a sweep of the Hawkeyes. Right now it is pretty murky trying to figure out how the final regular season standings will look in the Big Ten, and hence the seedings for the conference tournament. Penn State hosts Illinois tonight, and it would be best for the Bucks if the Illini could pull off a win. Meanwhile, Ohio State hosts Northwestern Sunday afternoon for the regular season finale.

Despite giving up 3 goals over a 1 minute-55 second span, the Blue Jackets came back and beat Los Angeles 5-4 Tuesday night. Columbus is in Nashville tonight.