Thursday, September 06, 2007

Runway Challenge Week 2: The "When they were young" version

We'll get to the weekly picks in a moment. But here's a couple of photos I couldn't resist sneaking onto the blog. Anyone care to guess which current member of the UConn football team this wide-eyed tyke grew into? Post your guesses. I'll reveal the answer later.

Priceless shots. Speaking of priceless, ACCSelect is giving refunds for the botched web cast of Saturday's games. Here's a copy of the email they sent out to subscribers:

It is with the utmost sincerity that we apologize for the unavailabilityof the first half of Saturday's ACCSelect.com Duke-Connecticut livefootball webcast. The problem was caused by an incorrect configurationsetting in our web server.

As sports fans ourselves, we know the extreme inconvenience andfrustration this caused. Therefore, we are issuing a full refund of$4.99 for your purchase of Saturday's game. Please allow five businessdays for the refund to be processed.

The full game is archived on-demand on ACCSelect.com. The refund will not affect your 30 days access to the on-demand webcast from the date you made your purchase.

Should you decide to purchase an ACCSelect.com event in the future, weassure you that we've corrected the issue affecting Saturday's game.Again, please accept our apologies, and best of luck to your team this season.

Regards,PlayON! Sports Customer Relations

Good for them. Nice to see a company take responsibility for a screw up.

On to the weekly picks.

Game 1: West Virginia (-24.5) over MARSHALL: Bad Chad Pennington, Byron Leftwich and Randy Moss couldn't make a difference for the Thundering Herd this week.

Game 2: Nebraska (-9) over WAKE FOREST: Huskers tailback is named Lucky. How can they lose?

Game 3: Duke (+17) over VIRGINIA: Which UConn opponent stunk more this week? We'll find out Saturday.

Game 4: Boise State (-3) over WASHINGTON: U-Dub might be for real this season, but it's tough to tell after dumping Syracuse in a laugher.

Game 5: MICHIGAN (-8.5) over Oregon: Think the Wolverines won't take out their frustrations on the Ducks?

Game 6: GEORGIA (-5.5) over South Carolina: Register copy editor and Georgia alum Sean Look didn't trade me top pick in our fantasy league after I picked the Dawgs last weekend. Oh well. I grabbed Peyton Manning at No. 9.

Game 7: IOWA (-22) over Syracuse: Give Orange a break. Coach Robinson has a lot on his plate.

Game 8: South Florida (+7) over AUBURN: Bulls seem to thrive in the underdog role. Might they win outright?

Game 9: LSU (-13) over Virginia Tech: Hokies not so impressive in opener. LSU is for real.

Game 10: Buffalo (+3.5) over TEMPLE: This should be a pick 'em. Or a bring 'em both out to the pasture and shoot 'em. Call it the Misery Bowl.

Game 11: UCONN (-22) over Maine: There's usually no line for I-A vs. I-AA games, but Register colleague Brett Orzechowski said he saw this line somewhere on the internet. So I'll use it, too. Personally, I'd have made the spread 28 points.

Here are the standings after last week:

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

It's not too late to get in on the action. Post your picks by clicking "comments" below, then cutting and pasting the template.

15 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Chip's picks
Game 1: West Virginia (-24.5) over MARSHALL
Game 2: Nebraska (-9) over WAKE FOREST
Game 3: Duke (+17) over VIRGINIA
Game 4: Boise State (-3) over WASHINGTON
Game 5: MICHIGAN (-8.5) over Oregon
Game 6: GEORGIA (-5.5) over South Carolina
Game 7: IOWA (-22) over Syracuse
Game 8: South Florida (+7) over AUBURN
Game 9: LSU (+13) over Virginia Tech
Game 10: Buffalo (+3.5) over TEMPLE
Game 11: UCONN (-22) over Maine

September 06, 2007 8:30 PM 
Anonymous sammy said...

Sammy's picks
Game 1: West Virginia over Marshall
Game 2: Wake Forest over Nebraska
Game 3: Virginia over Duke
Game 4: WASHINGTON over Boise State
Game 5: Oregon over MICHIGAN
Game 6: GEORGIA (-5.5) over South Carolina
Game 7: IOWA (-22) over Syracuse
Game 8: Auburn over South Florida
Game 9: LSU (+13) over Virginia Tech
Game 10: Temple over Buffalo
Game 11: UCONN (-22) over Maine

September 07, 2007 8:48 AM 
Blogger DetroitTigersHater said...

Game 1: West Virginia
Game 2: WAKE FOREST
Game 3: VIRGINIA
Game 4: WASHINGTON
Game 5: Oregon
Game 6: GEORGIA
Game 7: Syracuse
Game 8: South Florida
Game 9: LSU - I think this is supposed to be -13, no?
Game 10: Buffalo
Game 11: UCONN

September 07, 2007 10:19 AM 
Blogger Sturge-Rock said...

Eric's picks
Game 1: West Virginia over Marshall
Game 2: Wake Forest over Nebraska
Game 3: Virginia over Duke
Game 4: Boise State over Washington
Game 5: MICHIGAN over Oregon
Game 6: GEORGIA over South Carolina
Game 7: IOWA over Syracuse
Game 8: Auburn over South Florida
Game 9: LSU over Virginia Tech
Game 10: Buffalo over Temple
Game 11: UCONN over Maine
GO HUSKIES!

September 07, 2007 10:31 AM 
Blogger ian said...

West Virginia
Nebraska
Virginia
Boise State
Michigan
Georgia
Syracuse
Auburn
LSU
Buffalo
UCONN

Party starts at 3 PM in the blue lot. We plan to be in the first rows of cars on Saturday.

September 07, 2007 11:25 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

My error. LSU is giving 13 to Va Tech, not the other way around. It's changed on the main page. Please take note.

September 07, 2007 11:27 AM 
Anonymous kooch said...

Kooch
Game 1: West Virginia
Game 2: Nebraska (-9)
Game 3: VIRGINIA
Game 4: WASHINGTON
Game 5: MICHIGAN
Game 6: South Carolina
Game 7: Syracuse
Game 8: AUBURN
Game 9: LSU
Game 10: TEMPLE
Game 11: UCONN

September 07, 2007 1:08 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete's picks:

Game 1: West Virginia
Game 2: Nebraska
Game 3: Virginia
Game 4: Boise State
Game 5: Michigan
Game 6: Georgia
Game 7: Iowa
Game 8: Auburn
Game 9: LSU
Game 10: Temple
Game 11: UConn

My guess as to the picture is Brad Kanuch.

September 07, 2007 3:11 PM 
Anonymous Kevin from week 1 said...

Covers in CAPS

WEST VIRGINIA 52, Marshall 17
NEBRASKA 27, Wake Forest 14
VIRGINIA 23, Duke 0
WASHINGTON 34, Boise State 31
Michigan 27, OREGON 21
GEORGIA 38, South Carolina 28
Iowa 21, SYRACUSE 3
Auburn 20, SOUTH FLORIDA 17
Lsu 31, VIRGINIA TECH 21
TEMPLE 28, Buffalo 14
UCONN 34, Maine 7

Also, as a bit of pointless trivia - the guy who runs naiafootball.net (you remember the NAIA, no?) also has a segment called Chip's Picks, even though his name is not Chip. Odd.

September 07, 2007 5:35 PM 
Anonymous Wil L said...

Game 1: West Virginia
Game 2: Nebraska
Game 3: Duke
Game 4: Boise State
Game 5: MICHIGAN
Game 6: GEORGIA
Game 7: Syracuse
Game 8: South Florida
Game 9: LSU
Game 10:TEMPLE
Game 11: UCONN

Wil L

September 07, 2007 7:06 PM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Vincenzo's picks:
1. WVU
2. Nebraska
3. Virginia
4. Washington
5. Michigan
6. Georgia
7. Iowa
8. Auburn
9. LSU
10. Temple
11. Maine (they will win outright)

FYI I am taking the camaro up to the Rent tomorrow to cheer on the Black Bears. See all you unrealistic Husky fans there!

September 07, 2007 8:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SeanO's Ghost:

Game 1: West Virginia (-24.5) over MARSHALL
Game 2: WAKE FOREST over Nebraska
Game 3: VIRGINIA over Duke
Game 4: Boise State over WASHINGTON
Game 5: Oregon over MICHIGAN
Game 6: South Carolina over GEORGIA
Game 7: IOWA over Syracuse
Game 8: South Florida over AUBURN
Game 9: LSU over Virginia Tech
Game 10: Temple over Buffalo
Game 11: UCONN over Maine

September 07, 2007 9:24 PM 
Anonymous Steve P. said...

West Virginia
Wake Forest
Duke
Boise State
Michigan
South Carolina
Iowa
South Floria
LSU
Temple
Connecticut

September 07, 2007 10:56 PM 
Anonymous Caleb Mandrake said...

Caleb's picks
Game 1: West Virginia
Game 2: WAKE FOREST
Game 3: VIRGINIA
Game 4: WASHINGTON
Game 5: MICHIGAN
Game 6: South Carolina
Game 7: Syracuse
Game 8: South Florida
Game 9: Virginia Tech
Game 10: Buffalo
Game 11: Maine

September 07, 2007 11:23 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

week 2 results:
1. DetroitTigershater 8-3
SeanO's ghost 8-3
Steve P 8-3
4. Chip 7-4
Sammy 7-4
6. Caleb 6-5
Surge-rock 6-5
8. Ian 5-6
kooch 5-6
kevin 5-6
wil I 5-6
12. vinny 4-7
Pete 4-7

Standings after two weeks
1. DetroitTigersHater 16
2. Sammy 14
3. Ian: 13
Chip 13
SeanO's Ghost 13
6. kooch 12
7. Kevin 11
8. Vinny 10
9. pete 9
10. Steve P 8
11. Caleb 6
Sturge-rock 6
13. Wil I 5
14. Alex 4

September 12, 2007 9:43 AM 

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