Blackshear and Harrell Lead No. 17 Louisville Past Florida State, 81-59 Saturday, Feb 28 2015 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - While the focus is often on what a team does in March, Louisville has a habit of closing strong in February.

The Cardinals have won 16 of their last 19 February games, and No. 17 Louisville turned in one of its best offensive and defensive performances this season in an 81-59 win over Florida State on Saturday.

”It was a terrific win for us,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. ”This is probably the best team performance of the season.”

Wayne Blackshear scored 18 points, Montrezl Harrell added 16 points and Anton Gill made all five of his shots from the floor to finish with 14 to help Louisville (23-6, 11-5 ACC) close February with its third straight win.

Montrezl Harrell had 16 points and 4 rebounds

Montrezl Harrell had 16 points and 4 rebounds. PHOTO- USA Today

Louisville shot 31 of 64 (48.4 percent) from the floor as the Cardinals surpassed the 70-point mark for the first time in eight February games.

Montay Brandon scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and Boris Bojanovsky added 11 points and nine rebounds for FSU (15-15, 7-10 ACC). But the Seminoles had 21 turnovers, including 13 in the first half, partly because of the full-court pressure from Louisville.

”We lost to a team that created a lot of havoc for us,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. ”We turned the ball over 21 times. They scored 32 points off turnovers.”

Three days after he scored 30 points in the final 4:38 of a loss at Miami, FSU’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes had two points in the first half and finished 5 of 16 for 12 points.

”We wanted to take his legs out as much as we could, pressure him as much as we could,” Pitino said. ”We wanted to trap him. . We were going to make sure that we weren’t going to rely on him missing – we were going to play him really hard.”

Louisville led 36-26 at the half and by as many as 26 points, 64-38, after a 3-pointer by Gill with 10:06 left in the game. The Seminoles, who were playing their third game in seven days, shot 19 of 48 (39.6 percent) from the floor.

FSU never could get in gear in the first half, missing its first nine shots until Bojanovsky made a basket in the lane at the 12:22 mark.

Louisville’s defense led to 10 steals, including six by Terry Rozier.


Louisville and FSU haven’t played in men’s basketball since the Metro Conference tournament championship game on March 9, 1991. The Seminoles rallied from a 20-point deficit to win the title 76-69.


Louisville: The Cardinals have shot 47 percent or better from the field in 13 games this season.


Louisville: The Cardinals play host to Notre Dame on Wednesday.

Cards Travel to Florida State Saturday, Feb 28 2015 

Courtesy: University of Louisville

GAME FACTS – Louisville at Florida State
Date: Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Site: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Fla. (12,100)
Television: ESPN2 – Mike Couzens, play-by-play; LaPhonzo Ellis, analyst.
Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Doug Ormay, analyst (Sirius 84, XM 84)
Series History: Louisville leads 30-9 (17-2 in Louisville, 10-6 in Tallahassee, 3-1 neutral)
Last Meeting: Florida State 76, UofL 69 (March 9, 1991 in Roanoke, Va., Metro Conference Tournament Championship)
UofL National Ranking: 15th USA Today, 17th Associated Press
Officials: Sean Hull, Tony Chiazza, Jerry Heater
Next UofL Game: Mar. 4 vs. Notre Dame, KFC Yum! Center, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

The Last Meeting

Louisville 69
Florida State 76
March 9, 1991
Roanoke, Va.

Game Notes vs. Florida State

Louisville plays its final road game of the season as the Cardinals visit Tallahassee, Fla. to face Florida State on Saturday. Louisville recovered from a 13-point deficit with 9:40 remaining to win 52-51 at Georgia Tech on Feb. 23 as Terry Rozier led the Cardinals with 22 points, including 18 in the second half.

Louisville has three players averaging double figures. Rozier leads the Cards in scoring with 17.7 points per game.  Montrezl Harrell ranks second with 15.3 points, while Wayne Blackshearaverages 10.5 points. The Cardinals are solid on the boards, Harrell leads the team with 9.4 rebounds per game. Rozier ranks second on the team in rebounding with 5.5 per game.

Louisville ranks among the nation’s top 30 in nine statistical categories through games of Feb. 23. Individually, Harrell is 28th nationally in rebounding (9.4) and 30th in field goal percentage (.565). Rozier is 59th in steals (1.9) and 58th in scoring (17.7).

Quentin Snyder

Quentin Snyder

Florida State (15-14, 7-9 ACC) has won five of its last nine, falling 81-77 at Miami on Feb. 25 in its last game as freshman guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 35 points, including 30 points in the last 4:38 as the Seminoles’ rally from 18-points down fell short. Rathan-Mayes hit 6-of-11 three-pointers and added five assists.

Rathan-Mayes is the lone freshman in the ACC leading his team in scoring (14.4 ppg), assists (4.5 apg) and steals (1.1 spg). Bookert, a junior guard, has buried 49-of-121 three-pointers (40.5 percent, sixth in ACC). Coach Leonard Hamilton needs three victories to become the all-time winningest coach at Florida State (234-170 record at FSU).

Louisville has a 30-9 series advantage over Florida State. In the last meeting 24 years ago, the Cardinals fell 76-69 to the Seminoles in the championship game of the Metro Conference Tournament played in Roanoke, Va. (3/9/91). The teams were both members of the Metro Conference from 1976-91.

UofL Coach Rick Pitino won his only previous meeting against Florida State as his Kentucky team prevailed 106-81 over the Seminoles in the NCAA Southeast Region championship to advance to the 1993 Final Four in New Orleans (3/27/93).

• Louisville’s academic performance in the recently completed fall semester was impressive, with 15 of its 16 men’s basketball student-athletes achieving a 3.0 or better grade point average. The Cardinals posted a collective 3.33 GPA for the 2014 Fall Semester, just short of the team record of 3.47 achieved last fall.
• Louisville’s 118 victories over the last four years are tied with Wichita State for the most wins in the nation in that stretch. Louisville is the only school in the nation with three straight 30-win seasons, including a school-record 35 victories by its 2012-13 NCAA Title team.
Terry Rozier has scored 22 or more points six times in the last 10 games, including 22 points at Georgia Tech in his last game (18 in the second half).
• In its seven ACC road games this season, Louisville has shot a collective 48 percent from the field (201-of-419), while connecting on 37.2 percent of its field goals in seven league home games. The Cardinals have shot above 47 percent from the field on 12 occasions this season. Terry Rozier has averaged 21.1 points in UofL’s eight conference road games.
• Louisville has a 46-13 record in February over the last eight years (since 2007-08), winning 15 of its last 18 in the month.
Wayne Blackshear was honored as a Capital One Academic All-America second team selection on Thursday.
• UofL has produced its 13th consecutive season with 20 or more victories.

Champion Take Charge Brandi Heads Roster of 154 Early Nominations for Kentucky Oaks Saturday, Feb 28 2015 

Nomination Total of 154 Up 27.3% From 121 Early Oaks Nominees in 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Feb. 27, 2015) – Willis C. Horton’s reigning juvenile champion Take Charge Brandi is the brightest star among 154 horses on the roster of early nominations to the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies scheduled for its 141st running on Friday, May 1 at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”).

The nominated fillies are bidding to succeed Winchell Thoroughbreds’ homebred Untapable, who won the 2014 Kentucky Oaks under history-making, two-time Kentucky Oaks-winning jockey Rosie Napravnik before 113,071 onlookers at Churchill Downs.  Untapable’s Oaks for trainer Steve Asmussen was a highlight of a 2014 season that earned the daughter of Tapit an Eclipse Award that honored her as America’s champion 3-year-old filly. She was unbeaten in races against her gender in 2014, with her only loss being a fourth-place finish to eventual Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) winner Bayern in Monmouth Park’s Haskell Invitational (GI). Untapable completed her championship season with a victory in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI), in which she became only the third Kentucky Oaks winner to also win that race.

Take Charge Brandi at Keeneland

Take Charge Brandi 

This year’s early nomination total is a 27.3% increase from the 121 fillies made eligible during the early nomination total in 2014, and it’s the highest total since 170 fillies were nominated in 2009. The Oaks early nomination record is 192 from 2007.

To view the complete list of 2015 Longines Kentucky Oaks nominations, visit:

A late nomination phase is open and will continue through Wednesday, April 8. Late nominations require payment of a $1,500 fee. After the closing of late nominations, there will be a final opportunity to make a filly eligible for the Kentucky Oaks through the race’s supplemental nomination process, which requires payment of $30,000 at the time of entry to the race on Tuesday, April 28.

The Oaks field is limited to 14 starters and up to four fillies designated as “also-eligible” to start. Eligibility to compete in the Oaks is determined by points amassed during the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” series. If one of more horses should scratch from the Longines Kentucky Oaks before 9 a.m. on the morning of the race, fillies from the “also-eligible” list with the highest respective point totals would be allowed to compete.

The 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks is run each year on the eve of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and, like the Derby, has been run annually with interruption since Churchill Downs’ first racing meet in 1875, when the track was known as the Louisville Jockey Club. The race is the centerpiece of a celebration of fashion, food, celebrity and fun that is focused on women’s health issues and outreach. Churchill Downs and national charity partner Bright Pink® join forces on Oaks Day to promote breast cancer and ovarian health outreach. Along with the running of the main event, Kentucky Oaks Day will feature the seventh annual Survivors Parade Presented by Kroger and will continue the tradition of the “Pink Out,” with all attendees being urged to incorporate the color pink into their Oaks Day attire.

The 2015 Longines Kentucky Oaks will be telecast live on NBCSN.

Take Charge Brandi launched her Eclipse Award championship run with a front-running victory at odds of 61-1 in the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. She followed that triumph with victories in the Grade III Delta Princess at Delta Downs and the Grade I Starlet at Southern California’s Los Alamitos. Lukas’ star opened her 3-year-old campaign with a victory in the $100,000 Martha Washington at Oaklawn Park to improve her career record to 4-1-0 in eight races with earnings of $1,620,126.

A Longines Kentucky Oaks victory by Take Charge Brandi would provide the 79-year-old Lukas his fifth Kentucky Oaks victory, but first triumph since a win in the 1990 Oaks by Seaside Attraction. Lukas is tied with Calumet Farm’s Ben Jones for second place in career Kentucky Oaks victories and trails only fellow Hall of Fame conditioner Woody Stephens, who had five career victories in the Kentucky Oaks. Lukas’ other Oaks winners were Blush With Pride (1982), Lucky Lucky Lucky (1984) and eventual 3-year-old filly champion Open Mind (1989).

The strong list of early Kentucky Oaks nominees also includes Fletcher and Carolyn Gray’s I’m A Chatterbox, winner of Fair Grounds’ Rachel Alexandra (GIII) and Silverbulletday in her two races since she joined the stable of two-time Kentucky Oaks winning-trainer Larry Jones, and Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC and The Elkstone Group LLC’s Condo Commando, a dazzling winner of Saratoga’s Spinaway (GI) and Aqueduct’s Demoiselle (GII) at two. Condo Commando opened her 3-year-old season for trainer Rudy Rodriguez with a victory in Aqueduct’s Busher.

Other prominent fillies who are taking aim on the Oaks include Spendthrift Farm LLC’s Callback, winner of Santa Anita’s Las Virgenes (GI), Siena Farm’s Angela Renee, winner of Santa Anita’s Chandelier (GI); Forum Racing LLC’s Forward Gal (GII) winner Birdatthewire; GSN Racing’s Cristina’s Journey, winner of the Pocahontas (GII) at Churchill Downs; Phaedrus Stable LLC’s Ekati’s Phaeton, winner of the Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park; Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Starlet runner-up Feathered; Cheyenne Stables LLC’s Light the City, runner-up in the Las Virgenes; Treadway Racing Stable’s Wonder Gal, runner-up in the Frizette (GI) at Belmont Park; Regis Racing’s Santa Ynez (GII) winner Seduire; Gary and Mary West’s Golden Rod (GII) winner West Coast Belle; and Charles E. Fipke’s Forever Unbridled, a daughter of 2006 Kentucky Oaks winner Lemons Forever who ran third in Rachel Alexandra.

Two-time Kentucky Oaks winning-trainer Jerry Hollendorfer nominated 17 fillies to lead all trainers in early Kentucky Oaks nominations. Todd Pletcher, also a two-time Oaks winner, nominated 14 fillies, and was followed by Kiaran McLaughlin (10), Dale Romans (six), Bob Baffert (five) and Chad Brown (five).

Godolphin Racing LLC made nine fillies eligible to compete in the Kentucky Oaks to lead all owners during the early nomination phase. Charles Fipke has the second most nominations by an owner with seven.

Untapable was the second consecutive Eclipse Award 3-year-old filly champion to emerge from the Kentucky Oaks.  Spendthrift Farm LLC’s Beholder, runner-to King of Prussia Stable’s Princess of Sylmar in the 2013 Kentucky Oaks, earned that year’s championship in her age and gender division. Beholder secured her Eclipse Award with three consecutive Grade I victories following her loss in the Oaks. Beholder’s championship season concluded with a dominant triumph over two-time champion Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) at Santa Anita.

Prior to the championships by Untapable and Beholder, four consecutive Kentucky Oaks winners earned championship honors from 2007-2010. That streak included Kentucky Oaks triumphs by champions Blind Luck (2010), Rachel Alexandra (2009), Proud Spell (2008) and Rags to Riches (2007). Rachel Alexandra and Rags to Riches defeated males in Triple Crown races in their subsequent starts, with the former defeating Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the Preakness (GI) on her way to Horse of the Year honors, and Rags to Riches edged eventual two-time Horse of the Year Curlin in a dramatic renewal of the Belmont Stakes (GI). Rachel Alexandra was named Horse of the Year following her brilliant 3-year-old season that also included Grade I victories over males in the Haskell Invitational and the Woodward at Saratoga.

Other Kentucky Oaks winners who were named champions of the in their age and gender division include Ashado (2004), Bird Town (2003), Farda Amiga (2002), Silverbulletday (1999), Open Mind, Tiffany Lass (1986), Davona Dale (1979) and Susan’s Girl (1972). Kentucky Oaks participants who went on to secure 3-year-old championship honors include Wait a While (3rd in in the Kentucky Oaks in 2006), Banshee Breeze (runner-up in 1998), Go for Wand (runner-up in 1990) and Wayward Lass (3rd in 1981). Believe You Can, winner of the 2012 Oaks, and 2011 winner Plum Pretty were among three finalists for the Eclipse Award for champion 3-year-old filly in their respective 3-year-old seasons.

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN), which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 2, 2015. The track’s 2015 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 25-June 27. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record eight times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at

Getting My Swing Back the Right Way Sunday, Jan 11 2015 

When I played golf this year, I was hitting drives off the tee close to 300 yards.  I played better, hit the ball further, and enjoyed the game more than ever.  You might say I was pretty happy with myself.

Then I met Lenny Mello. Certified by the Titleist Performance Institute, Lenny runs a program that helps guys like me play longer and better. As he explained to me, Titleist has a mission to keep people playing longer, so it created this training series for that purpose.

Sure, he has clients who are very young. He has female clients. But his bread-and-butter, he’ll tell you, is guys like me. At the headquarters of his business,  Pillar Health & Sport Performance, in the Louisville Tennis Club on Herr Lane, Lenny took me through a number of flexibility tests.

rs79LennyMelloLet’s just say I failed. At one point, Lenny said he’s not seen anyone whose movement was as restricted as mine. I got a report from those tests, I scored a 32. That’s low.

A typical “finding” – You have lost mobility and strength in the muscles that control the right shoulder blade and shoulder girdle.  This will lead to poor posture and limited range of motion in the right shoulder during your golf swing.

It’s natural for people to lose flexibility as we age. But you can do something about it. Lenny is one of 15,000 TPI-certified pros around the world, and he know what it’s going to take to improve my situation.

Now here’s the good news — Lenny says he can help me correct a lot of this and become a better golfer. We started a series of exercises on Friday designed to improve all the muscle groups that are inhibiting my golf swing.

And I think I can follow the plan and maybe even get back to playing racquetball. I’ll keep you posted.



Journal: Luke’s Three-Day Week; Homecoming with the Pikes Sunday, Nov 9 2014 

Our Journal:

LUKE: Entry for 11/6 thru 11/7. This week was a short week so my teachers see this and decide “We need to give them enough work for a 5 day week isntead of 3.” So I’ve been very busy with not only schoolwork but also this is a fairly important time for my game. This is because on midnight Monday the “season” ends and you can no longer climb up the competitive ladder for that season. I want to get the highest rank of diamond but I’m fairly far away so I have been very busy with that and schoolwork.

Diddle PikeComposite PIKEOtisHeeb WKUHomecoming

RICK: We had a big crowd in Bowling Green for Homecoming at WKU. By that, I mean we had a gang of my PiKA fraternity brothers converging on campus. We came with our graying hair, growing waistlines and either our 1st, 2nd or 3rd wives, girlfriends or just our selves. And we hung out, calling each other by nicknames earned in college — “Otis, my man!” —  and telling all of those not in on the jokes how crazy we were three decades ago.

We saw the new Pike house, a structure way cooler than the ramshackle place we remembered at 1366 College Street. Oddly, there was a composite photo from my freshman year on the wall, so we had to rush over and take pictures. As current students rushed by us in front of Diddle, we ate and drank at a tailgate party, stopping people we knew on the way in. We watched the Hilltoppers conquer UTEP in exciting fashion in a fancy, half-empty stadium.  I can’t understand what it is people in Bowling Green do that they don’t fill this wonderful place up 6 times a year.  And they sell beer at the games.

There were 35 of us at dinner in downtown Bowling Green. Conversations weren’t about what we’re doing with our lives, but what we did in our college lives. We talked about the dozens of brothers who didn’t make this trip, and what all those guys were doing. And we hugged each other, laughed and told stories on each other. We replayed embarrassing escapades I can’t imagine any of the current Pikes doing.

When I was pledging back in the fall of 1978, I remember being impressed by what some alumnus told me — enjoy your college years because it’s the only time in your life you can drink like an alcoholic and not be called one — and that the guys you’re living with in the fraternity will be in your life until you die. Truth.


Journal 18: Airbnb Praise and a League of Legends Win Monday, Nov 3 2014 


Journal for the whole weekend. Saturday in terms of actual stuff happening nothing really, mostly just playing games with people. Had a great diner and a lot of fun so for me a fun day though some might say I wasted my day.

Sunday I was supposed to play golf but I was told in the morning we had a tournament in my game (League of Legends) today. So I didn’t want to disappoint Dad, so I tried to find a replacement to no avail. I decided that I didn’t want to let my team down to where they couldn’t play just cause I couldn’t. So I had to tell Dad that I couldn’t go, but the first place prize was $100 and second was $50. It was a round of 16 single elimination style tournament and we felt pretty good about our chances. It was a long day, every game was very close so our teams mental state was getting pretty weak by the time we made it to the finals. The finals are a best of 5 which usually take quite a while since every game takes 20-50 min usually. Unfortunately we lost 3-1, putting up a good fight every game except for the second one where we got destroyed. We were all pretty bummed but $50 is pretty good and made me think that it was very worth not going to golf today.

RICK: I got back into my house today. My Airbnb guest Josh left to get back to Chicago. When I checked in, the place was spotless, as if no one had been there for two weeks. Also, I have to admit that staying with Paula was also a good experience, one of those relationship tests that I hoped would turn out well. It did. So much so that I’m not all that excited about going back home. Paula and I keep kidding each other about when I have to go back.

And I got an excellent review from my guest for the last two weeks. It said…”Rick was extremely helpful and accommodating. One of our employees stayed at this cottage and had a great time. Everything was perfect.”

So there you go. I’ve been getting a lot of Airbnb inquiries, and with Thanksgiving coming up, and if you need a nice place to put up those in-laws for a few days, I hope you’ll consider my place.

As for Luke’s post, I have to say that as a parent I don’t understand how the experience of playing video games in a quiet house trumps playing golf on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Day 16: Observations from the Upper Deck, Thoughts on Sleep Friday, Oct 31 2014 


Today I had to wake up at 5:30 instead of my usual 7 to retake a physics test. Now I bet you expect me to say it was awful, the worst thing ever.  Actually it was just as bad as waking up at 7. This goes into my ideas of sleep in general. My normal type of sleep schedule is stay up late, wake up late (similar to my Mom and brothers but opposite to Dad), though I’m different in that I wish I could wake up early even when I stay up late. This is because I like using all the time I have to its best use.  Sleeping to me doesn’t seem to be a good use of time compared with waking up and doing stuff. While I wish I could do that my body doesn’t really agree.  I sleep like a rock when I actually fall asleep but when I wake up I’m usually pretty awake. Sorry if that was confusing but just my general opinion that’s wrong because sleep is super important blah blah blah.


Points taken from my seat in the UPS Flight Deck on a glorious Thursday night. Florida State’s player’s are faster and more talented that Louisville’s. Jameis Winston is the best player to step foot in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium this year. Florida State fans travel well. I talked to a few who, despite a 21-point deficit in the first half, expressed no doubt that their team would escape with a victory. Had the game gone on another quarter, Florida State would have won by a lot more than 42-31.

The Cards should have scored here on their first possession

The Cards should have scored here on their first possession

It’s never been more crowded in Section 6 than it was Thursday. And since we were expecting colder weather, we had all this gear with us. I wish they had made the rows a little wider, or that my seat wasn’t exactly at the mid-point between aisles. I talked to a Florida State fan who was exultant that he could go to a college football game and order an adult beverage.  But, the concession company really screwed up. Its credit card processing system went down at the worst possible time, forcing fans to come up with cash.

It may have been the best tailgating atmosphere I’ve ever seen. Our group had a scrumptious shrimp boil with crab legs, an homage to Winston’s troubles. We got to our seats right at kickoff.

Louisville played well, but not well enough to beat the best team in the country. Coach Bobby Petrino’s offensive genius reputation is waning. But this team is still good enough to beat Kentucky next month.

Day 15: Luke’s Moving Day and a Trip to Lexington Wednesday, Oct 29 2014 

Journal Day 15.


Today my mom left on a work trip til Sunday. What that means is since my parents are divorced means I stay at my Dad’s til Sunday instead of just this weekend. Another thing is Dad is renting his house to someone from airbnb so we get to stay at my Dad’s girlfriend’s house, which is new and interesting. Her house, by the way, is super cool and has some really comfy blankets and towels.


In Lexington, from the 28th floor

In Lexington, from the 28th floor

I went to Lexington today for work, and squeezed in a Rusty Satellite interview with Jonathan Miller, an attorney and former State Treasurer who has an office on the 28th floor of the city’s tallest building. I once lived here, and loved it, but visiting reminded me that I’m glad to live in Louisville. Miller was a great interview, and we talked about politics and his poker victories. In 2007, he was running for Lt. Governor while I was working on the campaign of Bruce Lunsford for Governor.

He had a photo of the Big Red Machine in his office. We talked about how nobody cares about the World Series, and he pointed to his favorite player of that time, Joe Morgan. Mine was Pete Rose, Charlie Hustle.

I ended up watching Game 7, and was glad to see the Giants win behind a great pitching performance from Madison Bumgarner, which I actually predicted on my podcast, which you can hear at

At the trade show I was working, I got to have a conversation with the Big O, Oscar Robertson, who has plenty of opinions about college sports.

Day 14: League of Legends and Watching the World Series Wednesday, Oct 29 2014 

Journal Day 14:


Today was just a blur to be honest. Every class was just a slog of a bunch of work or notes. Lots of rain so the walk home was quite crummy. My teachers were nice and didn’t hit me with a whole of homework. So when I got home I was able to play a lot of my favorite game League of Legends, a moba game. Basically it’s a 5v5 game where you fight to destroy the enemy base.


Game 7 is Wednesday

Game 7 is Wednesday

I was among the few Americans watching the World Series last night. Google “World Series TV Ratings” and you see a series of stories about how baseball can’t get its groove back, how the annual showcase of the game’s ratings are sliding, because Americans are more interested in football, or The Voice or have other things to do than watching teams from Kansas City and San Francisco blow each other out. There’s a Game 7 Wednesday after KC won 10-0 on Tuesday.

It wasn’t always like this. During my childhood the Series was a special event that everyone discussed. We knew about the Amazing Mets of ’69.  Those crazy Oakland A’s, the Big Red Machine, I remember them all, even the starting lineups. The Series was the only time all year that baseball games were on TV more than once a week.

We couldn’t get enough information about players like Pete Rose, Brooks Robinson, Catfish Hunter or even Cesar Geronimo. Can you name anyone on the Royals or Giants?

Game 7 is tonight, but I don’t imagine you are arranging your schedule around the game.

Journal: Bigness and Bowling Tuesday, Oct 28 2014 


Pretty quick one today. Basically all I want to talk about is something I saw on the askreddit subreddit on, basically the question is what can you just not wrap your head around? The answer that I agreed with the most is just how big space, the sun just everything out in the universe is. I went to this sort-of demonstration of how big space is. What it did was if the moon was a z pixel, how far away would everything be, then you would scroll to explore. To get to Uranus it took 27 minutes of straight scrolling. After Uranus it would take another 6,000 of those maps to get to something else. That’s just mind-boggling and to be honest our minds can’t really comprehend it. Link for demonstration: 


200GameWhen I was growing up in the South End, my Dad used to take me to Ken-Bowl on Southside Drive on Sundays to teach me how to bowl.

And if he could see me now, with my paltry 165 average, throwing a straight ball, I am certain he’d be disappointed. But, as the sign says out front on Ten Pin Lane, Fun is Bowling. I managed a 204 in one game tonight in my Monday night league. Mark keeps telling me I need to get a proper ball, drilled to fit me, and throw a hook, rather than throwing a pink alley ball straight at the head pin. He’s right, and perhaps I’ll get serious about it . . . next year. But then I’d probably really feel some pressure to score better, and I’m really only going to hang out with my buddies and drink beer.

The game is not as popular as it once was, and I’m old enough to remember some of the alleys where my Dad bowled that aren’t there anymore. Anybody remember Poplar Level Lanes, or Pee Wee Reese Lanes on Eastern Parkway, or even Parkmoor, over by U of L? I’ve seen the numbers in our league dwindle over the last decade, so much that we had to give up our 9:00 Monday league to join one that started at 6, because there weren’t enough teams to fill the late league.

I guess bowling isn’t that cool. I don’t think I know anyone, except my teammates, who bowls in a league anymore, but my parents were Friday night keglers for as long as I remember.  I spent many of my formative years in bowling alleys, bumming quarters for pinball and Cokes.

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