Thursday, September 18, 2008

Runway Challenge Week 4: The Baby Mozart edition


Syncing my iPod this morning, I discovered a disturbing fact. The 18 most-played songs come from "Baby Mozart". And it's not even close. We have an iPod dock in the baby's nursery, and whenever he's having a tough time going to sleep we just play Baby Mozart. It's great because he's usually out like a light within a few minutes. The only problem is I can hear the music from my home office, which shares a wall with the nursery. Between this and "The Wiggles", which my son also loves, my brain is turning into oatmeal. I hum these freaking tunes all the live long day.

Things need to change, I decided today, because I can't take anymore. Plus, my wife wasn't home to stop me. So I experimented with some of the other tunes on my iPod for nap time. I'm happy to say, it worked. My son was cuddled up with his blanket and sucking his thumb in his crib -- calm as can be -- while listening to The Who's "Quadrophenia". His favorite new tune was "Love, Reign 'oer Me". And when the wife asks what happened to Baby Mozart -- she's big on classical music and classical music only for the baby -- I have an excuse. I mean, Quadrophenia is a rock opera.

On to the picks:

Game 1: CONNECTICUT (-12.5) over Baylor - I wasn't worried about Baylor until seeing the cover of the football media guide yesterday. It's a shot of their stadium in the orange-blue sky of the Texas twilight. It looked like the cover of "Friday Night Lights". Plus, Baylor has 93 guys from the state of Texas. So they must be fairly talented, right? Nah. UConn will still cover.

Game 2: East Carolina (-7.5) over NC STATE - Skip Holtz has suddenly become the next young "it" coach-in-waiting. Could his next stop be in Syracuse?

Game 3: Iowa (+1) over PITTSBURGH - Speaking of Syracuse, and since I have nothing to add on this game, nice job by the Orange with the Ernie Davis statue recently dedicated on campus. Ernie, who finished his Syracuse career in 1962, is depicted in his statue wearing Nike cleats and with a Nike swoosh on his jersey.

Game 4: Notre Dame (+9) over MICHIGAN STATE - Charlie Weis tore knee ligaments while on the sidelines last weekend, and is pondering surgery. On a positive note, it's the first time in 20 years Weis has actually seen either of his knees. You know, cause he's kinda heavy? Let's move on.

Game 5: Florida (-7.5) over TENNESSEE - Too much orange. Let's move on, again.

Game 6: NAVY (+6.5) over Rutgers - Went back and forth on this one a few times. The argument was, in a nutshell, "Rutgers is bad. Are they that bad? They can't be. But I think they are."

Game 7: NORTH CAROLINA (-3) over Virginia Tech - Every year, it seems the Huskies' play the surprise ACC team that turns out to be much better than anyone expected, and ends up contending for the league title. It was Wake Forest in 2006, Virginia in 2007. Methinks the Tar Heels might fit the bill, this year.

Game 8: South Florida (-28) over FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL - I always get FIU and FAU confused. Then again, it doesn't really matter, does it?

Game 9: Miami-Ohio (+11.5) over CINCINNATI: The oldest non-conference rivalry in college football playing for the lamest-sounding trophy in college football. Yep. It's the Battle for the Victory Bell!

Game 10: Louisiana State (-3) over AUBURN - Auburn's college president sent out a university-wide email this week asking students to behave themselves and, specifically, not to boo. That should work out well.

Game 11: Georgia (-7) over ARIZONA STATE - Dawgs never travels this far for regular season road games, dag nab it!

Game 12: Wake Forest (+4) over FLORIDA STATE - 7 p.m. start. Someone be sure to wake Bobby Bo before then.

the week 3 results:
1. Pete 8-3
2. JZ 7-4
caleb 7-4
4. Chip 6-5
Rich 6-5
6. Sean O 5-6
stretch (anonymous) 5-6
kevin 5-6
Vinny 5-6
Sammy 5-6
wil 5-6
ian 5-6
13. Uconn86 4-7
Dougo 4-7
15. Den 3-8

Running standings (3 weeks):
1. Dougo 18
Vinny from East Haven 18
Rich 18
4. Chip 15
stretch 15
kevin 15
7. uconnhuskies86 14
caleb mandrake 14
pete 14
10. ian 13
will 13
12. JZ 12
13. Dan O 10
Sammy 10
15. Den of stupidity 9
16. Sean O 7

20 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Chip's picks
Game 1: CONNECTICUT (-12.5) over Baylor
Game 2: East Carolina (-7.5) over NC STATE
Game 3: Iowa (+1) over PITTSBURGH -
Game 4: Notre Dame (+9) over MICHIGAN STATE
Game 5: Florida (-7.5) over TENNESSEE
Game 6: NAVY (+6.5) over Rutgers
Game 7: NORTH CAROLINA (-3) over Virginia Tech -
Game 8: South Florida (-28) over FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
Game 9: Miami-Ohio (+11.5) over CINCINNATI:
Game 10: Louisiana State (-3) over AUBURN -
Game 11: Georgia (-7) over ARIZONA STATE
Game 12: Wake Forest (+4) over FLORIDA STATE

September 18, 2008 3:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JZ's picks:

UConn
ECU
Pitt
Mich St
Florida
Rutgers
UNC
USF
Miami-Ohio
LSU
Georgia
Wake

September 18, 2008 4:46 PM 
Blogger strike it Rich! said...

Rich's picks
Game 1: CONNECTICUT over Baylor
Game 2: East Carolina over NC STATE
Game 3: Iowa over PITTSBURGH
Game 4: Notre Dame over MICHIGAN STATE
Game 5: Florida over TENNESSEE
Game 6: Rutgers over NAVY
Game 7: Virginia Tech over NORTH CAROLINA
Game 8: South Florida over FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
Game 9: Miami-Ohio over CINCINNATI
Game 10: Louisiana State over AUBURN
Game 11: Georgia over ARIZONA STATE
Game 12: FLORIDA STATE over Wake Forest

September 18, 2008 4:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete's Picks:
Game 1: CONNECTICUT
Game 2: NC STATE
Game 3: PITTSBURGH
Game 4: MICHIGAN STATE
Game 5: Florida
Game 6: Rutgers
Game 7: Virginia Tech
Game 8: South Florida
Game 9: Miami-Ohio
Game 10: Louisiana State
Game 11: Georgia
Game 12: Wake Forest

September 18, 2008 5:05 PM 
Blogger Dougo said...

I ate it last week. And I mean I absolutely ate it. Alas, Jim Tressel! I know him, Chip, a man of infinite jest.

At least he realized what a joke Boeckman has been this season: Tressel has stated that he's going to be giving Terrelle Pryor some serious PT this week.

Game 1: UConn over Baylor
Game 2: ECU over NCSU
Game 3: Iowa over Pitt
Game 4: Notre Dame over MSU
Game 5: Florida over UT
Game 6: RU over Navy
Game 7: UNC over VPI
Game 8: USF over FIU
Game 9: Cincy over Miami (OH)
Game 10: LSU over Auburn
Game 11: Georgia over ASU
Game 12: Wake over FSU

It kills me to pick the Gators over Tennessee, both my parents are UT alumni and my blood is as orange as it is blue and white.

September 18, 2008 6:43 PM 
Blogger Dan said...

Dano's Picks

Game 1: CONNECTICUT
Game 2: NC STATE
Game 3: PITTSBURGH -
Game 4: MICHIGAN STATE
Game 5: TENNESSEE
Game 6: Rutgers
Game 7: Virginia Tech -
Game 8: South Florida
Game 9: CINCINNATI:
Game 10:AUBURN -
Game 11:Georgia
Game 12:FLORIDA STATE

September 18, 2008 7:26 PM 
Anonymous Ian said...

Well I hate starting out by picking against UConn but something tells me they might have a little trouble containing Griffin. I do want them to win however, I just don't think they will cover.

Game 1: Baylor
Game 2: East Carolina
Game 3: Iowa
Game 4: MICHIGAN STATE
Game 5: Florida
Game 6: NAVY
Game 7: NORTH CAROLINA
Game 8: South Florida
Game 9: CINCINNATI
Game 10: AUBURN
Game 11: Georgia
Game 12: Florida State

September 19, 2008 12:50 AM 
Anonymous Sammy said...

Game 1: Baylor
Game 2: NC STATE
Game 3: Iowa
Game 4: Notre Dame
Game 5: TENNESSEE
Game 6: Rutgers
Game 7: Virginia Tech -
Game 8: South Florida
Game 9: Miami-Ohio
Game 10: Louisiana State
Game 11: Georgia
Game 12: Wake Forest

Sammy

September 19, 2008 7:54 AM 
Anonymous Gary said...

I'll get in on this action.

1. UConn
2. NC State
3. Iowa
4. Michigan State
5. Florida
6. Rutgers
7. Virginia Tech
8. FIU
9. Miami-OH
10. LSU
11. Arizona State.
12. Wake

September 19, 2008 8:05 AM 
Anonymous caleb mandrake said...

Game 1: Baylor
Game 2: NC STATE
Game 3: Iowa
Game 4: Notre Dame
Game 5: Florida
Game 6: Rutgers
Game 7: Virginia Tech -
Game 8: South Florida
Game 9: CINCINNATI:
Game 10: Louisiana State
Game 11: Georgia
Game 12: FSU

September 19, 2008 9:49 AM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Vincenzo says:
1. UConn will be exposed on national TV for the overrated fraud of a team that they are. Baylor wins outright.
2. NC State ends all talk of ECU crashing the BCS. NC State outright.
3. Iowa crushes Pitt. Pitt is worse than UConn, for pete's sake.
4. Michigan State. I loathe Notre Dame.
5. Tennessee.
6. Rutgers per my attorney's advice (he is an alum)
7. Virginia Tech. Time for them to bounce back
8. South Florida. There is a school called Florida International? Why don't they just schedule Conn College for Women?
9. Miami-OH. The Big East stinks. STINKS. Any conference that has a team like UConn at the top should seriously look into dropping football.
10. LSU. Hell, I don't know. All I know is that both of these teams are REAL big-time programs, unlike the Huskies.
11. Georgia. Although it would be nice to see them lose.
12. Florida State.

September 19, 2008 10:49 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It started out ugly and is only getting worse. Den.......

UConn
NC State
Iowa
Mich St.
Florida
Rutgers
VA Tech
South Florida
Miami OH
LSU
Georgia
Wake

September 19, 2008 11:39 AM 
Anonymous Sean O said...

Oh man, I'm not even in the top 15??

Sean O's picks

Chip's picks
Game 1: CONNECTICUT
Game 2: NC STATE
Game 3: PITTSBURGH
Game 4: Notre Dame
Game 5: Florida
Game 6: Rutgers
Game 7: Virginia Tech
Game 8: South Florida
Game 9: CINCINNATI
Game 10: AUBURN
Game 11: Georgia
Game 12: FLORIDA STATE

September 19, 2008 12:33 PM 
Anonymous Kevin said...

Game 1: UConn (-12.5) over Baylor
Game 2: NC State (+7.5) over East Carolina
Game 3: Pitt (-1) over Iowa
Game 4: Michigan State (-9) over Notre Dame
Game 5: Florida (-7.5) over Tennessee
Game 6: Rutgers (-6.5) over Navy
Game 7: UNC (-3) over Virginia Tech
Game 8: USF (-28) over FIU
Game 9: Cincinnati (-11.5) over Miami
Game 10: LSU (-3) over Auburn
Game 11: Georgia (-7) over Arizona State
Game 12: Wake Forest (+4) over Florida State

September 19, 2008 1:51 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Edited to get you in at No. 16, Sean O.

September 19, 2008 1:57 PM 
Anonymous Sean O said...

Chip - Ouch, thank goodness I don't live in Vegas.

September 19, 2008 2:21 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UConn
ECU
Pitt
Notre Dame
Florida
Navy
UNC
USF
Cincy
LSU
UGA
Wake

September 19, 2008 5:19 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

I assume the anonymous picks are Stretch's again

September 19, 2008 6:25 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UConnHuskies86 Picks
Game 1: Did it too late (but would have picked UConn and lost on the spread anyway)
Game 2: East Carolina (-7.5)
Game 3: Pitt (-1)
Game 4: NS (+9)
Game 5: TENN (+7.5)
Game 6: Rutgers (-6.5)
Game 7: NORTH CAROLINA (-3)
Game 8: FIU (+28)
Game 9: Cinn -11.5
Game 10: Auburn (+3)
Game 11: Az State (+7)
Game 12: Fl State (-4)

September 19, 2008 11:26 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Results for the week
1. Gary 7-4-1
Caleb 7-4-1
Pete 7-4-1
Kevin 7-4-1
Den 7-4-1
6. Ian 6-5-1
Stretch 6-5-1
Vinny 6-5-1
Sammy 6-5-1
10. Chip 5-6-1
JZ 5-6-1
Dougo 5-6-1
Dan O 5-6-1
Sean O 5-6-1
15. Rich 4-7-1
16. UConnhuskies 86 2-9-1

September 21, 2008 2:42 PM 

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