I was wrong

Started with weights and 32 minutes on the exercise bike, and then I went to the Wisconsin at Illinois game.

I honestly thought that Wisconsin might be on its heels after playing (and losing to) Notre Dame, Penn State and Michigan. Wrong. What happened was that Illinois seemed like an easy opponent in comparison.

And Illinois close loss to Maryland? Maryland got slammed 51-14 and 66-17 in their last 2 games (Iowa and Ohio State). Game post in the second half of this post.

Weights: (rehab, right now, right arm is achy) and 32 minutes bike:

Deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184

working sets: 10 x 224, 4 sets of 3 x 256, 1 set of 3 x 261 (new set every 3 minutes for the set of 5)

High handle (4 inch): 3 x 274, 3 x 301 (easier than the 8 inch..slight twinge on final rep)

8 inch: 10 x 260 to finish off my quads.

Then the bike.

Rehab: I did fight off some tingles, but once again made it to the game and back without breaks. Injury is improving. I did stretch my back before walking.

Football game when with Harry; game was a beatdown from the first snap as the Wisconsin offensive line just pushed Illinois all over the place. Wisconsin’s drives stalled due to bad passing: field goal, interception (deep) but it was 10-0 at the half, and the lead felt like much more.

Surprisingly, Illinois didn’t even try to run the ball much at all at first; all passes. Wisconsin didn’t try to pass at first, all runs..long time sucking drives.

Two long drives in the 3’rd pushed it to 24-0.

Late in the game, thanks to pass interference penalties, Illinois had the ball 4’th and 10 at the Wisconsin 25 and fans in my section were yelling to kick the field goal to avert the all but certain shutout! Illinois went for it, didn’t make it, and toward the end, Wisconsin took a knee rather than a final “style points” score.

Photos: Harry and me, a bit of action; I was amused that the special teams had to work around the band to get their second half warm ups in, and the ugly stats line. Game felt a lot worse than 24-0.

Upper deck: not very well filled in.