The game ended 38-3 with
1. ND not getting its first FIRST DOWN of the game until the final play of the 3′rd quarter.
2. ND being held to less than 100 yards of total offense.
But listen to what the ESPN announcer said at the end of the game: “the game was not as close as the score would indicate”. 38-3 “not as close?” Yet one would have to agree with the announcer.
The ND defense hung on as well as it could; it did get 3 interceptions.
But mostly they were overmatched as well.
Now to watch the OU-OSU
track meet football game. I’ve had it on for about 90 seconds and have seen two touchdowns.
Right now it is 44-41, OU, with 9 minutes to go.
Ooops; I spoke too soon. 51-41, OU.
There must be something in the air: Kansas beats Missouri 40-37, this game, and Oregon beating Oregon State 65-38.
FOLEPI stands for: “East PeoIa Festival Of Lights”. The race starts on a residential road and then connects to the East Peoria bikepath (where I frequently train) and goes along that from about miles 3.5 to the East Peoria trailhead; it then continues on for about 100 meters to finish on the road.
Mile 2 (roughly)
I’ll update this post with photos and a link to the results when they become available.
Short version: 7:57, 7:30, 7:44 (23:12), 8:14 (31:26). Mile 2 was a bit too quick and perhaps cost me 15 seconds. But this represents an improvement over my recent performances.
My race: I met Barbara’s son Mark at the race; we chatted and took a bus to the start of the race. There was a SNAFU with some of the buses getting their late; hence the start was delayed by 15 minutes; fortunately it wasn’t THAT cold (high 30s low 40s; or perhaps +3-4 C or so)
I lined up about 3/4 of the way back so as to keep my early pace under control. I managed to do that and weaved my way past much of the crowd until we turned onto the bike path.
I noticed Larry Jeffries in the distance; I figured that he isn’t going to be in reach for me for another several months or so, if ever. I settled down and just enjoyed “the sights”. :)
Mile one came at 7:57.
Then came the most downhill part of the course; I focused on keeping the turn over quick…ok, not “quick” but, uh, “less glacial”? :)
I kept passing people, many who were going to pass me back, eventually. It turns out that I took this section at 7:30; not too fast in the past, but perhaps too quick for me now. Mile 2 was 15:28. I was starting to feel it and the third mile felt a bit too much like the last mile of a 5K; fortunately I knew the course and knew where I was at all times. Some people started to get me back; still mile 3 wasn’t THAT bad (7:44; 23:12) and I knew that I had a downgrade left.
But by then even the visual motivations weren’t enough to get me going; I started to go into survival mode. In fact, I walked in sight of the bridge that signaled .5 miles (800 meters) to go; but I only walked for few steps prior to resuming running.
Much to my surprise Lupe Martinez passed me; I never thought that I’d ever be ahead of him at all.
I kept going and really didn’t try to fight anyone off; I wanted to keep moving forward. I am just NOT in running shape.
I saw the end of the trail coming up and knew that the finish was just a 100 meters away or so. The last mile WAS ugly (8:14) or 31:26.
Afterward I walked around and waited for Mark to come in; he made his goal (35:26) and even had a kick at the end (unlike me).
One embarrassment: someone thought that I was racewalking; I really was attempting to run.
But it was fun to run a race with Mark and to see most of the gang.
The after race spread (pizza, sandwiches, yogurt, fresh fruit, diet pepsi,) was magnificent.
Update Place: 136/350.
Photos: (from the IVS website)
I’m the one with the bushy beard….
Lupe got me at about mile 3.25; he used to weigh 300 pounds or so and has been this size since the mid 1990′s)
Pat ran in the 21s; he is a bit faster than I am. :)
I often see him at the Riverplex.
Today: 4000 yards (as usual) but I felt better in the water.
500 in just under 9, then 25 x 100 on the 2: 5 x (front, 75 swim; mostly 1:50-1:51), 5 x (sfs, 75 swim; 1:49-1:51), 5 x (3g, 75 swim 1:44-1:45), 5 x (catch up, 75 swim 1:44-1:46), 5 x (100 fist, 1:43-45), then 5 x (fly/back/fly/swim; 1:48-1:51), then alternate paddle/swim (50s) for 500.
I got there later than normal and saw some of the people that I used to swim with about 3-4 months ago. What I noticed is that none of them have improved at all; one must constantly work with a focus on improving in order to improve.
What I also notice is that my leg/butt/piriformis tingles more while swimming than while running or walking; there must be a back issue there somewhere.
I admit that I still cheer for Notre Dame; that is probably the last vestige of my Catholic upbringing.
The cheers haven’t helped much lately as ND has suffered through a 3-9 and now a 6-5 season.
ND has one regular season game left: against number 5 ranked USC (which boasts a 9-1 record).
USC needs to pile it on to move up in the BCS rankings and possibly get a shot at the Championship game. ND lost to 3-8 Syracuse, giving up 14 points in the 4′th quarter.
Put it another way: ND got the ball three times inside the Orange’s 25 yard line. They got ONE FIELD GOAL out of it.
In short, ND’s loss has earned them a place in ESPN’s Bottom Ten:
They are ranked at number 5:
“November Rain:” It’s been raining losses for the Irish in November. If their 1-3 record this month isn’t bad enough, a shower of snowballs directed at them from the student section during the Syracuse loss made it worse.
And so the game is to be played. This is how the Los Angeles Times puts it:
Now, five days from the teams’ 80th meeting, men (and women) on the Leprechaun side are balling up their fists, all right. But in anger. Those riding the Trojan Horse to yet another season of success are merely dismayed. Both know the hard truth.
This rivalry is on shaky ground.
That doesn’t mean they will stop playing anytime soon, even if the embarrassment factor starts to become a real issue. Case in point: Syracuse 24, Notre Dame 23.
Things will go on for a while simply because hope springs as eternal as the need for TV ratings and the need to fill a couple of stadiums with more than 80,000 people every year.
But let’s face it. This is starting to look like the Russian army against David and his slingshot.
USC is having a bad year, meaning it might not be a player in the national-title picture for a change. But the Trojans are still a one-fluky-loss powerhouse with so much talent and depth that the first team’s toughest opponent each week is the second team.
The Irish, fresh from nearly blowing a 20-point lead nine days ago before escaping with a victory against vaunted Navy, blew another big lead Saturday against Syracuse.
That was 2-8 Syracuse, a 19 1/2 -point underdog, which had fired its coach, Greg Robinson, the week before, but let him take his team to South Bend for what everybody expected would be some nice goodbye bonding and a loss.
But the Irish misused their timeouts, mismanaged the clock and took one of the biggest missteps in their storied football history. As a reward, they can now come to the Coliseum and face getting stepped on.
Rivalry? Please. [...]
But now it is six in a row for the Trojans, including their most lopsided win ever in the series, 38-0 last year. In South Bend, no less.
USC seems to have it nicely lined up for years to come.
Pete Carroll is captain charisma, who might as well have a lifetime contract. Charlie Weis is a self-proclaimed “sarcastic New Jersey guy,” who got a 10-year contract three years ago that may now be as secure as working for a newspaper.
Mark Sanchez has three guys behind him who can rush for 200 yards on a given night and as many receivers who can catch for that number.
Jimmy Clausen — still learning, we are told — has an equal number of good receivers, but a tendency to throw to the guys covering them.
A rivalry that looks, year after year, like a cat chasing a mouse is hardly a rivalry. A rivalry that has Las Vegas putting double-figure odds on the team that has won the last six and outscored the opponent by 246-92 in that span is hardly a rivalry.
The worst thing is that the Trojans, who truly understand the value of this rivalry and the need for its tradition and quality to be retained, may be starting to feel bad for the Irish.
That is how far down this has come. The spread is currently at 30 points.
So, what will happen? My guess: the Trojans come in bored; ND keeps it close for a half; USC shows up in the second half and “only” wins by, say, 35-10.
So what say you, football fans? How bad will it be?
For ND fans (and others), here are highlights from other (mostly happier) days:
2005: USC (then no. 1) wins, but ND makes a game of it.
1988: Both USC and ND come in at 10-0; ND is 1 and USC is 2. ND wins.
1966: ND comes in ranked no. 2, USC in the top 10 and Rose Bowl bound.
1973: ND is ranked in the top 5; USC the defending National Champions and in the top 10.
1977 The Green Jersey Game; two top 10 teams; ND goes on to become National Championship.
1986: ND came in with a 4-6 record, USC was in the top 20. ND pulled off the upset.
1992: both teams are bowl-bound; ND was to finish at no. 4.
1989; ND is ranked no. 1 and the defending National Champions; USC is a ranked team.
1993: ND was to finish number 2 with a 11-1 record; Florida State finishes no. 1 with a 11-1 record; their sole loss was to ND. I still don’t understand that one. Nevertheless, this game was no contest.
Ok here is one for the USC fans: 1974. Note that ND went up 24-0 in the first half and lead 24-6 at half time. In the third quarter, USC scored 35 unanswered points and 14 more in the 4′th.
Note also that Pat Haden was the USC quarterback at the time; he was also a Rhodes Scholar.
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