Friday, September 14, 2012

One to Grow On

As some of you know, I'm training for the Richmond Marathon, scheduled for November 10. I'm learning all kinds of interesting things about distance running, from nutrition to the best means for averting chafing (this one's really important), to how great a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel tastes after 16 miles. But there's one thing I already knew that I think vital enough to share with all of you, because until very recently my wife didn't know how to do it.

Ladies and gentlemen, don't let your friends snot rocket without proper training:

113 comments:

Danimal said...

jiminy xmas...pour it out for manti te'o regardless if you're a lover or hater of nd...girlfriend died of leukemia this week. a day later, his grandmother. wtf.

Dave said...

when rob says "16 miles," he actually means 4 kilometers. he forgot to mention that he's running a "scale" marathon-- for a guy his size, a 5k is equivalent to 26 miles.

Danimal said...

it's kind of neat what you can do while running/biking that won't cause a second glance while in every day society, not so much. peeing while riding (you'd really only do this in a race) is another good one. i'll begin a video for that.

rob said...

holy crap. just saw a tesla roadster in the wild.

zman said...

Best piece of sportswriting I've read in a long long time.

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8377155/we-seem-keep-redefining-jay-cutler-every-four-quarters

zman said...

I have never seen a Tesla and now have roadster envy.

rob said...

it was orange, zman. which blunted my envy, but only a little.

rob said...

i highly recommend michael lewis' vanity fair piece on obama. not a partisan thing - it speaks at length on the pressures faced by any president. it's a vastly different existence than i think any of us could imagine living.

zman said...

My envy is more of a "you saw one" thing than a "I want one" thing. Sort of a car-nerd version of birdwatching. I'd rather have the Lotus on which the Tesla is based.

rob said...

i second that. i *will* own a lotus one day, even if i have to sell one of dave's kidneys to do so.

zman said...

Now that I have a driveway and a (very small) garage I've kicked around the idea of getting an old Elan (BRG, natch). Older dude up the street has a maroon '67 Vette convertible and a big Healey, year unknown, in BRG with off-white coves. I saw him swapping them out of the garage whilst I was pushing a stroller and all I could muster was "You're the man!" He said "Not really, just when I take my cars out."

rob said...

revis out for the jets this weekend, leaving me a conundrum. must start two of colston, mike wallace, torrey smith, vincent jackson. i'll hang up and listen to your answers.

zman said...

I think you can't ever sit Wallace unless he's hurt. Just too explosive. The other guys are all equally flawed, albeit in different ways, making them a bit of a coin toss. I don't trust Josh Freeman yet so I wouldn't start Jackson. I like Colston better than Smith as a general matter, but I'm generally an idiot.

Shlara said...

I'm not a baseball person, but am totally on the Nats bandwagon (and have been since I sat with Teej, Jess and Shannon in the fancy seats in May).

How does this playoff thing work? If they remain in 1st place, they play the wildcard winner? And if they drop to second place...what happens?

Why can't baseball just have 8 seeds like basketball?

Mark said...

I'm not going to answer the baseball question purely on principle. That principle being: Baseball is boring.

Also, have I ever mentioned how much I hate the University of Tennesee?

Mark said...

I missed and 's' in there. Oh well, fuck that state.

Mark said...

and another spelling/grammar error. I need to just start drinking now.

Jerry said...

Tennessee'in is Tennebeliev'in.

rob said...

if the nats keep the best record in the nl, they'll play the winner of the wild card play-in. if cincinnati catches them, the nats will play the other division winner (probably san fran). honestly, the nats will enter the postseason as the favorite to reach the world series. which guarantees exactly nothing, but is remarkable nonetheless.

rob said...

someone should blog about that

Squeaky said...

There is an orange Lotus I see 3 times a week when dropping off my son at daycare.

I'd like to have a Lotus or a E-Type Jaguar if I ever hit the lotto.

Reminds self to start playing the lotto.

Mark said...

Jerry's right. It seems Tennessee fans are as high on this team as they've been in a really, really long time. We'll see. I'm still skeptical. They didn't exactly dominate NC State and the Wolfpack only beat UConn 10-7 last week.

With that said, I'm not sure Florida can can go into two road environments that are as charged up as either stadium has been in years in consecutive weeks and get two wins. Not with a young, inexperienced QB and especially if Mike Gillislee is hurt (have I mentioned that I heart Mike Gillislee?). I hope I'm wrong. If Florida wins this game then they set themselves up nicely going into October.

Okay, I need to stop writing/thinking about this game.

Jerry said...

I know little about Tennessee, other than the rampant incest. Did they lose both of those good WRs they had or just one of them?

AFKAGTB said...

I look forward to this game to see if Tyler Bray can live up to all the hype being heaped on him this season...

Mark said...

The lost Da'Rick due to an inability to stop blowing trees. Justin Hunter (the stud WR who tore his ACL in last year's Florida game) is back and seems completely healthy. They also picked up a JUCO WR named Cordarrelle Patterson who looked electric in the NC State game. And of course they have Tyler "that shit" Bray. They also hired Alabama's LB coach (Sunseri) this summer and he's switched the D to a 3-4 which was good timing since they also brought in a JUCO NT who's 6'7" and 370. Defense is reportedly much better this year.

Mark said...

Bray, imo, is much like a lot of big armed QBs at this point in their careers. He has all the physical tools but will give the defense chances with terrible decisions 5-6 times a game. He's got a hose though and both his WRs have deep speed. Florida's secondary is supposed to be a strength. We'll find out tomorrow.

AFKAGTB said...

Spencer Hall's assessment of Bray is hilarious, and spot on:

"Tyler Bray may be too dumb to remember his last throw."

Kinda reminds me of another Vol QB who ended up here in DC...

rob said...

6'7", 370? that's like a different fucking species.

rob said...

teejay, we're all trying to forget that era.

Squeaky said...

Rob, what do you care ... you Aint's fan.

rob said...

i wasn't then, squeak.

also, towson giving 5 1/2 to the tribe tomorrow. this is an absolute gift from the gambling gods. if i didn't have a strict no-gambling-on-against-my-teams rule, i'd lay the mortgage on it.

zman said...

Towson is your team?

rob said...

towson is going to win going away. i can't bet against the tribe.

Danimal said...

Gators
Tribe
Spartans

Shlara said...

thanks Rob. A World Series in DC would be a lot of fun.

AFKAGTB said...

Giants or Patriots this week in my Survivor Pool?

Jerry said...

I wouldn't trust the Giants.

Jerry said...

Don Bosco over St. Thomas Aquinas. Bergen Catholic over Bishop Gorman. Jersey Strong. We Go Hard.

Mark said...

Those are two pretty big wins for Jersey. Bishop Gorman is consistently overrated though.

Dave said...

you guys are talking highschool football?

rob said...

20 miles, bitches. 4 snot rockets. if you need me the rest of the weekend, i'll be on the couch.

rob said...

lots of excellent jorts taunts behind the gameday set

rob said...

anti-kiffin bloodlust at neyland is fun

rob said...

verrrry bendy tribe d doesn't break

AFKAGTB said...

danimal, you bet on the Irish tonight?

Danimal said...

Tribe is nice.
Who the eff is afkagtb?
No...not betting on Irish.
I think that line will come down a half point to 5.5 but either way going w Sparty.

Danimal said...

Kind of surprises none of you nova types are present for tribe game. Lame.

Danimal said...

Surprised.

Mark said...

Yes, Dave. What's wrong with talking high school football?

My favorite bets for the day. Western Kentucky (+6.5) over Kentucky. UCLA (-17) over Houston and Texas (-10.5) over Ole Miss. You can thank me later.

Danimal said...

Va tech will never go a season w/out losing 1-2 games that should not even be close. It just doesn't happen. They may pull it out but they look like shit.

Mark said...

Logan Thomas: Big, strong, fast. Not a very good Quarterback.

Danimal said...

That Sparty line is now down to -5

Danimal said...

I will thank you now Mark.
I alSo kind of like UVA getting 10 against gatech.

Danimal said...

Tribe helmets purty.

Danimal said...

Pitt lost to effing Youngstown St and here they are up 3tds

AFKAGTB said...

Virginia Tech down 21-0 to fucking Pittsburgh. Who lost to Youngstown State to start the year.

LOL.

Danimal said...

I am having to trim my eyebrows every 3-4 weeks these days.

AFKAGTB said...

dammit danimal, get out of my head

Danimal said...

Jinx

Danimal said...

Get into my car. Beep beep.

Danimal said...

I enjoy cider. Especially when in the u.k. When served on draft and over ice. Wife just picked up a 6r of mic ultra light cider. For her of course. I must say that it is pri-tee good!

Danimal said...

For you Charlie Weis fans his Jayhawks are playing on FX against TCU. Led by former ND qb crist . Yeah...sorry...never mind .

Danimal said...

Weis lookn good though. Waist down to at most a 48. Gastro kickin in bitches!

Danimal said...

Tackling not a vatech strengff

Mark said...

Rob's Tribe gambling advice was clearly a case of tiny trying to execute a reverse jinx.

T.J. said...

what a fucking shitty way to end a game, Tribe. assholes.

T.J. said...

and Va Tech, hahahahaha

rob said...

yeah, i'm a notoriously bad gambler. but i did win lunch from a high school buddy and towson alum.

Mark said...

I also should've mentioned that Louisiana-Monroe was a good bet at Auburn. You know, because Auburn sucks. Got scared by a possible let down from ULM. I was wrong. I'm an idiot.

Danimal said...

Osu cal game interesting. An Osu loss wil take them out of the bcs running. Oh wait. Hahahahahah

Mark said...

Rooting against Urban Meyer is more fun than I anticipated. Rooting against Auburn is just as fun as I remember.

rob said...

turrrrrrrible loss for tech. and rooting against auburn is one of man's inalienable rights.

rob said...

tribe is 0-3, with a -7 point differential. we don't suck, necessarily, but we aren't going anywhere this year.

rob said...

and fulham wrecked west brom albion, 3-0. come on you whites.

rob said...

boy, was that an impressive drive for alabama

TR said...

Mini G:TB summit to start soon. Dave, Marls, Zman (possibly) to join Juan Carlos and Sammy for my first annual pig roast / keg party. Weather gods treating us well. The pig on the spit, on the other hand, is not doing so well.

Estimated police arrival time for noise: 11:09 PM.

Danimal said...

So was a little off on that gatech UVA game.

Mark will disagree I think but it is good to see UT competitive again.

And like I said on twitter 5 min ago that tenn drop going to haunt them.

zman said...

I will be there. You need to have better music than the dj spinning at the block party outside my house.

rob said...

strong mini-summit agenda. glad everyone got an invite.

Danimal said...

Moscow mule. First one of the year. For the perfect mule you should have a copper mug. Went to get some online the other day and decided to just stick w glass.

Mr KQ said...

Pour one out for Nevin Spence, Ulster and U20 Ireland Center, who died tragically today in a farm accident along with his brother and father. They fell into a slurry pit (had to google it). Jaysus what a way to go.

Mark said...

Moscow mule is?

Danimal said...

Only in Ireland. Terrible.

Danimal said...

Couldn't be more pleased w nd play calling.

Danimal said...

Vodka and ginger beer. And lime.

T.J. said...

Tennessee's secondary...fucking atrocious.

rob said...

jaysus is right. that poor family.

Mark said...

Oh man. Beating Tennessee never, ever gets old. Lerentee McRay was the best player on the field in the second half. Pass rushing beast.

Danimal said...

Congratulations on your victory Mark. I too will take it. Just this once though.

Danimal said...

This Dicks commercial...is that Marcellus Wallace doing the narration?

T.J. said...

I just googled slurry pit. That is one helluva way to go. Yikes.

Mark said...

It would be tough for me to be much happier than I am right now.

Danimal said...

Musberger loves saying "snaps off"...and I always chuckle

Danimal said...

Nd has to go pass offense...this won't cut it

Danimal said...

Teejus....for Xmas I would like one of those nd undershirts with the leprechaun. Thanks.

rob said...

te'o is playing his ass off. can't even fathom that. gridiron as refuge.

Danimal said...

Worried. Turnover time.

Danimal said...

Could not have been more against going for it there. But....FIRST DOWN!

Danimal said...

Herbie...the only reason they look different is bc they aren't turning the ball over.

T.J. said...

Stepfan Taylor, BeastMode tonight

Danimal said...

This game is so not over....herbie and Brent have them Ina fucking bcs bowl

Danimal said...

How great is Gus Johnson calling this?

rob said...

barkley creating legends?

and it doesn't matter, 'cause the bama/lsu winner is the national champ.

Danimal said...

Suck it kiffin

Danimal said...

Betting against the Irish is working for me.

T.J. said...

Lane Kiffin, that's karma kicking down your door. Assface.

rob said...

cue milhouse for lane kiffin: 'ha ha'

rob said...

also, not milhouse

Danimal said...

Classy shit the msu players finding te'o...

Mark said...

I believe you mean Nelson, Rob. Yes, 'Haha' indeed. The only thing that could make a Florida win over Tennessee better was a Lane Kiffin loss. Good day.

Geoff said...

Played blackjack next to Roy Hibbert at the Greenbrier last night. Told him about my bet with Dennis. He didn't find it that amusing.

zman said...

Sarlacc pit?

rob said...

new post up. moose out front shoulda told you.