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

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

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

Blues and greens…

Well, the Senate passed their version of the tax bill. My guess: the Republican House will rubber stamp it…but..we shall see. I think it is done. But you never know.

But..I have a pretty walk on the way home from the office:

I was struck by the colors.

I shot this through my office window sort of as a joke (my wife is in Florida and posted a genuinely pretty sunset photo) and liked the reflection; you can see the photos that I have on my office board. I sometimes post “fake office wall” photos but this is genuine.

I saw some Bradley Basketball too:

The Men beat a decent Eastern Illinois team and looked reasonably good in doing so.

The women pulled away at the end to handle Illinois-Chicago, in a high intensity game that saw lots of diving for lose balls, players hitting the floor, etc.

This is Kaboom, the Bradley mascot. It is a gargoyle; the name “kaboom” comes from what the Bradley radio announcer yells when someone dunks the ball.

Workout notes:

I did shuffle 5 slow miles on my own though.

December 2, 2017 Posted by | basketball, Personal Issues, politics, politics/social, running | , | 3 Comments

Fun, social weekend

Ok, my football teams did not do well; in the NFL the Bears and Colts lost; in college: Texas, Notre Dame, Illinois all lost big; Illinois State lost a heartbreaker playoff game..but Navy rolled by a basketball score like 75-31 over SMU.

But workouts were fine: Saturday I walked 2 miles of the FOLEPI course with Barbara and then 4.5 more miles on my own. Sunday; weights then a nice run/walk with the lovely Mama T; that was a real treat for me.

Weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), inline (10 x 135, 10 x 150, 10 x 135), military: 2 sets of 10 x 50 standing dumbbell, 10 x 180 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm.

Photos: First two from the FOLEPI walk


Barbara with Mama T at lunch today.


Barbara, Jennifer and Me after the Second City Improv. Production at ICC last night.



The Bradley Women actually trailed D-3 Eureka after 1 quarter and lead by only 8 at the half. The third quarter saw Bradley go on a 31-8 run and BU won going away 103-58; however it was a competitive game for a half.

November 28, 2016 Posted by | basketball, Friends, running, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment