Friday, October 20, 2006

Knight, Reyes and more football picks

Tiki Barber plans to retire after the season at age 31. Bobby Knight is signing a contract extention that will make him coach at Texas Tech through 2012, when he'll be 71. Is it better to go out on top of your game, or when you're so old you need assistance to throw that chair across the court? Buried in the Bobby Knight story is the fact that his son, Pat, the associate head coach, has already been tabbed to succeed pop at Texas Tech. So you know Bobby signed the extention merely for spite.

I'm a Yankee fan, but still sad to see the Mets lose. Willie Randolph was one of my favorite all-time Yankees. I also like Jose Reyes, who is probably the most amazing minor league player I've ever seen. When Jose was with Double-A Binghamton, he came to Yale Field and created complete havoc during one four-game series back in 2002. I even held onto my scorebook from those games because it was so memorable. His stats from the four games: 11-for-17 (.647) with three doubles, three triples, four RBIs and five stolen bases. He scored from first base on a single for the winning run in the eighth one night. He won the next game in the ninth by bunting for a single, stealing second, stealing third and scoring when the catcher, so nervous because he knew what Reyes was going to do you could hear his teeth chattering, sailed the throw into the outfield. Reyes ran the bases like a gazelle. I've never seen an opposing team so afraid of a player so small, and this was a playoff-bound New Haven team that had Coco Crisp in center field and a handful of others playing small parts on major league rosters now.

Shocker. I went 6-6 last week to remain even for the year at 33-33-5. Detroit Tigers hater won the weekly competition at 8-4. One of these days, I'll run through the blog to compile season records for everyone. Anyone who loses to me has to wrestle my cousin Moze. Here are this week's picks:

Game 1: West Virginia (-23.5) over UCONN: Pat White may pass the 247 yards he put up last week.

Game 2: SYRACUSE (+17.5) over Louisville: Louisville doens't run well, and the 'Cuse defends the pass well enough to cover the spread.

Game 3: Rutgers (+6.5) over PITT: Is Rutgers for real? Here's the first big test.

Game 4: South Florida (-1) over CINCINNATI: Looking like my lock of the week.

And for the non-Big East games....

Game 5: Texas (-6) over NEBRASKA
Game6: Texas A&M (+3.5) over OKLAHOMA STATE
Game 7: Georgia Tech (+7.5) over CLEMSON
Game 8: NC State (+1.5) over Maryland
Game 9: Wisconsin (-7) over PURDUE
Game 10: MICHIGAN (-13.5) over Iowa
Game 11: Penn (-3.5) over YALE: Last time Yale beat Penn, Eric Johnson was playing wide receiver and Bill Clinton was still in office.

Get your picks in this week in the 'comments' section below.


Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Chip's picks

Game 1: West Virginia (-23.5) over UCONN
Game 2: SYRACUSE (+17.5) over Louisville
Game 3: Rutgers (+6.5) over PITT.
Game 4: South Florida (-1) over CINCINNATI
Game 5: Texas (-6) over NEBRASKA
Game6: Texas A&M (+3.5) over OKLAHOMA STATE
Game 7: Georgia Tech (+7.5) over CLEMSON
Game 8: NC State (+1.5) over Maryland
Game 9: Wisconsin (-7) over PURDUE
Game 10: MICHIGAN (-13.5) over Iowa
Game 11: Penn (-3.5) over YALE

October 20, 2006 9:43 AM 
Blogger beisbolct said...

I am Ian and I approve these picks.

West Virginia -23.5
Syracuse +17.5
Rutgers +6.5
Cincinnati +1
Texas -6
Oklahoma State -3.5
Georgia Tech + 7.5
Nc State +1.5
Wisconsin -7
Iowa +13.5
Yale +3.5

October 20, 2006 10:21 AM 
Blogger Vinny From East Haven said...

WVU (only 23.5? That's nuts it should be 40)
South Florida
Oklahoma St
Ga Tech
NC State

I wonder how detroittigershater is enjoying the postseason so far?

October 20, 2006 10:59 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. West Virginia
2. Louisville
3. Pitt
4. Cincy
5. Texas
6. OK State
7. Clemson
8. Maryland
9. Purdue
10. Michigan
11. Yale
-- Manny

October 20, 2006 12:41 PM 
Blogger DetroitTigersHater said...


Taunting your only supporter is not a wise idea. I still freakin hate the Tigers but I hate the NL more so I am actually going to root for them in the series. Since they won when I hated them, any Tiger's fans out there should be REAL SCARED that I am now rooting for them. Since I declared victory for myself last week based on win % I think I am now at two weeks in a row. Good thing Manny talked me into making my own picks. Yee Haw!!

West Virginia
South Florida

October 20, 2006 4:20 PM 

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