Thursday, August 30, 2007

Runway Challenge Week 1: 70s style.

Some 1970s flashbacks I experienced this week before we begin week 1 of the Runway Challenge:


  • The Dunkin' Donuts around the corner from the New Haven Register has been closed for the last three weeks for renovations, throwing a monkey wrench into my daily coffee routine for most of the last month. It reopened today. High comedy, even if it was unintentional. It was like a time warp. They morphed this place from a run-of-the-mill Dunkin' Donuts into something straight out of 1979. The decor, the colors, the wall murals. Even the employees seemed to be wearing throwback uniforms. I thought I had stepped into a roller rink. All that was missing was a disco ball and a D.J. with a bad perm playing "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang. If you're anywhere near the Dunkin' Donuts on Kimberly Ave. in West Haven, you have to check it out. I promise you won't be disappointed.

  • I was lukewarm on the ESPN mini series "The Bronx is Burning". The acting was pretty bad. Best part was that they used real highlight clips from the 1977 season instead of recreating the action. I was only 5 years old in '77, and don't remember much from the season aside from Reggie's three dongs in the World Series. But I loved how hard-nosed they played the game back then. If someone broke up a double play nowadays like they did back then, there'd be a congressional investigation and Joe Buck would cry real tears on air. I used Tivo to rewind three plays from the Yanks ALCS against Kansas City and watched them over and over: Willie Randolph getting leveled by Lee May while turning a double play; Greg Nettles not bothering to slide, just plowing head on into Freddy Patek at second on another DP; and the Nettles/George Brett brawl that started after Brett slid hard into third base. Phenomenal stuff.

  • My last post is referencing the 70s Broadway musical "Godspell" and its hit song "Day by Day", which I couldn't get out of my head after seeing the 2001 comedy flick "Wet Hot American Summer" on Comedy Central last week. Hearing Randy Edsall describe Ryan Henegan as day to day for the last three weeks didn't help the matter. At any rate, Godspell is a tremendous play. Wet Hot American Summer, which spoofs early '80s summer camp comedy movies, is pretty stupid, though it did have its moments.

  • Anybody else think Joba Chamberlain bears a striking resemblance to Babe Ruth? Loved the two pitches over Yook's head, by the way. Welcome to the Bronx, Joba.

On to the first week of the picks. Last year, a good number of readers posted their own picks with mine and I tallied up the results on a weekly basis. You're all welcome to pick again this year. I plan to keep running standings for the season with the winner getting full control of the Runway blog for a day. Is that something you might be interested in? Well, you can still post your picks every week. Let's go:

Game 1: DUKE (+4.5) over Connecticut: UConn wins, but only by three.

Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA (-24) over Western Michigan: Mountaineers will cover even if they ease off the gas pedal in the second half.

Game 3: PITTSBURGH (+20) over Eastern Michigan: Dave Wannestadt hasn't been mingling at with the locals in the Steel City watering holes over fish sandwiches and Iron City Lites much lately.

Game 4: Virginia (-3.5) over WYOMING: No good athletes at Wyoming since Fennis Dembo left

Game 5: BOSTON COLLEGE (-6) over Wake Forest: Can someone tell me what BCU means? Just curious.

Game 6: Georgia Tech (+1.5) over NOTRE DAME: This game would have been a lot more interesting last season.

Game 7: GEORGIA (-6) over Oklahoma State: Throwing a bone to Register copy editor and UGA grad Sean Look (perhaps he'll trade me the top pick in our fantasy draft on Monday).

Game 8: AKRON (-5.5) over Army: Keeping an eye on future UConn opponents. Otherwise...a big yawn.

Game 9: Tennessee (+6.5) over CAL: Bears lose Marshawn Lynch and still might have a crack at reaching BCS championship game.

Game 10: Florida State (-3.5) over CLEMSON: Monday night special.

Get your picks in. Click "comments" below, and do a simple cut and paste of the template posted in there.

20 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Chip's picks
Game 1: DUKE (-4.5) over Connecticut.
Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA (-24) over Western Michigan
Game 3: PITTSBURGH (+20) over Eastern Michigan
Game 4: Virginia (-3.5) over WYOMING
Game 5: BOSTON COLLEGE (-6) over Wake Forest
Game 6: Georgia Tech (+1.5) over NOTRE DAME
Game 7: GEORGIA (-6) over Oklahoma State
Game 8: AKRON (-5.5) over Army
Game 9: Tennessee (+6.5) over CAL
Game 10: Florida State (-3.5) over CLEMSON

August 30, 2007 9:15 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BCU =Boston College University

Sort of an inside joke...sort of...

August 30, 2007 9:30 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

OK. I do recall a player: can't remember who or from which NFL team, who announced himself as being from Boston College University on Monday Night Football video intros a few years back. Any connection?

August 30, 2007 9:38 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The BCU story. Apparently, when BC first joined the ACC, one or more ACC writers referred to BC as BCU by mistake. The nickname has stuck among UConn and other bloggers.

August 30, 2007 9:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn't the sports writers. It was the ACC that called them BCU.

The ACC welcome page on the web referred to them as BCU.

Apparently, they thought the Terriers were going to bring a great brand of hockey to the ACC.

And then the drama was repeated again on the website of the Charlotte Tire Bowl last year. Again, they were referred to as BCU.

Priceless.

August 30, 2007 9:57 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not just the web page, the official ACC press release welcomed Boston College University. They sell their soul and the devil can't even be bothered to get their name right.

August 30, 2007 10:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymouse said...

Still waiting on Vinny from East Haven and his bitchin Camaro to roll up on the set. Where are you Vinny.

August 30, 2007 10:10 PM 
Blogger ian said...

Ian's picks

Game 1: UCONN (+4.5) over Connecticut.
Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA (-24) over Western Michigan
Game 3: PITTSBURGH (+20) over Eastern Michigan
Game 4: Virginia (-3.5) over WYOMING
Game 5: BOSTON COLLEGE (-6) over Wake Forest
Game 6: Georgia Tech (+1.5) over NOTRE DAME
Game 7: GEORGIA (-6) over Oklahoma State
Game 8: AKRON (-5.5) over Army
Game 9: Tennessee (+6.5) over CAL
Game 10: Clemson (+3.5)over Florida State

August 30, 2007 11:17 PM 
Anonymous sammy said...

Sammy's picks
Game 1: UConn.
Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 3: PITTSBURGH
Game 4: Virginia
Game 5: BOSTON COLLEGE
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: Oklahoma State
Game 8: AKRON
Game 9: CAL
Game 10: CLEMSON

August 30, 2007 11:25 PM 
Blogger DetroitTigersHater said...

I'm back and my Tigers hatred has grown by leaps and bounds. Between last year's playoffs and Sheff shooting off his mouth, the Tigers have become the Red Sox Light in my suite of home brewed baseball hate venom beers. I sure do hope we see Vinny this year and i am sure we will once he gets wind of the offer to take over the blog for a day. I am all over that offer Chip, but watch I don't get you fired due to inappropriate content. I got 4 months to dream up something big!!!!

Onto the game. It might be football and not hoops but my hatred for Duke spans all things Blue Devil. Are you sensing a theme of hatred in my post this week? Regardless, it makes this week's game special. The Huskies can't win this one by enough for my liking.

Game 1: Huskies +4.5 - Must admit I am a little scared that Chip has been watching our favorite team practice for over a month and his pick shows no confidence in their ability to beat a team that hasn't won since - when was that last time they won? Chip, are the Huskies really that bad? Tell me you mis-typed.
Game 2: Mountaineers -24
Game 3: Panthers +20? - That's like 40 points advantage over the vegas lines. Count me in!!
Game 4: Cowboys +3.5 - Fennis Dembo is good for at least 4 TDs.
Game 5: Demon Deacons +6
Game 6: Fighting Irish -1.5
Game 7: Bulldogs -6
Game 8: Zips -5.5
Game 9: Golden Bears -6.5 - Payback is a bitch, Vols!!!
Game 10: Tigers +3.5

August 31, 2007 9:31 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Detroit Tigers Hater brings up a good point: The winner of the Runway Challenge takes over the blog for a day, but I have final content control to edit anything that might get me fired.

Also, no slight to UConn, I feel Duke is better than people think. Of course, contradicting myself as usual, I could easily see UConn winning this game by two touchdowns.

August 31, 2007 10:27 AM 
Anonymous SeanO's Ghost said...

Chip, I may be out of the Reg and FFL but I'm in with the picks.

SeanO's Ghost
Game 1: DUKE (-4.5) over Connecticut: Fugly start for Edsall's Pups.
Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA (-24) over Western Michigan
Game 3: PITTSBURGH (+20) over Eastern Michigan: No better steak and beer town in Big East.
Game 4: Virginia (-3.5) over WYOMING: Didn't Dembo Fennis play hoops?
Game 5: Wake (+6) over BC over Wake Forest: Remember Rick Kuhn?
Game 6: ND (-1.5) pummels Georgia Tech (+1.5).
Game 7: Okie State (+6) over GEORGIA (-6): SLook cant handle his Stellas and 'Dogs can't handle the Cowboys!
Game 8: AKRON (-5.5) over Army: Can't wait for that Navy...I mean Akron game at The Runway.
Game 9: CAL (-6.5) over Tennessee: Timothy Leary's revenge.
Game 10: CLEMSON (3.5) over Florida State (-3.5): Death Valley on Monday night.

August 31, 2007 5:51 PM 
Anonymous Kooch said...

kooch's pix
Game 1: Connecticut.
Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 3: PITTSBURGH
Game 4: WYOMING
Game 5: Wake Forest
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: GEORGIA
Game 8: AKRON
Game 9: CAL
Game 10: Florida State

August 31, 2007 9:19 PM 
Anonymous Pete said...

Game 1: UConn
Game 2: West Virginia
Game 3: Pitt
Game 4: Virginia
Game 5: Wake Forest
Game 6: Notre Dame
Game 7: Oklahoma State
Game 8: Akron
Game 9: CAL
Game 10: Florida State

August 31, 2007 9:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vinny's picks:
1. Duke - no contest here.
2. West Virginia - should be a fun one when they slaughter the Huskies.
3. Eastern Michigan
4. Wyoming.
5. Boston College
6. Georgia Tech.
7. Georgia.
8. Akron
9. Tennessee
10. Florida State

August 31, 2007 9:42 PM 
Anonymous Alex said...

Alex's picks.

Game 1: UConn
Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 3: PITTSBURGH
Game 4: Virginia
Game 5: Wake Forest
Game 6: Notre Dame
Game 7: Oklahoma State
Game 8: AKRON
Game 9: Tennessee
Game 10: Florida State

September 01, 2007 10:57 AM 
Anonymous Kevin said...

Kevin's picks (covers in caps):

UCONN 24, Duke 10
WEST VIRGINIA 45, Western Michigan 7
Pittsburgh 31, EASTERN MICHIGAN 14
VIRGINIA 38, Wyoming 17
BOSTON COLLEGE 27, Wake Forest 17
NOTRE DAME 13, Georgia Tech 10
GEORGIA 34, Oklahoma State 24
Akron 20, ARMY 17
CALIFORNIA 35, Tennessee 23
Florida State 24, CLEMSON 21

September 01, 2007 12:39 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Will post the results after Monday's Fla. State-Clemson game. But it ain't looking good for me this week.

September 02, 2007 12:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boston College is not a college, nor is it in Boston.

The appropriate name of the institution should be "The University of Chestnut Hill".

As an alum of a Beanpot school in Boston, we refer to the Beagles as UCH or CHCC (Chestnut Hill Community College).

The first word on UCH's diploma is "Universitas"

The degree actually reads "University of Boston College" if you translate the Latin.

September 03, 2007 10:06 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Week 1 standings:

1. Ian: 8-2
detroittigershater: 8-2
3. Sammy 7-3
kooch 7-3
5. Chip 6-4
Vinny 6-4
kevin 6-4
8. SeanO's ghost: 5-5
pete 5-5
10. Alex 4-6

September 04, 2007 9:43 AM 

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