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Thursday, March 31, 2011

What's Your Excuse (Part 3)

The IAAF has reported that Takashi Shimokawara, aged 104, the reigning world record holder in the over 100 year-old class in three different events (Shot Put, Discus and Javelin), died in the tsunami following the earthquakes in Japan.  Mr. Shimokawara took up track and field when in his nineties.  RIP

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Nuclear Update with Young Einsteins Thrown In

"The Dragon is still loose" pretty much sums up the Japanese conundrum at the moment.  Meltdown through the containment vessel has been speculated about, and seems likely.  Still not as bad as The Russian disaster as that was a fire spewing the radiation over broad areas in the ash and smoke as there was no containment vessel at allWhat would a Russian Godzilla look like?
Here's how Japan explains what happened to its schoolchildren!
It's one helluva belly ache!

Which brings up the point of the safety of newer reactors (the Japanese plant was 30 years old).  Reactors that are 100% meltdown-proof are already under development.

And for Green Activists, nuclear energy is still the best way to lower CO2 emissions enough to make any difference at all, while maintaining energy production at suitable levels.

And here's a 12 year old snot-nosed kid * (beware, link to Glenn Beck's Blaze Web Site although right wing propaganda is absent) challenging Einstein's Theory of Relativity, The Big Bang Theory, and teaching college courses.  Show-off! 

*The photo is of a youthful Albert Einstein, however.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

PSU Trackster Enjoys Birds Nest Soup!

I'm not really sure that Jeff Sanden actually got to sample the Chinese delicacy of Bird Nest Soup.  And yeah, it's as disgusting as it sounds.  The gelatinous texture of the soup is from the swallow's saliva used to hold the nest together.  It's supposed to be delicious, just like the scorpions and rats on a stick I saw for sale at push carts all over China.  (They did smell good anyway!)  I've eaten a lot of Chinese food, but have never partaken of the avian home base.

But, he did get us this great photo of the "Bird's Nest" Olympic Stadium complete with PSU Track Alumni Wrist Band, for which I'm grateful.  His expertise with the cell phone camera is extraordinary.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Underdogs Defeat Spot Moskowitz

Despite being the ultimate underdog, Spot Moskowitz has faltered in the PSU Track Alumni NCAA Basketball Bracket Pool.  Spot spent years on the street before I lured him to our house with a chicken carcass.  In spite of having only 5 pounds of heft and a cerebral cortex the size of the tip of your thumb, Spot was poised with 3 of 4 favorites to win in the quarterfinal round.    BUT...All three lost, leaving him bereft of semi-finalists and potential points.  It seems that the Underdogs of the NCAA have defeated the ultimate underdog after all.....

Here's the latest update from Ken Cooper, showing Tyler McCandless can do more than run fast:

Finally, Obama is out of the top spot as Kansas gets smoked by VCU.  That gets a “yeah, baby.”  VCA and Butler have crushed the brackets. 

1.       David Strandberg in driver seat with UConn.
2.       Tyler McCandless in driver seat with Kentucky.
3.       Ian McCann – congrats on your 2nd time in the cellar.  Joined a very exclusive group of 2-time cellar dwellars (Wim, Mike Morse, your’s truly)
4.       3 picked Kentucky (McCandless, Scott Munro, Zeb Stewart).  0 picked Butler and VCU.  13 picked UConn.
5.       Average of Final 4 at 0.17 is the lowest in the history of this pool.  Go upsets.

Current
Total
Place
Move
Name
Points
1
1
McCandless, Tyler
72
2
1
Strandberg, David
69
3
(2)
Obama, Barack
65
4
12
Cooper, Kevin
64
5
15
Gross, Michael
63
6
23
Boyer, Brian
61
7
25
Dimitrova, Katya
61
8
(4)
Walter, Anne
60
9
26
Smith, Holden
60
10
26
Anderson, Mark
60
11
27
Caldwell, Ryan
60
12
31
Lincoln, Matt
59
13
(8)
Pruitt, Christopher
59
14
(8)
Hamer, Bob
59
15
(8)
Hamer, Allison
59
16
(8)
Kunetz, Dan
58
17
31
Cole, Jason
58
18
(9)
Wintersteen, Kyle
58
19
(9)
Moskowitz, Spot
58
20
(9)
Licari, Danielle
57
21
(9)
Berseth, Kyle
57
22
(9)
Gough, Rob
57
23
(9)
Noballs, Uhaff
57
24
(9)
Jones, Darryl
56
25
(8)
Matechak, Kelly
56
26
(8)
Mangan, Larry 2
56
27
(8)
Verhoeven, Nick
55
28
(7)
Carney, James
55
29
(7)
Angelo, Peter
55
30
39
Munro, Scott
55
31
(8)
Bisko, Matthew
55
32
41
Wimmer, Mark
55
33
(9)
Mangan, Larry
54
34
(9)
Riter, Christie
54
35
41
Clelland, Jim
54
36
(10)
Weaver, JudyLynn
54
37
(10)
Chadwick, Walt
54
38
(10)
Cooper, Ken
54
39
(9)
Wood, Kyle
53
40
(9)
Bisko, Tom
53
41
(8)
Novak, Jay
53
42
(8)
Whittaker, Bill
52
43
(6)
Cooper, Kyle
52
44
41
Stewart, Zeb
52
45
(6)
Cooper, Kyle 2
52
46
(6)
Rupe, Mark
52
47
(6)
Cooper, Kevin 2
52
48
(6)
Tate, Andy
51
49
(5)
Morse, Karen
51
50
(5)
Kletter, Todd
51
51
(5)
Bisko, Tommy
51
52
(5)
O'Reilly, Aidan
51
53
(4)
Lee, Luis
50
54
(4)
Radzwich, Maddi
50
55
(4)
Ancharski, Frank
50
56
(4)
Dogg, Snoop
50
57
(4)
Cannon, Marshall
49
58
(4)
Murphy, Patrick
49
59
(3)
Ross, Tom
49
60
(3)
Konzal, Sean
49
61
(3)
Smith, Harry
48
62
(3)
Roth, Andy
48
63
30
Oppenheimer, Hank
48
64
(4)
Heitzmann, Colin
48
65
(3)
Crash, Mike
48
66
(3)
Walter, Doug
47
67
(3)
Clinton, Joe
47
68
(3)
Gifford, Bob
47
69
(3)
Morse, Willie
47
70
(3)
Morse, Hallie
47
71
(3)
Smyth, Steph
47
72
(2)
Brescia, Gina
47
73
(2)
Bodine, Jethro
47
74
(2)
Sabel, Douglas
47
75
(1)
Hall, Ricardo
46
76
(1)
Adkins, Jeff
46
77
0
Morse, Mike
45
78
0
Bettis, Lena
45
79
0
Dubya, G
45
80
0
Riter, Tony
45
81
0
Vitale, Dick
45
82
0
Hoover,Douglas
44
83
0
Hutz, Matt
44
84
0
Jackson,Jayson
44
85
1
Illustrated, Sports
44
86
1
Whittaker, Marty
43
87
1
McCarthy, Dennis
42
88
1
Oliver, Precious
42
89
1
Will, Sean
42
90
1
Radzwich, Bob
42
91
1
Caldwell, R.B.
41
92
2
McCann, Ian
37

Sunday, March 27, 2011

One Happy Family

There is a great article in the current Track and Field News about women who coach Division I men's track and field teams, and their overall great success.  Of course, high on the list is our very own Beth Alford-Sullivan.  I think she is only one of two on the list to have Coach of the Year honors with both men's and women's teams.

When the change came about in 2006, there were many among us who were naysayers, some for good reasons and some for not so good reasons.  Change is always hard, especially for those of us in Central Pennsylvania. I was among the group who thought they had good reasons to oppose the move.  But then I took the time to become informed and watch the functioning of the teams.  I bothered to introduce myself to Coach Sullivan and began to find that things were indeed working very well.  I'm now a true friend of the Program. You too should make a little effort to see what good things are happening in State College.

Larry Mangan alerted me to the significance of the photo included in the article.  It shows Coach Sullivan exhorting a men's relay participant, none other than Matt Groves, son of former coach, Harry Groves.  For those of us from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's, this photo should slap us beside the head and cause us to support the Program as never before. None of us from my era could have ever imagined a scenario where a son of Coach Groves would be coached by a woman at PSU.  Seeing Coach Groves and Coach Sullivan together at our event last year (and hopefully with Coach Lucas included this year) represents a turning point of sorts. Make the small effort involved in becoming informed about the good things happening with the Track Program and you too will become a partner in the effort to make it the pre-eminent program in the country.  It isn't an impossible task, and it'll be fun every step of the way.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Distance Runners Open Outdoor Season in Style!

Led by Kara Millhouse's School Record 10,000 M Run, the PSU Quintet all had good starts to their Outdoor 2011 seasons.  Kara shattered the 10 K mark by more than 30 seconds with her 33:31.93 to place 10th in a loaded field.

Caitlin Lane PR'ed (old school abbreviation there!) with a 16:18.14 in the 5,000 M. She was followed by Brooklynne Ridder  16:45.08 Natalie Bower hurdled and water-jumped to a 10:21.87 for the eighth best Steeplechase in School history.

The lone PSU Mens Team member making the long trip was Tasmanian Ryan Foster, who placed fifth in the 1500 M with a 3:45.56.

I'm looking forward to some great performances from both ranked PSU Teams this season!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Rocking My New License Plate!

Just put my new aluminum license plate onto the Hybrid SUV.  Get yours and much much more at our Group Store.  Dozens of items, including 10 new things are available for purchase at reasonable prices, great quality and quick shipping.  Some items even provide us with a $1.00 or $2.00 credit back to us, which will be used for a future Hole-In-One Car Contest.

Most items have my stylized likenesses of Coach Groves and Hall of Honor member Paul Mundy. We'll even have a banner as a backdrop during our awards ceremony from the store.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

AFLAC !

Now that someone at the "insurance" giant finally figured out that Gilbert Gottfried is not politically correct, we are all in the running to be the next voice of the AFLAC duck.  At least all of us but one actual duck in Beijing (Peking to us old-timers).  And that's because that duck volunteered to be Jeff Sanden's dinner while he was visiting the capitol of China.  It looks absolutely splendid. Peking duck in Peking has to be one of the world's best treats.  Jeff's critique of Kung Pao is still pending....

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What's Your Excuse (Part 2)

Thanks to Friend of The Group Mike Fanelli for the photo of Ed Whitlock in the middle of his world-record 3000 M race.  Ed ran 12:00.88 at the age of 80!

I honestly hope I can still walk at that age, if I can reach it at all.

Mike is on the verge of running his 100,000th mile soon, if I'm not mistaken.  Go, Mike, go.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Coach Groves at his Ad-Libbing Best (Actually Safe for Work!)

The "pull quote" from this video is his observation that Greg Fredericks is the finest man he has ever met.  I feel the same way.  (And, of course, the follow-up quote that "I doubt that Greg says the same thing about me.") We are certainly lucky that we all know these two, (and so many more!).  It's time to sign up for the Reunion in May to add your name to the list of Penn State's Best.





For extra credit, name anybody you know in the crowd!

Monday, March 21, 2011

What's Your Excuse?

Kelley Gneiting, a 400 lb. ex-Sumo Champion finished the Los Angeles Marathon in 9:48, a significant improvement of his previous effort.  This attempt has the proper video and pre-event weigh-in to prove his world record for the largest man to finish a marathon!

He described the day as "pure hell".   Which, it seems to me, would be just about what I would expect.

I'll stick to my 3 miles daily, thank you very much.  "Pure heck" is much better than "pure hell", I'm pretty sure. 

 
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