Thursday, September 11, 2008

Runway Challenge Week 3

First things first. I participated in Allstate's "Kick for Charity" event this morning at Rentschler Field. Media members for UConn football were invited to attempt a 25-yard field goal. Allstate made a $500 donation to the charity of our choice for anyone who made the attempt, and $250 for those who missed. I'm proud to say I nailed my attempt. It would have been good from at least 60 yards. Uh, not really. Tony C's job is safe. My kick squeaked just inside the right upright. I donated the money to The Connecticut Hospice, and to be honest, I feel great about it. So thanks to Allstate for a great event.

On to the weekly picks. The good news: it can't get much worse. I picked only four of 11 games correctly, but managed to finish 6th of 15 entries last week. Props to Dougo for going 8-3 and winning the week. Poor Sammy was last with one correct pick. With that in mind, I vow to give a perfect record to anyone who goes oh-for-the-week from now on. Much like George Costanza, you'll have to pick the opposite of everything logic dictates. This new rule includes my own picks. And I just ordered lunch: chicken salad, on rye, untoasted...with a cup of tea.

Game 1: California (-15) over MARYLAND: Protesters at Cal, angry over the decision to clear 42 trees for new athletic facilities, had been living in said trees for the last 21 months until they finally came down earlier in the week. The four protesters were arrested upon descent, thankful to have a spacious holding cell to stretch out in for a while.

Game 2: Temple (+6) over BUFFALO: Not long ago, winning one game was a season's-worth of accomplishment for these programs. Now, they appear to be among the better teams in the MAC.

Game 3: BAYLOR (pick'em) over Washington State: Wazzu allowed 66 points to Cal last week, and rank 118th in scoring defense and 117th in total offense. Keep in mind there are only 119 Division I-A teams. And this week it's a pick'em on the road? Good to see Baylor's program getting respect from the odds makers.

Game 4: East Carolina (-13) over TULANE: Pirates open season by stunning Virginia Tech and West Virginia at home. ECU fans who rush the field to celebrate the monumental upset over WVU are greeted by police goons throwing punches. Welcome to the Top 25!

Game 5: Penn State (-28) over SYRACUSE: Orange paper bags with eye holes to be handed out to Syracuse fans entering the Carrier Dome.

Game 6: UCLA (+8) over BRIGHAM YOUNG (home): Third time in just over a year these schools meet on the gridiron. But it's the first time in Provo. ( Provo, Utah. Not Provo, Spain).

Game 7: Michigan (-2.5) over NOTRE DAME: Lou Holtz gets his own bronze statue at Notre Dame Stadium, to be dedicated Saturday. School officials proceed to hire the statue to replace Charlie Weis as Irish head coach. Players welcome the change.

Game 8: CONNECTICUT (-11) over Virginia: Cavaliers starting quarterback Peter Lalich says he never violated his probation, and is staying behind in Charlottesville this weekend because he doesn't want his legal troubles to be a distraction for his team. Um, too late, Peter. Thanks for nothing. This sounds a little fishy.

Game 9: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (-11) over Ohio State: OK, so I watched "Boyz n the Hood" on cable for the 100th or so time yesterday. Questions I've never figured out: 1) Why would Ricky be considering joining the army when he had all but locked up a scholarship to play football at USC? Even if he didn't get a 700 on his SAT (which he wound up getting) he obviously could have played somewhere. 2) Why was Ricky taking a leisurely stroll down the middle of the street, rubbing a damn scratch-off ticket, when only seconds earlier he and Trey were running for their lives from the gang bangers in the car? No wonder he got smoked. What a dope. On a positive note, "Furious Stiles" is one of the top three movie names of all time and Ice Cube wears a Jheri curl with the best of them.

Game 10: Wisconsin (-2) over FRESNO STATE: Former Notre Dame-West Haven star John Moffitt (center) and Norwich Free Academy grad Matt Shaughnessy (defensive end) among the Badgers top players.

Game 11: Oregon (-8.5) over PURDUE: Oregon claims it has 400 different uniform combinations, when socks, shoes, helmets and pads are thrown in. The Ducks' custom-designed Nike jerseys are also 34 percent lighter in wet conditions than the average game jersey. Too bad they're still ugly as sin.

Last week's results

1. Dougo 8-3
2. Vinny 7-4
3. Kevin 5-6
Dan 5-6
Rich 5-6
6. Chip 4-7
Stretch 4-7
wil 4-7
uconn86 4-7
10. ian 3-8
caleb 3-8
12. pete 2-9
Den of stupidity 2-9
sean o 2-9
15. sammy 1-10

Overall points (2 weeks)
1. Dougo 14
2. Vinny from East Haven 13
3. Rich 12
4. huskies86 10
stretch 10
Dan O 10
Kevin 10
8. chip 9
9. ian 8
wil 8
11. caleb 7
12. Pete 6
Den of stupidity 6
14. JZ 5
sammy 5

Enter picks by clicking "comments" below.

19 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Chip's picks
Game 1: California (-15) over MARYLAND
Game 2: Temple (+6) over BUFFALO
Game 3: BAYLOR (pick'em) over Washington State
Game 4: East Carolina (-13) over TULANE
Game 5: Penn State (-28) over SYRACUSE
Game 6: UCLA (+8) over BRIGHAM YOUNG (home)
Game 7: Michigan (-2.5) over NOTRE DAME
Game 8: CONNECTICUT (-11) over Virginia
Game 9: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (-11) over Ohio State
Game 10: Wisconsin (-2) over FRESNO STATE
Game 11: Oregon (-8.5) over PURDUE

September 11, 2008 4:06 PM 
Anonymous Sean O said...

Let's see if I can improve on 2-9...yikes.

Sean O's picks
Chip's picks
Game 1: MARYLAND
Game 2: BUFFALO
Game 3: Washington State
Game 4: East Carolina
Game 5: SYRACUSE
Game 6: BRIGHAM YOUNG
Game 7: NOTRE DAME
Game 8: CONNECTICUT
Game 9: Ohio State
Game 10: Wisconsin
Game 11: Oregon

September 11, 2008 4:28 PM 
Blogger strike it Rich! said...

Rich's picks
Game 1: California over MARYLAND
Game 2: Temple over BUFFALO
Game 3: BAYLOR over Washington State
Game 4: East Carolina over TULANE
Game 5: Penn State over SYRACUSE
Game 6: UCLA over BRIGHAM YOUNG
Game 7: Michigan over NOTRE DAME
Game 8: CONNECTICUT over Virginia
Game 9: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA over Ohio State
Game 10: FRESNO STATE over Wisconsin
Game 11: PURDUE over Oregon

Chip - you have me at 5-6 for last weekend? I thought went 8-3?

September 11, 2008 4:33 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

I'll check on that, and get it fixed later, Rich...

Sorry.

September 11, 2008 4:37 PM 
Blogger Dougo said...

Game 1: Cal over UMD
Game 2: Buffalo over Temple
Game 3: Baylor over Wazzu
Game 4: ECU over Tulane
Game 5: PSU over Syracuse
Game 6: BYU over UCLA
Game 7: Michigan over ND
Game 8: UVA over UConn
Game 9: OSU over USC
Game 10: Wisc over Fresno State
Game 11: Oregon over Purdue

September 11, 2008 5:58 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Hey Rich,

I double-checked it, and you were 5-6 last week. You realize we're using the spreads, and not just picking winners, right? If you want to re-enter the picks for this week, go ahead. Get them in before Saturday kickoff, and I'll delete the original set.

September 11, 2008 7:43 PM 
Anonymous Caleb Mandrake said...

Game 1: MARYLAND
Game 2: Temple
Game 3: BAYLOR
Game 4: East Carolina
Game 5: Penn State
Game 6: BRIGHAM YOUNG
Game 7: Michigan
Game 8: Virginia
Game 9: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Game 10: Wisconsin
Game 11: Oregon

September 11, 2008 8:52 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game 1: California
Game 2: Temple
Game 3: Washington State
Game 4: East Carolina
Game 5: Penn State
Game 6: UCLA
Game 7: NOTRE DAME
Game 8: CONNECTICUT
Game 9: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Game 10: FRESNO STATE
Game 11: Oregon

September 11, 2008 11:39 PM 
Anonymous Kevin said...

Hanging in there...

Game 1: California (-15) over Maryland
Game 2: Buffalo (-6) over Temple
Game 3: Washington State (E) over Baylor
Game 4: East Carolina (-13) over Tulane (there's going to be a huge letdown...but this game screams "backdoor cover")
Game 5: Penn State (-28) over Syracuse
Game 6: BYU (-8) over UCLA
Game 7: Notre Dame (+2.5) over Michigan
Game 8: Virginia (+11) over UConn
Game 9: USC (-11) over Ohio State
Game 10: Fresno State (+2) over Wisconsin
Game 11: Purdue (+8.5) over Oregon

September 12, 2008 12:47 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Anonymous picks need a name.

September 12, 2008 7:21 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JZ's picks:

Missed last week so I have some making up to do.

Cal
Temple
Baylor
ECU
Penn State
BYU
Michigan
UConn
USC
Wisc
Oregon

September 12, 2008 9:09 AM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Vinny's pics:
Cal
Buffalo
Baylor
Tulane
Penn State
UCLA
Notre Dame (God I hate to pick ND)
Virginia. Is this line for real? Virginia is going to SMOKE the Huskies. The Rent will be 90% empty by the 3rd quarter ends as the Cavaliers run it up on UConn.
Southern Cal.
Fresno State.
Oregon.

September 12, 2008 10:55 AM 
Anonymous sammy said...

Game 1: California
Game 2: Temple
Game 3: BAYLOR
Game 4: East Carolina
Game 5: Penn State
Game 6: UCLA
Game 7: NOTRE DAME
Game 8: Virginia
Game 9: Ohio State
Game 10: Wisconsin
Game 11: Oregon

Help me, Obi Wan. You're my only hope.

September 12, 2008 11:07 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete's Picks:
Game 1: MARYLAND
Game 2: Temple
Game 3: Washington State
Game 4: TULANE
Game 5: Penn State
Game 6: BRIGHAM YOUNG
Game 7: Michigan
Game 8: CONNECTICUT
Game 9: Ohio State
Game 10: Wisconsin
Game 11: PURDUE

September 12, 2008 3:04 PM 
Anonymous Wil's picks said...

These are Wil's picks
Game 1: California
Game 2: Temple
Game 3: Washington State
Game 4: East Carolina
Game 5: Penn State
Game 6: UCLA
Game 7: NOTRE DAME
Game 8: CONNECTICUT
Game 9: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Game 10: FRESNO STATE
Game 11: Oregon

September 12, 2008 8:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UConnHuskies86 picks
Game 1: Maryland +15
Game 2: Temple (+6)
Game 3: Do not count - game is on now - they played early
Game 4: East Carolina (-13)
Game 5: Syracuse +28
Game 6: UCLA (+8)
Game 7: Michigan (-2.5)
Game 8: CONNECTICUT (-11)
Game 9: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA -11
Game 10: FRESNO STATE +2
Game 11: Oregon (-8.5)

September 12, 2008 11:44 PM 
Anonymous Ian said...

Game 1: California
Game 2: Temple
Game 3: no pick since game was moved to Friday
Game 4: East Carolina
Game 5: Penn State
Game 6: BRIGHAM YOUNG
Game 7: Michigan
Game 8: CONNECTICUT
Game 9: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Game 10: FRESNO STATE
Game 11: Oregon

September 12, 2008 11:59 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Sorry about that Baylor-Wazzu game, fellas. I didn't realize it had been moved up to Friday. I mean, this Hurricane Ike thing has just been buried by the media.

September 13, 2008 12:14 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really late. It's 2:45 PM and the first 3 games have either started or are finished. I probably would've went 0 for anyway. Here's the rest for The Den:

East Carolina -13
Penn State -54
UCLA +8
ND +2.5
UConn -11
Ohio St. -11
Fresno St +2
Oregon -8.5

September 13, 2008 2:51 PM 

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