The Boston Marathon was last Monday, and I was delighted to see how the race ended. Well, I would have liked to see Ryan Hall finish three seconds earlier so that he could have stood on the podium, but that’s just splitting shoelaces. If you didn’t catch it, the overall winner of the race was a 21-year-old Kenyan named Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot. There is nothing surprising, I suppose, about the victor hailing from Kenya, but what was surprising is the time in which he finished – Cheruiyot finished the Boston course in 2:05:52. For those of you who are not able to appreciate that fully, he ran 26.2 miles with an average pace of 4:48, a record in the 114-year-old Boston race. What I love about him is that he picked up $150,000 for winning and an additional $25,000 for setting the record… and he’s a farmer. I grew up on a dairy farm, so I couldn’t help but smile a bit when he was asked what he’s going to do with his earnings. His answer? “I am going to buy some cows.” Not a bad way to reward yourself after winning a marathon. Speaking of marathons, the Boston Marathon also welcomed 71 marathoners from Greece to celebrate the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon in, well, Marathon, Greece. The distance of current-day marathons celebrates the jaunt that Pheidippides took from Marathon to Athens to inform the Athenians of their victory. There is speculation as to whether or not this event actually occurred at all, but people also forget to mention that this supposed messenger ran much more than just this. He supposedly ran to Sparta from Athens to ask for Spartan assistance against the invading Persians. And since he ran to Sparta, he obviously had to run back to Athens to tell them the Spartans were going hold off. After this, he returned to Marathon to fight, and then made his commemorative run to Athens after victory. Most people assume he ran the “short” 25 miles from Marathon to Athens, but he clearly ran over 300 miles in a stretch of a week. Nothing unusual there. And speaking of a week, what a week it has been for Ben Roethlisberger. Since I am a bit of a numbers guy, it was kind of nice to see that Roethlisberger’s reported suspension will initially be six games for this upcoming year. How will this suspension affect his secondfavorite item in his pants, his wallet? The six-game suspension means he will miss out on just over $2.84 million. But, just like we saw last year with Mike Vick, the suspension will probably drop by a few games. Vick’s suspension changed to only two games after initially being six. We will just have to see what happens to Ben. My favorite find was on my new sports information gatherer: Twitter. On Wednesday, Packer player Will Blackmon tweeted with classic football-player grammar, “To have a sexual assault charge against you must mean you have No game.” I thought that was a classy way for a peer of Roethlisberger’s to put it. There were also reports that the Steelers brass – weird, isn’t it? – were looking to shop Roethlisberger for an earlier pick in the draft – the Santonio Holmes route of “good riddance” – but, as of writing, there were no reports of any takers of Ben’s baggage. For those not interested in sexual harassment or long-distance running, here’s the sports news of the past week in soundbite form: LeBron James is still LeBron James, Big Papi is now “Big Pop-up,” Ray Allen still has that stroke, a very strange goal bit the Sharks in overtime, the Penguins really know how to play on ice, Scott Podsednik is still one of my favorites – as is his wife – and Kobe never commits a foul. Hope to see a good turnout at the party at Sigma Phi Epsilon on Saturday. Still, if there is a game on the television, you will probably be able to find me there.