Illinois escapes Youngstown State 28-17; special teams important

Workout note: protected my sore right heel (feels good right now) by doing 30 minutes on the bike.

Barbara went with me to the game.

The arrow points to our seats; we may well have been there when this was taken:



Last year, Illinois had a ragged opening game against a FCS team; that was a 42-34 shootout win against a Southern Illinois team that rallied from 39-17 down to make it close at the end.

This year, it ended 28-17, but it was very competitive until 2:40 was left in the game; Illinois scored off of a perfectly executed play action pass on 3’rd and 8 at the YSU 29 yard line. Had YSU held, it would have likely been 24-17 when YSU got the ball back.

The game started with the teams exchanging punts twice. Then after the third Illinois punt, YSU started a drive which was extended by a roughing the passer call. That lead to a field goal and a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

But at the start of the second quarter, Illinois returned the kick 67 yards to set up a short field and a touchdown drive.


Illinois held, and started to move the ball again and hit a 42 yard pass. But on the next play Illinois fumbled the ball away.

The defenses took over for the next couple of possessions and then YSU hit a 50 yard pass where the receiver was run down by an Illini defensive back. Now at the Illini 17 it appeared that YSU got a touchdown pass but YSU was flagged for ineligible man downfield (the quarterback had to scramble so a lineman probably thought it had become a run). So, they get a field goal and it is 7-6 at the half.

Second half: YSU had some success running (197 total rushing yards for the game) especially on the option play. But once again, they couldn’t finish a drive but managed a field goal to make it 9-7 going into the 4’th quarter.

After a later exchange of punts, YSU got the ball and ended up with 4’th and 1 near midfield. Instead of doing a regular punt, they tried a “rugby punt” play (with the wind) with presumably an option to run for the first down. This was a turning point:


This backfired; Illinois got the ball at the 35 and, early in the 4’th quarter, took it in for a 14-9 lead.

But the lead didn’t last long. YSU drove it 75 yards (hitting a 61 yard pass, set up by running) to get the ball to the Illinois 5; they took it in (run) and hit the 2 point conversion (quarterback run) to take the lead at 17-14 with 11:40 to go.

But the Illinois passing game came alive and got a 79 yard touchdown drive to take a 21-17 lead with just under 9 minutes to go. The defense held and was able to put the game away by mixing running and passing; the key play being the play action pass I described at the outset.


YSU tried valiantly but just doesn’t have the deep throwing “quick comeback” offense.

I know that this was the first game of the season but the offense, on the whole, didn’t look as sharp as last year’s offense. The defense didn’t look quite as porous as last year, but YSU is a running team. Western Kentucky’s passing attack (600 + yards and 59 points against Bowling Green) will be a different challenge next week.

I know, this is only one game and the offense DID look good…for ONE quarter (the last one).

At least the game itself was entertaining.

In other action: Navy simply doesn’t have the athletic ability that Ohio State has: (34-17 Ohio State)

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And Notre Dame vs. Rice was, well, Notre Dame vs. Rice. (48-17 ND)

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Illinois photos from yahoo; last two photos from ESPN.

Update: Texas is playing North Texas; they had a few more people there than we had here.


August 31, 2014 Posted by | college football, football | | Leave a comment

First week…Fall 2014

You’d never know that we had enrollment problems from the pool this morning.

1000 free, 5 x 100 on 2 (alt 25 fist, 25 free)
6 x 100 (alt pull, free)
4 x 25 fly.

It was a decent swim; the heel (right heel) still burns a bit; this doesn’t appear to be what happened in 2013 to the other foot.

I think it is a bruised heel; it doesn’t hurt the first thing in the morning, and going up on my toes doesn’t hurt at all.

August 29, 2014 Posted by | swimming | | Leave a comment

And I approve of a Tea Party action. Really.


Good is good, no matter who does it.

August 28, 2014 Posted by | social/political | , | Leave a comment

Heel Pain: right foot, this time

I developed some heel pain in my right foot (it was in my left food in March, 2013). It seemed to come on…after running on the indoor track. That might be a message to me.

So, it will be heel pads and treadmills; it isn’t PF as my natural instinct is to come up on my toe to keep the heel off of the ground. Also: heavier shoes for my long walk; maybe do it on dirt (Rock Island trail)

Today: 5.1 hilly run (no pain during the run) on my Cornstalk course, followed by a quick weight workout:

pull ups (5 sets of 10: strong)
hip hikes, Achilles
bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 180, 9 x 160 (rotator cuff)
incline: 9 x 135 (weak)
military: 3 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell (standing)
pull downs: 3 sets of (7 x 160 traditional, 7 x 100 low)

No rows today.

August 28, 2014 Posted by | injury, running, weight training | | Leave a comment

Best unfriending I ever had (Facebook)

Someone (male) posted this meme:


I remember seeing this (or something similar to it) on the wall of some very vocal feminist; she had friended me for goodness-knows-what reason. She also taught grade school math and had asked me math questions from time to time, but she also posted “I don’t like men” stuff too.

Well, she posted the above and my response was “Oh, so you are smarter than I am? LOL!” THAT lead to getting blocked….and I never enjoyed being blocked more than that time. :-)

Now, someone else (female) posted this:


Posted this…on a computer ….and had the image go through the internet.

Indeed, the idea that “we are a country of smart phones and stupid people” contains quite a bit of truth. :-)

August 28, 2014 Posted by | morons, social/political | | Leave a comment

Frogs, GMOs and Mother Jones becoming Salon?

Frogs: some new species were discovered in Peru. And these frogs have transparent skin! (yes, you can see the organs) I wonder: is there a purpose to this, or is it just the effects of genetic drift?

GMOs: this is a every even handed, level headed post via “I F****ng love science. And, surprisingly, The Nation also had a decent article as well. I share the pleasant shock and surprise of doomvox at Daily Kos:

I feel like the millennium is at hand: The Nation is taking on the anti-GMO activists, with an article by Madeline Ostrander that asks the question Can GMOs Help Feed a Hot and Hungry World?, with the answer provided in the subtitle: “Not if activists succeed in making the genetic modification of food politically unsustainable”. This is a blow for rationality I would not at all have expected from The Nation (their idea of balanced coverage of the nuclear issue, for example, is a debate between an anti-nuclear person and a fanatically anti-nuclear one). Maybe the left really is on it’s way to being “the reality based community”…

You know it is a sad day when I am pleasantly surprised by a competent article coming from The Nation.

Of course, Mother Jones did this: it hammered Scott Brown for posting….triathlon photos?

The Massachusetts transplant is gearing up for his campaign against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) this fall by literally running for office. He’s also biking. And swimming. And hiking. And taking jump shots. If it’s a weekend, you can expect to find the Republican candidate tweeting a photo of his latest feat of strength. Things might not work out for Brown in November, but Brown will almost certainly work out.

Uh, workout/sports photos are bad because….???? Seriously: are photos for some politician holding yet another baby, hunting, or eating another hotdog at a county fair supposed to be better?

At least this article didn’t accuse him of “fat shaming”, but hey, I haven’t read the comments. :-)

PS: politically speaking, I am not a fan of his and I hope that his opponent wins this election. But really???

August 27, 2014 Posted by | frogs, politics, science, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

Jon Stewart on Ferguson….and Fox’s response

You are tired of hearing about “racism”? Well, some of us are tried of the racism to begin with.

This is one of his best episodes, ever.

Yes, she shooting victim was not a virtuous citizen. But there is enough to suggest that she was shot while he wasn’t a threat and there is overwhelming evidence that black males are not treated fairly by law enforcement (on the whole).

August 27, 2014 Posted by | racism, ranting, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

midweek walk; semester begins

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73 F, 76 percent humidity. Deliberate walk outside: 9.3 in 2:07:44
37:49 (2.8), 16:37 (lower loop), 18:56 (long Cornstalk), 18:21 (short Cornstalk), 22:46 (lower loop plus .4), 13:11 (1.03 home) (roughly 9.3).
Then 1 mile in 11:20 on the treadmill (steady).

Class starts. Hey, I love being employed.

August 27, 2014 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

False memories, “first human” and charities

Workout notes 4 mile Cornstalk classic run in the steamy weather, followed by 3.1 miles (25 laps, middle lane) on the track:

8:56, 8:46, 8:48 (26:30), 1:23 (27:53) This required some concentration. Then 10 minutes on the exercise bike.

My knee felt fine.

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77 F, 82 percent during the outside portion.


Kids have false memories too; they will sometimes put in missing details (e. g. will “remember” pencils being on a desk since that is what is supposed to be on a desk)

Evolution:there is no such thing as a “first human”:

This might be where the concept of a fuzzy set might help.

Donating money to specific disease charities: Funding basic research is good. However, some disease research is “more mature” than other research and IF one is interesting in “bang for the buck”. So the most efficient way is to give to, say, an agency that can spread around the money in the most optimal way.

August 26, 2014 Posted by | running, science | , , | Leave a comment

Lap swim: zoo

Well, one of the problems with the university pool is that lap swim can be a zoo; evidently some don’t know what “lap swim” means. There were some guys who ran into me because they were playing in the water; life guard did nothing.

The swim (after weights: 1000 free, 5 x (100 swim with fins, 100 swim w/o fins), 4 x 25 fly, 2 x 25 back, 2 x 25 side.
weights: pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (weak); hip hikes and Achilles rest
bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 180, 5 x 170, 9 x 160
incline: 10 x 135
military: couldn’t get the 50’s. did 10 x 40 (dumbbell, standing) 8 x 45, 8 x 45
pull downs: 3 x (7 x 160 traditional, 7 x 100 low)
rows (Hammer) 3 sets of 10 x 200
I also scattered some rotator cuff along the way.

August 25, 2014 Posted by | swimming, weight training | Leave a comment


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