Archive for November, 2012

Black Friday

November 23, 2012

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! If you shopped today, I hope it was productive and you didn’t get trampled!

In football, Kentucky managed to beat Samford in Joker Phillips’ last home game as coach. The Cats take on Tennessee tomorrow. Wisconsin scored late to tie Ohio State 14-14 but the Bucks took care of business in overtime and won 21-14. Tomorrow is the annual battle with Michigan.

The Kentucky men had a relatively easy win over Lafayette. The Morehead State Eagles, however, were physical and pushed the Cats around quite a bit before losing 81-70. Tonight Kentucky plays host to Long Island-Brooklyn.

Ohio State won the Hall-Of-Fame Tip-Off Classic with wins over Rhode Island and Washington. Tonight Missouri-Kansas City visits Columbus.

The Kentucky women had an easy win over High Point. Since the loss to Notre Dame on the aircraft carrier, the Ohio State women have beaten Cincinnati, Winthrop, and St. Francis (PA).


A couple of losses to big names

November 14, 2012

Big games last night for the Kentucky basketball teams, but unfortunately both were losses.

The women traveled to Waco to take on #1 Baylor. The Bears were undefeated national champions last year, and returned all starters including Brittney Griner. The Cats were behind by 40 at one point and lost in a rout.

The men were in Atlanta to take on Duke. The Devils led by 14 in the second half, but the Cats stormed back within 3. But the senior-laden Duke team ended up winning 75-68.

The Ohio State men were unable to play their “Carrier Classic” game due to excessive moisture on the deck. They did beat Albany in a home game Monday. The OSU women lost to Notre Dame by 6 on the carrier.

The Alabama football team looked invincible earlier in the year. But the Tide had to come from behind to beat LSU, and this past Saturday lost at home to new SEC member Texas A&M. So, now the national championship race is wide open.


November 9, 2012

I finally completed the radio installation in my 2011 RAV4. Pictures are here: Most of the pictures of the radio stuff have descriptive comments.

Like many, I had figured that Romney would likely win the election. But the polls and anecdotal evidence of voter trends were wrong. The weakness in the stock market is somewhat puzzling as it usually does well during Democrat administrations. I think with the election now over, everyone is focusing on the Fiscal Cliff. Over the last several years, the second term of those presidents re-elected had some kind of major crisis. It will be interesting to see if Obama can sidestep calamity.

I operated the ARRL November CW Sweepstakes last weekend. With Morse Code not my strong suit, SS is a difficult contest for me. But I always enjoy it, and it helps improve my code copying speed. The ARRL has begun publishing “Log Checking Reports” that I will be able to use to see how good or bad my accuracy was.


New videos

November 9, 2012

I have uploaded some new videos to YouTube. Most of these are related to the KY-QRP club, but I also recorded the Bryan Station High School Homecoming Parade.

Basketball tomorrow!

November 9, 2012

Basketball season starts tomorrow, and the four teams I follow play either tomorrow or Saturday.

The Ohio State teams are in Charleston, South Carolina to play on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. I thought the idea of the carrier games was to entertain active-duty troops. But I understand the Yorktown is retired and  permanently kept in Charleston. The OSU men are ranked 4th in both major pre-season polls and take on Marquette. The women are ranked 19th in one poll and 21st in another, and take on Notre Dame which is in the top 10.

The Kentucky men travel to Brooklyn to take on Maryland. The Cats are #3 in both major polls. The women are ranked either 6th or 7th and will play Delaware State on Saturday.

In football, you’ve probably heard that Kentucky has fired Joker Phillips, although he will coach the remaining two games. The Cats are 1-9 this season. With the cold and rainy autumn weather, less than 19,000 people showed up for Vanderbilt’s 40-0 rout of  the Cats last Saturday in Commonwealth Stadium.

Ohio State continues undefeated but due to probation will not be going to a bowl game nor to the Big Ten Championship Game. The Bucks had to go to overtime to beat Purdue.

There have been some long meetings between the NHL and the NHL Players Association, so hope springs eternal that part of the hockey season may be salvaged. It wasn’t that long ago, though, that a labor dispute caused cancellation of the entire season.