Archive for November, 2009

A week off coming to an end

November 29, 2009

I’ve been off work a week, and have managed to get caught up on a lot of things around here.

Tennessee has now won 25 in-a-row over Kentucky in football with last night’s 30-24 overtime win. So, another streak continues.

In basketball, none of the teams I follow had any trouble. Ohio State goes into the Big10-ACC Challenge this week. The men play Florida State and the woman play Duke.

How far has UCLA fallen? They finished 8th in an 8-team tournament over the weekend.


November options expiration

November 22, 2009

I was assigned on the short T November 26 calls, so now have a short position in T, hedged by a long position in January 2011 17.50 calls. I will look to write puts against this short position. Profit on the November 26 calls was +0.90

My long position in AMTD was called away since I was short November 20 calls. Profit on the stock was +3.22, and on the calls was +1.50.

The short position in LLTC November 27.50 calls expired worthless for a profit of +1.62. I am still long January 2011 17.50 calls and will look to write additional calls against this long position.

The short position in FPL November 55 calls expired worthless for a profit of +1.00. I am still long January 2010 45 calls, and will look to write additional calls against this long position.

The short position in WMT November 50 puts expired worthless for a profit of +1.75. I am still short WMT shares, hedged by a long position in January 2010 40 calls. I will look to write puts again on the WMT short position.


Once nasty streak ends, another continues

November 22, 2009

Prior to last night, Kentucky hadn’t won a football game in Athens, Georgia since 1977. But the streak ended for the Cats with a 34-27 win. Kentucky is 7-4 and will be looking to end another long steak of consecutive losses to Tennessee on Saturday.

Columbus has lost 12-in-a-row in Nashville with last night’s 4-3 shootout loss. Mason stopped 45 shots which isn’t bad, but it wasn’t enough to record a victory.

Six in a row over Michigan

November 21, 2009

Ohio State finished the season 10-2 with today’s 21-10 win in The Big House. The Bucks have won 6 in-a-row over the Wolves, and Tressel is 8-1 against Michigan.

A bigger win, though, was last week’s 27-24 overtime win over Iowa. The Bucks took a late 24-10 lead in Ohio Stadium, only to see Iowa return the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, then score again to make it 24-24. Iowa didn’t score in overtime, and the Bucks kicked a field goal for the win.

Last Saturday, Kentucky won at Vanderbilt 24-13 to become bowl-eligible for the fourth year in a row. The Cats are still hampered by injuries and visit Georgia tonight.

The Kentucky and Ohio State women’s basketball teams are both undefeated, and have not been challenged.

The Kentucky men are unbeaten but needed a John Wall jumper with about a second to go to beat Miami of Ohio 72-70. Ohio State was behind North Carolina in Madison Square Garden Thursday night but made a gallant comeback. The 77-73 loss is the only blemish on the Buckeyes’ record.

Since my last post, Columbus had 3-2 shootout wins over Anaheim and Edmonton, then won 4-1 in Dallas as Steve Mason had his first good game between the pipes in awhile. The Jackets are in Nashville tonight.

Ohio State basketball recruiting

November 12, 2009

Thad Matta has signed a nice crop of blue-chippers for the 2010 season.


November 12, 2009

Well, not only do I seem to post once a month, but I can’t even get my monthly posts in on time :-). When I was in grade school, the principal had a giant rubber stamp that said “MUST DO BETTER”. She often stamped it several times on my test papers :-). I still haven’t learned.

Although they are being pounded by Detroit as I type this, the Blue Jackets are 9-5-2 and tied for first in the Central Division. And, they still haven’t played the best hockey they are capable of. I will be in the arena Friday night for a game with Anaheim. My 7-year-old nephew will be on the ice at the first intermission for a “Future Jackets” game.

After the 26-18 upset loss at Purdue, the Buckeyes came up with a big win in Happy Valley last Saturday. Combined with Iowa’s upset loss to Northwestern, Ohio State controls its own destiny and can lock up a share of the Big Ten title Saturday against Iowa. Then, the team up north looms as the final regular season game.

Kentucky lost its tenth straight to South Carolina. The Cats picked up a 21-14 win at Auburn, which is their only conference win as of this writing. At 5-4, Kentucky needs one more win to become bowl eligible. Remaining opponents are Vanderbilt, Georgia and Tennessee. The injury bug has been rough on the Cats this year.

Thanks to all our military veterans for their service to our country!