Category Archives: sports

Big Meat Pete came through

It’s been a tough season for the Mets, so far. Last night’s walk-off win over the best team in the league, after being behind three different times in the game, was a taste of the good things that could be around the corner.

The Mets still need better pitching, but it was nice to go to bed happy.

2023 USPA Drug Tested River City Classic

I had a pretty good powerlifting meet yesterday. Went 8/9 with state records in each lift. The records were vacated, so I just had to make lifts to get them, but I got them which was cool. In a lot of these strength sports, especially at local meets, there are big guys and there are old guys but it is rare for me to run into other Big Old Guys.
I had a rough training cycle to get to this meet because the holidays didn’t leave me much room to get the work in. My openers were all recent gym maxes and I took some modest jumps on the additional attempts. All of these lifts were well below my lifetime PRs and with any kind of decent training or dedication I could have maybe made a run at a couple of them. It just wasn’t in the cards for this meet. I don’t know why I even sign up for January meets. I always choose the non-training option through the holidays and then I grumble when I don’t do my best.

Small success makes me want to make a more serious run at another powerlifting meet, but I’m also planning to play a lot of tennis this year and the two sports are not especially compatible.

Today, I’m sore but not injured, which is key. I’ll spend 2023 working to find a way to balance the two.

Mets in the playoffs?!?

It’s been a little while since I had to care about postseason baseball. It’s exciting.

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Throwback

It was a lot of fun to get out with the old tennis guys last night. We joined a new club this year and I have been spending most of my time playing there. Thursday Night Tennis is still play for a couple of hours and then drink beer and hang for a while, and I’m glad for it, but the Ridgetop game always has bigger beers at the end and I’m moving a step slow this morning.

Now I have to decide if I’m going to play in the heavy heat this weekend.

Snap!

Literally snapped the other night.

I’ve got the ol’ gal in the shop and she she should be back and ready to go for more play this weekend.

Balancing act

After taking up tennis in the pandemic, I’ve struggled to find a way to keep lifting. The two activities aren’t especially complementary.

I’ve got a weightlifting meet coming in August that I have to train for. I’m also on a summer USTA team and I’ve got a full tennis schedule otherwise.

I got some good lifts in today. We’ll see how it goes.

May 7th is a big day

Two great sports moments that bring me great joy happened on May 7th.

First, in 2016, Bartolo Colon hit his only MLB home run. That was a fun Mets team and Colon was a crowd favorite. The call of the homer is terrific.

And then, in 2019, Liverpool overcame a 0-3 deficit to beat Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal. I remember watching this one on a hacked stream at the office. It was impossible to contain the joy. This video is a compilation of the LFC radio crew calling the goals. I should have it cued to the “Corner taken quickly! Origi!” highlight with still gives me goosebumps.

Bonkers Mets win

Down 2-0 in the top of the 9th with two outs and not much hope. I’ve seen the Mets lose a lot of games like this. It was great to see them win one.

This Win probability chart is hysterical.

Mo Salah! Mo Salah!

Mohamed Salah has been a force of nature for Liverpool since they brought him in. This is a nice Men In Blazers video about where he came from.

I loooooove it.