Processing in D.C. 2017

Tomorrow morning I’m driving to D.C. to meet Dale and PROCESS OUT at the Sixers season opener versus the ‘Zards.

Season is here… #CornRowsProcess

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The game is going to be a blow out.

  • The only question about Embiid is whether he’ll have more blocks than minutes played (both are over / under 19).
  • Simmons will have a double double in assists and missed free throws.
  • Fultz honestly might not have a point.
  • Dario will make a play with about 4 minutes left in the fourth that sends the moment hugely in the Sixers favor.
  • Covington will bite, claw, and meow his way to 6 tipped balls.
  • JJ will have 18 points, 6-7 from 3-land.
  • I haven’t Instagrammed in like 3 months but you can bet me, Dale, and Molly Sullivan will be in the one I post on Thursday.

The win tomorrow night is going to be the first of about 46 this season. Dale and I will be chanting TTP with our Hinkie shirts while blackout drunk giving Sixer fans the reputation they deserve.

It’s a beautiful thing.

Drinking to Maturity

In college, if our running schedule allowed us to drink both nights of the weekend, we drank both nights of the weekend. We’d drink hard Friday, wake up, do a long run, then drink again Saturday night.

At the ripe old age of 26, I think I’ve all but lost this ability.

I went to a house party on Friday, and although I drank a lot, I didn’t blackout (which was almost a given in college). I didn’t get much sleep, golfed 18 holes the next morning, and was basically K.O.’d the rest of the day. I had opportunities to go out but I physically don’t think I would’ve made it past 11:00 PM had I been drinking.

My hangovers lately are awful. Most of the time I don’t even bother trying to drink the next day, and when I do, I die. Maybe “normal” people go out but just don’t drink as much?

Is this just part of getting older? I actually look forward to waking up sober on a Saturday or Sunday. You can actually do this.

I think I’m just maturing. This is what mature people do.

NFL Week 6 2017 – PARLAY LOCK OF THE WEEK

Chris Berman called me this morning. He wanted to know what my lock of the week was because he has to make his pick on TV pretty soon.

Lock of the Week – New England Patriots -11 @ NY Jets & Pittsburgh Steelers +4.5 @ Kansas City Chiefs

Lock of the week

I don’t like picking two road teams, but it’s just what the lines say.

It’s not that the Jets are “good” this year, and that the Pats are “bad” this year, but they’ve certainly trended in directions that most weren’t expecting. Brady, on the road, demolishes the fraud Jets.

The Steelers locker room is in turmoil, Big Ben threw 5 picks last week, and the Chiefs have been undeniably the best team in the NFL. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs lose this one outright (which, conveniently so, would probably make the Eagles #1 in all power rankings LEGGOOO!)

Brief Running Update

Just a little update since I’m riding high at the moment!

Mileage

After 5 weeks of 35 miles to just get back into it, I’ve done 47 and 57 mile weeks the past two weeks.

I haven’t run 57+ miles in a week in 84 weeks.

Workouts

Tuesday – 4 x 1600 w/ 1:00 rest then 4 x 200

5:38, 5:38, 5:28, 5:24, then 33, 34, 33, 33

Pretty slow actually but it felt very easy!

Friday – 4 x 1200 w/ 3:00 rest

3:51, 3:50, 3:47, 3:46

Again, nothing crazy, but felt great!

Sunday – 11 mile long run

Averaged 6:35s starting at 7:00 and closing in around 6:20s, again feeling great.

Health

My leg is no trouble at all! I’m prioritizing stretching more than ever before which I really think is helping and have been doing core consistently (!).

Goals

The Ursinus Twilight 3200m is in 3.5 weeks and I’m hoping to run faster than the 9:44 I ran a few months ago. It’s going to be better competition this year since James and Joe just ran 26:06 and 26:48 respectively at Paul Short. This will be a fun one!

Other than that, I’ll need to find some races to run. I’d guess I’m in ~15:45-16:00 5k shape right now and hope to be in PR shape in a month.

NFL Week 5 2017 – LOCK OF THE WEEK

After absolutely NAILING last week’s lock, I’m back again to deliver ANOTHER LOCK.

Lock of the Week – Philadelphia Eagles -7 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Lock of the week

I try not to bet on the teams I actually root for because I don’t need the extra interest, but the Eagles are a LOCK.

I know it looks like a homer pick, but I’m just reading the lines. Take it or leave it sheep.

Cheers to the birds being 4-1.

Cam’s ‘Female’ Comment

Cam Newton is getting a lot of attention for the comment below:

After reading the Youtube comments and some of the feedback, most people are defending Cam, which surprised me.

I said to Rob that football is the only sport that girls never play growing up, so it makes sense that they’d be less likely to have knowledge of the sport (though the overall tone he had was still very dick-ish).

But then I thought about the number of male sports writers, analysts, talk show hosts, etc. that never played football at any meaningful level. Cam wouldn’t think twice if they asked him a question, and they’d have had the same opportunities to learn about football as this female reporter.

So yes, assuming that a female reporter wouldn’t understand ‘routes‘ is an example of sexism.

Is it the end of the world? No.

Is it the end of Cam Newton? No.

Do I think Cam Newton disrespects all women? No.

Are professional sports stars and sports fans mostly male? Yes.

Do I think athletes should be able to say how they really feel without worry about the backlash all the time? Yes.

But this comment was just stupid.

WTF is the “Service Fee”

I just bought tickets to see The Revivalists at the Fillmore in November. I Googled it and found LiveNation selling tickets to the show for $32.50! Awesome, I’ll snag me two tickets and be on my way.

I click Get Tickets, and am greeted with a $90 check out!

But wait, $32.50 x 2 is only $65, what the hell happened? Then I see below:

Each ticket has $12.50 tacked on as a Service Fee.

Can someone explain what the FUCK a service fee is and how it’s worth 38% of the ticket?!

Look, I get it, I’m paying for the convenience of just entering some info online and getting the tickets.

But $12.50?! This isn’t Taylor Swift of Paul McCartney here, it’s the freakin’ Revivalists.

How’d they pick $12.50? They could’ve said $20 and I’d still probably buy it, but what the actual fuck is the extra $12.50 going towards?

Get in line sheeple, bow down, do what you’re told, nothing to see here, move along, blissfully await your slaughter in the slaughter house, no questions asked.

NFL Week 4 2017 – LOCK OF THE WEEK IS BACK!

After telling Tom and Evan last week that Dallas -4 was a LOCK in Arizona (they won by double digits), I’m bringing the lock of the week BACK.

Lock of the Week – Seattle Seahawks -12.5 vs. Indianapolis Colts

Lock of the week

I know it’s unusual to make a lock of the week after all but two games have been played, but I was out all day so I couldn’t write this post.

Book it. Seattle -12.5. They’ll win by 20. This game is going to be a BLOWOUT.

You’re welcome for starting up my lock of the weeks again.

 

Thoughts on the National Anthem Protests

My thoughts on protesting the National Anthem in general

People interpret the National Anthem differently.

Personally, I have no problem with the players who choose to kneel. More importantly, I think its inappropriate to suggest that you HAVE to stand or HAVE to kneel.

HOWEVER, I don’t see the goal its trying to accomplish. I understand and support the ideas they’re against (police brutality, racial injustice, etc.), but I don’t understand how kneeling during the anthem comes any closer to solving them.

Some say it might “start the conversation“, but the main conversation it’s started is strictly about what the Anthem means and whether or not it’s okay to kneel. There’s very little centered on what they’re kneeling for (from what I can see).

At what point will they stop kneeling? Is there a some measure of okayness when these players will deem the anthem a stand-able occasion again?

Everyone says that Colin Kaepernick has done a ton outside of kneeling – I commend him for that and would guess that’s been infinitely more valuable towards solving these issues and helping people than his kneeling.


My thoughts about Colin Kaepernick specifically

I support Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest how he sees fit and as I said, I applaud his off the field endeavors.

But Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job, and I don’t think it has anything to do with him being black.

Kaepernick had a job. He opted OUT of a contract with the 49ers so he could test free agency.

As an NFL team, signing Kaepernick is a decision of pros and cons.

The Cons 

  • The media will be covering Kaepernick and the team that signs him like crazy, likely becoming a significant ‘distraction‘.
  • You may also lose business, whether right or wrong, by bringing him to your team based on the % of your fan-base that strongly disagrees with the protests.
  • Colin Kaepernick just isn’t that good. He’s a high-level backup / potential low-level starting quarterback who fits a specific offensive system that most teams aren’t running.

The Pros

  • There’s another segment of new fans that you’d likely draw in by signing him. You’d be seen as the
  • You add a player who has major NFL experience in a quarterback-starved league.

I don’t believe the Kaepernick issue to be one of race. If he were as good as Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, etc. he’d have 100% a job.

Is it right? Is it fair? Not really, but that’s a different discussion.


My thoughts on Trump’s comments

I like Trump solely for entertainment purposes, but haven’t really been a fan of him as a President.

Specific to his comments on athletes and NFL protests, I disagree with him completely, though I sort of understand that he’s playing to his standard group of his supporters.

As the president of an extremely divided country at the moment, his comments only serve to further the divide. There’s no attempt by him (at least publicly) to understand WHY people are protesting or to use the opportunity to bring the country closer together.

Withdrawing Steph Curry’s invitation was so immature and petty that I almost didn’t believe it (though I did lol when I read it).

Every president is different, and Trump’s way clearly got him elected, but I think he’s doing enough over time to piss off almost everyone one way or another.

I look forward to what Joel Embiid will say to Trump when the Sixers win the Championship this year.