Greetings on the last day of summer. Today at quarter of seven it was 39 degrees outside, and yes there was frost on the lawn. Usually, the heat doesn’t’ go on until mid October, but it went on this morning. New house heats up nicely. Thankfully it’s getting into the 70’s today and the low 80’s tomorrow. The leaves are prematurely turning colors and “I’ve Got A Feeling..” as the Beatles sing, it’s going to be “a long cold lonely winter,” (Here Comes the Sun).
Have you ever noticed once every year or two, you take a step back and ask yourself, “is the world going crazy?” The NFL, ISIS, mid term elections, and the surgeon taking a photo of herself (not using that stupid word), in
Joan Rivers’ operating room. I’m only going to cover the NFL here.
The NFL, currently constituted is an absolute all around disgrace. It is one step above the WWE. It starts at the top. Roger Goodell is a complete joker as commissioner. He made $44 million dollars last year. Under his watch, you’ve had a murder suicide, a double murder, domestic violence on women and children, drug use, drunken driving deaths, one owner being arrested for drugs and another being accused of sexual assault. Now is he responsible for all this?, no. There are over 1000 players in the league and you are going to have some bad apples. However, strong leaders must face things head on, not cover up. He had an interview with a friendly network and was thrown softball questions. Krafty Bob, the Patriots owner went out there and embarrassed himself saying Goodell had done an excellent job. He is doing an excellent job of printing money for the owners. But when morality comes into play he is failing. He should step down for the good of the game but won’t. I wouldn’t either to tell you the truth. For once I agree with that obnoxious blowhard moon bat Keith Olbermann.
Football, actually professional and major college sports in general, are like hot dogs. Everyone loves hot dogs, you don’t want to know how they’re made. You don’t want to know the inner workings of organizations. Players are treated like pieces of meat. Don’t believe me? Read the article last year on Oklahoma State’s college football team. Over 60% of all NFL players are broke 5 years after they retire. They are crippled from playing. On disability, have post traumatic stress disorder from too many concussions. You don’t hear about a lot of former NBA and major league baseball players dying in their 40’s, but you get one former wrestler or football player every two months.
The owners don’t care, and the press covers up for them more than they do Obama, if that’s possible. The Patriots have their own newspaper called Patriots Football Weekly. On one of the local sports channels, they have a show with the 3 writers during the season. I refuse to watch it. Why? Complete lack of objective journalism. Housemen. Remember when Peter King was a good writer? As George sings with the Traveling Wilbury’s “overexposed, commercialized.” He’s a pathetic mouthpiece now. Unreadable, unlistenable, holier than thou with his “the team in Washington” The Krafts do it here in Boston and they’re some of the better owners in the league. But don’t tell me they are pillars of society.
I have season tickets to the Patriots, and was supposed to go this Sunday. I sold them to my brother. I don’t want to put money in their pockets. I park at a private lot, I’m the guy without the Brady jersey. Funny seeing my father strut around Naples in his #12 Patriots game jersey. Never owned one, never will. I used to catch heat from my buddies about not having a team jersey. I used to tell them, you can’t do that once you hit 30. I’m not getting arrested by the fashion police.
The games have no flow. It’s gotten to the “I was watching a commercial and a football game broke out” territory. Too many penalties, too many injuries. The players are too big, and too fast. I was watching the Dolphins kick the stuffing out of the Patriots and the Saints and Falcons were on the other station. At least 6 times both stations had simultaneous commercials. Touchdown and Extra Point, commercial. Kickoff into the end zone, commercial, hand off, 2 yard gain, injury commercial. During the Patriots/Vikings game, there was one play over a span of 9 minutes. I learned two things last year. The total amount of action over a 60 minute football game which lasts 3:15 is about 11 minutes. Secondly, Tom Brady throws the ball about 50 miles per hour. I watch the Patriots and that’s it. No 7 hours in front of the TV for me.
The domestic situation in the NFL is beneath contempt. You never hit women, period. Second, you never hit a child. Period. Third, Wear a condom, if not pull out, period. Willis McGahee (the worst fantasy football running back of all time) has 10 kids from 8 different mothers. Adrian Peterson, Antonio Cromartie have multiple children from at least 3 different mothers. The street/rap culture which glorifies keeping your bitches and ‘hos in line and violence is to blame. Just the facts.
Another blogger wrote about the decline in Pop Warner and youth football to soccer and specializing in one sport. Good, I say. I’m way too scared of concussions to have my sons play. I’ve seen their friends, have concussions, break arms and legs. I was speaking with my cousin, who was a successful high school QB, actually held the record for most Super Bowl touchdowns in a game in the state. He is reluctantly letting his 11 year old play. He said he didn’t start until the 7th grade, but because his older son is playing high school ball, his younger son begged him and he gave in. The problem with starting too young is that a lot of kids don’t learn how to be aggressive until they get to be 11 or 12. I have an 11, soon to be 12 year old who is big for his age and a good athlete. He is finally learning to be aggressive. You have younger kids who are aggressive and when they collide with a child who is not, injuries happen. I remember a basketball game where I had my son cover a bigger kid who was a year older. The kid mauled him, my son held his ground, but came to the sidelines in tears. He was the only kid big enough to cover him so he got the bad matchup. I can see this happening more in football a contact sport than basketball which is non contact.
I’ve been continuing with the volume days / heavy days with the kettlebells. On the volume side, I’m up to 8 sets x 8 reps. So on Monday and Tuesdays I’m doing 32 sets. BORING… However it’s working because on my heavy days, I’ve set personal records on the deadlift 22 reps w/ 88’s, double swings 15 reps w/ 88’s, rows and presses, 16 reps w/ 70’s. On other days, I’ve been doing some running, playing basketball, farmers walks, low volume snatches.
This fall I’m doing indoor soccer on Wednesday nights and basketball on Thursdays. Last week played basketball for the first time and played well. Knocked down 18 footers which made me happy. Played 5 games. On Friday morning, my knee joints ached. I’ll probably be in a wheelchair come December, but playing is fun. I haven’t been watching my diet at all. Hanging around 190 and sipping a Budweiser as I write. A great beer that I picked up is the Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. 8% alcohol, nice kick you in the teeth pale ale.
Worked out with my wife this morning and sermonized her about the benefits of lifting heavy weights. She’s in great shape and is an avid runner but does little strength work. Doesn’t like it, but is getting stale in her workouts. So we trained together. She’s one of those people, who when she lifts, can get ripped really quickly. (I’m envious of it) A couple of years ago, she did the getup/swing challenge and it was noticeable. She can TGU a 35 and does swings with a 45. I told her she needed to lift heavier and build her strength.
Ladies, if you are still reading this, or most likely tuned me out in the 3rd paragraph of my football rant, you need to lift heavy weights in GOOD FORM. You’re not going to get bulky. Stronger leads to heavier weight which leads to more muscle which leads to less fat. Here is what I had her do. I took an idea from my kettlebell brother in arms, ex jar head, Tommy Rambo and implemented it. Take a 12kg kettle bell, hold it by the horns. Press it straight overhead, then do a goblet squat, then one lunge left, one lunge right. That’s one rep. Do 5 reps. Do 5 sets of this. I had her alternate it with deadlifts with the 88. Yes, darlings, an 88 isn’t too heavy. She did 5 sets of 5. Said it really hit the glutes. Then, we did swings. I used the 88, she used a 62 lb. 10 sets of 10, rest to the top of each minute. Explode with the hips. Less reps but using more effort. She didn’t hate it, like she thought, once it was over, but said that it got her heart rate up high. I think 3 days of this and 3 days of running would be a great program for her.
Me and my conscience will enjoy the Patriots game tomorrow, just going to avoid the rest of the noise.