Colts 27 Patriots 17

Yes, the Patriots outgained the Colts, who got less than 50 net passing yards. But thanks to two interceptions and a blocked punt, the Colts lead 17-0 at the half and 20-0 early in the 3’rd due to another interception.

But the Patriots rallied and eventually cut it to 20-17, when the Colts broke a long run against a stacked defense; when they split the defensive backs it was all over.

The crew and some stills:

Some of my videos:

Another football weekend

Saturday: saw the Illini dominate Northwestern 47-14. I figured the 6.5 point favorite Illini would win and cover the spread, but I had it something like 17-3. But NW had unforced turnovers and made unforced mistakes; this was very much unlike their play in recent years.

And 47-14 ..the game was actually worse. It was 28-0 right off the bat and 37-7 at the half. The Illini dominated every single phase of the game.

I treated my wife and nephew to Colonnades Club tickets as it was rather cold. I watched the first 3 quarters from my usual seats, and then climbed to the upper deck to get a sunset shot, then down to the horseshoe for the final few minutes.

Then we drove to Indianapolis to return her nephew and then take in the Buccaneers vs Colts game. The Colts lead 24-14 at the half and appeared to be on their way for a 3’rd quarter score, but a strip sack changed momentum.

The Bucs got to 31-24 before the Colts tied it on a long drive, featuring the run game they went away from. But with 2 minutes to go, Tampa drove in for the wining score with 22 seconds to go (seems familiar)

A long kick return gave the Colts some faint hope, but a final desperation pass was intercepted.

Some video and photos:

Colts trip; getting back

Sunday I kind of wore myself out doing an out and back trip to take “the crew” to a Colts game. That out and back added to the time and by the time I was driving home, I was tired, it was dark, and let’s just say that next time, I’ll get a hotel room *before* or *after* so I am not driving while tired.

The game itself: very pleasant; Colts won 31-3 and dominated all phases of the game.

Two big plays: the pass was completed right in front of us. The run: you could see that hole open up…huge.

\Some facts: lines are longer at concession stands, no cash is accepted (they have a cash to card machine); concourses are a bit more crowded due to longer lines, and this 400 loge section is in the sun later in the game.

Still: nice experience; first time I’ve sat in this section.

Workout notes today:

pull ups: 2 sets of 10 singes, 2 sets of 5, 2 sets of 10, 2 sets of 5 chins, mixed with

sets of 20 push ups: 2 of sissy, 2 of feet elevated, 2 of almost normal

rows: 2 sets of 10 x 134, 10 x 114 (better ROM), curls: 3 sets of 10 curls, shoulder presses: 65, 76, 81 sets of 10 (latter went well), rehab. Late start.

Note: all the sitting made my butt painful to walk on, especially on the way back.

Maybe I am not missing much

Obviously COVID 19 is a serious problem and my missing a season of live football, in the great scheme of things, is no big deal. It barely registers, at least on a personal level (though I understand those associated with spectator sports may be genuinely suffering; I don’t want to make light of that.)

But I stayed up late tonight to watch Illinois lose 45-7 to Wisconsin. Well..that certainly seems to be an expected result. …situation: the usual.

But, well, Navy is 3-0 in conference even with some very ugly non-conference losses (55-3 to BYU, 40-7 to Air Force) and Texas took it on the chin vs TCU and Oklahoma.

The Colts are 4-2 (gave the opener away) and the Bears are 5-1, with their loss being to…the Colts.

So I guess it isn’t all bad, for now.

Oh today? I kept making errors getting my key ready..but my students had no trouble with the HW.

Workout notes: weights.
pull ups: got a couple of sets of 10, a set of 15 singles a couple of 5’s and enough to get to 55 reps.

Bench: 10 x 132 then sets (with pause) of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 with 181, 176, 171, 165, 159, 154 (I have a 20kg bar, 20 kg, 10 kg, 5 kg, 2.5, 1.25 kg plates which makes for some weird poundages)

shoulder press: seated dumbbell: 3 x 10 with 40’s (no support), 9 x 88 supported barbell.

rows: 4 sets of 10 x 134 trap bar

4:30 to do 65 push ups: 30, 20, 15

headstand.

2019 in review

Here is my 2019 in review. I posted photos that are meaningful to me. The first one is collage of “friend” photos.

Here is the “where” (many of the “wheres” anyway)

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

The TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon

October


November

December

Colts roll over listless Panthers 38-6

Basically, this was about punt returns, 1 very long one and two touchdown returns; that accounted for 21 of the Colts’ 38 points. And the Panthers simply didn’t show up; their rookie quarterback had a rough day. They weren’t helped by some questionable play calling (QB sneak on 4’th and 1, when you have a strong running back?)

It was 21-3 at the half and was never close. The Colts did miss some open receivers and some receivers dropped some good passes…could have been worse.

There was also an ejection due to a punch and the player flipping off fans.

The outing was nice:

We walked past the capitol.

You can see the stadium from where we parked.

The crew


Northwestern runs over Illinois; Titans block Colts

The good news: once again, I had a FOOTBALL DOUBLE; game on Saturday, game on Sunday. Bad news: unlike the previous ones, “my” teams lost both games.

Saturday: well, what more is there to say. Northwestern came to Champaign on a rainy day. Both teams were banged up, but NW was down to their 4’th quaterback and to using a defensive player at running back. Result: they ran all over Illinois 29-10, getting 378 running yards..mostly on short runs, and 433 total yards. They were the Big Ten’s worst team on offense and had yet to win a Big Ten game. Illinois, playing their no. 2 quarterback, ended up with 160 total yards, including 14, count them, 14, on the ground.

How it went down: well, exchange of punts (it was cold and rainy) and NW got a drive for a field goal. Illini punt (a lot of them), NW interception then a TD drive with much of the damage done by a pass. It is now 7-3. No problem; 70 + yard drive for NW, most on the ground and that was the half time score: 10-7.

In the 3’rd quarter, the Illini had a chance to get it back but wasted a drive on a missed field goal. NW used the short field for a TD (34 yard pass to the tight end) put them up 17-7, and then the Illini got a favoriable “doink” for a fg and it was only 17-10 going into the 4’th.

No problem: 83 yard touchdown drive and this was looking like Eastern Michigan all over again. Doink on the extra point. Illini punt, doink that failed for NW, new Illinois QB fumbled, NW converted into a TD and now it is 29-10 when NW failed with a 2 point conversion.

A garbage time drive almost prettied it up some, but fittingly, it ended with an interception.

Yes, Big Ten officiating stinks, but, well, bad calls didn’t account for how badly we got pushed all over the field.

Social comments (Harry, Barbara and Jacob) at the end of the post.

Next day: Titans at Colts. The Colts got a fumble on the first series and converted it into a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Titans had a nice drive to tie it at 7. But a field goal and a nice 3rd quarter drive put the Colts up 17-7..but this was to be the last lead.

Third quarter saw the Titans dominate to get it to 17-17. But then with 6 minutes or so..the Colts tried a another field goal (made 1, missed 1, one other partially blocked). This one was blocked and returned for a touchdown and what could have been a 20-17 lead was a 24-17 deficit. Drive..interception but there were 4 minutes plus remaining. No problem, long pass (catching the Colts defense in run defense mode) and that lead to the final 31-17..one final Colts drive was stopped at about the Titan 10 by a fumble.

Social: Harry sat with me at the Northwestern game; I got Barbara and Jacob cheap club seats which featured indoor seating (optional)

Sparse crowd.

Barbara’s indoor section

Butkus statue.

Barbara took this one; technically, I am in it.

Harry and me.

Red Grange statue on the other side of the stadium.

Barbara, Bryan and Jacob taking it all in.

Football weekend

Saturday: I went to the Indiana State at Illinois State game; it was raining hard and 45 F.

The game ended up 24-7 Illinois State, but it was much more competitive than that for the first 3 quarters. In the first half, it was field position with Indiana State getting somewhat the better of it. Finally the Redbirds got a drive to go up 7-0. But a fumble put the Sycamores in business at the Redbird 34; they had success with the wildcat formation.

So it was 7-7 at the half.

Second half: the Redbirds got one drive and a field goal to go up 10-7. But as the 4’th quarter came on, the Sycamores were driving; at the 15 they fumbled and the Redbirds recovered. A 77 yard touchdown run from the star Redbird running back put them up 17-7, and a fumble on the kickoff lead to a short field and the insurance touchdown.

Meanwhile, Illinois was winning 24-6 at Purdue in another rainy game; this game, the Illini went up 17-0 and held on.

Sunday: Broncos at Colts: 15-13 Colts

The game was simple; the Broncos mostly owned the first half but were limited to field goals. In the second half, they finally got a touchdown to lead 13-3..note that the Colts had missed a field goal. A second field goal cut it to 13-6 but then ..finally, the Colts drove for a TD..but MISSED the extra point.

It seemed bleak when the Colts punted with 3:30 to go..but the defense got the ball back. And what do you know…a drive..assisted by a lame personal foul got the Colts in position for a 52 yard attempt..which was good.

Photos:

The last photo is the winning field goal, which came with 22 seconds to go.

Colts beat Texans 30-23 in an entertaining game

Guys football weekend, part II. This was an entertaining game that saw the Texans only punt twice (once after the first drive) and the Colts 4 times…all in the 4’th quarter. Total yards were more or less even: 391 for the Texans, 383 for the Colts, and team lost the ball deep in their own territory; and the Texans threw a “ball batted up by a diving receiver” interception on their final drive. Both teams attempted 4’th down conversions.

The key difference: the Colts went into the red zone 4 times and came away with 4 touchdowns; the Texans kicked 3 field goals..and that included when they got a fumble at the Colt 3, and got a short field when the Colts failed on a 4’th and 1.

The Colts lead 14-6 just before the half when the Texans mounted a quick drive to cut the lead to 14-9.

No problem: long drive in the second half to make it 21-9; the Texans answered with their first touchdown, and the Colts did the same. It was 28-16 going into the 4’th quarter..where the Colts offense sputtered.

The Texans pulled to 28-23 and the Colts pinned them deep after a good punt. The Texans went nowhere and 2:41 left in the game (and all 3 time outs), took a safety.
The Texan defense held and got the ball back at their own 36, but ended up throwing a freak interception (ball tipped up by a diving receiver) which sealed the game.

The Colts now lead the AFC South.

Chiefs win; Bears and Colts clash in preseason

Ok, this is very belated. On Thursday evening, the Chiefs clinched a 3 game series with a 2-1 win vs. a good Bandits team. I got there late (3’rd) and sat with Vickie and Harry.

Very good pitching; QC tied it but the Chiefs got a run in the bottom of the 8’th and held on.

Then Saturday: Bears and Colts.

Oh..the Bears won 27-17 on the strength of a strip/fumble return and a sack fumble return; they also had a 58 yard field goal and controlled the action in the second half. The first half, aside from the strip fumble return off of a completed pass, belonged to the Colts. Kelly and Cain looked sharp in the first half; Bray looked good in the second for the Bears.

But really, the game was secondary to the news that went around on social media that Luck had decided to retire.

That lead to a rather unfortunate situation where he got booed as he left the field (in street clothes)

Oh my…I understand being upset..but come on..stay classy Colts fans.