Archive for April, 2013

One Point Shy

April 28, 2013

Since my last post, Columbus went 3-1 in the last four games of the regular season. But it wasn’t quite enough, as they ended up in a tie with Minnesota for eighth place in the west with 55 points. The Wild won the tie-breaker, which was based on total regulation and overtime wins, not counting shootout wins. The Blue Jackets’ turnaround from last place just a few weeks ago to a playoff contender was one of the big stories of the year in the NHL. Since I got my new TV on March 3rd, the Blue Jackets were 19-5-3, accumulating 41 points in 27 games.

Not much sports for me until football season starts in September. The Kentucky baseball team is nowhere near as good as they were last year. Bonnie and I will try to get to Cliff Hagen Stadium to see a game if it warms up before the season ends in mid-May.

Still In The Hunt

April 18, 2013

On the night of April 7th, one pundit said the Blue Jackets had a 3% chance of making the playoffs. This after a 3-1 loss at St. Louis, and a 3-0 home loss vs. Minnesota. But since then, Columbus has won 5 in a row. Some of those were overtime wins, but the point granted to the losing team didn’t have a big impact on the standings.

Columbus is all alone in 8th place in the west with 49 points. Four games remain, @LA, @SJ, @DAL and NSH. Detroit has 47 points, but 5 games remaining, @VAN, PHX, LA, NSH and @DAL. Detroit owns the tie breaker with Columbus. If both teams end up tied, Detroit would get the 8th and final playoff  spot. It would really help if Detroit lost some more games to give the Jackets some breathing room. If the Wings and Jackets falter, Dallas and Phoenix have an outside chance.

A Good Tournament

April 7, 2013

It’s been a good NCAA Tournament, although I have to admit, I’ve never really seen a “bad” one. Michigan vs. Louisville for the championship will bring together two teams playing extremely well at the right time.

Ohio State got a game winning shot at the buzzer from LaQuinton Ross to beat Arizona, but then lost the West regional final to Wichita State. The Shockers gave Louisville all they wanted in the first national semifinal last night.

The Kentucky women were once again no match for Connecticut in the East regional final, just like last year. But in the women’s game where there doesn’t seem to be as much parity as in men’s basketball, it is interesting that two #1 seeds have lost. Georgia beat Stanford and Louisville beat Baylor on the strength of sixteen 3-point baskets.

The Blue Jackets are hanging on to playoff hopes. With ten games remaining, Columbus is four points out of eighth place. But there are a number of other teams in striking distance as well. In fact, only Calgary and Colorado are probably eliminated.

After a long absence, I have finally gotten back on the air some this weekend. On 12-meter JT65, I’ve already worked two new countries, Switzerland and Sardinia today.