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Sports…some tough choices…

A former Baylor women’s basketball start says that she was troubled by that University’s anti-gay stance.

Well, part of me thinks: “Ok, why in the world did she want to play THERE to begin with?” I suppose one might want to somewhere to change the culture, but it sounds as if (according to the article) that wasn’t her intention.

I know that if I had a choice of employment opportunities, I would NOT go somewhere that required a “statement of faith”.

Of course, I wish the university was more open.

Speaking of tough choices:

The story of Todd Hoffner, the former Minnesota State-Mankato football coach who was fired after being falsely accused of possessing child pornography in 2012, took a strange and sad turn today as he attempted to reclaim his old job—and players refused to practice for him.

Hoffner was a victim of bad luck and horrible timing. It was just a month after the release of the Freeh Report, and Jerry Sandusky was very much on everyone’s mind, when an IT professional at MSU found photos on Hoffner’s phone when he brought it in for repairs. They were rumored to contain videos of nude children, and Hoffner was quickly arrested. Everyone, including us, assumed the worst.

But the videos turned out to be of Hoffner’s own children taking baths. The charges were dropped, and Hoffner was cleared completely—but too late to save his job.

But this was in 2012 and the players played for a different coach in 2013. Now that it has been ruled that he had been wrongfully dismissed, he was reinstated to his old job…but the players had already played for a different coach in 2013 and they don’t want the other coach dismissed. Note: Hoffner had been picked up by a different school.

What a mess.

April 17, 2014 Posted by | basketball, college football | , | Leave a comment

They walk among us….

obamaishitler

Okkkkaaaayyyyy (this isn’t “Poe”)

antivaxidiots

The Dunning-Kruger effect is alive and well.

April 17, 2014 Posted by | social/political | | Leave a comment

Not one of my better workout days

I was just a bit tired and off. Not terrible. Just a bit off.

Swim: 2 x 250 (alt fist/free)
5 x (25 catch up, 75 free)
4 x (100 drill/swim (fins), 150 free). Chased the young woman.
4 x (25 fly, 25 back).

Later: weights.
rotator cuff, hip hikes, Achilles, side plank, McKenzie
pull ups: 5 x 10 (last set was better)
incline: 8, 7, 8 x 140 (weak)
military (dumbbell) 3 sets of 12 x 50
curls: 10 x 25, 2 sets of 10 x 30 (dumbbell)
upright rows: 2 sets of 10 x 25 (forearm pain, right arm), 10 x 35 pulley (less pain)
Hammer rows: 3 sets of 10 x 210
pull down: 3 sets of 10 x 160.

I just had very little energy, though the amount of weight that I used wasn’t that off.
But, I have to remember: I had good days on Saturday (half marathon), Monday (swimming: 100′s) and yesterday (26:06 solo 5K with 7:50 for the final mile). So I was due for a down day.

April 16, 2014 Posted by | swimming, weight training | Leave a comment

How running has changed: a half marathon example

I chucked at this satire article from The Onion:

PORTLAND, OR—Making negligible movements with her arms and legs as she sluggishly made her way along the sidewalk, a woman gradually progressing down Madison Street Friday was barely even jogging, sources confirmed. “She’s definitely moving forward and kind of pumping her arms some, so it sort of looks like jogging, but, boy, it’s a real stretch to call whatever that is ‘jogging,’” said eyewitness Curtis Stoeller, 29, adding that the woman, outfitted in a colorful lycra top and athletic pants, expensive running shoes, and an armband holding an iPod, appeared to be making some kind of shuffling motion with her feet, but wasn’t exerting nearly enough effort to approximate anything close to a jog, let alone a run. “It took her a long time to kind of lope past me on the sidewalk. If I just picked up my pace a little and walked briskly, I could catch up to her really fast. Jeez, is there even a word for what she’s doing?” At press time, the shambling woman was squirting what appeared to be a vitamin-fortified water into her mouth as she brought two fingers to her neck to check her pulse.

And a “friend” reminded me that I took me 2:25 to complete my most recent half-marathon (yes, I was walking 100 percent of the time).

So I did the old: “did I tell you about my 1:34 that I ran in 1999?

(this guy teases me about being quick to remind others of this…and yes, it is nothing special but, well, I can barely hold that half marathon pace for a single mile these-a-days)

But this did get me to check out the data between that race and the most recent one:

1999: 222 finishers. Median time: 1:49:53 Last place: 2:22:10
2013: 245 finishers. Median time: 2:01:32 Last place: 3:11, 2 others over 3 hours

Wow…that is some difference!

But:

1999: 20 people 50 years old or older, 52 women
2013: 42 people 50 years old or older, 122 women

Note: in 2013, the median male was 1:55, median female was 2:06

I am too lazy to drill down any further but it appears that two factors for the slower times are “more older runners” and “more women”.

That isn’t everything though, as my 1:34, which got me 30′th in 1999, would have gotten me 20′th in this weekend’s race.

This isn’t a complaint though; I love it that I can walk these and not worry about finishing the course in time.

Mitsubishi 1/2 Marathon
September 12, 1999

Place Name Age Sex Time
1 John Sillery 27 M 1:15:13
2 Randy Stearns 40 M 1:18:59
3 Steve Leake 36 M 1:18:59
4 Kevin Henderson 36 M 1:20:32
5 Kevin McGuire 39 M 1:24:40
6 Kevin Fahling 36 M 1:26:51
7 Kert McAfee 24 M 1:27:09
8 Drake Stockert 49 M 1:27:39
9 Dan Dellitt 26 M 1:28:07
10 Andrew Webb 35 M 1:28:21
11 Darrell Howard 42 M 1:29:09
12 Bruce Alvey 37 M 1:29:48
13 Helen Alexander 36 F 1:30:13
14 Kipp Trummel 32 M 1:30:20
15 Robert Lawrence 36 M 1:30:28
16 Brad Hibbert 36 M 1:30:53
17 Dean Bettis 37 M 1:30:58
18 Mark McIntosh 41 M 1:31:09
19 Jeff Byars 33 M 1:32:05
20 Mike Hilgendorf 47 M 1:32:21
21 Dale Conroy 29 M 1:33:19
22 Denny Erswell 46 M 1:33:27
23 Douglas Slaton 39 M 1:33:41
24 Jeff Kuenneth 34 M 1:33:49
25 Micheal Shekleton 48 M 1:33:56
26 Jerry Crump 56 M 1:33:57
27 Jeff Neltver 35 M 1:34:05
28 Jim Williamson 48 M 1:34:08
29 Greg Sutter 32 M 1:34:14
30 Ollie Nanyes 40 M 1:34:16
31 Deborah Wresinski 33 F 1:34:28
32 Ken Adams 39 M 1:34:44
33 Jack Yockey 35 M 1:34:47
34 Matt Daugherty 26 M 1:34:50
35 David Reynolds 35 M 1:34:54
36 Roger McVay 32 M 1:35:41
37 Chris McBride 21 M 1:36:02
38 Chad Pond 41 M 1:36:40
39 George Brown 39 M 1:36:49
40 Charlie Grotevant 57 M 1:37:11
41 Ricky McIntosh 39 M 1:37:53
42 Griffith Robert 39 M 1:38:01
43 Ron Gilmore 44 M 1:38:04
44 John Prior 48 M 1:38:07
45 Jeff Brougher 39 M 1:38:17
46 Dennis Killian 42 M 1:38:50
47 Jim Broadbear 36 M 1:38:55
48 Steve Giusti 35 M 1:38:57
49 Ralph Smith 42 M 1:38:59
50 Dave Kiesewetter 35 M 1:39:09
51 Terry Whitehead 42 M 1:39:22
52 David Chapps 31 M 1:39:33
53 Robert Hill 63 M 1:39:46
54 Kenric Bond 27 M 1:39:57
55 Mohammed Al-Marimi 38 M 1:40:05
56 Mike Krause 44 M 1:40:13
57 John Rosa 48 M 1:40:15
58 Randy Ehlers 51 M 1:40:28
59 Matt Beaver 29 M 1:40:44
60 Tony Greenlee 37 M 1:40:46
61 Phillip Slaton 49 M 1:41:10
62 Matt Heins 25 M 1:41:16
63 David Becher 25 M 1:41:17
64 Steve Mussey 40 M 1:41:17
65 Mark Wilkins 39 M 1:41:20
66 Craig Smith 43 M 1:41:36
67 Ron Schweinberg 42 M 1:41:47
68 Peter Davis 32 M 1:42:02
69 Jim Ginzkey 46 M 1:42:03
70 Bryan Barotes 45 M 1:42:16
71 Don Taylor 56 M 1:42:51
72 Robert Sphaz 49 M 1:42:53
73 Bruce Osran 49 M 1:43:16
74 Steve Snyder 45 M 1:43:31
75 Maverick Davis 28 M 1:43:45
76 Harry Walton 50 M 1:43:47
77 Kip Strasma 32 M 1:43:51
78 Eric Allen 27 M 1:43:51
79 Steve Foster 45 M 1:43:53
80 Darl Baumgardner 49 M 1:43:54
81 T. Brandt 33 F 1:44:10
82 Jeff Faulk 45 M 1:44:27
83 Yasuhio Ohashi 42 M 1:44:29
84 Pat Sheridian 39 M 1:45:19
85 Kevin Thornberg 40 M 1:45:24
86 Randy Vincent 44 M 1:45:37
87 Mike Trudeau 40 M 1:45:42
88 Micheal Helgeson 36 M 1:45:43
89 Drew Hartman 29 M 1:45:44
90 Steve Ufheil 32 M 1:45:56
91 Becky Roesner 29 F 1:46:04
92 Don Hutson 55 M 1:46:07
93 Michelle Aielts 26 F 1:46:41
94 Don Aielts 30 M 1:46:42
95 Brad Burns 34 M 1:46:49
96 Phil Mitchell 44 M 1:47:00
97 Glen Vetter 52 M 1:47:15
98 Gary Haase 52 M 1:47:19
99 Ron Kalley 42 M 1:47:39
100 Pat O’Bryan 45 F 1:47:40
101 Rob Orwig 50 M 1:48:07
102 Charles Cunningham 48 M 1:48:32
103 Mark Cross 29 M 1:48:46
104 Stan Huff 43 M 1:48:48
105 Robert Keller 52 M 1:49:05
106 Tamera White 37 F 1:49:20
107 Jill Henderson 33 F 1:49:23
108 Tony Donald 30 M 1:49:33
109 Mike Fromann 44 M 1:49:38
110 Mark Johnson 34 M 1:49:45
111 George Barger 39 M 1:49:53
112 Larry Koetter 43 M 1:49:54
113 David Rogers 41 M 1:50:09
114 Robert Wolf 57 M 1:50:14
115 Jennifer Jerulli 30 F 1:50:15
116 Melvin Witte 54 M 1:50:23
117 Joe Kniery 36 M 1:50:30
118 Steve Epperson 47 M 1:50:47
119 Beth Gosnell 34 F 1:50:48
120 Ron Love 55 M 1:51:18
121 Thomas Critchfield 41 M 1:51:29
122 Jeff Kennedy 27 M 1:51:32
123 Bill Brewer 40 M 1:51:42
124 Larry Jeffery 44 M 1:51:46
125 Bob Kreps 47 M 1:51:58
126 Jack Spaniol 40 M 1:51:59
127 Tom Shackley 37 M 1:52:08
128 Beth Leuck 29 F 1:52:09
129 Julie Oier 39 F 1:52:20
130 Louie Tieman 48 M 1:52:20
131 Phil Lovell 52 M 1:52:37
132 Lindsey O’Neil 20 F 1:52:51
133 Jim Wright 39 M 1:53:03
134 Mark Bayles 41 M 1:53:06
135 Mark Temple 36 M 1:53:39
136 Cheryl Jeffery 43 F 1:53:43
137 Doug Apple 39 M 1:53:56
138 Jim Clifton 37 M 1:54:06
139 Rob Sensabaugh 37 M 1:54:14
140 Carrie Young 38 F 1:54:20
141 Micheal Zeilman 42 M 1:54:22
142 Mark Rayburn 39 M 1:54:27
143 Carol Reeb 43 F 1:54:35
144 Carla Meeker 36 F 1:54:39
145 Bill Adelmon 28 M 1:54:46
146 Brenda Feit 39 F 1:54:47
147 Nancy Gilbert 37 F 1:55:11
148 Diana Krieg 37 F 1:55:18
149 Morgan Hartman 28 F 1:55:41
150 Gwen Talaski 25 F 1:56:18
151 Dale Arbour 52 M 1:56:19
152 Nathan Royce 23 M 1:56:20
153 Linda Jones 44 F 1:56:42
154 Sharon Davis 42 F 1:56:47
155 Emily Owens 21 F 1:57:23
156 Darrell Hartwel 57 M 1:57:28
157 Jim Willard 57 M 1:57:50
158 Sherry Hill 46 F 1:57:50
159 Gary Kombrink 34 M 1:58:02
160 Jeanne Kleen 42 F 1:58:08
161 Julie Burns 34 F 1:58:42
162 Cynthia O’Connor 44 F 1:58:42
163 James Robinson 47 M 1:58:46
164 Tracey Albert 29 F 1:58:48
165 Jeff Kleen 44 M 1:58:54
166 Lori Lamarra 36 F 1:58:55
167 Bill Wolfsberger 36 M 1:59:31
168 Greg Yount 47 M 1:59:36
169 Jim Weltner 47 M 1:59:57
170 Leigh Sharp 29 M 2:00:19
171 Subie Kniery 37 F 2:00:40
172 David Phillips 50 M 2:00:53
173 Brenda Varney 35 F 2:00:53
174 Gordon Whitmar 48 M 2:00:53
175 Jana Oltman 43 F 2:00:58
176 Terry Bomke 46 M 2:01:15
177 Rich Hartwick 37 M 2:01:55
178 Steve Bellman 38 M 2:02:03
179 David Kutil 43 M 2:03:17
180 Sue Stelma 45 F 2:03:52
181 Rita Leone 38 F 2:03:53
182 Jana VanWoudenberg 30 F 2:03:55
183 Kaye Henderson 30 F 2:03:56
184 Jen Ullery 27 F 2:03:58
185 Amy Sackett 24 F 2:04:15
186 Dave Hurst 56 M 2:04:18
187 Liz Oldeen 46 F 2:04:38
188 Candi Hallam 47 F 2:04:40
189 Jim Jumer 44 M 2:05:13
190 Charles Umden Eynden 63 M 2:05:40
191 Laura Lelm 30 F 2:06:10
192 Joe Leone 38 M 2:06:22
193 Steve Struck 54 M 2:06:28
194 Jack Stone 47 M 2:06:30
195 Larry Blumenstock 32 M 2:06:32
196 Anthony Otsuka 49 M 2:06:59
197 Denise Goff 35 F 2:07:30
198 Brian Beam 30 M 2:08:02
199 Skip Ashcraft 50 M 2:08:04
200 Brian Ruter 28 M 2:08:14
201 Diana Brandt 31 F 2:08:41
202 Barb Copenhaver 43 F 2:08:43
203 L. Dorn 31 F 2:08:47
204 Heidi Sarnecki 30 F 2:08:51
205 Cecelia McGarvey 42 F 2:10:00
206 Jill Keller 49 F 2:10:20
207 G. Boswell 28 F 2:10:25
208 Gigi Isaac 32 F 2:10:28
209 Dan Bedell 26 M 2:11:39
210 Gary Campbell 58 M 2:11:44
211 Donna Eaton 49 F 2:11:47
212 Jim Pratt 46 M 2:12:39
213 John Lamarra 52 M 2:13:27
214 Jim Collins 44 M 2:13:52
215 Donna Klima 21 F 2:14:01
216 JT Haas 24 M 2:14:09
217 Steve Haas 46 M 2:14:12
218 L. Lobb 29 F 2:14:13
219 Margie Jumer 43 F 2:18:23
220 Tom O’Connor 56 M 2:21:16
221 Amy Leary 29 F 2:22:10
222 Mike Fiedler 35 M 2:22:10

April 15, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Winter revisits…sort of

We got a bit of snow last night…most of it is gone now.
Still, I went indoors for the run part of my workout:

2 miles in 20:50 (treadmill)
5K on the indoor track in 26:06: 8:36, 8:35, (1:04), 7:50 (call it: 2.1 miles at T, 1 mile at I)
The 7:50 final mile wasn’t easy. I doubt that I could have sustained it much longer (3:57/3:53)

1 mile walk, then 3 more miles outside. It was sunny but chilly; and the usually low-traffic streets had much more traffic than normal due to rerouting from construction.

heighthalffinish

There I am, finishing up the Heights Half Marathon this past weekend. In the background you can see a guy with a camera; he is T’s long suffering husband. You can also see a woman turning to look at me…she appears to be giving me that “what a train-wreck” look. :-)

I actually AM walking in this photo hence I don’t mind looking as if I am walking. My form is terrible though.

April 15, 2014 Posted by | running, walking | | Leave a comment

A couple of my favorite NBA players

April 15, 2014 Posted by | basketball, NBA | , , , | Leave a comment

Memes and lewd tweets

US Airways: embarrassed about a lewd photo that appeared in their Twitter feed (this was a racy photo sent to them via a “complaint”).

The (very Not Safe For Work) photo.

I admit that it made me chuckle.

Running humor (yes, I slightly altered this meme)
goodtime

Jon Stewart
Yes, I get his point: Christians are not persecuted in the United States. Not having others as a captive audience for your religion is NOT persecution.

But:

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Well, it isn’t quite that simple.

For example: Thomas Jefferson wouldn’t be considered to be a Christian by modern fundamentalists. In fact, he made his own version of the New Testament that mostly did away with the miracles (including the resurrection)

Abraham Lincoln was hardly a traditional Christian either:

Lincoln was not religious for most of his life, but his faith seems to have evolved and progressed during his presidency.

- The letter went up for sale this week for $35,000.

Abraham Lincoln is known for many things. He led the nation through the Civil War, emancipated the slaves and delivered eloquent speeches about democracy and liberty. But Lincoln’s religious views have long been a matter of debate.

Now, a newly resurfaced letter from the 19th century is raising questions once again about the 16th president’s relationship with God. The three-page letter, which was written by Lincoln’s old law partner, William Herndon, and just went up for sale for a price of $35,000, claims that Honest Abe was driven not by faith, but by politics.

Lincoln’s attitude toward religion was clearly complex, and the discussion is far from over, as some evidence suggests that Lincoln’s sense of faith evolved and deepened throughout the war and his presidency. Still, the letter offers a rare view of Lincoln’s inner life from someone who knew him before he went to Washington.

“Mr. Lincoln’s religion is too well known to me to allow of even a shadow of a doubt; he is or was a Theist & a Rationalist, denying all extraordinary — supernatural inspiration or revelation,” Herndon wrote in the letter, signed Feb. 4, 1866, a year after Lincoln’s assassination.

“At one time in his life, to say the least, he was an elevated Pantheist, doubting the immortality of the soul as the Christian world understands that term,” continued the letter, addressed to Edward McPherson, Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. “I love Mr. Lincoln dearly, almost worship him, but that can’t blind me. He’s the purest politician I ever saw, and the justest man.”

John Quincy Adams, Millard Fillmore and William Howard Taft were Unitarians (denied the divinity of Jesus).

Of course, these were people who served long ago. And no, none of these were Richard Dawkins style atheists (as I am). But it is incorrect to label them as Christian, at least as the word is used in this day and age.

April 15, 2014 Posted by | humor, running, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

Finally: some progress in swimming

I haven’t lifted yet (will catch a quick 40-50 minutes in between classes at the university gym).

But I did swim.

500 warm up (easy)
5 x 100 on the 2 (alt 25 fist, 25 free). The idea: swimming a length with closed fists encouraged to pull with a “high elbow” and use the forearm area. Mostly: 1:47-1:50 (one slow one)
10 x 100 on the 2: first 5 were 1:41-1:42; next 5 were all under 1:40 (1:37-1:39). That is my best set in a long, long time (2-3 years?)
100 back (fins)
4 x 25 fly (fins)

Yes: the 10 x 100 set would be glacially slow compared to what a good swimmer could do, and back in 2008-2009 even I was doing them much faster than that. But it is a “recent best” for me, which indicates that my body is adjusting to swimming.

Later: weight training: Achilles, hip hikes, rotator cuff, McKenzie, planks

pull ups: 5 sets of 10
bench: 10 x 135, 2 x 180, 2 x 180, 9 x 160
military (standing, barbell) 10 x 85, 7 x 85, 7 x 85
dumbbell upright row: 3 sets of 10 x 25
dumbbell curl: 3 sets of 10 x 30
Hammer row: 3 sets of 10 x 210
pull down: 3 sets of 10 x 160

This wasn’t my worst.

April 14, 2014 Posted by | swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment

Mike Huckabee: please go to North Korea

He really said this:

Not content to make just one questionable quote in the last 24 hours, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee decided Saturday to suggest that North Koreans living under an oppressive regime might have more freedom at times than Americans.

According to reporters at the New Hampshire conservative summit where Huckabee spoke, the potential 2016 candidate cited airport security measures by the Transportation Safety Administration as proof.

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Please go there and try it out.

April 13, 2014 Posted by | republicans political/social, republicans politics, social/political | Leave a comment

Oh well…I had my fun

Paid for it today: 45 minute easy run (Cornstalk 4.2 mile course). Pretty weather but the traffic redirection put more cars than normal on this route.

I am still tired.

April 13, 2014 Posted by | running | Leave a comment

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