Archive for November, 2011

Number One and Number Two

November 28, 2011

With North Carolina’s loss to UNLV, Kentucky and Ohio State are #1 and #2 respectively in this week’s college basketball polls. Kentucky plays North Carolina this Saturday in Rupp Arena. The Buckeyes play Duke tomorrow night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. So both the Cats and the Bucks have good tests coming up soon.

The Ohio State women beat LSU yesterday, and I noticed the Buckeyes are in the Top 20 now. The Kentucky women blew out Mississippi Valley State. The Cats’ defense has been awesome, and they are forcing their opponents into an incredible number of turnovers.

Urban Meyer has been formally announced as the new head football coach at Ohio State. I also was glad to see that Luke Fickell is staying in Columbus. He will be the defensive coordinator under Meyer.

The Blue Jackets lost to the Blues last night 2-1 in regulation. That is the first game that Curtis Sanford started that did not produce any points. But St. Louis has been on top of its game with new coach Ken Hitchcock (a Columbus cast-off).

I have a nice list of new stocks to buy, and positions to be added to. But the market ran away to the upside today. If we meander back down, I will be looking to put money to work in the market.

I purchased a D-Star handi-talkie a couple months back, and finally got it programmed yesterday. I made a QSO with a ham in England which is the first time I had actually used the rig. D-Star stands for “Digital Smart Technology for Amateur Radio”. It combines digital voice/data transmission over the air along with over the Internet. So with repeater stations downtown, I am able to “work the world” with a handheld low-power transceiver.

Two long streaks come to an end

November 26, 2011

Finally! Kentucky has beaten Tennessee. After 26-straight losses to the Vols, the Cats win 10-7, using Matt Roark at quarterback. Roark would be considered “third string”, and is really a wide receiver. Neither team was very good on offense, but the final score is all that matters.

Ohio State played well but lost in Ann Arbor 40-34. That ends 8 wins in a row for the Buckeyes in “The Game”. It appears that Urban Meyer will be named head coach at OSU soon.

The Blue Jackets continue to roll along with Curtis Sanford in goal. Last night Columbus avenged an earlier loss in Buffalo with a 5-1 win over the Sabres in Columbus.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

November 23, 2011

I hope everyone has an enjoyable Thanksgiving! Please be careful if you are out traveling!

The Blue Jackets have 5 points in the last 3 games. The improvement was coincident with a goaltender change to Curtis Sanford. In that stretch, the most notable accomplishment was a 4-3 overtime win in Nashville. That was the first Columbus win in the Music City since April 3, 2006.

The basketball teams are off to a great start across the board.

In football, two big rivalry games are coming up Saturday. Ohio State visits Michigan and will be a decided underdog. Kentucky looks to end a 26-year losing streak to Tennessee. The Vols do not have a good team this year, but they always seem to play well enough to beat Kentucky. The Cats could salvage a disappointing season by getting the Tennessee monkey off their backs.

I haven’t operated the Sweepstakes contest much lately but spent 8 hours on it Sunday. This was the single-sideband weekend. I made 358 contacts running low power. Contesting is a lot of fun, but time consuming. So, I don’t get to do as much as I would like.



A Mid-November Update

November 14, 2011

After a disappointing home loss to Mississippi State 28-16 on the last football Saturday in October, there was a bit of hope in Mudville on November 5 as Kentucky picked up its first SEC win of the year, 30-13 over Ole Miss. But then going on the road last Saturday the Cats were beaten badly by Vanderbilt 38-8. Kentucky doesn’t look like a threat to win in Athens this Saturday against a surging Georgia team. But they wrap up the season in Lexington against Tennessee. The Cats will be looking to end a long losing streak against the Vols. We’d have something to cheer about for the year with a win in that game.

Ohio State picked up a couple nice home wins against Wisconsin (a top-ten team for much of the year) and Indiana. But then the Bucks traveled to West Lafayette and were beaten in overtime. The final home game of the season is this Saturday vs. Penn State. Then the Bucks travel to Ann Arbor. Believe it or not, it is still possible for OSU to tie for a divisional championship. It would require winning out, Illinois beating Wisconsin this Saturday, then Wisconsin beating Penn State in their final game.

Basketball season has started just fine for all the teams I follow. I anticipated coaching and general management changes for the Blue Jackets by now, but haven’t seen it. The team still has won only 3 games, with not a single one on the road.

The ham bands continue to be generally good with the high sunspot counts we have had recently.