Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12 minute Bowl Picks

GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL - Wyoming vs. Temple
Temple - They should be an emerging team. They have the potential to have a great recruiting base is they can steal Philly and Jersey from Penn State. Strike while the iron is not.


R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL - Louisiana-Lafayette vs. San Diego State

BEEF 'O' BRADY'S BOWL ST. PETERSBURG - Marshall vs. Florida International
FIU - may go to this game.

TCU, I bet they are pissed to be playing this early.

MAACO BOWL LAS VEGAS - No. 7 Boise State vs. Arizona State
BSU, but watch out for Vontez Burfict. Also see TCU.

SHERATON HAWAII BOWL - No. 21 Southern Miss vs. Nevada
Southern Miss

AdvoCare V100 INDEPENDENCE BOWL - North Carolina vs. Missouri

LITTLE CAESARS BOWL - Purdue vs. Western Michigan

BELK BOWL - North Carolina State vs. Louisville
Louisville, emerging team with and emerging Coach and Recruiter (Charlie Strong)

Texas, even though I don't give two shits about this game.

CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL - Notre Dame vs. Florida State
I am going to this game, thanks to my girlfriend's Dad.

VALERO ALAMO BOWL - No. 12 Baylor vs. Washington
Baylor. This matchup reminds me of the old Holiday Bowl type of high scoring game. Watch Robert Griffin III


NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL - Iowa State vs. Rutgers
Iowa State

Wake Forest

INSIGHT BOWL - No. 14 Oklahoma vs. Iowa
Oklahoma will stew on their beatdown from Okla. State for over three weeks.

MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL OF TEXAS - Northwestern vs. Texas A&M
Northwestern because of Pat Fitzgerald

HYUNDAI SUN BOWL - Utah vs. Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech. Why? They suck less.

Both of these teams are terrible. Edge: UCLA. Reason: Don't care.

AutoZone LIBERTY BOWL - Vanderbilt vs. Cincinnati
These are two teams that I like, with entertaining quarterbacks. Cincinnati. You know what is funny, I still can't spell Cincinnati. Also, there is a small town near Cornell named Cincinnatus. I wonder in there are many Cincinnatuses in a Cincinnati.

Chick-fil-A BOWL - No. 25 Auburn vs. Virginia
In the upset, an emerging UVA team

TICKETCITY BOWL - No. 19 Houston vs. No. 22 Penn State

TAXSLAYER.com GATOR BOWL - Florida vs. Ohio State
They should call this the WTF bowl or the Underachievers Bowl or the Overrecruited Bowl. I am taking Ohio State.

OUTBACK BOWL - No. 16 Georgia vs. No. 17 Michigan State
If the UGA receivers could catch the ball, the SEC Championship would be more interesting. They held LSU w/o a first down for the entire first half.

CAPITAL ONE BOWL - No. 9 South Carolina vs. No. 20 Nebraska
South Carolina

ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY VIZIO - No. 5 Oregon vs. No. 10 Wisconsin
Oregon will be too fast, but the loss of Cliff Harris will hurt

TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL - No. 3 Oklahoma State vs. No. 4 Stanford
Oklahoma State is just the better team

ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL - No. 11 Virginia Tech vs. No. 13 Michigan
Another fun to watch game, I am taking Michigan and Denard Robinson

DISCOVER ORANGE BOWL - No. 15 Clemson vs. No. 23 West Virginia
Geno Hayes and Tahj Boyd make this one not to miss, both will be playing on Sundays some day

AT&T COTTON BOWL - No. 6 Arkansas vs. No. 8 Kansas State
Arkansas in a great, fun to watch game

BBVA COMPASS BOWL - Pittsburgh vs. Southern Methodist

GODADDY.com BOWL - Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas State
Arkansas State, big.

The karma police will make Alabama win, just so their original game would have been meaningless. Harris Poll and USA Coaches, you suck. Oklahoma State should be playing in this game and you know it.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bowl Games....

The college football bowl season is my favorite time of the year.

* Oklahoma State should have been in the title game. Alabama had their chance, AT HOME. Oklahoma State is the more compelling matchup, at least to me. The great thing about college football is that every game means something. With this game, the previous one meant nothing. In fact, all you did is force LSU to play another game against a top 15 opponent.

* Oklahoma State and Stanford will be fun to watch.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Last Thanksgiving I decided to stay clean, very clean. I gained exactly 1 pound, and I think most of it was water weight. This year, I did exactly the opposite. I am using this to start a mass gain protocol. Here are some of the things that I have eaten.

* Four slices of cheesecake
* 3 slices of apple pie
* 2 huge pieces of lasagna
* A whole container of chocolate covered cashews
* A shit ton of cheeses. I sampled the stinkiest cheese I have ever had at Suburban Square (Philadelphia) Farmer's Market
* 2 slices of pizza
* 1/2 pint of ice cream
* Tandoori Pizza Mac&Cheese
* About 8 bagels over the course of the weekend

Not in the least Paleo.

My strategy is to weigh myself on Friday and eat and train normally until them.

It will be interesting.


The only bells that I had access to were my sister's 25 and 10lbers. Here are some of the exercises that I did.

Bottom Up Presses: 25lb
Stacked Presses 25lb
Sots Presses: 25lb and 35lb
stacked TGU in sets of 5
Goblet Squats in sets of 20
:45 on/:15 off snatches with the 25lb bell (boring as heck)
Nephew flips
Threw football

Friday, November 11, 2011

Bar Food Diet....

If you are unhealthy, and you feel that you spend too much money on health food at Whole Foods, Village Health, Rollin' Oats - you should try my Bar Food diet. You will:
* Be healthier
* Lose weight
* Feel more satisfied
* Save money.

Here is the diet, I was going to sell it as an e-book, but there is no way I can make it long enough for a book.

If you eat the following foods:
* Whole Grain Pasta
* Box Cereal
* Organic Cookies, Chips, or Crackers
* Bread of any type
* Mac and Cheese
* Subway, McDonald's, Burger King, etc.

Eat the following instead, either:
* Chicken Wings, or
* Hummus and Veggies

Once a week, go to a bar, and eat whatever you want, except:
* Anything with cheese, pasta, or bread

That's it. It works and is very satisfied.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Detox Program Testimonial....

"...Saturday will be my 4 weeks. I have done very well and have lost 10 lbs....

...BTW, I went to the Dr. Wed. and my labs tests are better than ever - LDL down, HDL up, A1C down, etc. Dr. says whatever I'm doing keep it up. I owe you again for putting me on the right track.

Also interesting to note is my total cholesterol went down 24 points and triglycerides down 5 points. I was worried it would make my protien levels too high but actually went down from 6.7 to 6.0. All the lab levels in the normal range for the first time in years. I'm sold."

This is the most effective and sensible program of it's type. I would do this program with my five year old nephew. I would do it with my 69 year old mother.

Contact me (faizalenu@yahoo.com/813-851-7470) to learn more.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Section II Sectional Predictions for Thu 10-27-2011

Shaker vs Schenectady: Shaker 5-1
==> The gap between the Suburban and Big 10 (which, just like the college football version, does not have 10 teams) is shrinking, but is still wide.

Glens Falls vs Lansingburgh: GF 3-1
==> I see Lansingburgh as a tough out. I didn't play in the game, but Lansingburgh was my first sectional opponent. We won 2-1 in a closely contested contest in the rain.

Fonda vs *Coxsackie-Athens: C-A 5-2
==> I see it being close early, but C-A pulling away. C-A, you had a great season, but don't sleep on this one. C-A came out of the top of a very crowded middle of the Patroon Conference.

Doane Stuart vs Stillwater: Stillwater 4-2
==> There is no way that Doane Stuart/Rensselear should be the 3 seed. They don't play a B school in their conference, and they play about 50% D schools. I do think Doane Stuart has the best player on the field, Noah Rhynhart. That can always make it interesting.

Cohoes vs *Greenville: Cohoes 4-3
==> I am picking Cohoes because they have the best player on the pitch, Brandon LaForest. I have a feeling this game is going to be ugly. Usually sectional games are crisp, but the weather in the Capital District, especially Greene county, has been brutal on fields this year. Both teams play in a lot of 5-2/6-3 type games. Usually when you see a scoreline like that, the game is shit. In my junior year, we beat Chatham in a driving rain storm and the score was 7-5. I was embarrassed to win a game giving up that many goals. There were sloppy goals on both side. It was fun to play in for the field players if the field holds up. And you don't get hot. I love Upstate NY in the fall. Here you get hot walking out to get your mail.

Fort Plain vs Lake George: LG 3-1
==> Don't know much about either team, so going by seed.

Hoosic Valley vs Mekeel Christian Academy (formerly Schenectady Christian): MCA 3-2
==> Probably the best game on the slate, and the hardest to pick. MCA has the best players on the pitch, the Aderounmu brothers.

*Cairo-Durham vs Schuylerville: C-D 2-0
==> The Patroon Conference was interesting this year. There was Maple Hill, and really everyone else. There was very little difference between the bottom (Taconic Hills) and the top of the rest (Coxsackie-Athens). C-D finished in the lower middle, but they can play with anyone or lose to anyone. Here the best goalie (C-D's Cody Rogers) wins.

Hartford vs New Lebanon: Hartford 2-1
==> The Adirondack league is much stronger than the CHVL. Adirondack has three state ranked teams (Fort Ann and Bolton in D, Lake George in C). Just a down year in the CHVL.

* Catskill vs. Tamarac: Tamarac 2-1
==> Interesting game. Tamarac has put the only blemish on Ichabod Crane's record (a 1-1 tie where they were outshot 17-3). Catskill is part of that Patroon Conference "middle" that I talked about earlier. Cam Overbaugh (love those goalies) keeps it close, but I give the edge to Tamarac.

Note* - It is funny how:
1) All four (Catskill, C-A, C-D, Greenville) of the Greene County patroon teams all play today. What is great, unlike in yesterday's game, is that they get to play the other conferences (2 against the Colonial, 2 against the Wasaren). Let's see how good the Patroon Conference is. A lot of non-league games were cancelled because of Tropical storms earlier in the year, so today is a good litmus test.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Open Letter to the Respective Athletic Directors at Taconic Hills and Hudson High Schools...

To whom it may concern:

I am writing on behalf of both the Hudson High and Taconic Hills soccer teams. As you both know, this time of year is Sectionals. When I look back on my High School years, these are some of the times that I remember the best. I can remember the crispness of the air, the bus ride to the game, the opportunity to play the bigger schools up north, the sense finality to the season. IT IS AN EXPERIENCE EVERY HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER PLAYER SHOULD EXPERIENCE.

Below is my case for why both Taconic Hills and Hudson High School Soccer teams should go to sectionals, even though both teams records are not stellar (Hudson: 2-11; TH: 1-11-1):

* Both teams have played the rest of the conference tough. Hudson lost to state-ranked Maple Hill 1-0 and had them scoreless for 45 minutes. TH has lost 3 one-goal games. Hudson has lost 5.

* Both teams have players that could play at the college level (Hudson: R. Dorce, Z. Sohotra, Z. Bartolotta; TH: A. Mierzejewski, I. Rasweiler). Given the relative southern location of both school, there isn't as much exposure to college recruiting. That typically happens at sections. I know that I talked to college coaches after sectional losses in '86 (2-0 to Gloversville) and '87 (2-0 to Queensbury) even though those coaches were looking at other players. Those schools were 40% bigger than ours, but we got to compete. Give these guys the opportunity to be seen and compete.

* Both teams are tough outs. They have a puncher's chance for the upset.

* Hudson has played 14 games this year. TH has played 15. That is an embarrassingly light schedule for a high school team to play. My senior year we only played 15 games, after playing 19 the year before. Give these young men at least one more opportunity to show what they can do. I know that I wish we had more games my senior year.

* Don't give me any BS about school policy and stuff like that. I am not interested.

* What makes sports great is that they give you the opportunity to see who you really are. Give these hard-working young men the chance to see how they compare against the better players and teams from outside the Patroon conference. Let's show them how good and deep the Patroon conference, from top to bottom, really is.

* There is something about sectionals that brings out the energy of the Seniors that are playing, especially if they haven't played in sectionals before. In my Junior Year, I remember the effort that Mike Layman, Gregg Shutts, Roger Ringer, James Hatch, Lee VanDeCarr, and Mike Bruno gave on that day. That was 19 years of varsity experience on that day, and I remember those 6 gentlemen left it out on the field that day. We didn't win, but I am sure they did not want to see us again.

Many of the seniors on these team played on teams that were very bad a couple of years ago, and suffered some humiliating losses. Their teams now are competitive. Reward them for their efforts, and more importantly, their persistence and school service when it would have been much easier for them to quit.

Yours truly,
Faizal S. Enu, RKC (Hudson High Varsity Soccer Player '84-'87)


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Chronological Timeline - Monster Burger Challenge...

I and three of my friends decided to take on the Monster Burger Challenge at Green Iguana. Below is a chronological timeline of the events leading up to it, the actually challenge, and the aftermath.

++++++++++++++++++ Prelude +++++++++++++++

7:30 AM: Woke up. The first thing I thought about was the Monster Burger Challenge. According to my old soccer coach, Robert Rowley, this is a good. I am ready.

9:30 AM: Worked out with my Kettlebell Boot Campers at Xtreme Athletix. The workout:

* MP: 5 x 5
* Dragon Walks: 3 x 8
* Double Snatches on the minute for 20 minutes: 130 total.

Workout felt pretty strong.

11:30 AM to 3:00 PM: Cleaned my place. Still did not eat anything.

3:30 PM: Got to my girlfriend's place. Pretty worried that I am not hungry AT ALL. Oh shit.

3:45 PM: Weigh in - 162.4 lb. I am by at least 30lbs the smallest person doing this challenge.

4:20 PM: Arrive at the venue. Two other challengers are already there.

4:45 PM: We have our own separate area. The four people that are competing are facing the rest of the bar.

4:50 PM: Orders are in. I order mine "Well Done." My fellow competitors order theirs "Medium." This will become important later on.

4:58 PM: Burgers are out. This thing looks humongous. From the picture, you can see it is the size, vertically, of my forearm. The buns are ridiculous. I am not worried. This is a rock star moment. Everyone is taking pictures of the burgers, even people we don't know. When a Monster Burger comes out, everyone notices. You will notice there are two dowel sticks in it - that keeps them from tipping over. This is three 3/4 pound burgers with humongous buns. The three flavors are Mean Green Florentine, Smokiest (BBQ Sauce, Onions, and Blue Cheese), a the Cheesiest (4 cheeses). I never really liked cheese, now I hate it. As you can see, not exactly designed for quick eating. Oh, there there is this wee little thing about a whole pound of wedge cut fries.

Here is what the burger looks like.


When I saw this picture, I was thinking that I got really skinny. But in reality the burger is just that big.

+++++++++ Show Time ++++++++++++

5:02 PM: Eating commences. I make a tactical decision to eat the burgers as they are instead of separating them. I start with the Mean Green Florentine Burger.

5:08 PM: Mean Green Florentine is done. Start with the Cheesiest. I am thinking this is going to be a piece of cake.

5:14 PM: About half way through the second burger. My sensation of taste is non-existant. I start dousing the food in hot sauce. Any bread that I am eating is filling up my stomach....fast. I start just eating the meat and screw my initial plan to "preserve the integrity of the food."

5:16 PM: The cheese feels like I am chewing on Rosie O'Donnell's ass. There are 4 slices on it, which is more cheese than I eat in a year.

5:18 PM: Second burger is done. Holy shit there is a lot of bread left. I swear that it is expanding. I start trying to nibble on the fries. This is really the first time that I think to myself "This is going to suck!". I douse the fries in hot sause.

5:20 PM: I am eating, but nothing is happening. It looks like there is more food on my plate. I swear Peter is throwing fries on my plate.

5:24 PM: The bread is getting to the point of ridiculousness. It is so big, airy, dry, and tasteless. Not so much that it lacks taste, but I am lacking the ability to taste it. Green Iguana's burgers are awesome. I got back to the burger that is left.

5:32 PM: Jimmy Brown finishes. Holy shit. That is goddamn insane.

5:36 PM: I hear one of the competitors puke in their bowl. Peter says to me "Don't look over there." I almost lose it.

5:38 PM: This is really starting to not be fun. My right hand is starting to cramp up in between bites. My body is rejecting my attempt at gluttony.

EVERY....BITE.....HURTS. Each swallow is a max effort attempt with its own breathing pattern and thought process.

5:44 PM: Peter Baker finishes. Unreal. All eyes are on me.

5:47 PM: I am finished with the last burger, the smoky blue cheese. The raw onions were really strong and hard to chew. I have 19 minutes left. I have a 1 and 1/4 buns, about 3/4lb of fries, and some neutral cheese to finish. The cheese at this point is like chewing on plastic. It sounds easy, except:
* Breathing is very labored because my diaphragm has no room to move.

* I am scared shitless to burp because I might throw up. I am talking Carrie-style projectile vomiting with people a couple of feet from me. I tell Jennifer and Brian that they don't want to block my way to the bathroom. This is where the first seeds of doubt start to creep in.

5:49 PM: Now BOTH hands are cramping up. My stomach is so full that breathing is labored. My diaphram can't move and I am showing "elements of effort." My girlfriend is worried, but still cheering me on.

5:52 PM: I am trying to swallow bigger bites of food, and I am gagging them back up. Now I am really hurting and the possibility of not finishing, after hyping it up, is really starting to set in. There are only 10 minutes left.

5:56 PM: Jimmy taunts me by stealing a fry off my girlfriend's plate and asks if I want his help. I give him the finger. I am worried, but the game face is still on.

5:58 PM: The waitress tries to come and say that the hour is up. I say bullshit and point to the official time. My plate still has a single layer of bread and fries. I am starting to think, this is crunch time. Do or Die. Four minutes left

This is not a workout. If it was, I would have quit. If I finish 99%, it is like I didn't finish at all. No T-shirt. No name on the wall. But I am past the proverbial "Point of No Return". It is going to suck whether I finish or not. Everyone is cheering. Forget pain, taste, pleasure. I talked it up too much, and THERE IS NO FAILURE!

5:58.15 PM: I realize that small bites go down much easier. I have a two handed system going. Now when I takes bites, I am starting to see more of the plate. Encouraged. I am just sprinting to the end. In my mind I am sprinting, I am sure to everyone watching me eat that I am moving real slow.

5:59 PM: The plate is simply is wet pile of bread and fries. It has absolutely no taste what so ever. I just put my head down and sprint. At this point, I have to make it. There is no other option.

6:01:45 PM: I am finished. I point to it in celebration. Here is the final sprint on video (pending). It was a furious dash, and I had only 15 seconds to spare.

++++++++ Aftermath +++++++++++

6:02:22 PM: I rush to the bathroom, and I am about ready to hurl. I threw up in my mouth, but gravity keeps it in. I make it to the bathroom, but did not hurl, but almost did. I am bent over, it hurts to stand up.

6:08 PM: I got my shirt and put it on. I earned this shirt. Some jackass says "Give me a break, it is not like Tough Mudder." I say "You're right, a higher percentage of people complete the Tough Mudder."

6:10 PM: I am hating life. I have the biggest gluten headache that you could possibly have. Have you ever eaten cheap chinese food. It feels like that, but except that you also fell on your head. I haven't eaten bread since.

6:15 PM: I tell my Xtreme Athletix, Bayshore Kettlebell, and USF Kettlebell Club brethren that I have never grinded through anything like this in my life. I would like to thank them again for their support and getting me water. Not even the RKC snatch test (the original, the current one is not a grind) or Grad Workout can compare. Grinding through the pain of a workout is one thing. Bypassing the bodies self-preservation reflexes are another. If I had to choose, I would go with the snatch test in a heart beat.

6:30 PM: Jennifer has a half-eaten turkey burger in front of her. I am like "Put that fucking thing away." The sight of food is nauseating. The sight of burgers, cheese, bread, or fries is even worse. Even the sight of PBR and Bud Light cans are making me sick.

8:00 PM: While walking down the street, I have my girlfriend feel my stomach. It feels pretrified. It is gross and somewhat scary. We pass a convenience store, and I am beginning to consider Epicac.

9:00 PM: I am feeling miserable and force myself to throw up. My neck actually recoils from the force of the projectile vomit and I give myself a poor man's chiropractic adjustment.

10:22 PM: I am thinking that I want to go out, but it is miserable outside. I am miserable inside. All of a sudden, it hits me like a truck, and I am exhausted. It has been a long day.

12:00 AM: Lying down hurts. I sleep on my stomach.

2:00 AM: Finally fall asleep.

4:00 AM: Wake up again. Frack

Friday, October 7, 2011

Differences between :15/:15 and :36/:36

As many of you know, I am a big, big fan of MaxVO2 snatch work. Kenneth Jay came up with this program years ago, and it has given jack-rabbit hearts to those you have taken on the challenge.

There are many, many snatch protocols. Two of the more basic ones are the :15 work/:15 rest and :36 work/:36 rest. As you can see, they are very similar - really two sides of the same coin.

Here are the differences I see between the two:
* Obviously, :36/:36 is more advanced. But the difference is not as much as it seems. If you can do 80 sets with :15/:15 at 9 reps, feel free to try going to the :36/:36 at 21-22 reps. If you at seven reps/40 sets, do not even thing of trying :36/:36 at 17 reps. All you would be doing is practicing slow, sorry snatch technique. Move your cadence up.

* You :36/:36 workout takes less time. About 20-33% less to get the same amount of overload with the same weight and cadence. For me, 20kg x 24 min @ :36 is about the same as 20kg x 32min @ :15.

* You get practice with longer sets. For me, I do 20kg for 20 reps/:36. Longer sets groove snatch technique. For some reason, the RKC does not value this as much as it used to. You can pass the existing certification and never do more than 8 reps in a row. I think the longer sets expose snatch flaws (casting, winging, flopping, late hips, early hips, etc.) more than shorter sets. In fact, I have heard people say don't worry about lockout in :15/15. These people "swing" their snatches or hitch their knees.

* You lose track of time. In :15/:15, you know you are snatching on the :00 and :30. You don't really have a feel for this with :36/:36, except that the clock goes back to :00 after 5 work or rest cycles. This makes the workout go faster in your head.