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.
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.
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.
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)
Workout notes: still low energy. I wonder if I have a low grade bug or something. I lifted and walked.
Walk: 4 miles outside (Cornstalk classic course in heavy sweats); they now have the hills closed off for the winter, but the footing was good.
Lifting: (leisurely pace)
pull ups: 4 sets of 10, then one more set of 10 after bench/incline
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 7 x 170 (strong, but didn’t really push because of no spotter; I did have safety catches)
incline press: 10 x 135
military press: 3 sets of 12 x 50 (seated, supported).
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 single arm dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine
abs and McKenzie exercises.
Post: What is the difference between a “butt shot” and a mere “photo from behind”? I had a (former) FBF complain about what she thought was spandex shots of women..though many (most) were posed shots. That made me think: “what is the difference between these two race photos”, other than one appeals to me and the other one doesn’t?
Both of these photos were shot at races and put up on websites (I know the one on the left was without the permission of the subject in the photo..and no, he did not care at all)
Workout notes; 2 mile walk in 26:00 on the treadmill. Just enough to sweat a bit and get lose.
It started promising; the Rams opened with a quick touchdown drive which featured a nifty “run after catch” play in which the running back hurdled a defender.
But the next series saw the Bears hit an 87 yard touchdown pass when a tight end caught a short throw, broke 3 tackles and outran everyone else. It is rare that one sees that kind of speed from a tight end.
In a later series the Bears fumbled a punt inside their own 20 but the Rams only netted a field goal. Later the Rams fumbled it away and the Bears came up with 3. So it was 10-10 at the end of the first.
The second quarter saw the Bears take over.
The Rams did nothing on offense except miss open receivers. The Bears were able to line up with 7-8 men near the line of scrimmage because the Ram passing game was so inept. On the other hand the Bears ran very well; the Bears offensive line opened up bit holes for running between the tackles. So they had one long touchdown drive and on a later series, scored an 83 yard touchdown off of a screen pass. So it was 24-10 at the half.
The third quarter the Rams did have a drive (and a 37 yard pass) but had to settle for 3. That was their chance to get back into it.
The Bears had a 4’th quarter drive for a field goal. Then they blew up a poorly executed fake punt and kicked another field goal to put it 30-13; by this time the Bears were running a “vanilla” type offense to burn clock.
The Rams failed on a 4’th down attempt in their own territory and the Bears punched in another running touchdown to ice the game.
It was a complete butt kicking.
Socially: I went to the game with two friends: Linda and Jason (who we picked up in Springfield. Yes, they are Bears fans. :-)
Here: LInda caught my despair:
Here are some photos of the view we had:
The stadium was more filled than this one of the shots is pregame; it wasn’t a sell-out but there were probably 50-52 thousand there, many were Bears fans.
The three of us:
Linda took this before the game and posted it: she called this photo “my bitches”.
Jason had to get this “hey, my eyes are up here” photo.
Workout notes: weights, 3 mile run, 2 mile hill walk (treadmill)
weights: rotator cuff, 5 sets of 10 pull ups,
incline press: 10 x 135, 7 x 150, 10 x 140
military: seated, supported: 2 sets of 12 x 50, then 10 x 40 standing (dumbbells)
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (each arm), 10 x 110 (machine)
run: treadmill, 5K in 31:30 (5.2 mph, up by .1 every 2 minutes)
walk: treadmill: 2 miles in 29:40: hill (1-8 in 20, then 1-4 in 10)
Ohio State favored by 16-17 at Illinois: part of me thinks that this will look a lot like the Wisconsin game. Then again, Ohio State is fighting for a playoff spot and style points will count. Call it 35-17 and OSU covers. I’ll be at this one.
Navy favored by 20 over SMU SMU is a bad team and Navy is strong. But Navy has to have a bad game sometime; they pasted Memphis on the road and still face Tulsa, Houston on the road and Army..and possibly a game in the AAC championship game. Pick Navy to win, but SMU might well keep it..well, not “close” but 30-14’ish. Navy to win, SMU covers?
West Virginia favored by 8 over Texas Texas has actually performed comparably against the teams that West Virginia lost to; in fact, slightly better. But Texas has been a horrible, absolutely horrible road team: 38-3, 50-10, 24-0 losses; the latter to a not-so-good Iowa State team. Texas lays another egg: 27-3?
Wake Forrest at Notre Dame: ND favored by 27 Sounds about right; ND is rolling and Wake isn’t very good. 38-0 Irish.
Summary: Straight up: Ohio State, Navy, West Virginia, Notre Dame.
Spread: Ohio State, SMU, West Virginia, Notre Dame.
NFL note: Got tickets for the Bears vs. Rams. Rams are favored by 7. That sounds about right; neither team is a ball of fire so I’ll go with the home team. Call it 24-17 Rams, though it wouldn’t be a monumental upset if the Bears won.
I think that this is my first “College/Pro” football double weekend since I caught Texas-Oklahoma and Dallas-San Francisco in 1989.
Personal Football note: I played offensive tackle in high school. Yeah, I got a holding call or two (or three); I didn’t use my feet well. But I don’t think that I ever did this…(and this was NOT called)
Warm fuzzy workout: easy 2 mile walk on my Cooper to Moss course followed by light yoga. I slept in and did not swim.
Why “warm fuzzy”: when I tried to restart running in 1993-1994, I started jogging this course. At first it took me 26 minutes to jog this 2.1 mile course; eventually I got faster as I lost weight. Fortunately, I am still faster than that…if only by a little.
My point: no matter how bad things go this weekend, I can remember where I came from.
Holding myself accountable: I signed up for the Mc-not-Again 30 mile trail event. Last year, I was close to being 2 hours behind the second to last place finisher. This year: the race director has allowed me to start early so I don’t hold things up.
My fear: is that I’ll quit over disgust at how slowly I am going. Yes, the early start gives me more daylight and I am planning to run a bit. And yes, I am in better “long distance” shape than I was last year.
But still, a LOT of the field will catch me. I KNOW that. I just need to keep going, even if I don’t like that I am going so slowly.
Being ashamed of my pace is not a good enough reason to quit.
Workout notes: swim: 4 x 250 on 5 (barely made these at first), 5 x (25 fly, 25 free, 25 back, 25 free) on 10-15 seconds rest, 5 x (25 side, 25 free, 25 side, 25 free), 200 in 3:22.
Then I had a pleasant 2 mile walk outside followed by light yoga; “wheel: a brief pain in the right shoulder; better stretch it prior to trying that pose again.
THIS is one major problem with the dumb “good guy with a gun” idea: they often shoot innocent people, or EVEN THE VICTIM of the crime.
Politics: No Republicans, the Democrats didn’t get easier questions than you did. Just watch.
And yes, Donald Trump is coming to Springfield, IL. Yes, I have a ticket. Actually, I have two, but my wife doesn’t want to go, for some reason. :-)
Science: yes, it works. check out these interesting videos:
What happens when a truck going 60 mph shoots a cannonball going 60 mph in the opposite direction?
What happens when a spring is dropped?
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