In 1999, a friend in my high school youth group loaned me a CD with a striking title across the cover: The Fundamental Elements of Southtown. Recorded and released by Payable on Death (POD), a hard rock band based in San Diego, Southtown achieved remarkable success, driven in large part by the booming range of Sonny Sandoval, the group’s lead vocalist. A few days ago, I listened to “Lights Out” once more, track number two off the band’s sixth studio album, Testify (2006). Sandoval employs a recurring phrase in the song to highlight his ability to arrange words in a magnificent manner. “It’s lights out, game over. If you wanna you can check my stats.”
The arrival of September, with its cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and return of the beloved (or disdained) Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, also brings football. Lots of football. High school, college, and professional football. Enter fantasy, not the word that you would typically associate with the pigskin. Most people think of fantasy in terms of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or Star Wars, not Tom Brady or Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers. But like the players themselves over the course of sixty minutes, the goal for fantasy players, in the always amusing words of former New York Jets coach and ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards, is to achieve victory – to win the game.
Threads on the Let’s Run message boards have a way of garnering my attention with every visit. While most of them pertain to running, other unrelated topics are regularly explored, e.g. taking cabs instead of Uber or Lyft; the special election runoff in Georgia between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff; and why wealthy people who spend $100K or more on automobiles don't purchase a Tesla. But running and running related news dominate the boards when all threads are considered as a whole. Questions and answers concerning training appeal to me, and a popular thread I stumbled across recently highlights whether training advice is heeded and applied or downplayed and ignored.