Archive for November, 2010

UK ahead of UT in AP women’s Top 25

November 29, 2010

Kentucky (#8) is one notch ahead of Tennessee in the Associated Press Top 25 released today. The Cats won a tournament in Mississippi over the weekend and remain undefeated. The Ohio State women are ranked sixth after a easy win over UNC Wilmington.

With Michigan State having lost, the Ohio State men have moved up to #2 in the polls released today. The Bucks beat Miami of Ohio Friday.

Jim Tressel is now 9-1 against Michigan as the Bucks rolled to a 37-7 win Saturday. That’s seven straight wins for the Bucks over the Wolves, and Ohio State has now won six straight Big Ten football championships.

Different story in Knoxville as Kentucky lost to the Volunteers for the 26th straight year. That’s the longest such streak in college football. The Vols struggled early in the year but turned it around, and will go into a bowl with a team much better than its 6-6 record.

The Blue Jackets couldn’t handle a home-and-home series with the Red Wings. Columbus was the last team in the NHL to have not lost back-to-back games, but that streak is over. The Jackets are still in fourth place in the west.

My high school, Columbus Watterson, will once again be playing for the state football championship in its division. Good luck Eagles!

Kemba Walker

November 25, 2010

Junior guard Kemba Walker had 29 points as Connecticut beat Kentucky 84-67 in the championship game of the Maui Classic. It was the first loss of the year for the Cats, who trailed by more than 20 points several times. The quarter finals and semifinals saw wins for Kentucky over Oklahoma and Washington.

Ohio State broke open a close game and beat Morehead State by 19. Center Kenneth Faried gave the Buckeyes fits and the game might have been a lot closer if he hadn’t had foul trouble.

The Blue Jackets keep rolling along. After a 2-0 shutout of the Nashville Predators, Columbus went to Long Island and won 4-3 in overtime. Next up, two games with Detroit.

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

November options expiration

November 21, 2010

The November 23 covered calls I wrote on CHK expired worthless for a gain of +1.06. With the stock in the 22s, it should be possible to write more 23s barring a major near-term decline.

The November 39 calls I wrote on GILD expired worthless for a gain of +1.10. These were written against a long position in January 25 calls. With the stock near 38 it should be possible to write calls again pretty soon.

Finally for November, the JCI November 33 calls I wrote were assigned, so now I am short the stock. The position is hedged by a long position in January 22.50 calls.

Big football rivalry games

November 21, 2010

Kentucky is bowl-eligible for the fifth-straight year after last Saturday’s win over Vanderbilt. After a bye week yesterday, the Cats will finish up in Knoxville Saturday. After ending a long losing streak to South Carolina earlier this season, an even longer losing streak factors into the Tennessee game. The Vols are having a down year, but always seem to bring their A-game against Kentucky.

Ohio State stayed in a 3-way tie in the Big Ten by winning in Iowa City yesterday 20-17. Up next is Michigan. The Bucks are looking for at least a share of their 6th straight Big Ten title.

While on the subject of football, I have to confess to my disappointment in the on-field behavior of some of the OSU players. There seemed to be a lot of anger at some of the coach’s and referee’s calls. There is a lot of pressure on players to keep winning traditions going, but the lack of discipline is a bit disconcerting to me.

Let’s play (basket)ball

November 21, 2010

Basketball season is underway, with all my teams off to a great start.

The OSU men are 3-0 with the biggest victory a 93-75 win at Florida. It was the first road win over a top-10 team since 1961. With the point-guard position possibly being a bit shaky for the Bucks, there are a lot of raised eyebrows about OSU’s top-five ranking. We’ll have to see how they do against a good pressure team.

The OSU women had to play their first three games without Samantha Prahalis due to an NCAA suspension. But the Bucks are 3-0 which includes a 4-point win in Baton Rouge over LSU.

The Kentucky men are in Maui and will take on Oklahoma Monday afternoon.

The Kentucky women are ranked in the top 10. I got to see them today for the first time in a good win over 12th-ranked Notre Dame. There are lots of great freshman playing for the Cats this year.

Golden State Sweep

November 21, 2010

The Columbus Blue Jackets have arrived back home after a 3-game sweep of the California NHL teams.

It started Wednesday night in Los Angeles as Rick Nash scored the last two goals for a 5-3 win. It was the first home loss of the season for the Kings.

Friday night, the Jackets crossed town and beat Anaheim 4-3. Columbus got outshot 25-3 in the third period but held on. Steve Mason had 47 saves, tying a record.

Finally, Saturday night, Rick Nash had a hat trick as the Jackets beat San Jose 3-0. It was the first regulation win ever for Columbus in San Jose, and the first win of any kind there since 1-8-04. The Sharks hadn’t been shut out at home in over a year.

Since I am an old man who can’t stay up late, I have all three games on tape. I think I will dub them to DVD for my permanent collection.

Since I last posted on November 3, the other main win of note was an 8-1 thrashing of St. Louis. It was the biggest margin of victory in Columbus history.




Got the help we needed

November 3, 2010

Ohio State got some help Saturday as Iowa routed visiting Michigan State. So, there are several teams in the Big Ten with one conference loss. Unfortuately, the Bucks also have to go to Iowa City before the season is over.

Kentucky lost another close one on the road, this time in Starkville. So far, the win over South Carolina ending a 10-game losing streak to the Gamecocks is the only bright spot of the season.

The Blue Jackets were 3-1 since my last post, with the only loss being in Colorado. The ability to score goals is still in question. Solve that problem and Columbus is good-to-go. Garon and Mason are doing pretty good in goal, but I don’t envy Scott Arniel having to decide which one to start.