Archive for March, 2019

Dark Days in Columbus

March 8, 2019

The Blue Jackets made a bunch of trades before the trade deadline but they have lost three of the last four including last night’s 3-0 shutout in Pittsburgh. The lone win was over New Jersey which is a very inexperienced team. Columbus is now “below the line” (out of the playoffs if the season were to end today).

The Ohio State women beat Wisconsin twice during the regular season but lost to the resurgent Badgers yesterday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Wisconsin was worst in the league in 3-point shooting but made 11 of 16 to bury the Buckeyes. At 14-14, I don’t know if OSU will be eligible for any kind of post-season tournament such as the Women’s NIT. A good recruiting class comes in next year.

Kaleb Wesson continues on suspension and the OSU men lost at Northwestern earlier this week. Barring a good performance Sunday against Wisconsin and in the Big Ten Tournament, I would say the Buckeyes are out of the NCAA picture.

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Sucky Saturday

March 2, 2019

Today was a real stinker as far as sports go.

The agony started at 1 PM as the Edmonton Oilers came into Nationwide Arena and beat the Blue Jackets 4-0. Columbus made a bunch of trades right before the NHL trade deadline. But it remains to be seen if the “new team” will really be a contender down the stretch. The CBJ played .500 hockey since my last post and are six points behind the Islanders and Capitals in the Metropolitan division.

Ohio State suspended Kaleb Wesson for a violation of athletic department policy. So, the Buckeyes were no match for league-leading Purdue in West Lafayette this afternoon, losing by 35 points. OSU is a bubble team for the NCAA tournament. I have not heard when Kaleb Wesson will be back.

Purdue has the lead in the Big Ten after some help from cross-state rival Indiana, who today beat Michigan State for the second time this season.

Kentucky fans were optimistic about this afternoon’s trip to Knoxville after having beaten the Vols in Rupp Arena two weeks ago. But with Reid Travis still out with an injury, Tennessee dominated the game and won by 19. With two games to go in the regular season, UK is one game behind league-leading Tennessee and LSU.

The UK women have a good chance at a #4 seed in the upcoming SEC tournament, which gives them a double-bye. One regular-season game remains, at Georgia tomorrow.

For the NCAA women’s tournament, the Wildcats seem to be on the bubble for a coveted #4 seed, as teams seeded 4th and above play the first two rounds on their home floor.

Despite being two games above .500 overall, the Ohio State women are in a two-way tie with Michigan for fourth place in the Big Ten. The Bucks play third-place Rutgers tomorrow in Columbus, a team that OSU beat handily in Piscataway a couple weeks ago.

I recently got a Roku for my TV, and subscribed to YouTube TV, which is now available nationwide. This has allowed me to watch the Big Ten Network. Ohio State won the regular-season Big Ten Championship, the first conference championship for the Buckeyes since 1972 when they were in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

We have had a couple nice days here, but in general cold winter weather continues. We’ve not had enough snow for me to get out the snow blower, but significant accumulation is possible starting tomorrow morning.