Well, our university’s men’s basketball team one a game the other day and now we are reading about how much better they played this time as they had dropped their previous 3 games.
Let’s see: if one goes to the Sagarin Power Ratings:
Western Carolina: rank 60, rating 81.89 (loss)
Loyola-Chicago: rank 98, rating 77.29 (loss)
Iowa State, rank 73, rating 80.49 (loss)
Drake: rank 242, rating 66.81 (win)
So, was this more about anything the team did or about the competition?
35-35 in the 4’th quarter. Idaho had 4’th and 8 at their own 42 with 1:49 and punted. Bowling Green had 80 yards to go. They got it to the 50 and then scored on a bomb with 40 seconds to go; BGU up 42-35.
So Idaho gets the ball and runs it to the 34. Long pass to the 15 on the first play, and then an incomplete. 8 seconds, they score! They go for 2…and get it.
How about two touchdowns in the last 30 seconds?
I love the headline.
My year in sports:
First, here is my background.
Basically I started out with a general fitness program and really wasn’t prepared going into this year’s McNaughton 50-100-150 mile race. Still I had signed up for the 100 a long time earlier, thinking that I had time to prepare. I didn’t so I started it on Friday with the 150 milers. It was horribly muddy but I managed a long, slow finish.
The other thing of note was a reasonably good marathon walk (5:14) in May and, much to my surprise, a PB in the 5 K swim (during a training swim) of 1:36:24. I did that more or less on a whim.
I did try to run some 5K events over the spring and could not break out of the 24 minute rut.
800 meters: 3:18 August 11(track)
1:27:23 June 20
Workout notes Weights (2 sets of curls (25), military (40), bench (60), pull-ups, (5-6), lat pulls (120 +)). Then 6.2 on the elliptical and 1 on the AMT; I got very sweaty.
I shoveled snow afterward; the “pushing” motion aggravates my injury; possibly I need to bend my knees more?
Women are more likely to be “believers”: is it the social instinct?
Bond between a calculus student and his instructor: not the norm, IMHO>
Football: an honest look at graduation rates. Note that the University of Miami does reasonably well. (70 percent, including 61 percent of its African Americans). Texas only graduates 38 percent of its black football players and 67 percent of its non-blacks. Wisconsin only graduates about 63 percent of all of its players).
Wisconsin dominated for the next 57 minutes.
Miami mounted a valiant drive in the last 2-3 minutes to cut it to 20-14 and then got the onside kick, but the Badgers stopped them on 4 straight downs. Overall, they rushed the quarterback mercilessly and sacked him 5 times and hit him several more times.
Note: Miami had very ugly uniforms.
Right now I have the Bears-Vikings game on. As of now: on the first series, the teams traded 3 and outs, though the Vikings dropped a potential interception. But the Bears completed a 27 yard pass and just got a 9 yard run; they have it on the Viking 19. Make it the Viking 10. The Bears cash in with a field goal.
Now it is half time; the Bears lead 16-0 and it isn’t really that close. The Bears lead in total yards 225-82.
Update This has been wild. The Vikings got it in gear; a quick drive put them down 16-6. But the Bears ran the kick-off back 59 yards to set up another touchdown to make it 23-6.
The Vikings came back with another drive; it was 23-13 going into the 4’th.
Now the Vikings get an interception; the Bears defense forces a field goal; 23-17. Then another drive cuts it to 23-23.
But the Bears get a 57 yard kick off return to set up a touchdown pass and now lead 30-23 with 3:20 left. But the Bears are now missing 3 defensive backs.
The Vikings have 380 to 281 yards, but the Bears do have those big kick returns that don’t show up in total yards.
Vikings score on 4’th down and goal from the 7 with 22 seconds to go. Overtime at 30-30.
Bears miss a 44 yard field goal! But the defense holds and sack Favre twice. The Bears have it at their 36. But they go 3 and out; Vikings at their own 17.
Fumble!!! Bears recover at the 39 of the Vikings! First play…touchdown!!! Great pass protection, good pass, great route and good catch. Bears win 36-30.
Right now, there is some debate about the Colts pulling their starters with 5:36 to go in the game which was very competitive game (it finished 29-15, Jets).
Frankly, it was a good move, IMHO. What a good time it was to get their substitutes some much-needed game action against a quality opponent while the game was on the line! After all, what happens if a starter goes down in the playoffs?
The pass rush made things miserable for the Redskin quarterback:
The offense did enough, outgaining the Redskins 393-218 in total yards.
2nd-2, WAS36 12:19 T. Choice rushed to the left for 1 yard gain
3rd-1, WAS35 11:35 M. Barber rushed up the middle for no gain
4th-1, WAS35 10:37 M. Barber rushed up the middle for no gain
2nd-2, WAS31 1:31 T. Romo incomplete pass to the left
3rd-2, WAS31 1:26 M. Barber rushed to the left for 1 yard gain
4th-1, WAS30 0:50 M. Barber rushed to the right for no gain
3rd-1, WAS5 8:34 M. Barber rushed to the right for no gain
4th-1, WAS5 7:44 S. Suisham kicked a 23-yard field goal
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