Bradley’s good weekend vs. Evansville

Yes, it ended well; in fact BU raced to an early 14-2 lead..let the lead diminish, opened it to 10 at the half, let Evansville back, then pulled away at the end.

Every Evansville rally was stopped; BU played great defense (6 blocked shots) and spread the ball around on offense..and actually hit some open shots.

The Jesse White Tumblers performed at halftime and they are always excellent.

Then, today, the women went to Evansville and raced out 27-0 lead and lead 40-7 early. It was 62-26 at the half and the lead eventually extended to…60 points (not a misprint) and it ended 117-59. I watched the game from the second quarter on ESPN3 and could not turn away. And yes, BU played everyone, early. It was just one of those days where Evansville did nothing right and Bradley did nothing wrong.


January 22, 2018 Posted by | basketball | , | Leave a comment

to blog or not to blog

I am thinking of starting a blog for our complex variables course. I like the book I am using, but there are a few things I’d love to explore further (e. g. the roots of unity, the group structure of S^1 , etc.

We’ll see.

Last night: we went to Illinois State and saw Bradley lose 70-57 in a game that was tighter than the final score might indicate. Still, it is hard to win when you are shooting 33 percent..then again, some of that..ok much of that, it great defense by the Redbirds.

Workout notes: Yes, it is warmer but the roads are kind of slushy. So it was the treadmill for me:
50 minute froggy (0.5 incline, 4.9 start, up .1 every 5 minutes) 23:48 at 2) then at 50 minutes, upped it to 6.8 then 6.9 to make 5 miles in 54:56, then 1 mile of walking. That 5 minutes at a “faster” pace just about killed me. I handled it ok but…

January 18, 2018 Posted by | basketball, mathematics, running | , | Leave a comment

Cold walk; hot shooting (for a half)

It was 9 F when I started, 17 F when I finished with icicles in my beard.

It was an 11 mile plus route in 3:14; W. Peoria to Bradley Park (two excursions to the portopotty) and 2 out and backs; then one mile back home. I’d guess a 16:30 mpm pace average. It was cold but clear and I was bundled up.

Then we watched the women scrap but lose to Missouri State 71-65; Bradley had the lead at the half and held brief leads in the second half. But what kept BU in the game was torrid first half shooting (50 percent overall, 50 percent from 3); there was a balance of 3 point shooting and slashing drives for lay ups.

But overall, it appeared to me that Missouri State had a bit more depth. BU had started out conference play 3-0 (all on the road) and lost to Southern Illinois (who lost to Illinois State today…and Bradley beat ISU) and Missouri State at home.

January 15, 2018 Posted by | basketball, walking | , | Leave a comment

20 pence “I cannot feel my face” run

Last night: the Bradley women’s team lost to Southern Illinois 63-62, though Bradley did rally from being down 30-15 in the second quarter to take the lead a couple of times, late in the game.

Early on, it appeared that SIU was outworking Bradley and that situation reversed itself. But it wasn’t enough to overcome the slow start. And to be fair, while BU had won its first three MVC games (all on the road), SIU brought in a 3-1 conference record, with only a loss to a strong Drake team; they had wins over Northern Iowa and Indiana State. So this was a step up in conference competition for the team and BU almost measured up! Almost.

Like the men (who got crushed 81-65 at a game that was even worse than the score might suggest), the women are not a top 2-3 MVC team. BUT, they are a respectable “middle of the pack” team which is a step up from where they once were; they have a serious chance of having a winning conference record. There is very visible progress.

About the title of the post
I slept in too late and did not start my “run” until 10 am. It was a slow 1:21 shuffle/slog in 10 F temperatures; sunny day, clear roads. Course: Bradley Park 5.1 plus an extra “upper to lower” hill, plus an extra segment on Bradley Ave.

I had a sweat icicle hanging from my beard:

And near the top of Bradley Park, I found a British 20 pence piece.

January 14, 2018 Posted by | basketball, running | , | Leave a comment

BU basketball: rolling at home

It was a grind. Yes, BU lead 30-22 at the half, but Southern kept attacking inside and hustling..and cutting the lead over and over again. SIU cut it to 61-60 with 1:04 to go, but BU made a lay up and went 5/5 from the line in the final minute to win 68-62. Though SIU shot 2 more free throws that Bradley did, they hit only 65 percent of them (13-20) whereas BU hit 15-18. It was a grind.

But BU found a way to win. Now when they can do that in front of a hostile crowd…they will move from “middle of the MVC” to the top.

Now the women are 3-0 in conference, with all wins coming on the road (one against a 2-12 team, one vs. a 6-6 team, one vs. an 8-7 team) and 9-5 overall. They have two home games this weekend (against 500’ish teams Southern Illinois and Missouri State) and have an excellent chance to get to 5-0.

January 12, 2018 Posted by | basketball | , | Leave a comment

Bradley defeats Valparaiso 80-71

Yes, it was a game that Bradley was expected to win (spread was 6.5 points; ESPN gave BU just under a 70 percent probability of winning)

And Bradley stormed out to an 11-0 lead. Valpo caught up and even took the lead a few times. But Bradley got balanced scoring, rebounding defense, everything. This team is much, much, much improved.

It was 33-33 at the half.

And, the announced attendance of 5294 bore some semblance to the actual number of people at the game; there were still empties, to be sure..a lot of them. But the arena really did look “half full” this time.

Workout notes; 5 mile run on the treadmill. Increased the pace for miles 1, 2, 3 (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, mile 4 was rough..started at 5.4 then dropped to 5.1, 5.2, then mile 5 was 5.3-5.6.
It was NOT a race effort, but it was work.

January 4, 2018 Posted by | basketball, running | | Leave a comment

My 2017 in review

This is my 2017 in review. I did this for 2015 and again in 2016.

Of note: my daughter graduated college (her accomplishment, not mine) and I completed my first year at a new rank. Athletically the year was a bit of a bust (no 5K under 27 minutes, only one marathon or beyond finish, best bench press was 200 lbs.) but I was active throughout and I did take some local trips. Of most note: I had a good time with friends, a “tl;dr” collage is here:







I am getting lapped by Jason (1:01:22)






Nick DeLuca of North Dakota State waits for play to resume against Illinois State during their football game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Normal, Ill.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor


December 31, 2017 Posted by | baseball, basketball, college football, football, Friends, NFL, Peoria, running, travel, walking, yoga | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bradley Basketball (men and women) close 2017 with a bang.

My only lament is that there wasn’t a 4 hour difference between the tip off time of the Bradley women at Illinois State and the Bradley men at home vs. Northern Iowa.

Both teams took care of business impressively. The women blew away Illinois state 62-42 and the men won 72-53, powered by 64 percent shooting from the 3 point line. Note: Northern Iowa actually lead 33-32 at the half (which was close; back and forth).

Good shooting and stout defense put it away. And so:

Last game selfie of 2017.

Early action

Actually, a better than average crowd, by recent standards.

Inside joke here.

This is what they used to do to us.

Workout notes: 12:30 early mile, then 4 in 49:20 (walking) on the treadmill. Too slippery outside.

December 31, 2017 Posted by | basketball, walking | | Leave a comment

Basketball Tuesday: Bradley Women, Illinois State Men

Wife out of town, and no classes…basketball time!

11 am: Bradley Women: hosting 7-3 Cleveland State. BU brought in 2500 grade school students on field trip day and they did make things a bit noisier, though the Cleveland State team threw candy at them (before the game)

The game started quickly and the first quarter (10 minutes) ended 23-22 Cleveland State; it was almost “defense optional” and both teams shot well. The second quarter saw BU play better on defense but only score 6 points (36-28). A 6-0 run by Cleveland State appeared to give them control; they were getting to the lose balls, driving, playing great defense, etc.

But Bradley fought back. The game became very close, with BU rebounding and playing better defense. As you can see from the photos, it was a 1 point game with 13 seconds to go. CSU shot very well from the free throw line, especially in the final minute.

But on the next to last possession, the Braves scored a 2 (instead of passing for the tying 3 point FG attempt). Cleveland State hit one of 2 to attain the final margin. It was an exciting game though..a tough test (after playing ranked Green Bay the previous game) so..perhaps this will play dividends in conference play.

Bradley Men: they just beat Southeast Missouri State 75-67 (today: Wednesday) ; I wouldn’t call them a great team yet, but they are much, much improved.

Remember where Bradley was over the past 4-5 years; this is a big improvement.

Illinois State Men

This ended in a 71-70 Illinois State victory. It was 7-6 early before UIC’s constant slashing driving offense (and 40 percent 3-point shooting) got them a lead; UIC was to shoot 49 percent for the game (mostly on drives) to ISU’s 39.7.

ISU fought back to take a 33-29 lead at the half.
Second half: same as the first; UIC constantly attacked the basket and built a 4-6 point lead. But ISU came back at the end taking the lead (for good) with 3:2x to go. UIC cut it to 2 with 44 seconds to go and then 1 with 5 seconds left.

Note: my ticket was midcourt …as midcourt as one could possibly get, and 10 rows up.

Social notes for the Illinois State game, I took the shuttle to and from the remote parking lot. On the way back, I overheard a guy say that he lived 90 minutes away but still had season tickets. I sat next to a very elderly lady (80’s?) who appeared to be by herself; from the conversations she appeared to follow the team closely. My wild guess: perhaps she used to go to games with her husband? I did not ask and do not know; I felt good that she could still go but bad because she seemed eager to have someone to talk to.

Workout notes: weights, then 4 mile hike at FPNC (outer loop then Valley Trail)
weights: usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10, last 2 sets were 7-3 (switch grip), incline press: 10 x 135, 4 x 160, 6 x 150, military press: 15 x 55 (seated, supported), 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 80 (each arm) machine, rows: 10 x 55 (2 sets) 10 x 60.

December 20, 2017 Posted by | basketball, hiking, walking, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

Graduation exercises done…various topics

Grading done, graduation exercises done. So, aside from some “less than pleasant” family obligations I should enjoy a pleasant month.

Sexual Harassment We are seeing lots of accusations and resignations..and in one case, a female was the accused.

I hope that we haven’t arrived at a place where an accusation is sufficient to tank someone’s career.

Example: 20+ years ago, I had a faculty friend who liked me well enough to sit in on one of my classes. She talked about a bunch of stuff..and in a conversation she had mentioned that she felt weak from a religious fast. I replied “yes, you are looking a bit thin”.

Later she asked me to come into her office. I did..she asked “do you know why I want to talk to you?” I responded “I guess it is about the course”. She went on to tell me that my remark was sexual harassment. I was astonished. I said “I meant…” and she said “I KNOW what you meant..” ..Eventually I had enough. She tried to shake my hand but I refused..and I broke off all unnecessary contact with her. No, no charges were ever filed and no official complaint was ever made.

By the way, she is a respected scholar (by our standards) but her personality…not as well respected. turns out that she HAD suffered some genuine sexual harassment; she was asked out by a senior faculty member; when she declined he told her that the tenure decision, in part, depended on her being “collegial”. So, it isn’t as if she always “cried wolf”.

So sometimes, people can honestly interpret the same situation differently:

So people who think that the issue can be resolved by hashtags, “zero tolerance”, “non-negotiable demands” and the like are delusional; the situation is way more complicated than that.

Republican Tax Scam Yes, they did fix some of the hits to higher education, but it is still a big giveaway to the wealthiest and will probably explode the deficit…which will lead to them cutting Social Security, Medicare and safety net programs because “we are broke”.

Oh, it is a wildly unpopular bill and might cost many of them their seats in 2018..but will also lead to some cushy K-Street jobs and the like. So the unpopularity of the bill bothers them not at all.

Bradley Basketball We saw the men demolish Arkansas Little Rock 86-46 despite clearing the bench.

They won big at Chicago State, though Chicago State got blistered by Northwestern 96-31..trailed 55-8 at the half. Still, the team is winning.

The women lost big at Green Bay, but Green Bay is ranked no. 21 for a reason.

Workout notes: yesterday, routine weight session. Usual PT, 5 sets of 10 pull ups, bench: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 5 x 185, incline: 10 x 135. Military: dumbbell: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, machine: 10 x 80 (each arm), 3 sets of 10 x 110.

Today: easy 4.2 mile run prior to graduation exercises; clear and crisp.

December 17, 2017 Posted by | basketball, economy, education, political/social, politics, republicans, running, social/political, walking, weight training | , , | Leave a comment