Archive for February, 2010

A couple home losses and a taste of Spring

February 22, 2010

My teams hadn’t suffered any home losses this year until last week. A surging Purdue team came to Columbus and left with a 60-57 victory. Yesterday, the Bucks won in East Lansing, and have now won five Big Ten road games in-a-row.

So, the Bucks need help with Purdue. The Boilers are all alone in first place in the Big Ten with an 11-3 record. Ohio State and Michigan State are 11-4. MSU and Purdue get together in West Lafayette on February 28th.

The Ohio State women were on national TV yesterday but lost to visiting Michigan State in overtime. The Bucks had already wrapped up their sixth Big Ten title in-a-row.

The Kentucky men picked up two road wins last week, but both games were close.

The UK women won two blow-outs at home, including a revenge game over South Carolina yesterday. Kentucky is two games (in the loss column) behind Tennessee in the SEC. I’ll be hoping for LSU to upset the Lady Vols tonight. UK and UT get together later in the week.

We had sunshine and 64 degrees here yesterday. I washed and waxed one of the cars and did some other chores outside. Today I’m working on my taxes and hope to have them done by mid-week.

Some sunspot activity

February 14, 2010

After long periods of time with no sunspots, activity has been picking up a bit lately as we move into the beginning of Cycle 24. The twelve-meter amateur band, mostly dead over the past few years, is showing some signs of life. I’ve made several contacts there this weekend.

The Ohio State men have now won 6 games in-a-row since the loss at West Virginia, including a rout at Illinois today and a rout at Indiana Wednesday. The Bucks are tied for first in the Big Ten, but there is a logjam near the top. The UK men picked up two 11-point wins at home this week.

The UK women have a small lead in Nashville as I type this. The Cats have won an incredible 8 in-a-row. Tennessee and Kentucky are 1 and 2 in the SEC, and are way ahead of the rest of the field.

The OSU women have already wrapped up their sixth-straight Big Ten championship. The other 10 teams in the Big Ten are bunched together with records near .500 in the league.

Columbus lost to Vancouver Friday night 4-3, Claude Noel’s first loss as interim head coach. The Jackets are currently behind Chicago 4-3 at the second intermission in the last game before the Olympic break.

Post-Hitch win streak

February 7, 2010

The Blue Jackets have won two in-a-row since Ken Hitchcock was fired, including a 4-0 shutout of Buffalo last night. It was Steve Mason’s third shutout of the season. Home games 3, 4 and 5 of 5 in-a-row before the Olympic break are up next.

We missed the snow this weekend, just had a light dusting Saturday morning. They are once again forecasting 3-4 inches of snow here, beginning Monday night.

With the Michigan State men having lost at Wisconsin and Illinois, there are at least 5 teams in the running for the Big Ten title, including Ohio State. MSU has 2 conference losses, the Buckeyes and 3 other teams have 3 losses. The Bucks have won 4 in-a-row since the West Virginia loss.

The Ohio State women won a big game in State College PA this afternoon, and continue in the driver seat for a sixth-straight Big 10 title.

Of all my teams, I am more excited about the Kentucky women’s team. They have won six in-a-row, and as I type this, they are ahead by 12 at Arkansas.

Hitch is out

February 3, 2010

Columbus fired Ken Hitchcock as coach of the Blue Jackets. Claude Noel takes over on an interim basis.

Rough road

February 1, 2010

We had 3-4 inches of snow Saturday morning. I broke my electric snow blower, but managed to get my driveway and sidewalks cleared. It’s been cold all weekend.

The Ohio State women lost two road games since my last post. They still lead the Big 10, and are going for their 6th Big Ten title in-a-row.

No such problem for the Kentucky women. They’ve now won 5 in-a-row, and picked up wins at LSU and Mississippi State since my last post.

The OSU men rebounded from the West Virginia lost to beat Iowa and Minnesota. But, the Bucks’ 3 conference losses put them well behind Michigan State who is still undefeated in the conference. The Spartans won two road games this past week by a total of two points.

Kentucky was #1 for a few hours before losing their first game of the season at South Carolina. The Cats rebounded yesterday and beat a Vanderbilt team that had bee 5-0 in the SEC coming in.