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Caught up..and a bit of Bradley Basketball

Sunday afternoon: I caught the Bradley Women’s game; they beat Southern Illinois 58-53 in overtime.

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Bradley leading Southern Illinois early

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BU held SIU to only 4 points in the first quarter and lead for much of the game, mostly by double digits. But Southern rallied and even took a 4 point lead late in the game. BU rallied and had the ball with the score tied and just under 30 seconds to go..but ended up botching the play.

SIU took a 4 point lead early in overtime but BU rallied to finally get the lead with about 1 minute to go (getting several key rebounds) and then hit two key free throws and made yet another monster stop to ice the game.

A nice touch: the softball team and track team showed up for Sunday’s game (baseball team showed up for Friday’s game)

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Men's track team cheering on the women.

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Then I got to see the men come back to beat SIU on the road 57-54 on ESPNU.

Workout notes:

Sunday: nothing but partner yoga (tired)
Monday: weights then 2 mile run in 19:33 (last mile in 8:50, lane 2). weights: usual PT, planks, etc. pull ups 15-15-10-10, sore shoulder so incline: 10 x 135, 5 x 150, decline: 8 x 165, military: 10 x 50 stand 15 x 50 seated (supported), 10 x 45, rows: 10 x 110 machine (2 sets) 1 set of 10 x 60 dumbbell, then the run
Tuesday: yoga with Ms. V, run (44:50 treadmill, 30:43 lane 1 of the Riverplex walking)
weight: 193 Monday, 193.8 before (TMI), 189.9 after the workout.

January 23, 2019 Posted by | basketball, running, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

A new politics, tone and twilight zones…

I found this article which compares Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Donald Trump to be interesting: Yes, the personalities are different, but there are similarities:

1. Ignorance. Yes, POTUS should be held to a higher standard than a Freshman representative. But at times, she seems to be unconcerned that there is a lot that she doesn’t know or simply unaware that she doesn’t know.

2. Attacking those of your own party: both seem to be most comfortable doing this; in AOC’s case, she seems more interested in pushing blue district representatives to the left than flipping red ones. The issue here is that, in order to get something through Congress, one has to compromise and for those on the left, that means voting for something more centrist than you’d rather have.

3. Rabid followers on twitter.

4. Attitude. Trump: “I alone can fix it.” AOC:

I still think that this is a nice piece though someone on my Twitter feed objected to this:

I think it’s fair to say that, like Trump, she has no interest in apologizing or co-opting or persuading. She’s here to chew bubblegum and kick ass—and she’s all out of bubblegum.

Oh well.

Now will AOC be an internet flash in the pan or is she the future..or perhaps a useful decoy while others do the heavy lifting? Who knows…certainly not I.

Razors:

I don’t watch TV (much) and really don’t pay attention to commercials. Some conservative are up in arms about it (Ann Coulter has been tweeting stuff about it too).

Personally, this commercial makes me roll my eyes. It reminds me of the stupid training that we are forced to do: yeah, bullying, and harassment are bad (duh) but constant finger wagging is tiresome. It is kind of like religious nutters beating their Bibles over and over again. But it is hardly getting worked up over; it is merely another stupid, clumsy attempt to moralize.

Oh…when I do buy razors…I’ll get whatever is on sale. 🙂

Basketball:

It was looking good early; BU hit a free throw to take a 9-7 lead with 13:36 to go in the half. Bradley didn’t score again until there was 5 minutes left in the half to make it 22-11 …and BU was to trail 33-15 at the half. 6 points in 13:36…frankly BU was lucky to be down by 18: BU shot 15 percent for the first half.

The lead was to climb to 44-20 with 15:38 to go in the game; Drake then went into the “burn the clock mode” and coast to an easy 69-52 win. BU started to make some baskets but by then, the lead was too great to overcome by doing slightly better than trading baskets.

This has to be so frustrating for the team and coaches….hope they can get some confidence back. Take nothing away from Drake; they are a fine team which appears to have adjusted to losing their best player for the season (knee injury). But BU has enough talent to be more competitive than this, especially at home. The game was NOT as close as the 17 point final spread might suggest (and 17 points isn’t hardly close).

Workout notes: Yesterday; 3 miles on the track (25 laps of lane 1 in Markin 45:46) after light weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (11 sets of 5), dumbbell bench 10 x 70, incline 10 x 140, decline: 10 x 165, military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 45, plank, etc.

This morning: yoga with Ms. V. (and it DOES help), followed by 5 miles of treadmill running: gradual progression every .25 miles: 21:20 for 2, 39:40 for 4, walk for about .4, then jog to 52:50 for 5.

Weight: 193.0 but I was full (TMI), 191.8 prior to the run which is more realistic. I appear to be 192 plus/minus 2 lb. Can I lose 12 more pounds BEFORE I start training?

January 17, 2019 Posted by | basketball, Democrats, politics, politics/social, running, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Women’s basketball, snow and men

This is how I remember them:

Andrea McAllister was a senior when I got to Bradley and a scorer; she got 33 points in one of the games I attended (vs. Missouri, I believe). Vicki Hall was a big time scorer and star on Jody Conradt’s powerhouse Texas basketball team; they habitually went to the regional finals (and won it all the first year I was there; made the final 4 the second year I was there). Good stuff. In one of Hall’s games, she played in front of 14,000 spirited fans.

Well now they are college coaches and today, McAllister’s Bradley Braves beat Hall’s Sycamores (Indiana State) 61-46, to complete a two game sweep of the Indiana trip (to move to 12-3 and 2-2 in the Missouri Valley). Bradley beat Evansville 75-68 (EU is not a good team right now).

Time flies.

I can’t wait to see ISU blue visit Bradley. Of course I’ll cheer for the Braves, as usual. But this is the first time the opposing coaches would have been players that I used to cheer for!

Oh, yes, I (and perhaps 2000 others) made the snow-affected (attendance wise) Bradley vs. Missouri State game.

Bradley lead by 2 at the half (30-28) and had a 14 point lead with 14:46 to go (48-34). I thought “ok, this is just what we need to snap out of our funk; the team had been 2-7 over the past 9 games..after a promising start. With 12:40 to go the lead had been cut to 9. And so it went..Missouri State gradually chipped away and took the lead with 43 seconds to go and BU withered. Final was 69-64, with BU being outscored 35-16 over the final 15 minutes of the game.

I did not like the team’s body language; it appeared to be one of those “here we go again” reactions.

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Snowmageddon game. Mo. St. at Bradley.

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Was it something I said?

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It WAS a 14 point Bradley lead. Now we trail by 1.

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Oh well.

Snow affected the attendance ..I was able to catch a ride from the Field House shuttle.

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Bleah.

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Ugh.

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We got 10.7 inches in a day, slightly above the 95 percent confidence interval.

Workout notes; cursing and snow shoveling yesterday and last night..and this morning…
10K walking on the treadmill (1:11:40 for 6, 1:14 for 10K with the final mile in 11:15). It was a quick but not “all out” walk. If/when I can build up to 20 in 4:15 on this treadmill (yes, I’ve done that before), I should be ready for a good walking marathon.

January 13, 2019 Posted by | basketball, Peoria, Personal Issues, walking | , | Leave a comment

A bit late but …some Bradley Basketball

Wednesday: Bradley hosted Northern Iowa in its conference opener.

Result: ugly 65-47 loss in which the Braves were never in it; it was 12 points at the half.

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Northern Iowa at Bradley.

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UNI shot 10 of 22 from 3 point range.

Then on Friday night: 10-1 Bradley Women hosted the 8-4 Drake Bulldogs. But Drake had played several ranked teams and had victories over Rutgers, Nebraska and South Carolina and close losses to Iowa and Iowa State (blowout loss to no. 2 Notre Dame)

Predictably it wasn’t close; 30-18 after a quarter and it ended 92-63; it was never in doubt.

The difference: in the women’s game, Drake simply had a much better team; there is nothing our team could do about that. In the men’s game: I don’t think that UNI has better talent; the men just appeared to be tentative and tight the whole game. They played again and lost on the road against Indiana State 65-60, but played *much* better; much closer to what one can expect of the team. So there is some hope that the men can again play at their capabilities.

January 6, 2019 Posted by | basketball | , | Leave a comment

My 2018 in Review

Photos only; I’ve done this in 2015, 2016 and 2017. I’ve arranged these in approximate chronological order.

Note: I’ll mention today’s mundane 5 mile walk. It was done in drizzly, chilly (40’s) conditions. I would have been worse. I could have been better. but it was ok. Miles: 1803. 4.94 miles per day. Yes, I had a minor annoyance. That was typical of the year; just enough to complain about, but nothing major..good enough. 2018 was “good enough.” Not outstanding, not terrible, but good enough.


January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September


October

November


December

December 31, 2018 Posted by | family, Friends, running, walking | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I was going to…

go on and on about….well, social stuff that isn’t going to change. But I did watch some TV football..and I did see the Bradley women defeat Chicago State 89-59 in a game where everyone played at least 8 minutes.

Workout notes: Friday: weights at the River plex: pull ups, (15-10-10-10-5-5), incline: 10 x 135, 5 x 150, bench: 5 x 165, decline: 5 x 165, military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45, 10 x 40, rows: 2 sets machine, 1 set 10 x 60 dumbbell. plank, headstand, checked out spandex, etc.

ran 2 miles on the track (20:50 or so)

Today: unmotivated but went to the Heights tower and ran out from the tower to the red 5K turn around (34:30) then back to the blue turn around in Peoria heights: 10:38 at 1+, 20:30 at 2, 29:50 at 3 (caught two cuties), 1:06 to the blue 5k, then walked on the trail back. Call it 7?

It was high 20’s and cloudy..still not that bad out there and I actually felt GOOD during the run. Not sure what was wrong. 🙂

December 30, 2018 Posted by | basketball, running | , | Leave a comment

Bradley and Colts provide weekend excitement…

Saturday afternoon: Bradley took on Southeast Louisiana State; a team that won it’s league last year and made the NIT but is 2-8 vs. D-1 competition this season and only rated 314 in the Sagarin. BU is 166 and 7-5.
And early on, SE Louisiana raced out to a 24-16 lead with 6:41 to go in the half, with all 24 points coming from 3 point shots. BU played better defense and lead 28-27. But the second half was a struggled and SELa lead 60-55 with 2:37 to go. But that was to be all of their points; BU hit a 3 point shot (open look) with 6 seconds left in the game to pull it out 63-60.

It was an ugly win against a not-so-hot team BUT right now, any D-1 win is good.

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Southeast Louisiana at Bradley.

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Winning shot with 8 seconds to go.

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Then came the Giants at the Colts. Given that the Colts needed to win to make the playoffs (to have a chance), this really started out ugly with the Giants knocking the Colts all over the field. 2 long drives; the first featured sweeps, short passes, misdirection gave the Giants their first touchdown, and the second featured a spectacular bomb.

A Colt drive was thwarted by a bad attempt to throw the ball away (interception) but the Colts finally got one touchdown drive to cut the lead to 14-7. The Giants drove it again and ended up with a field goal to take a 17-7 lead into the half.

The Colts got a stop, made a drive to cut the lead to 17-14. But the Giants truck back to make it 24-14 and it was looking a bit bleak.

But the Colts responded, mixing the plays well and it was 24-21 going into the fourth quarter.

The Giants were not done yet though. They drove to the Colt 7 with 3’rd and 2..but were stopped cold and had to settle for a field goal..it was only 27-21 with 9:20 to go. The teams exchanged punts but the colts punt pinned NY on its own 4 and the defense held.

Then came the winning drive that ended with 55 seconds in the game; it was now 28-27 and the defense got an interception after NY had picked up a first down; this ended the game.

So this season: 2 Bears games, 3 Colts, all wins, all but one competitive games.

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Player introductions.

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Giants strike first.

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4th quarter: Giants up 24-21.

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Down 27-21, Colt D needs a stop!

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December 26, 2018 Posted by | basketball, football, NFL | , | Leave a comment

Great outing to see Bears win NFC North: beat Packers 24-17

The game itself was interesting; the Bears mostly dominated play in the first half, scoring on two drives while limiting the Packers to a field goal and taking a 14-3 lead.
The Packers opened the second half with a drive of their own to cut the lead to 14-6. Then on the next drive, the Bears tried a fake punt on 4’th down which got stuffed, giving the Packers the ball at midfield. They promptly marched down the field to get a TD (run) and a 2 point conversion (pass) to tie the game.

Looking back to last season and the games which I got to see in person: this was the first TD scored against the Bears in over 3 games; last season (49’ers, Browns) and this season (Rams) the Bears had given up only 8 field goals, TOTAL (and yes, managed to lose the 49’er game). Today: they gave up 3 field goals, 1 TD and a 2 point conversion.

Oh, back to this game: the Bears drove but fumbled the ball away off of a botched wildcat play while in scoring position. But the defense held, forced a punt and the offense punched it in to go up 21-14. The defense got another stop, got a great punt return and then kicked a field goal to go up by 10 with 6:43 to play.

But finally the Packer offense got untracked and they drove right down the field to the Bear 9…only to have a short pass intercepted in the end zone. They Packers got the ball back and managed a field goal with 11 seconds to go to cut the lead to 24-17, but the Bears recovered the onside kick to end the game.

I can say that the stadium was rocking.

I made the trip with Harry, my yoga teachers “significant other” and it was a good time; we agreed to more games next year. Maybe Lynn…and possible others…might go with us?

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48 min. until Packer playoff hopes die. Go Bears!

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Go Bears!

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Early action. Bears v. Packers.

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Packers strike back to tie it at 14.

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This took a bit of the sting out of a very disappointing Bradley loss to Eastern Illinois (73-66) the day before; BU had a 36-27 lead late in the first half before Eastern cut it to 3 at the half. EIU made 11 of 18 3 point shots, many (but not all) of them uncontested.

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Eastern Illinois at Bradley. Go Braves!

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Go Braves! Close with EIU early

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Santa outfits for the dance team.

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Ugh. Ugly loss. Booing from some fans.

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December 17, 2018 Posted by | basketball, football, NFL, travel | , | Leave a comment

Kicking myself out of the door

It is crunch time at my university; finals start next week AND we’ve had MANY long meetings for this and that.

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That time in the semester.

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And so I didn’t want to do much…weather has been gray but this time, not cold..just a ton of rain last night and chilly drizzle this morning.

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Not cold, but sort of gloomy.

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Still, I weighed in at 187.8 yesterday before running, and ran in lane 2 of the university track: 10:27, 9:50, 9:50, 9:40 (29:40), 13:30 walk/jog cool down (53:37 for 5, 40:07 for 4).

Yesterday I did catch some Bradley Basketball: The women defeated Oakland 73-64 in a game where they build up a nice lead and let them back into it. It wasn’t pretty and the competition wasn’t the best. But BU is 5-0.

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Stood up again! 😢😭

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Oakland at Bradley. Close early.

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Strong thunderstorms turned the gutters into small streams but I went to the Bradley vs. New Mexico men’s basketball. Frankly BU was outclassed by a taller, faster Lobo team that used the press effectively. They forced turnovers and forced the Braves into taking quick shots. BU stared 11-0 but trailed 41-32 at the half and the lead grew to 76-61 and ended 85-75.

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New Mexico and Bradley in a lively one so far.

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Though the men have 3 losses and the women have none, the men have played tougher competition, up to now.

I see the men finishing somewhere between 3-5 in the conference and the women, perhaps 1 or 2 spots lower. But we shall see.
What I can say is that the games are more interesting than they were 3-4 years ago.

BUT…as far as the game…do they have to put some sort of promotion in EVERY dead ball situation? What about some dead time so fans can discuss…you know…the actual game?

December 2, 2018 Posted by | basketball, running, walking | , | Leave a comment

Bumbling out of the Thanksgiving break (still a bit whiny)

No, the break was not a total loss; I got a lovely long walk with Lynnor, a Turkey Trot, (best 3 mile/5k of the year), no weight gain,

a basketball game (vs. an overmatched opponent) and an exciting NFL game.
I also got, well, a very long drive home which was “sort of normal rainy weather) for 170 miles, sucky snowstorm for 30 miles, and dreadful for the final 10 (blizzard, white out)
I was a bit like Mr. Magoo and drove about 20 mph for stretches. I was lucky it was 11:30 pm and hardly anyone else was on the road.

Oh yes, prior to the NFL game, I got in a nice 4 mile run (42:07) on the treadmill, even though the weather was good outside. And I treated myself to a nice burger at a gourmet burger place, though it was not as good as “Smokey Burger” in Peoria.

The Basketball game:

Bradley won 86-70; aside from early moments when Chicago State hit a few three point shots, it wasn’t that competitive. BU’s lead built up to the mid 20’s (and yes, the spread was 25).

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Chicago State at Bradley. CSU up early.

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Then came a long drive to Indianapolis that I talked about in my previous post…

The next day: NFL.

Dolphins at Colts

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Colts rally from 24-14 down to tie with 4:25 to go.

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Seats: section 529; not bad seats. Not quite as good as we had for the Bills game (one level up) but this section had two entrance and exits; very little bother with people coming and going.

The game: interesting; the Dolphins opened with an excellent drive; Colts responded and it was 7-7. Then came a punt, Colts fumble, then an exchange of punts until the Colts drove for a touchdown. But 2 plays later, the Dolphin wide receiver found single coverage with no deep help; made an excellent play on the ball and ran it in. 14-14 going into the half, though the final minute saw THREE turnovers: Colts threw an interception, Dolphins fumbled, Colts another interception.

Second half: a Colt punt was partially blocked which set up a field goal. The Colts drove but then what looked like to me as a partially blocked field goal (after a sack) put the Dolphins in business again and they took advantage, scoring a touchdown to take a 24-14 lead with 13 minutes to play.

But then the Colts rallied for a field goal off of a drive, and the Dolphins went conservative and got stuffed. A punt lead to a Colt touchdown drive. But on the touchdown pass, the Dolphin defender hit the Colt receiver late (after the end zone catch was secured) and drew a key penalty. So it was 24-24 and now the Colts kicked off from the 50.

They did a “pooch” kick that pinned the Dolphins at their own 6. They played it safe (4 minutes to go) and got nowhere and had to punt. The Colts drove it, hitting a key pass and the Dolphins had only 2 time outs left. So the Colts were able to run the clock down to 3 seconds before winning the game on a short field goal on the final play of the game.

So the game WAS exciting.

The drive back…ugh…been through that though.

And so today…I did not do much; too tired and sleepy; did some shoveling and taking the hostage to the doctor for a procedure (senior citizen’s date?)

November 27, 2018 Posted by | basketball, family, football, NFL, relationships, running | , | Leave a comment