Thursday, October 02, 2008

Runway Challenge Week 6

News was fairly sparse out of Storrs today. Randy Edsall said the injured defensive tackles are doing just fine, and he feels good about all except one, which he'll have to wait and see about. No other injuries to speak of, as no one was hurt in practice during the week.

Side note about the "Big Brother is watching" note from Tuesday. Edsall and his staff monitor newspaper blogs and websites and some of the recruiting websites who have staff reporters covering the team. A few fans in Tampa and Pittsburgh assumed I meant fan blogs and message boards, and planned to post fraudulent reports and rumors for the UConn coaches. Sorry fellas. Don't think it'll make a difference. Besides, the jig is up if anything other than grunts and one-word answers are attributed to Jim Leavitt.

On to the picks:

Game 1: Boston College (-9) over N.C. STATE - After Tom O'Brien left for NC State two years ago, Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo gushed "The fun is back at BC! OMG! Tommy was, like, totally gross anyway! I'm soooooo glad we're not BFF's anymore!!"

Well, he didn't say the second part of that quote, but he might as well have since the first line made him sound like a teenage girl who got dumped, anyway. We'll see how much fun DiFilippo is having if BC loses this one.

Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA (-13.5) over Rutgers - Scarlet Knights still winless over Division I-A competition, the starting quarterback is bullying defensive backs on the sideline and the school is in the midst of a $102 million expansion project to the football stadium for a program that might win a total of three games this year. Maybe the government can bail the Scarlet Knights out from underneath Greg Schiano's contract.

Game 3: MICHIGAN STATE (-7.5) over Iowa - Javon Ringer gaining plenty of steam as a Heisman candidate despite being behind Donald Brown in just about every rushing stat. Not necessarily a bad thing at this point.

Game 4: Connecticut (+7) over NORTH CAROLINA - The two most popular bloggers in the country right now are Lil' Wayne and Rob Lunn. Their writing styles are slightly different, however. Maybe we can arrange the two of them do get together for a freestyle battle. But instead of rapping, they go at it with the spoken-word while wearing sport jackets and ascots, like at one of those beatnik poetry bars on Haight-Ashbury. Winner determined by the loudest snaps.

Game 5: Texas Tech (-7.5) over KANSAS STATE - Quarterback Graham Harrell often mentioned among Heisman possibles, but it's receiver Michael Crabtree who is the most dynamic player on that offense.

Game 6: Auburn (-4) over VANDERBILT - Tough to root against a school nicknamed after a 70s funk/soul band led by Lionel Richie. So far, the Commodores have been a "Brick House" (sorry, that should read "Brick.....Howwwwwwwwwwwse"). Watching this one against Auburn, maybe the dullest good team in college football, is sort of like the equivalent of the band putting everyone to sleep in concert with "Three Times a Lady."

Game 7: Missouri (-10.5) over NEBRASKA - Unless Donald Brown hits 2,500 yards, Chase Daniels is winning the Heisman.

Game 8: MIAMI-FL. (-2) over Florida State - Rumor has it Bobby Bowden has been coaching Sarah Palin for the big vice-presidential debate tonight. So, while she may not be ready for the big time, at least she'll be full of more memorable quotes about soccer moms, lipstick and pit bulls. Just like Bobby Bow!

Game 9: Ohio State (-1) over WISCONSIN - The Buckeyes are a lot like SuperCuts. They may botch your hair beyond belief every once in a while. But they're reliable, and usually get the job done, so you keep going back. By the way, I don't have Jim Tressel pegged as a SuperCuts guy. He's the type who spends $200 for the same trim he could get for $11.95. (And yes, I just came from SuperCuts. Not their best work, but at least I don't need a hat).

Game 10: Texas (-13) over COLORADO - If your name is Colt McCoy, you are destined to do something great in the state of Texas.

Game 11: YALE (-2) over Holy Cross - I Netflixed Leatherheads this week. Fell asleep about 30 minutes in. But I was kinda tired that night. So I tried again the next evening and fell asleep again. The movie was written by former SI columnist Rick Reilly back in 1993, and it took nearly 15 years for it to be made. There's a reason it sat on the shelf so long. It's not exciting, or funny. Maybe one or two good lines.

Also, the guy who plays Jim on "The Office" is in a lead role. He gets out-acted by inanimate pieces of scenery. Raising your eyebrows and smirking at the camera only gets you so far.

But I think the Ivy League should have a "Swinging '20's Glory Days of College Football Day", where the players wear replica leather helmets, the coaches dress in bow ties and sweater vests and all the fans wear full-length mink coats and derby's while smuggling hooch into the stadium in flasks.

Jim Halpert's running style is as awkward as his acting ability

Results from last week
1. SeanO 8-4
ian 8-4
3. Den of stupidity 7-5
4. Chip 6-6
Kevin 6-6
Wil 6-6
7. JZ 5-7
Rich 5-7
Gary 5-7
dano 5-7
Vinny 5-7
dougo 5-7
13. Pete 4-8
Caleb 4-8
15. Sammy 2-10

Running standings (five weeks):
1. Vinny from East Haven 29
2. Dougo 28
Kevin 28
4. Rich 27
ian 27
6. Chip 26
7. Caleb Mandrake 25
Pete 25
9. Den of Stupidity 23
10. JZ 22
11. Stretch 21
12. DanO 20
Sean O 20
14. Wil 19
15. Sammy 18
16. uconnhuskies86 16
17. Gary 12

17 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Chip's picks
Game 1: Boston College (-9) over N.C. STATE
Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA (-13.5) over Rutgers
Game 3: MICHIGAN STATE (-7.5) over Iowa
Game 4: Connecticut (+7) over NORTH CAROLINA
Game 5: Texas Tech (-7.5) over KANSAS STATE
Game 6: Auburn (-4) over VANDERBILT
Game 7: Missouri (-10.5) over NEBRASKA
Game 8: MIAMI-FL. (-2) over Florida State
Game 9: Ohio State (-1) over WISCONSIN
Game 10: Texas (-13) over COLORADO
Game 11: YALE (-2) over Holy Cross

October 02, 2008 2:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete's picks
Game 1: N.C. STATE
Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 3: MICHIGAN STATE
Game 4: Connecticut
Game 5: Texas Tech
Game 6: VANDERBILT
Game 7: Missouri
Game 8: MIAMI-FL.
Game 9: Ohio State
Game 10: Texas
Game 11: YALE

October 02, 2008 2:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JZ's Picks:

NC State
WVU
Mich St
UConn
Texas Tech
Auburn
Missouri
Miami
Ohio State
TExas
Yale

October 02, 2008 2:34 PM 
Blogger strike it Rich! said...

Rich's picks
Game 1: N.C. STATE
Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 3: MICHIGAN STATE
Game 4: Connecticut
Game 5: Texas Tech
Game 6: Auburn
Game 7: Missouri
Game 8: MIAMI-FL.
Game 9: Ohio State
Game 10: Texas
Game 11: YALE

October 02, 2008 3:59 PM 
Anonymous Sammy said...

Game 1: Boston College
Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 3: MICHIGAN STATE
Game 4: NORTH CAROLINA
Game 5: KANSAS STATE
Game 6: Auburn
Game 7: Missouri
Game 8: Florida State
Game 9: WISCONSIN
Game 10: Texas
Game 11: Holy Cross

October 02, 2008 4:29 PM 
Anonymous Gary said...

Last in the standings, but number one in your hearts (which is the opposite of what we can say about Vinny)...
Game 1: NC State. When all else fails, I take the points.
Game 2: West Virginia. This line seems too low for me, which means those New Jersey Wise-guys know something I don't, but I'm sticking with my gut.
Game 3: Michigan St. I want Iowa to shut down Ringer, I just don't see it happening.
Game 4: UConn. I can't pick against UConn, I can't pick against UConn, I can't pick against UConn.
Game 5: Kansas St. Can the Wildcats keep up with the Red Raiders passing game? Sure, why not!
Game 6: Vanderbilt. I refuse to get burned by Auburn not scoring enough points to cover two weeks in a row.
Game 7: Missouri. Waffled on this pick for a while, finally decided, if Missouri wins it'll be by a bunch.
Game 8: Miami. Who would have thought that this game would be so uninteresting? If I told you that 5 years ago you would have laughed at me.
Game 9: Ohio St. A toss up between two overrated teams, Tressel seems to always win these games (you know, when they don't play an SEC team)
Game 10: Colorado. Losing badly to Florida St. leaves you now where to go but up.
Game 11: Yale. Because I didn't realize Holy Cross had a football team, and I can't imagine they look all that imposing in Purple uniforms. Also, Chip, couldn't find another game in FBS to choose from?

October 02, 2008 5:41 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Kind of an unofficial tradition here, Gary. I try to find a game involving other Connecticut teams. We've had CCSU, Sacred Heart, SCSU and even Trinity in the weekly picks in the past. Betcha can't wait for them!

October 02, 2008 6:15 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game 1: N.C. STATE
Game 2: Rutgers
Game 3: MICHIGAN STATE
Game 4: Connecticut
Game 5: Texas Tech
Game 6: VANDERBILT
Game 7: Missouri
Game 8: MIAMI-FL.
Game 9: WISCONSIN
Game 10: COLORADO
Game 11: YALE

Caleb Mandrake

October 02, 2008 8:29 PM 
Anonymous Kevin said...

Hey! No one makes fun of Jim Halpert.

I feel a 2-9 week coming on this week. Don't know why.

Game 1: NC State (+9) over Boston College
Game 2: West Virginia (-13.5) over Rutgers
Game 3: Michigan State (-7.5) over Iowa
Game 4: North Carolina (-7) over UConn
Game 5: Texas Tech (-7.5) over Kansas State
Game 6: Auburn (-4) over Vanderbilt
Game 7: Missouri (-10.5) over Nebraska
Game 8: Miami (-2) over Florida State
Game 9: Wisconsin (+1) over Ohio State
Game 10: Texas (-13) over Colorado
Game 11: Holy Cross (+2) over Yale

October 03, 2008 1:30 AM 
Anonymous Dougo said...

Game 1: NC State over BC
Game 2: WVU over Rutgers
Game 3: Iowa over MSU
Game 4: UConn over UNC
Game 5: Texas Tech over K State
Game 6: Vanderbilt over Auburn
Game 7: Mizzou over Nebraska
Game 8: Miami over FSU
Game 9: Wisconsin over OSU
Game 10: Texas over Colorado
Game 11: Yale over Holy Cross

October 03, 2008 7:56 AM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Vinny's picks:
1. NC State. Notice, people that I am picking against BC. That should end the persistent (and false) rumors that I am a BC alum.
2. West Virginia. Rutgers' season is all but over.
3. Michigan State. No idea on this one.
4. North Carolina. This could be a slaughter.
5. Kansas State. Once again, I really am guessing here.
6. Auburn. Vandy is almost as overrated as UConn.
7. Missouri. Over Nebraska. On the road. This is like Bizzaro-world.
8. Florida State. Convicts v. convicts.
9. Ohio State. Wisconsin just can't seem to win the big ones.
10. Texas. They are looking good.
11. Holy Cross. Hell, who knows.

Thanks for all the constructive criticism this week, folks. I have never been told that i "suck" so many times in seven days.

October 03, 2008 8:59 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Den is rising.....

Game 1:NC State +9 - I loathe the Eagles.
Game 2:WVU -13.5 - I worry here about some of Vinny's "guys" getting to Pat White for a little shave job, but I'll go with my gut.
Game 3:Michigan St - Ringer is getting the Heisman hype while Donald Brown just keeps on running like Forrest Gump.
Game 4:UConn +7 - Brown goes for 200 with 2 TD's and still nobody will notice.
Game 5:Kansas St +7.5 - I'll take the points at home.
Game 6:Vandy +4 - Again, love the home dog. Easy to root for Vandy.
Game 7:Mizzou -10.5 - If VaTech can go into Lincoln and beat them by 5, then Mizzou can go in there and beat them by 14.
Game 8:Florida St +2 - Curious to see the attendance for this one. Will the Noles bring down the calvary from Tallahassee and fill Joe Robbie?
Game 9:Ohio St -1 - Coin flip on this one.
Game 10:Colorado +13 - Everything here tells me to pick the Horns laying the points. Which is exactly why I'll take the Buffs.
Game 11:Yale -2 - Holy Cross has a nice stadium up there in Worcester. That's the nicest thing I can say about Worcester.

October 03, 2008 9:47 AM 
Anonymous Wil's picks said...

Wil's picks

Game 1: N.C. STATE
Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 3: MICHIGAN STATE
Game 4: Connecticut
Game 5: Texas Tech
Game 6: Auburn
Game 7: NEBRASKA
Game 8: MIAMI-FL.
Game 9: WISCONSIN
Game 10: Texas
Game 11: YALE

October 03, 2008 10:55 AM 
Blogger Dan said...

Danoooo's picks
Game 1: N.C. STATE
Game 2: Rutgers
Game 3: MICHIGAN STATE
Game 4: Connecticut
Game 5: KANSAS STATE
Game 6: Auburn
Game 7: NEBRASKA
Game 8: Florida State
Game 9: WISCONSIN
Game 10:COLORADO
Game 11: YALE

October 03, 2008 9:33 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UConnHuskies86 Picks
Game 1: NC State +9
Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA (-13.5) o
Game 3: MICHIGAN STATE (-7.5)
Game 4: Connecticut (+7)
Game 5: KANSAS STATE +7 1/2
Game 6: Auburn (-4)
Game 7: NEBRASKA +10
Game 8: MIAMI-FL. (-2)
Game 9: WISCONSIN +1
Game 10: COLORADO +13
Game 11: Holy Cross +2

October 03, 2008 10:19 PM 
Anonymous Ian said...

Game 1: N.C. STATE
Game 2: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 3: Iowa
Game 4: Connecticut
Game 5: KANSAS STATE
Game 6: Auburn
Game 7: Missouri
Game 8: MIAMI-FL.
Game 9: Ohio State
Game 10: Texas
Game 11: YALE

October 04, 2008 2:32 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Results:
1. Pete 7-4
dougo 7-4
3. JZ 6-5
Rich 6-5
Caleb 6-5
Vinny 6-5
Den 6-5
Ian 6-5
9. Chip 5-6
Kevin 5-6
11. Sammy 4-7
Gary 4-7
Dano 4-7
14. Wil 3-8
15. UConnhuskies86 1-10

October 05, 2008 9:16 PM 

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