Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hands Up, Don't Win

Learning the hard way that other people may want the medal more than you.

Molly Huddle should just embrace it and smile.  It won't be going away.  Being the Bill Buckner of American track and field would be something I would find fun.  But I doubt she will ever get to that place.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Big Man With Intelligence And Humility

And an awful lot of talent!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Blazing Lions

Well, blazer Lions to be accurate.

The awards jackets for Lettermen have certainly changed over the years, even if the Varsity "S" blankets haven't.

Greg Fredericks, circa 1969.
Larry Mangan and Mine, 1978.
Dennis Pollow, 2010.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

World Champion!

In an event with more twists and turns than a cheap spy novel, Joe Kovacs bested the world with a toss of 21.93M (71' 11.25") in the Shot Put at the Bird's Nest in Beijing China.  It was one of the most exciting events ever and Joe saved his best for near the end.  And he needed it to top his main rival David Storl, the other Americans, and a surprise bronze medalist in O'Dayne Richards from Jamaica.

Congratulations to Joe.  I'm proud to have met him, tossed a shot (or is it a put?) or two with him at a previous reunion, AND he didn't beat me into a pulp!

Joe Kovacs USA USA 21.93

2 David Storl GER GER 21.74

3 O'Dayne Richards JAM JAM 21.69 NR

4 Tomas Walsh NZL NZL 21.58 AR

5 Reese Hoffa USA USA 21.00

6 Tomasz Majewski POL POL 20.82 SB

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Casimir Loxsom found himself in the lead in his heat in the opening round of the World Championships in China.  It wasn't what he wanted or prepared for.  He admits he panicked and his inability to hold on after a slow first lap was the result. He finished sixth in his heat and will not move on to the Semi-Finals.  But he isn't making any excuses or putting blame on anyone else.  His critics will pounce, but I think he'll just redouble his efforts and start fresh for next year's trials.

Photo courtesy of Dick Geiger.

"Disappointed, but I won't walk away with any excuses.  Raced like a kid today but there's hunger and hard work in the near future. #moretocome"

Friday, August 21, 2015

Final Submissions Before The World Championships Begin

 Follow the IAAF action on your phone with the Android or iPhone app. iPhone   Android

Two Nittany Lions made the top 25 Pennsylvania athletes to watch in 2015-2016 from the Breitbart News source.  (The right-wing site started by the guy that hilariously hijacked the Anthony Weiner Sexting Press Conference.)

Glen Burkhardt, Penn State, Track/Field, 5,000m Run
Lexi Masterson, Penn State, Track/Field, Pole Vault

My repost of the Old School/New School High School Cross Country season generated both scorn and adulation.  We'll leave the scorn in a basement in Staten Island NY, but report that the award winning Once Upon a Time In the Vest blog is going to repost it to a wider audience.  George Brose identified with numerous items on the list and even provided proof I was correct all along.

Coach Tom Farrell of St. Johns with texting athlete. (Wut R U doin?)
I wish I had a photo of the 9th grade XC runner with the neck tattoo...

Artists conception.

Hillary Clinton's father did not play football for Penn State on a scholarship, but he did play sparingly for the Nittany Lions. He was a 1934 Letterman. (Of course, my "scholarship" was one pair of New Balance, or were they Brooks, shoes which hurt my feet and I never ran in. So who am I to complain?)

Nationalism seems to be taking hold of the Beer Mile craze.  With Australia and Canada setting recent World Records, can the USA make a comeback?  (Thanks to KKOB for the link.)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"In, You Son of a B..."

It's been a while since we had a Coach Groves post.  And because I have been reposting old posts from years ago, I figured I might as well post one with Coach Groves WHILE tooting my own horn.

Coach golfed with us a few years following his retirement from coaching.  Some years he golfed 2 holes with each foursome. Some years he just dispensed beverages from a cart. I was lucky enough to golf with him and Nick K. and Paul Mundy in 2009.  For some reason Nick filmed this putt.  I have no other video of any other putts that year.  And somehow, Coach almost sank the putt, showing me the exact line I needed to take.

Nittany Lion Schedule In China

 Although my "day jobs" have kept me from scouring the schedule of the World Champs in China thoroughly, I did look up the schedule for the 2 Nittany Lions on the USA squad.  If anyone knows any Lions on other squads, let me know and we can post those also!

8/22 *    Casimir Loxsom     800M Prelims.
8/22*     Joe Kovacs              Shot Put Qualifying  
8/23*     (Joe Kovacs)            Shot Put Finals
8/23*     (Casimir Loxsom)   800M Semi-Finals
8/25*     (Casimir Loxsom)   800M Finals 
*Chinese time

The Live TV and streaming schedule:

IAAF World Championships 2015
DateSessionTime (ET)Network
Friday, August 21Daytime session #17:30P – 1A liveUniversal Sports
Saturday, August 22Evening session #1*3P – 4:30P *tapedNBC
Evening session #1 (re-air NBC)7P – 8:30P *tapedUniversal Sports
Daytime session #28:30P – 1A liveUniversal Sports
Sunday, August 23Evening session #21P – 2:30P *tapedNBC
Evening session #2 (re-air NBC)7P – 8:30P *tapedUniversal Sports
Daytime session #39:30P – 12M liveUniversal Sports
Monday, August 24Evening session #37A – 10A liveUniversal Sports
Tuesday, August 25Evening session #47A – 9A liveUniversal Sports
Daytime session #49:30P – 12M liveUniversal Sports
Wednesday, August 26Evening session #58A – 9:30A liveUniversal Sports
Daytime session #59:30P – 12M liveUniversal Sports
Thursday, August 27Evening session #67:30A – 9A liveUniversal Sports
Daytime session #68:30P – 1A liveUniversal Sports
Friday, August 28Evening session #77:30A – 10A liveUniversal Sports
Daytime session #77:30P – 12:30A liveUniversal Sports
Saturday, August 29Evening session #82:30P – 4P *tapedNBC
Evening session #8 (re-air NBC)5P – 6:30P *tapedUniversal Sports
Daytime session #87:30P – 10:30P liveUniversal Sports
Sunday, August 30Evening session #92P – 3:30P *tapedNBC
Evening session #9 (re-air NBC)5P – 6:30P *tapedUniversal Sports

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Another Dog Post To Bring Some Mirth Back To My Day

Thinking of the loss of Spot as per the previous post has got me way down today.  I don't know what's wrong with me.  I figure I'll liven things up a bit with another post about another of my dogs.

We save the fortune cookie whenever I get my weekly Kung Pao chicken (The world's greatest food) entree and bring it home for my Schipperke Cedric.  He loves them and is very careful to burst the wrapper, extract the cookie from the wrapper and eat it, leaving the fortune behind. 

Another Lazy Post: A Reprint Of My Ode To Spot

He was a heck of a dog.  More fight in him than on any NFL team nowadays.  And he loved the home we finally gave him...

I miss the little fellow.  He was a stray that we adopted into our zoo after he had roamed the streets for a number of years.  It took me 2 years until I could pick him up.  He had more fight in his 5 pounds than most football teams do in the NFL.  We have no idea how old he was, but it must have been ancient.  With his age came wisdom beyond his years and species.

  1. Running in circles for the sake of running in circles is pleasurable most times.
  2. Having one good meal and a bed of your own is really all you need most times.
  3. Having friends around, even if they steal some of your food, is still worth it.
  4. Barking for the sake of barking is pleasurable most times.
  5. Always listen to "the big dog".
  6. Work is a four-letter word ending with the letter kNap is much easier. And it ends with a pee.
  7. All trips to the doctor should end with a treat.
  8. Never give up, never give up.
  9. People are mostly good, but occasionally not. Trust, but verify.
  10. Never eat the tinsel on a Christmas tree.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Cross Country Season Is Here! A Repeat Of An Old Post From 2012 Demonstrating How Old I Am

It never seems that long ago to me.  Cross Country for high school athletes sure has changed from what I remember.

Old School (1970s): Practice right after school.
New School (2012): Practice at 5:30PM, just 1 1/2 hours after they get home from school.

Old School: Practice lasts 1 1/2 hours, team meeting included. Ends on time.
New School: Practice lasts 2 1/2 hours, followed by a team meeting. Never on time.

Old School: Practice at high school, trip home by school bus.
New School:  Practice at numerous variable sites, transportation necessary both to and from.

Old School: Dual Meets twice weekly.
New School: Quad or Quintuple Meets once weekly.

Old School: Tattoos only on a spectating ex-Marine Uncle from out of town.
New School: Neck tattoos on Freshman runners.

Old School: No sunglasses.
New School: Sunglasses on an overcast day as essential running equipment.

Old School: Nike Waffles.
New School: "Barefoot" Shoes.

Old School:  Winner at about 16:00 for boys 18:00 for girls.
New School: Winner at about 16:00 for boys 18:00 for girls.

Old School:  No idea what friends are up to during practice.
New School: Tweets and Facebook updates during practice to know that friends are "chillin".

Old School: Coach is basketball coach and high school math teacher.
New School: Coach is 6-time All-American and stay-at-home-dad.

Old School: 0 assistant coaches.
New School: 6 assistant coaches.

Old School: 1 Newspaper article a year, with many facts wrong.
New School:  Blog with daily updates on minutiae of every runner's life.

Old School: Quarter mile or half mile repeats a staple.
New School: Don't know what a quarter is.

Old School: One runner with a VW van on its last legs takes a few people home.
New School: Each runner over 16 drives their own BMW, Lexus or Mercedes home.

Old School:  Cotton
New School: Lycra

Old School: Stretch
New School: Core

Old School: Fartlek
New School: Lactate-Threshold or Tempo

Now with Bonus Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon:  If  it were written today!

Calvin and Hobbes: New School:

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Final Workouts Before World Championships And More Dysfunction

Both Cas Loxsom and Joe Kovacs are finishing up their last-minute preparations for the World Championships.  Joe was featured in a nice spread on FloTrack.

Casimir is being helped in his preparations by multiple (and current!) US 800M Champion Nick Symmonds.  Nick has high praise for his Nittany Lion teammate:

A particularly frustrating part of being left off ‪#‎TeamUSA‬ is not being able to travel/compete with my ‪#‎BeastTC‬ training partner @cazzylox. Cas is the most talented 800m runner I have ever trained with and will go on to do BIG things in this sport. ‪#‎Beijing2015‬ will provide Cas with some much needed international experience before ‪#‎Rio2016‬. Today I will assist him with one final workout before he departs for Asia. Please wish him GOOD LUCK in Beijing!

 And because Coach Mack wasn't there for the last workout before Cas leaves, Nick had to be the coach and try to remember the workout.  Problem solved!

And it turns out that the dysfunctional USATF have admitted that Nick Symmonds was correct all along and athletes ARE allowed to wear their own clothes in their spare time.  This was after he was left off the team.  And no one in power would admit to sending the letter telling every athlete not to bring any clothing without USA or Nike branding.  Chickensh*t, to say the least.  Nick has also decided not to sue, so the dysfunction at USATF will continue, if not accelerate...
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