Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
This may come as a surprise but competing in a game which requires sitting for hours on end, but also intense physical workouts for some teams.
Webster University has a championship chess team and "coach Susan Polgar has her team combine chess and Crossfit, the popular high-intensity workout that mixes Olympic-style weightlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics and other exercises, to build strength in both mind and body."
It must be working because the chess team has never given up its No. 1 ranking in Division I college chess since its inception in 2012, and it has won the last two Final Four Championships and three PanAm InterCollegiate Championships.
Actually, not having a rooting interest in either of the 2 Super Bowl teams, I found the game pretty fun to watch. The ending was crazy what with a pass on the 1 yard line by Seattle which was intercepted, all in all it was a good game. I even liked the half time show this year, especially the beach balls and dancing sharks. This may be because the little boys were here and they were enjoying it. The lighting in that show was great, lit up beach balls, a circle of water made from lights, very intriguing.
But during the game Nick began to play a chime instrument.
He studied it for a bit and then...
And then Nick sat with Dale and read through Dale's book which was just published.
I hate to admit it, but this year's Super Bowl doesn't interest me all that much. Normally I have a rooting interest which makes it kind of fun, but not this time. I kind of wonder if this isn't true for many fans outside of Seattle or New England. If the story line for this year's game is mostly centered on deflated balls rather than the game itself, it tells me something. Seattle? A foreign country to me.
Some are calling this the Disdain Bowl because so few have a rooting interest and and others give winning odds like this: Patriots by 11.5 heh
Also rooting for New England is hard. I still remember Tom Brady's first Super Bowl in 2002. He beat St. Louis' most loved Rams team under the leadership of Kurt Warner who'd won it all in 2000. But consider this-Tom Brady played and won his first Super Bowl back in 2002. It's now 13 years later and he's still playing in the Super Bowl. This will be his 6th Super Bowl appearance, and his current record is 3 wins and 2 losses.
No other quarterback has been to 6 Super Bowls, John Elway with Denver went to 5. Only one other NFL player at any position has been in 6 Super Bowls. The other guy with 6 appearances is Mike Lodish-defensive tackle-who played in 4 Super Bowls with Buffalo and 2 with Denver.
This was the weekend the seminary basketball team hosted their annual Preacher Classic tournament. Last evening the preachers beat their sister seminary (and arch rival) Concordia Seminary Fort Wayne. Teams from the St. Louis seminary have beaten Fort Wayne every year since 1984 and each year the pressure to keep the streak alive on the current team gets harder.
Hurray! Another year in the books. But not only that, but this year the Preachers won the tournament title beating Greenville College this afternoon in a fantastic game.
Last night's tip off
And the final score of the first round.
After every game whoever the seminary plays, join in a closing prayer at center court.
Team clapping the fans at the end
Special Preacher Classic Tournament balls provided by Concordia Publishing House as fan giveaways.
The big story of the day seems not to be the recap of the SOTU but the 11 under inflated footballs used by the New England Patriots in the NFC Championship game against Indianapolis. In a nutshell, the rules state that game balls must be inflated to 12.5 to 13.5 pounds per square inch (PSI) but the Patriots had 11 of 12 balls underinflated by 2 PSI. which is a fairly hefty amound considering. Game balls have as many regulations governing them as the rest of the game does. Here are some numbers:
12-Each team must make 12 primary balls available to the referees for testing 2 hours and 15 minutes before game time.
12-The home team must also make available for testing 12 back up balls.
12- The visiting team may bring an additional 12 back up balls for games played outdoors
8-New footballs sealed in original packaging given to referees 2 hours and 15 minutes before game time will be specially marked with a K and used for kicks
1-Football making company for the NFL-Wilson
10-number of footballs made from a single cow
108-number of footballs each team receives at beginning of season. 54 for games, 54 for practice
120-Game balls used in the Super Bowl which includes 12 Kicker balls
16-lace holes on each football
4-panels on each football
139.99- cost to buy the official Wilson Super Bowl XLVIII commemorative football
By halftime it was a good bet Ohio State was going to beat Oregon handily in the inaugural college foot ball championship. Which meant lots of people joking about Bob Newhart being the game's referee. The guy did look very much like Bob Newhart, and the jokes about this on Facebook and Twitter everywhere else continued until even the real 85 year old Bob Newhart joined in. And who would have guessed, Newhart has a Twitter account!
Also, we learned this morning that The Ohio State University campus has a mounted police group. And they needed it last night after students went crazy after the team won the championship game. I saw news video of absolutely gorgeous horses in the streets of Columbus last night. How many schools can say that?
Yesterday was interesting as far as NCAA football goes. The vaunted SEC pretty much went down in bowl games except for Missouri, Texas a&M and Arkansas. Funny that. The bigger names in the SEC lost. Yah Mizzou! The Big Ten acquited themselves very well and the best comment I saw on the actual playoff semi finals was this:
"so basically we could have avoided wasting all this Playoff nonsense and just played a normal Rose Bowl..."
Oregon and Ohio State playing for the first championship season and both would, on a normal year, have been playing in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. No Alabama or Auburn.
Today is the annual basketball game between Missouri and Illinois which will be broadcast on ESPN 2 at 1 this afternoon. This is always a huge game for this region, but I sense a not so much interest this year as in the past. Maybe the two teams aren't nationally competitive or maybe I've just been too busy to pay attention. I just don't see the rah rah stuff going on this year.
And, it's being played early afternoon which is unusual, normally it's a prime time game. I'm glad, though. It's tough to stay up late to see the game through to the end.
We began the last Saturday in October watching Katie, Charlie and her Mizzou friends show up at our house to load up an RV and head over to Columbia for Homecoming.
Then a couple hours later I went to some place in south county to see Christian play soccer. Couldn't find the field, drove through Affton, Lindbergh, Sappington going no where til I finally called Lizzie to learn just where this place was. As it turned out it was no where really, but I got there at half time.
Nick as fascinated by someone's "bike". Which just about says all you need to know about this particular field.
After the game I went home for half an hour and then took off for Collinsville to check a few things and then went on my way out to Venedy to pick up a couple of pies the church makes each October.
Ferdie went along, poor guy. We did so much driving yesterday we could have been in Chicago.
But he got to meet Joyce!
Here is how the day, well evening as it turned out, ended. There is no explanation good enough to excuse what IDOT has done to drivers on westbound I-64. it's almost a crime. Heading back to St. Louis we got to 157 at Caseyville on I-64 and suddenly the traffic stopped and everyone had to get into the far right lane. This miles and miles long single lane jam lasted until almost the 55/70 merge near the Poplar. Going 5 miles an hour was a victory. This was so infuriating I have no words. And to add insult to lost time the road work, such as it was, was no more than 50 yards in length and at the very west end. So all these drivers were backed up for miles only to see maybe 7 guys doing mostly nothing.
There is no excuse for this and one more thing. IDOT has been messing with that section of 64 for years. It's about time they got the heck off that road.
I did a little searching this morning and found very little about this huge long back up. It might be nice if drivers could have had some warning. The St. Louis traveler information page has this:
Travel Time (minutes)
Average Speed (mph)
I-64 WB from west of IL 159
Miss. River via Poplar Street Bridge
I-64 WB from west of IL 159
Miss. River via Martin Luther King Bridge
I-64 WB from west of IL 159
I-270 in Missouri via I-44 WB
I-64 WB from west of IL 159
I-170 in Missouri via I-70 WB
Not much to learn here except that I-64 westbound from 159 has an average speed of 0.