Thursday, September 21, 2006

Malafronte challenge, week 3

A few random Thursday night thoughts before I head off to Bloomington in the morning...

  • The Marvin Taylor saga ended earlier this afternoon when Randy Edsall announced he had dismissed him from the team. Absolutely the right decision considering Taylor was already given a second chance last spring. But don't expect it to be a quiet ending.

  • Disappointing season premier of my favorite TV show, "The Office", tonight. I'll just leave it at that.

  • Thanks to those who gave me suggestions to solve my Sirius satellite radio problems. I've found it works much better at night, but I'm getting major interference from every radio station I try during the day. Incredibly frustrating.

  • To the people who order frappachino's, macchiato's and all those other annoying drinks that take 15 minutes to make at Starbucks...just go to an ice cream shop. All I want is my plain old cup of Joe and to get the heck out of Starbucks.

  • If you're ever driving on Rte. 15 through Fairfield County and are in the mood for a delicious, mildly greasy lunch, try the Merritt Canteen just off exit 48 around the Trumbull/Bridgeport line. Best hot dogs around (aside from Chick's on the West Haven beach).

  • I drafted Edgerrin James and Willis McGahee with my first two fantasy football picks. Shocker... my squad is 0-2.

  • Just a hunch, but Dan Murray will not only play on Saturday, he'll catch a TD pass.

Now, onto the Malafronte Challenge, week 3. Everybody had a tough time last weekend. I went 6-7-2, just 3-3-1 in Big East games. No one who entered did better than 7-6-2. The Big East winner? None other than Vinny from East Haven at 4-2-1.

Here are my picks for week 3:

Game 1: Louisville (-14) over KANSAS STATE: No Brohm, no problem. UConn fans know his backup, Hunter Cantwell, could start for most any other team in the country.

Game 2: VIRGINIA TECH (-28) over Cincinnati: Will come down to how bad the Hokies feel like laying it on Cincy. If they're merciful, Bearcats might cover.

Game 3: UConn (+2.5) over INDIANA: Huskies win this one on the field.

Game 4: West Virginia (-21.5) over EAST CAROLINA: Is it me or does 21.5 seem kind of low?

Game 5: KANSAS (-6) over South Florida: Can't figure out either of these teams. Kansas is home, they should cover.

Game 6: SYRACUSE (-7) over Miami-Ohio: Orange much improved despite 1-2 record.

And the selected non-Big East games...

Game 7: Penn State (+17) over OHIO STATE

Game 8: Notre Dame (-3) over MICHIGAN STATE

Game 9: Boston College (-7) over NC STATE

Game 10: MICHIGAN (-14.5) over Wisconsin

Game 11 (the weekly New Haven special): Yale (+5.5) over CORNELL: Bulldogs rebound after getting hammered by coach Jim Harbaugh's San Diego squad last week.

Don't forget to enter by clicking on the "comments" box below and making your picks!


Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Game 1: Louisville (-14) over KANSAS STATE.
Game 2: VIRGINIA TECH (-28) over Cincinnati.
Game 3: UConn (+2.5) over INDIANA.
Game 4: West Virginia (-21.5) over EAST CAROLINA
Game 5: KANSAS (-6) over South Florida
Game 6: SYRACUSE (-7) over Miami-Ohio.
Game 7: Penn State (+17) over OHIO STATE
Game 8: Notre Dame (-3) over MICHIGAN STATE
Game 9: Boston College (-7) over NC STATE
Game 10: MICHIGAN (-14.5) over Wisconsin
Game 11: Yale (+5.5) over CORNELL

September 22, 2006 12:54 AM 
Blogger Vinny From East Haven said...

Vin's picks:
Louisville -14 over K State
VA Tech -28 over Cincy
Indiana +2.5 over uconn
WVU -21.5 over E Carolina
USF +6 over Kansas
Miami(OH) +7 over 'Cuse
Penn St +17 over Ohio St
ND -3 over MI State
BC -7 over NC State
Michigan -14.5 over Wisc
Cornell -5.5 over Yale

Um, where the hell is East Carolina anyway? I have heard of South Caolina and North Carolina, but EAST Carolina? Is it a rogue state that seceeded from the Union and never came back after the civil war?

September 22, 2006 4:42 PM 
Blogger Vinny From East Haven said...

Oh and don't think I missed the pathetic on-field display by the Huskies last week. I was sitting right there in the stands watching it (well, when I wasn't oogling coeds or standing in line for beer). Let me tell ya folks, if they lose this game to Indiana, there is a very good chance that they will fold like a cheap deck of cards and go the rest of the season without winning a game.

Chip - when's the last time a team went winless in Big East play? I think we might have a chance of seeing that from uconn this year.

September 22, 2006 4:48 PM 
Blogger DetroitTigersHater said...

I have something to get off my chest. No one loves this team more than me but I cannot beleive what I saw last weekend. What is going on? The defense gets chewed out publically after the RI game and not a word on the offense last week? One more week of offensive ineptitude and we have GOT to switch back to Bones. Does anyone recall that this team was much better last year before Bones got hurt? Look it up. Last year's stinkitude started immediately following his injury in the 'Cuse game. Or maybe we can put Taylor at QB and run the option.

Now on to the fun. Sticking with the pick opposite of Vinny strategy again this week. Vinny, I looked all over the parking lot for a tailgate behind an IROC Saturday and couldn't find one. I did see a dude covered in gold chains and reaking of Drakar Noir hanging out at the Bud Light stand though. Was that you?

September 22, 2006 9:35 PM 
Anonymous Jim said...

Virginia Tech
West Virginia
South Florida
Ohio State
Notre Dame
Boston College

East Carolina is in Greenville NC. About halfway between Raleigh and the coast.

September 22, 2006 10:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Syracuse went winless in Big East play last season.

Greg Robinson appreciates the fact that you didn't notice because everyone else in the world did.

BTW, it's spelled "secede". You should keep a dictionary in your IROC.

September 22, 2006 11:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Kansas State
2. VT
3. Indiana
4. WVU
5. USF
6. Miami
7. OSU
8. Michigan St
9. BC
10. Wisconsin
11. Yale
-- Manny

September 22, 2006 11:08 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey TigersHater, why don't you hike up the skirt and actually make some pix! Picking opposite of Vinny was funny the first time. Make an effort, dude.

-- Manny

September 22, 2006 11:10 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...


Several teams have gone winless in Big East play. The most recent are Syracuse ('05), Temple ('03, '96, '94, '93), Rutgers ('02, '01, '00, '97), Pitt ('98, '95)

September 22, 2006 11:25 PM 
Blogger Vinny From East Haven said...

detroittigershater - I was in the red lot, behind my silver eclipse. In EH we gave up the IROCS a long time ago. Go ahead and keep picking against me, despite what "anonymous" said, I think you are probably one of the only people here who has a set of cojones.
For the rest of you, I'm sorry I misspelled a word in my comment - but it doesn't change the fact that I have been DEAD SOLID PERFECT about the huskies this year. I've said it once, and I will say it again (and again and again)...they are a second rate team in a second rate conference.
However, detroittigershater has a good point - Bones ran this team a lot better than DJ ever did. After the catastrophe last weekend, Mr. Edsall had better make some changes before your entire season goes down the drain.

Oh Indiana, Oh Indiana, my home sweet home!!

September 23, 2006 2:32 AM 
Blogger DetroitTigersHater said...

Good call, Manny.


I changed my mind. I'll go opposite Manny. I really didn't want to pick against the Irish anyway and since Manny picked Michigan State it works out perfectly.

September 23, 2006 8:42 AM 

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