back to the full week then…

Workout notes: I was feeling a bit run down so I took it easy today.

Swim: 2000 yards straight at a steady pace, then 150 back (fins), 50 fly (fins).

Note: Jason was faster with paddles than I was without. There will come a time when he’ll be faster without the paddles.

Weights: pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (went well), rotator cuff
incline bench: 10 x 135, 8 x 150 (good!) 10 x 140 (tough)
military press: 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing (dumbbells)
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (each arm), 10 x 110 machine
abs: 2 sets of 12 x twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 leg lifts (yoga style), moving bridge recoveries.

This workout actually went reasonably well.

Science: Check out these molecules. How the images were made is fascinating.

November 30, 2015 Posted by | science, swimming, weight training | Leave a comment

Colts vs. Buccaneers: Colts 25-21

Workout notes: yesterday, 2 mile “fast walk” on the treadmill, early. Then up and down to and from row 20 in section 624 in the Lucas Oil Stadium I’m telling you, that section is STEEP. It was painful to watch the elderly and the obese attempting to navigate those stairs, but the sight lines were pretty good.


The stadium IS a jewel. But, given that I’ve watched many NFL games from bleacher seats when I was a young man, well, the new stadiums feel like overkill to me.

(from last year’s playoff game)



This concluded our Thanksgiving weekend. Barbara took her nephew back to Indianapolis. So I figured I’d spring for some inexpensive nosebleed tickets (38 dollars each, WITH fees) and catch the game while we were in town.

I simply love being at the game.

The game itself: the first half found the Bucs leading 12-6; there was only one punt. It was half of long drives, ending with field goals.

The Buccaneers used a strong inside running game to move; the Colts used a controlled short passing game.

Finally, in the second quarter, we saw the game’s first touchdown on a medium pass. But the extra point was missed! It was the first of two missed extra points we saw (the others was by the Colts), which is a rarity.

In the second half the Colts defense made adjustments to take away the run and force the rookie quarterback to pass. He is good (the former controversial Florida State quarterback) but he is a rookie. All the Bucs could generate in the second half was a long, missed field goal attempt.


The Colts got a field goal to cut it to 12-9 and later, finally, a touchdown to lead 16-12.

Another field goal move it to 19-12. Then with just over 5 minutes to play, the Colts moved it to set up another field goal, which was good. But a “jumping” (and running into the holder) penalty extended the drive so the Colts took points off of the board. That *almost* cost them when there was an “would have gone with the call on the field” “not fumble” on the 2. The Colts threw a TD but missed the point; that sealed the win.

Afterward As much as I’d love another NFL game this weekend, I won’t go, UNLESS I get ahead of my work a bit. We have tickets for the Rams vs. Lions in December (the Rams stink) and then later the Colts vs. Texans.

November 30, 2015 Posted by | football, NFL, walking | Leave a comment

End of a football weekend

Workout notes I have a scratchy throat and am feeling a bit less than 100 percent. So I didn’t run the race today but instead walked a gentle 8 miles.

Illinois Football: the big news is that they are retaining their interim coach for 2 more years. We shall see; remember that he was fired from Western Michigan after the 2012 season; that year his team lost to Illinois 24-7, one of 2 wins for the Illini that year.

Illinois promptly went on to lose to Northwestern 24-14 in Chicago, playing a “home game” in Soldier Field.


Now you see why Illinois was offering half price tickets over the past 2 weeks.

Yes, the last NW game in Champaign was played in a sparsely populated stadium but not quite this bad:

Of course the team was 4-7 going into the 2013 game and 5-6 into this year’s game.

So, I am not sure that anything was gained by moving the game. This year, the Illini finish 5-7 overall and 2-6 in Big Ten play.

Illinois had a touchdown in the first quarter and a pick-6 in the 4’th quarter.

Bradley Basketball

The men played hard against Mississippi but lost 67-54; the Braves came out with high energy but eventually the inexperience showed.
The women came out flat and were barely ahead of Division III Eureka 38-34 at the half. I don’t know what the coach told the team at the half, but it ended 87-47.

Update I just watched Stanford rally from 36-35 down with 30 seconds to go to beat Notre Dame 38-36 with a last second field goal. That was one heck of a good game. ND finishes 10-2 with 2 very narrow losses to excellent teams.

So the score for me (football): 0-4 (my teams)

Texas Tech 48 Texas 45 (got it right, win and spread)
Houston 52 Navy 31 (missed this pick)
Northwestern 24 Illinois 14 (got it right, win and spread)
Stanford 38 Notre Dame 36 (got it right, Stanford won but ND covered)

November 29, 2015 Posted by | basketball, college football, illness, walking | , | Leave a comment

I’ve seen that look…

She bends over, straightens up and then realizes where he was…

Screen shot 2015-11-27 at 10.17.04 PM

November 28, 2015 Posted by | big butts, human sexuality, humor | | 1 Comment

Chocolate Turkey Photos

Well, Navy got whipped 52-31 by a better Houston team. Still navy is 9-2 with the Army game coming up in two weeks.

From yesterday’s race:




November 28, 2015 Posted by | college football, running | , | Leave a comment

Post Thanksgiving swim..

Routine, but I did it. Weights at the Riverplex then a swim.

Bodyweight: 186 after weights, 184.7 after swimming.

pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (strong)
bench press: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, 7 x 170 (170 felt good; 185 felt weak)
incline press: 10 x 135
military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 dumbbells (seated, supported) 10 x 40 standing
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbells, 10 x 60 dumbbells

Then I saw the pool with open lanes: 500 easy, 10 x 25 fist, 25 free, 10 x 25 side, 25 free, 500 free, 150 back, 50 fly.
I was pretty slow; I couldn’t catch another old, slow guy.

Football: I saw most of the Cowboys vs. Panthers (2 “pick 6’s for Carolina who won 33-14), all of the Texas vs. Texas Tech (UT lost 48-45; I had predicted a 45-42 loss), and the end of the Bears vs. Packers (17-13 Bears). When GB reached the Bear 8 with first and goal with about 1 minute to go, I just *knew* that GB would win. Wrong.

I knew two people who were celebrating. Ok, I too was cheering for the Bears, as I usually do.


November 27, 2015 Posted by | NFL, swimming, weight training | Leave a comment

Resentment of Syrian refugees and Trump: not mere bigotry

I have to admit that I find Donald Trump’s candidacy fascinating. Now before you start saying that I am some sort of closet KKK member and genuine Trump supporter: I support President Obama’s plan for settling a select number of well vetted Syrian refugees and I think that Mr. Trump would be a disaster as president; in fact I support Hillary Clinton.

I also believe that “terrorists from abroad” are far more likely to get into the US illegally or come by, say, a worker permit program. I don’t see a terrorist being patient enough to go through the entire, multi-layered refugee process.

So, what is my post about?

I’ll comment on two things.

1. I can understand where the opposition to these refugees is coming from. And it is my guess that much of it is NOT fear but simple resentment.

Why the resentment? Some of it might be “anything that isn’t Americana isn’t American” attitude. But some of it might be something like this:

remember the news where you say Muslims in the Middle East (and yes, in Syria) chanting “death to America” and other anti-American slogans? Remember the phrase “Great Satan”? Remember the riots in Europe over Danish cartoons? Well, if “they” hate us so much, why in the hell do they now want to come here?

Now, you might cry “foul” and mention that “The Great Satan” came from Shia dominated Iran (Persians, not Arabs) and that I am conflating a bunch of, well, at best, loosely related things. And of course I am. But let’s face it, who has the time to dig in on every single issue? And remember: the Republicans hammer President Obama and Secretary Clinton every time they try to speak with nuance instead of just saying “Islamic fascism” or some other simplistic, “one size fits all even if it doesn’t” phrase. The various terrorists groups belong to different religious factions and have very different, often competing political goals.

2. I can understand a rebellion against “the establishment” and suffocating “political correctness”. Sure, Donald Trump says many outrageous things. But isn’t it fun to see people chasing after Trump with a list of taboos he has broken and for him just to blow them off? Oh sure, there is a method to his madness. And you have a large group of people who have been conditioned to view serious media pronouncements with extreme suspicion.

The Kasich campaign is trying to hit back ..

But the fact is that the Univision reporter was being a jerk and “activists” don’t have the right to disrupt rallies and hold others as a captive audience to their message (though the other people shouldn’t have assaulted him; that was illegal).

Now if you want to talk about the “register Muslims”… would have a point with that one.

But there is the whole point: Trump attacks people that many don’t like and that makes him popular with a certain class and that isn’t surprising.

Oh sure…what is going on is mostly this:


But I CAN understand at least some of the resentment.

November 26, 2015 Posted by | political/social, politics, republicans | , , | 1 Comment

Peoria Chocolate Turkey 3 mile run: I stink. Literally.

Yes, as I sit here, I am stinking. This is why. I think that my body chemistry really reacts badly with these high tech shirts.

The day came up sort of gray; we had drizzle before but none during the run. The “cat crap” worked great on my glasses; no fogging at all.

My performance: well, not so good but I didn’t expect much


This is about a 27:00 5K. The mile splits: 8:36, 8:31, 8:54. The last mile was against the wind and the middle mile was win aided. The main mistake I made was looking at the finish clock and forgetting that I was over 20 seconds faster than that; I really wanted to go under 26 and just missed it.

I think that my strenuous 6 miler two days ago hampered me a bit, and it was about 1 minute slower than last year.

I jogged my warm up from the house and then walked back to cool down. So it was 5 run (2 warm up, race) and 2 walking to cool down.

I saw my doctor and we joked about aging; we’ve been running these for quite a long time. He told me he hit his 5K PR at the 2 mile split. I was never that fast; but I have run a few 4 milers faster than this.

But hey, I am grateful that I have the health and means to do these.

Shoe Store Note Yesterday, I bought new shoes at Running Central; the owner really has turned an old, almost cult like mom-and-pop into a professional enterprise. They are very efficient.

But some of the younger workers amuse me. I got waited on by a young woman with a nose ring who was wearing running leggings. She quickly brought out some shoes that would work for me. But she did amuse me a bit; when she asked me if I was running today’s race, I told her “yes”. She wondered if I’d be wearing the new shoes and I told her “no” and explained at how I usually break into new shoes. She just wanted to remind me not to run the race in shoes I haven’t worn before.

I stifled my desire to say “honey, I ran my first marathon in 1980.” It is better to assume that the customer doesn’t know, and I suppose I don’t look like a runner.

By the way, I wore those old red and grey NB 730 for that race. My time was a pedestrian 3:33 but my sub 3 hour marathon friends had to wait for me since I drove us to the race!


November 26, 2015 Posted by | running, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Growing pains..Bradley Basketball

Bradley lost to New Orleans 64-51 at home; the lead was 8 at the half. Bradley shot 53 percent from the free throw line and 31.5 percent from the field. That is painful. Then again, BU has TEN freshman on the roster; one senior started and one sophomore played significant minutes.

New Orleans isn’t that good of a team; they lost 79-61 to Bowling Green and 95-75 to Duquesne. They beat one NCCAA D-2 team (D-2 of a non-NCAA division).

Oh well…growing pains for both the men’s and women’s teams.

November 26, 2015 Posted by | basketball | | Leave a comment

College football Thanksgiving weekend

Illinois vs. Northwestern at Soldier Field in Chicago (technically a home game for Illinois).

Northwestern is favored by 3. Fan interest: Illinois has started to offer half price tickets (seriously). Northwestern is 9-2 with victories over Stanford, Penn State and Wisconsin. Why is the spread only 3? My guess is that the Illini are going to get hammered by a NW team that wants payback for last year. NW 30-10.

Texas Tech at Texas 4-6 Texas is favored by 1 vs. 6-5 Texas Tech. I don’t see how Texas slows the Tech attack down. Go with the Red Raiders, 45-42.

Navy vs. Houston 10-1 Houston is a 1 point favorite at home against the 9-1 Midshipmen. Yes, Navy has to have a bad game sometime, but when I look at the Houston schedule and the Navy schedule, Navy has been better. I’ll call the upset here 30-24, Navy.

Stanford vs Notre Dame Stanford (8-2) is a 4 point favorite over ND (10-1). Stanford has played a tougher schedule, mostly because Texas, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech turned out to not be very good. ND’s best wins came against Navy and Temple (both good teams this year). ND did take Clemson to the wire so ND’s loss was better than either of Stanford’s losses, and ND is better than either of the teams that beat Stanford. Then again, ND has looked less-than-stellar vs. Boston College and Wake Forest.

I’ll go with the home team but pick ND to cover..barely. Stanford 24-21. I have next to zero confidence in this pick; it really is a toss up (as is Navy vs. Houston) in my book.

Straight up: Northwestern, Tech, Navy, Stanford
Spread: NW, Tech, Navy, ND.

Confident in my picks: NW, Texas Tech. Toss ups: Navy vs. Houston, Stanford vs. ND

November 25, 2015 Posted by | college football, football | | Leave a comment