Settling into a nice quiet groove in the new house. There honestly isn’t much left to do. The leaves are almost all down and been blown back into the woods, lawn is manicured, I refuse to use my weed whacker. Note, buy new one in spring. Cord of firewood stacked and seasoning. Going to have to put away deck furniture soon, but it was 65 yesterday and I sat out there and had a cold beer and admired the end of the fall foliage.
I’m not coaching basketball because the 9th graders play JV. Playing soccer Wednesday nights and basketball Thursday nights. So my crazy loud summer is now a quiet autumn. Which leaves me time to contribute to this blog which I have been neglecting.
Let’s catch up:
Diet: Atrocious. Low to mid 190’s, all in abdomen. I cannot stop eating right now. Today is the day we are reeling it in. Son’s birthday was Friday and wailed on Chinese food plus beer. Is there any better food coma inducing combination than this? Finished the food off last night. I figure it’s now or never. If I go to Thanksgiving and fat season where I am now, the 200 lb. mark will be hit. My all time high was 203 and change and it wasn’t pretty. I’m a salt guy. Love candy, but hate the way sugar feels in my stomach. Favorite sweet vice is doughnuts. The problem with working from home is the cupboard is always yelling for me. Need to drink more water. On the days I don’t drink water, I eat too much. Goal 183-185 by Thanksgiving. Fasting Monday.
Workouts: Good, decided to do the Rite of Passage with rows. My pull-up bar is too narrow for the width of the doorways in my house. Did heavy day all 5 ladders with a 70. Piece of cake. Did 11 getups on each side with an 88. Still can’t figure out why I can’t press the thing for one rep. Did easy day, strict 70 lbs.presses, no sweat. Decided on medium day Friday to do cleans and presses with double 70’s. Boom got all 50 reps and then did 240 one hand swings in 11 minutes. My options are to A. do heavy day with doubles or B. do the ladders in a 2,3,5,8 range. The problem with option B is my fingers callouses will explode from all the friction. Option A is what I’m going to try. Go heavy or go home. Yesterday, practiced my snatching 13 sets of 5 each side, no timer, just worked on the drop. Then ran 3.6 miles, then alternated 20 sets of 10 88 lb. swings with 50 jumps of the rope. My conditioning is there, just need to harness the diet.
Sports: Been into the baseball playoffs and enjoying the World Series. I’m rooting for the Royals. Two reasons, American League guy. Second, Red Sox are the only team to win 3 championships this century. If the Giants win, they’d be tied. I don’t hate the Giants, I like them, I just don’t want them to win. That being said, Hunter Pence is the MVP 4 games in. Absolutely raking right now. He is so gross to watch play, he fascinates me. Wears his socks WAY too high. I’m a huge proponent of showing the sock, but over the knee? His swing is awful, he only wears one batting glove. He side arms the ball from the outfield. His old school schtick is trying to hard. Plus, he went from clean cut to looking like the lead singer from the Spin Doctors.
The biggest mistake a team would make is signing Pablo Sandoval long term. He’s enormous and only going to get bigger. Plus he’s injury prone. I know San Francisco is a mecca for fine dining, but between Sandoval and the two relievers, do they have a nutritionist on the payroll? Right now, I’d fit well on that team. Royals are a nice story I saw Danny Duffy pitch at Fenway this year and was surprised with how poorly he pitched last night.
Can we stop with the it’s so different managing in the National League? Harold Reynolds was bringing up this tired conversation Saturday night. The pitcher hits, no shit, you might not want him up in a scoring situation. I’ve been hearing about this since 1975. He’s adding about as much value as Erin Andrews in the booth.
The referees in the NFL need to be reeled in with the holding and pass interference calls. Hand checking is now an illegal contact foul. Even when the calls go for the Patriots, I’m embarrassed by the bad calls. The only team in the NFL allowed to run a pick play is Denver. They look tough right to beat right now. I’m not buying the Cowboys, they’ll find a way to screw it up. I want to see the Colts play a real team on the road before I start expounding on their brilliance. The league is terrible right now. The AFC South, NFC South are awful. So many bad teams. You never know what you’re going to get with the Lions, Bears, Steelers, and Saints. So glad I started Brady and Gronk on my fantasy team yesterday. Chicago absolutely quit out there. How about Lamar Houston dancing after a sack down 25 points and injures his knee. You can’t teach stupid. Big game Sunday afternoon at the razor. Broncos vs. Patriots.
Watched college football last night. What was Ole Miss doing not kicking the 47 yard field goal to tie? Always great seeing Michigan State whip Michigan, and Ohio State wail Penn State. Nice to see the wide receiver out with the porn star Lisa Ann in NY. Which begs the question…I know Notre Dame had a bye week, but where did this guy get the money to go to New York? Why isn’t he catching up on his studies? Oh yeah, Notre Dame is like every one else and his tutor is doing his work. Speaking of porn stars, Jenna Jameson is on Couples Therapy. She makes faces like the bride on Sixteen Candles after taking the muscle relaxers. Nice to see the years have been kind…
NBA starts this week. My fascination has been with the Lakers. The story this past week about players not wanting to play with Kobe Bryant and how he is the anchor that is keeping them down. Here’s my take on Kobe. Great player, one of the top 10-15 all time. But, also the biggest gunner who ever played. Has 5 rings, but never made anyone around him better. Great competitor, but you don’t chew out your teammates on the bench or in the press. A grade A sphincter as a teammate. And finally someone in the press says what I’ve thought all along. He’s due to collect $45 million over the next two years. I don’t begrudge the guy for taking the money, but he’s 75% of what he was. If I’m a coach of a team playing the Lakers, I’d say, let him get his 35 points and shut everyone else down. Steve Nash is soon to be 41 and is out for the year! And the Lakers are paying him $9.5M! Poor Steve Nash, he was going to retire, but…$9.5 M and he doesn’t want the ex wife to move to California because he’d have to pay higher child support. The Celtics will be lucky to win 25 games. I want to see the Cavaliers, they should be interesting.
Television: Watching Person of Interest, Gold Rush, Masters of Sex, Boardwalk Empire and House of Cards. Almost finished season 2 of House of Cards. Watch that and you’ll have less faith in Washington then you already have. Boardwalk Empire’s season finale is tonight. It has been terrific this year. I love how there is always one extremely violent scene each episode. Classic HBO formula, hour long program, lots of slow moments and dialogue, then boom, violence. You need to watch the post show interview to figure stuff out. Most of their drama shows have this. The Wire, Game of Thrones, Sopranos.
Started watching Master of Sex, first season. It’s good, not great. They could have done better casting Johnson. Lizzy Caplan doesn’t do it for me. When you have to ask the question, do you think she’s attractive, the answer is no. Michael Sheen is great as the dour Bill Belichekeque Masters. Have you seen two of the babes he’s pulled in real life? Kate Beckensale and Rachel McAdams. Unfortunately for him he’s stepped down to the ugly, unfunny Sarah Silverman.
Love Gold Rush, the perfect reality unwind show for a Friday night. What’s not to like about Person of Interest? Two hot chicks and violence perfect with some dry humorous writing.
Best of luck to all! For the record, a pet peeve is closing an email with “cheers” if you’re not British