Archive for April, 2015

One “Ninth” That Didn’t Happen, One That Did

April 6, 2015

Kentucky’s run to its ninth national basketball championship came up short Saturday night as Wisconsin got revenge for last year’s Final Four loss to the Cats. So the season ends with a record of 38-1. All season, Kentucky had shown its vulnerability with occasional poor performances. It would have taken just about a perfect game to beat the Badgers, and it didn’t happen. Wisconsin will face Duke tonight for the title. I’m looking forward to a great game.

The Blue Jackets have won a franchise-record nine games in-a-row with Saturday’s victory over visiting Pittsburgh. Another hat trick was recorded (this time by Nick Foligno), which is becoming a common occurrence.

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Basketball Wrapup

April 3, 2015

The Kentucky men are 38-0 heading into tomorrow night’s national semifinal against Wisconsin. This is a rematch from last year’s Final Four, won by Kentucky in a close game. I look for it to be close again this year. The other semifinal pits Michigan State against Duke. All four teams are lead by legendary coaches, any of whom could win it all. Looking ahead, there are interesting possibilities for the championship game. It could be an all-Big-Ten final, or it could be a Duke-Kentucky matchup, one of the all-time great rivalries in the sport.

The Ohio State men ended the regular season on a sour note, being routed at home by Wisconsin. After a mediocre Big Ten tournament performance, the Buckeyes did manage to beat Virginia Commonwealth in the first round of the NCAA, which was a mild upset. But then OSU was no match for Arizona in the second round. With several graduations and D’Angelo Russell likely turning pro, the team will look a lot different next year.

The Ohio State women had a nice run in the Big Ten tournament, going all the way to the championship game before losing a close one to Maryland. The Terps joined the league this year, and have yet to lose to a Big Ten opponent since. They were a #1 seed in the NCAA, and made the Final Four.

The Buckeyes were a #5 seed in the NCAA. Their second-round game was in Chapel Hill against North Carolina. After trailing by 20 in the second half, the Bucks made a game of it before losing on a last second shot.

The Kentucky women knocked off South Carolina in the last game of the regular season, denying the Gamecocks an undefeated regular season. In the SEC tournament, the Cats were unable to get past Tennessee, which is a common problem. In the NCAA, Kentucky was given the #2 seed in the east, despite 9 losses. But in the second round, the Dayton Flyers beat the Cats in Memorial Coliseum in a wild one, 99-94. Dayton went on to rout Louisville in the regional, and gave Connecticut a good game early before losing by 21.

March Wrapup

April 3, 2015

It looks like winter has finally left us. I think we probably had over 30 inches of snow vs. a normal of about 12. A 17-inch snowfall on March 5th was a big chunk of that. As I type this we’ve had about 4 1/2 inches of rain in storms over the last couple days. Flooding is a problem in a lot of places around the state.

Lexington GlobalTuner #2 is back online after an absence of several months. The serial interface between the controlling computer and the IC-706 had failed and had to be replaced. You can visit here: http://www.globaltuners.com/receiver/406/

With last night’s come-from-behind shootout win over the Islanders, the Blue Jackets have won 8 in-a-row. So, it looks like Columbus will finish above .500 but out of the playoffs. One can only hope that they will pick up where they left off when the new season starts in October.

For several years I read articles for the DX Audio Service, a monthly audio magazine sponsored by the National Radio Club. After producing the magazine for 30 years, Fred Vobbe is stepping down as editor. We’ll all miss the publication, but Fred deserves a lot of credit for spending thousands of hours in production of something that informed and entertained radio DXers, including many who are vision-impaired.