I feel for kids these days

Here’s a video that was posted back in April where a ~11 year old kid goes HAM on the Mets. You get the point after about 10 seconds.

Kids these days are cursed with the ability to film themselves at all times. 10 – 20 year olds shouldn’t be able to film themselves out of respect for their future selves.

As a 25 year old, technology like this was just becoming accessible when I was growing up. Alex and I once recorded a voiced over Linkin Park song to include the word “Jew” like 20 times in it just to piss Ben off. I’m pretty thankful that file isn’t still available.

When the ~13 year olds of today grow up, a large percentage of them are going to have videos like this Mets kid to look back on and cringe. Whether it’s choreographed dances, singing your favorite song, rants, whatever. In 15 years he’ll probably sigh every time someone brings it up.

Some may say it’s a good thing. I for one have no interest in looking back at myself in the most awkward years of my life. I remember them well enough and would gladly choose to not relive them.

Sam & Drew Race Again – Place Your Bets

Drew and I have raced open events against each other twice (I think (there may have been some 800s in there but I don’t count those)).

The first was a 1500m at West Chester my senior year. Drew out kicked me by a c*nt-hair to win 4:15.09 to 4:15.57 (note Wacker’s 4:30 and Jamie’s 4:41 too!).

The second was the Alumni mile this year where Drew took 6 months to get out of shape so I had a chance to win. We both under-performed and I won 4:46 to 4:49.

Now that we’re both in shape, it wouldn’t be fair to race a 1500 / mile. I’d need at least a 20 second head start based off of Drew’s 3:56 from Swat.

Instead, we’re going to race at the 5000m at Ursinus tonight so it’s a little more even. Unknowingly we both projected ourselves for ~15:40.

My plan is to run 5:00 miles for 3200m then go from there (15:37 pace). Drew could be anywhere from 15:00 to 16:45, but I’m hoping we run together for at least a mile (or two (or all 5000m)).

I’d say I have the slight edge since I’ve run the 5000m a lot more but Drew is a wild card and clearly in good shape.

These odds were thrown together in two minutes so good gamblers should be able to exploit them.

Sam -5.00 (even)

Drew +5.00 (even)

Sam Moneyline (-125) 

Drew Moneyline (+125)

Either under 15:30 (+350)

Either under 15:40 (+150)

Either over 16:00 (+150)

Either DNF (+500)

Place your bets!

Bowling Beat Down

I wish we were the ones giving the beating, but we received it instead.

Game 1

Tom bowled a ~240 and was the only reason we had a chance. Weens was 185 (above average) and Wevs and I floundered with ~140 each.

They didn’t bowl great but they had a clutch 9th and 10th and we didn’t.

Game 2

Even if we were bowling well, we weren’t winning this game. They went hammer time bowling a ~900 game which we’ve never done.

The snakes after last night.

Season Take Away

My ball was significantly more chipped when we started game 1. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get in my head regardless of whether it actually affected the ball (it didn’t seem to be moving as much but who knows).

I feel weird because I want to use that as an excuse (I am?) but it doesn’t make a difference either way. We lost.

When put in perspective, we had a great season. 2nd out of 14 with some great individual averages and high games.

Summer season starts up soon, but first, I’m going to get a new ball.

Bowling Finals TONIGHT – Come Watch

The Snakes have made our way to the end of our bowling league playoffs. The winner is to be determined at 6:30 tonight at South Bowl in a thrilling best of three match up. All are invited!

We advanced in rounds 1 and 2 due to two well-timed games (290 and 269) by Tom and myself respectively and some consistent bowling by Evan. Jordan has struggled in the past couple of weeks but we know the 300-man is in there somewhere, and we’re sure as hell hoping to see him tonight.

The team we bowl tonight is the best team in the league as far as average goes, all four bowlers being around 190-200, so we need to bowl like champs tonight.

We went for a practice session on Saturday and Tom and I finished three games within a pin of each other, 613 to 614 (score one for the Owl!) which is an encouraging result, however this is what my ball currently looks like.

Needless to say this will be the final night of bowling with this ball. I brought it to a pro shop on Saturday and they assured me it wouldn’t be an issue, but that I should get a new ball once these finals are done. I’ve had a good run with it and it would be a fitting end if I bowl three 300s tonight to go out on top.

I’ll be sure to update with the results. We encourage anyone to attend. We’ll tell you our pre-determined team chants that you can do anytime one of us gets a strike.

Well Done, Kevin Durant

“Kevin Durant is a wimp for joining the Warriors. He was up 3-1 against them last year and lost, then joined them just to chase a ring. He should’ve been loyal and stayed in OKC! He had to go to another team with better players to win because he just couldn’t get it done being the guy.”

Kevin Durant is the second best player on the planet, and he wants to win an NBA championship. He has the following options:

Option A) Stay with the team you’ve been on for NINE years, which has only made the finals once and they lost convincingly, that shows no sign that anything major will change to get over the hump.
Option B) Go to a better team with better players and win a championship.

Why do people fault Durant so much for leaving?

It’s an emotional response, not a logical response.

“He’s not the star anymore.” He shot 54% from the field this year, the best of his career, and averaged 25 points. He’s getting better shots and playing with a better team.

Why would any sane person stay in OKC? He gave that city almost a decade of amazing basketball. He did everything he could to bring them a Championship, but sometimes you need to recognize when enough is enough.

He was an absolutely stud in game 1 last night, one of the most exciting players to watch in the league.

For Kevin Durant, basketball is about winning. At 28, he’s probably got 5 great years left. He went 0/9 in OKC. I blame him 0% for going to the Warriors, and I’ll be happy to see him finally win one.

Last Chance Training – Update 5

The Last Two Weeks

Since Swarthmore I’m on my own schedule doing my own workouts.

I hit ~50 miles for both of the last two weeks and have had some encouraging results the last week especially.

4 mile tempo

5:46, 5:45, 5:38, 5:35 feeling pretty relaxed the whole time. I didn’t look at my watch expect for mile splits, as I’m trying to “feel” tempo pace as opposed to hitting a prescribed pace. This was good.

6 x 400 with 400 jog followed by 4 x 200 with 200 jog.

Averaged 69.1 and 33.0. This was basically all out and I can’t remember the last time I did a speed workout that fast.

This workout isn’t actually that impressive, but I’m not a speed guy, and I want to stay in touch with mile pace as I think my 4:33 PR is attainable, so I was pretty happy with this.

My last three runs

I did the 4s & 2s on Friday, then felt great on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

I did 7 in 48:00 closing hard, 7 in 46:15 closing harder, then 8 yesterday in 52:30 closing in 12:00 for the last two miles feeling fantastic.

It’s unusual that I have this many days in a row feeling fresh. I’m either in great shape or going to feel horrible today.

Upcoming Races

Ursinus has an open meet on Friday, June 9 where I’m going to do the 5k in hopes for a fast time. If I was in 15:50 shape two weeks ago, I have to think that in another two weeks I’ll be in sub 15:40 shape (and actually closer to 15:30?).

Then, GA is hosting a few meets open to the public. I plan on doing the mile on Tuesday, June 13 and probably the 5k on June 27. I’m also doing the Tex Mex 5k on Wednesday, June 21.

It’s racing season. I’m in shape to race. This is the best time of year.

NBA Finals 2017 – Cavs vs. Warriors

The Vegas line for the series is Warriors -260.

You mean to tell me a team with Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, a host of good 3 point shooters, and LEBRON JAMES is going into any series as a ~2.5/1 underdog?

I don’t like Lebron, and I won’t root for him in this series, but I’m not blind to how great he is (second greatest ever for now!).

But with a line like that, I am a HAMMERING the Warriors. -150 to -200 I’d think is reasonable, but -260? That’s way too good of odds for the Cavs. Vegas knows something is up.

Warriors in 4. Maybe 5 in case they want to win on their home court.

Is it weird that I like Tool?

For the last two weeks I’ve been listening to almost exclusively the band Tool.

Tool goes back to the early 90s and I’ve known about them prior to this, but heard one of their songs on the radio recently and decided to go into them more.

They have a cult following and typically play long hard-rock songs in weird time signatures with really deep meaning and lyrics. They also have these wild music videos (see below).

Some people think they’re awful but I think they’re awesome. Here are some of their songs I like (don’t make fun).

This is Sober and it’s about heroin addiction. This was their first music video which got a ton of attention.

This is 46 & 2, my current favorite. The song is about adding two chromosomes to the human DNA. I can’t explain it well but click here if you’re interested.

28 Weeks Later Intro – What Would You Do?

Rob and I were talking about the opening scene to the movie 28 Weeks Later which is about as intense as it gets. You’ll see the “decision” within the first 30 seconds of the clip.

The ultimate question – what would you have done if you were Don?

I don’t have a significant other, but I’ll substitute Alice with any of my siblings or parents.

Personally, I think I’m doing what Don did and running away. One comment put it best – “You can either survive alone or die together.”

The question then becomes, can you live with the guilt afterward?

I don’t know how I’d deal with it. But even if I decided to kill myself out of guilt, the end result is the same.

I don’t think there’s right and wrong, I think there’s live and die.