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Sunday, November 30, 2014

At the Gym

Gervasio Deferr

All Hail Indiana! All Hail Zander! All Hail Rexswimguy!







In a masterful exhibition of prescience, well known to followers of this site, awesome site author Rexswimguy pre-informed us of the importance of Indiana player Zander Diamont.  Diamont, son of a soap opera star, made the last minute touchdown to launch Indiana over Purdue (23-16) in the Old Oaken Bucket Rivalry Game, a Hoosier Thanksgiving Tradition. 

The Indianapolis Star reports that such a "victory would have been improbable seven days ago, much less seven weeks ago."  Improbable to all but fans of Rexswimguy, who are well used to having their water cooler conversation informed by his insightful posts.  Indiana had a long losing streak against B1G opponents, making this their first Big 10 win of the year.... this was their first Big 10 win since last year's big rivalry game.    Indiana won the Old Oaken Bucket trophy for two years in a row for the first time in two decades against the Purdue Boilermakers, who always fight hard in this signature rivalry, both teams' season ender for almost a century.

The Indianpolis Star again reported that "Zander Diamont, a freshman, transformed from third-string afterthought into a quarterback who took the Hoosiers on a 65-yard scoring drive in the closing two minutes to win the game."  The winning touchdown was made with 27 seconds left, and despite great efforts for a last second touchdown by Purdue, who led or were tied the entire game until that point, the clock ran out.

This weekend saw many rivalries contested, and many unusual trophies exchanged.  The Old Oaken Bucket, while certainly a long-standing tradition, has only been around since 1925.  Each year a metal I or P is joined to a chain attached to the handle.  Hanging from the handle are both an I and a P, representing a tie game which was the first in the series.  Purdue leads the all-time series 72–38–6

Congratulations to Zander and Indiana for their big win.

In honor of our own champion, Rexswimguy, prognosticator extraordinaire, we'll close with the last lines of Samuel Wordsworth's poem, dear to the hearts of Hoosiers worldwide:

How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood,
When fond recollection presents them to view!
The orchard, the meadow, the deep-tangled wild-wood...

...And sighs for the bucket that hangs in the well
The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket,
The moss-covered bucket that hangs in the well!

NFL Sunday Night, with Travis Kelce and the Chiefs vs. the Broncos



by Rexswimguy:

Sunday Night Football brings us the battle for the AFC West this week, as the Broncos visit the Chiefs.  Remember there are only a few weeks left for the playoff picture to take shape.

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NFL Sunday Night Football - Regular Season
November 30, 2014
(Eastern Time)
8:30 PM: Denver Broncos (8-3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (7-4), NBC
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And, there are several of our long-time favorite stars to watch for tonight, on both of these teams.  

However, you might also want to take special note of the Chiefs #87 Travis Kelce, who is truly one of the up-and-coming receivers in the league.  

Do watch for him tonight.
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Name: Travis Kelce
Date of Birth: October 5, 1989 (Libra)
Hometown: Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA
Height/Weight: 6'5"/260 lbs
College: Cincinnati (2013)
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Position: Tight End
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Abs

Jason Medina
Nick Pesola


Denmark: Triathlete Jimmy Johnsen


Triathletes never cease to inspire us ... especially the ironman variety!

 

Name: Jimmy Johnsen
Date of Birth: May 30, 1978 (Gemini)
Hometown: Ølgod, Denmark
Height/Weight: 5'10"/143 lbs
Sport: Ironman Triathlon
--- 2012 Ironman Western Australia, 1st place
--- 2011 Challenge Copenhagen, 2nd place
--- 2010 Challenge Barcelona, 1st place

NCAA Football Last Regular Weekend!


For most teams, this is the last week of the NCAA Football regular season, and that means lots of "rivalry" games on tap.  Note, however, that today's schedule is endless, so you do need to prioritize your time accordingly!
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2014 NCAA Football - Week 14
Saturday, November 29
(Top Picks - Eastern Time)
12:00 PM: Michigan (5-6) @ #7 Ohio State (10-1), ABC
3:30 PM: #4 Mississippi State (10-1) @ #18 Mississippi (8-3), CBS
7:45 PM: #15 Auburn (8-3) @ #2 Alabama (10-1), ESPN
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And, we hate to say goodbye to the teams that are not bowl-eligible and will not be moving on to the post-season after today.  But, there's always next year!  For example, first-year quarterback #12 Zander Diamont of Indiana, whom we definitely hope to see in action again next year.
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Name: Zander Diamont
Date of Birth: February 16, 1995 (Aquarius)
Hometown: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height/Weight: 6'1"/175 lbs
Team: Indiana Hoosiers
Position: Quarterback
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Note that, in the off-season, we can follow Zander's budding modeling career too. (!)