Archive for October, 2014

A Good Start

October 22, 2014

The Blue Jackets began the season winning 3 and losing 2. And in the two losses, Columbus had plenty of shots on goal. So, the season is off to a good start despite injuries. Nathan Horton’s back problems may end up being career-ending. The Jackets begin a visit to California tomorrow night.

Kentucky had high hopes visiting Baton Rouge but ended up getting routed 41-3. This Saturday, the Cats play host to #1-ranked Mississippi State.

Ohio State has looked better lately. J. T. Barrett seems to have gotten his sea legs since the loss to Virginia Tech. A tough battle at Penn State looms Saturday night.

The college football season continues to amaze and amuse. Last Saturday’s Notre Dame-Florida State game might be the best game I’ve seen all year. Time will tell if the Mississippi schools are for real, or the usual elite teams emerge in time for the playoffs.

Kentucky 4-1

October 5, 2014

With last night’s thrilling 45-38 win over visiting South Carolina, Kentucky moved to 4-1 on the season. The Cats twice rallied from 14 points down for the win.  The only blemish on the record so far is a 36-30 triple-overtime loss to Florida in The Swamp. The main positive thing about Kentucky is that the quarterback situation is pretty stable with Patrick Towles. They still make mistakes on both sides of the ball, but are competitive the SEC for the first time in awhile. The general weakness in the SEC East has a lot of people thinking we may have a very special season unfolding. But a lot of tough competition looms.

Kentucky’s 17-7 win over Vanderbilt in September ended a streak of 17-straight conference losses since November of 2011 when the Cats knocked off Tennessee. Unfortunately the long streak of losses to the Gators continues. Kentucky has not beaten Florida since 1986.

Over in the SEC West, the Mississippi schools haven’t had much to cheer about recently until this year. Yesterday Ole Miss knocked off Alabama, and Mississippi State beat Texas A&M. In fact, 4 of the national top 6 teams lost this weekend. It’s hard for me to have any idea at this point who might be the top four teams headed to the college football playoff at the end of the year.

During September I got a QSL card in the mail confirming a contact I made on the 17-meter band with South Carolina. That was the last state I needed to complete Worked All States on that band. That becomes the sixth band on which I have W.A.S. The others are 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters.

Just four days to go until the Blue Jackets open regular season play. Columbus is fighting a lot of injuries. So, it will be interesting to see if they can maintain the momentum they ended last season with.

I have wanted for some time to take pictures of all my license plates. This collection on Flickr shows them all. You can view by state/country or by topic (lighthouses, amateur radio).