Archive for April, 2009

Entry for April 25, 2009

April 25, 2009

Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals was a sight to behold, although Detroit scored with 45 seconds to go to win 6-5. Michael Arace of The Columbus Dispatch wrote a blog entry that describes the game much better than I ever could, and you can read it here. It has to rank among the top 5 or so sporting events I’ve ever attended. The crowd did its job in supporting the home team.

That’s it for me and sports for several months. It is hot here now, and I’ve got a lot of stuff to do.

Entry for April 21, 2009

April 21, 2009

I have heard people talk about “hackers” bootlegging FM voice channels on US military satellites. Here is an interesting article in Wired that discusses how it is done. The output of two-meter amateur equipment is fed to a frequency doubler that sets it up on the satellite uplink frequencies.

The Blue Jackets currently trail the Red Wings 2 games to 0 in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series. Tonight, the series moves to Columbus for game 3. I will attend game 4 Thursday night.

Saturday night we visited the campus of Ohio Dominican University where we saw the “Panther Players” perform “Clue, The Musical”. My niece played the part of the detective.

A tribute to Mr. Mac

April 10, 2009

Excellent article in this morning’s Columbus Dispatch about the late John H. McConnell who wrote an $80 million check so that Columbus could have an NHL hockey team.

In a world in which successful people seem to often be vilified, it is nice to see how this wonderful man is held in high esteem by those of us who enjoy the fruits of his labor.

Entry for April 09, 2009

April 9, 2009

Tuesday night, for the first time, I watched an NHL game not involving Columbus. Chicago won in Nashville 4-2. The Preds were one of the teams challenging Columbus for a playoff spot. The loss reduced the Blue Jackets’ magic number.

Last night Columbus won in Chicago 4-3 in a shootout. So, the Jackets are in the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The seeding is yet to be determined, but it seems likely they will stay in sixth place where they are now.

Oddly, two of the biggest wins in franchise history were not televised here. The first was a game in Calgary that was the Jackets’ first win ever. The second was last night’s game.

Happy Easter to all readers!

Entry for April 06, 2009

April 6, 2009

It was another overtime loss last night for the Blue Jackets (Chicago 1-0). So, they are at 90 points, good for sixth place in the west. There are now THREE teams behind them that could get to 92 if they win out. So, Columbus could really use 3 points in the three remaining games.

I’m looking forward to a great game tonight for the NCAA basketball championship. No idea who will win.

The economy is still in bad shape, but I think the stock market has seen its lows. If the market sells off over the near term, I will be buying. Of course, a lot of people have the same idea, and that scares me :-).

Entry for April 05, 2009

April 5, 2009

Last Tuesday, Columbus beat Nashville 2-1 to complete a home sweep of the Predators this season. But last night, Columbus had a 3-1 lead in Nashville before losing 5-4 in a shootout. Columbus has lost 11 in-a-row in the Music City.

Columbus has 89 points with 4 games to go. Nashville and St. Louis are tied for eighth with 86 points and 3 games to go. They could theoretically end up with 92 points each if they win out. Columbus needs 4 more points to guarantee a playoff spot.

Michigan State’s win over Connecticut guarantees that I win my bracket pool. I’ve won it 4 times in the last 5 years.