Thursday, October 23, 2008

Runway Challenge Week 9

Pressed for time today, so we'll get right to the picks:

Game 1: Boston College (+3) over NORTH CAROLINA - BC fans, bummed out because of the Red Sox premature exit and the blandness of the Matt Cassell era, rally behind the surging Eagles. Yeah, right. They're more interested in the Celtics' exhibition with Cleveland on Tuesday. And can we finally accept that Tom Brady isn't Mother Theresa, Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt rolled into one perfect, almighty human being? In fact, he's kind of a dope. In his latest episode, he dumped the Pats' team doctors so he could have his knee surgery performed in California. Now, he's undergone three procedures to attempt to stem infection and could be looking at having a second reconstructive surgery because his La-La land doctor botched the first one worse than Bruce Jenner's facelift. Not for nothing, but the Browns' suspended Kellen Winslow for less this week.

Game 2: Cincinnati (-2) over CONNECTICUT - The Huskies have qualified for bowl games only in seasons in which the Red Sox won the World Series. Irrelevant, I know. But I'm just saying...

Game 3: PITTSBURGH (-9.5) over Rutgers - On the Big East conference call Monday, a New Jersey reporter asked every coach if he believed "a sleeping giant" had been awoken after Rutgers' oh-so-impressive win over UConn Saturday. Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly was the only one to acknowledge, albeit politely, the ridiculousness of the notion. The giant goes back to sleep Saturday.

Game 4: Georgia (+1.5) over LOUISIANA STATE - Loser can say bye-bye to national title hopes. Neither has what it takes, anyway.

Game 5: South Florida (-4) over LOUISVILLE - Matt Grothe has passed injury-riddled Pat White as the best quarterback in the Big East this season. He's also been cheated by the local baseball outfit, who just happen to be playing in a World Series nobody is watching. The Devil Rays (they'll always be the Devil Rays) are getting all the publicity for their haircuts, but Grothe is the originator of the "grow-hawk" in Tampa Bay. Give the kid some credit, even if it looks awful.

Game 6: KANSAS (-1.5) over Texas Tech - A random student who kicked a 30-yard field goal as part of a halftime promotion last month has been added to the Texas Tech roster, and could be kicking for the No. 8 team in the country Saturday. Texas Tech must not have heard that I drilled my 35-yard attempt at Rentschler Field last month to win $500 for the charity of my choice (Connecticut Hospice) in a promotion run by Allstate Insurance. Must have been all of the red tape surrounding my eligibility that scared them away. I mean, that kick would have been good from at least 36 yards.

Hey Texas Tech! I think I have some eligibility left. Call me, we can talk.

Game 7: OHIO STATE (+2.5) over Penn State - Joe Paterno is finally going to allow doctors to examine his bad hip next week. He's only been hobbling around like an old, wounded leprechaun for a month. The best part is, JoePa, almost 82, says he got hurt demonstrating the proper way to execute an on-sides kick in practice. Tough old bird, some might say. Meh. Sure, I would have paid anything to witness the spectacle of Paterno, in his high-water khackis and black cleats, perhaps wearing a leather helmet with no facemask, instructing the proper fundamentals of booting the pigskin...I'm still not impressed. Getting hurt tapping a football? When he was 82, my grandfather, every October, was digging multiple trenches in our backyard and burying his fig trees for the winter. (Don't ask. Fig trees are a big deal with old Italian men, just like Sfogliatelle and anisette-spiked coffee. All I know is I had to help bury those trees every year, and it was borderline child-slave labor.) And he did it into his 90s. That's toughness.

For the non-Italians, this is Sfogliatelle (pronounced shvoy-a-DEL). It's a variety of pastry.

Game 8: Oklahoma State (+12) over TEXAS - Just seems like a lot of points to be giving up to another 7-0, top-10 team. The good news is, there's always a chance Mike Gundy flips out on a newspaper columnist and announces to the world that he's even more of a man, he's 41 now.

Game 9: Virginia Tech (+5) over FLORIDA STATE - Citing he got what he deserved, Terry Bowden feels his brother, Tommy, had to go as coach at Clemson. There hasn't been a display of brotherly "love" this touching since Michael Corleone sent Fredo on a fishing trip out on Lake Tahoe with Al Neri. Should be a fun Christmas for the Bowden clan. "I know it was you, Terry. I know it was you."

Game 10: Virginia (+12) over GEORGIA TECH - What's gotten into Virginia? Anyone?

Game 11: ARIZONA (+16.5) over Southern California - Just a feeling. Plus, it's a shout out for the wife's alma mater.

Game 12: Penn (-2) over YALE - Disappointing season for the Bulldogs and star tailback, New Britain's Mike McLeod. Still, it's a big deal whenever Penn, Princeton or Harvard comes to the Yale Bowl.

Last week's results
1. Caleb 8-3
2. Sammy 7-4
Big Donny 7-4
4. Kevin 6-5
Rich 6-5
wil 6-5
dan 6-5
sean o 6-5
JZ 6-5
Pete 6-5
11. chip 5-6
ian 5-6
doug0 5-6
den 5-6
vinny 5-6
16. gary 4-7

Standings
1. Kevin 46
2. Vinny from East Haven 45
Dougo 45
4. pete 44
caleb 44
6. chip 43
ian 43
Rich 43
9. JZ 40
10. Den of Stupidity 39
11. DanO 35
12. Sammy 33
13. Wil 32
14. Sean O 30
15. Gary 24
16. uconnhuskies 86 22
17. Stretch 21
18. Big Donny Bertolotti 13

Get your picks in by clicking "comments" below.

24 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Chip's picks
Game 1: Boston College (+3) over NORTH CAROLINA
Game 2: Cincinnati (-2) over CONNECTICUT
Game 3: PITTSBURGH (-9.5) over Rutgers -
Game 4: Georgia (+1.5) over LOUISIANA STATE -
Game 5: South Florida (-4) over LOUISVILLE -
Game 6: KANSAS (-1.5) over Texas Tech
Game 7: OHIO STATE (+2.5) over Penn State
Game 8: Oklahoma State (+12) over TEXAS
Game 9: Virginia Tech (+5) over FLORIDA STATE
Game 10: Virginia (+12) over GEORGIA TECH - Game 11: ARIZONA (+16.5) over Southern California
Game 12: Penn (-2) over YALE

October 23, 2008 1:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JZ's picks:

UNC
Cincy
Pitt
Georgia
USF
Texas Tech
Ohiop State
OK State
Va Tech
Virgina
USC
Penn

October 23, 2008 3:23 PM 
Blogger Dan said...

Danoooo's picks
Game 1: NORTH CAROLINA
Game 2: CONNECTICUT
Game 3: PITTSBURGH
Game 4: LOUISIANA STATE
Game 5: South Florida
Game 6: Texas Tech
Game 7: Penn State
Game 8: TEXAS
Game 9: FLORIDA STATE
Game 10:VirginiaGame
Game 11:Southern California
Game 12:YALE

October 23, 2008 4:50 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sammy
Game 1: Boston College
Game 2: Cincinnati
Game 3: PITTSBURGH
Game 4: LOUISIANA STATE -
Game 5: South Florida
Game 6: Texas Tech
Game 7: Penn State
Game 8: TEXAS
Game 9: FLORIDA STATE
Game 10: Virginia
Game 11: USC
Game 12: Penn

October 23, 2008 4:57 PM 
Anonymous Pete said...

Game 1: Boston College
Game 2: CONNECTICUT
Game 3: Rutgers
Game 4: LOUISIANA STATE
Game 5: South Florida
Game 6: KANSAS
Game 7: Penn State
Game 8: TEXAS
Game 9: Virginia Tech
Game 10: GEORGIA TECH
Game 11: Southern California
Game 12: YALE

October 23, 2008 5:23 PM 
Anonymous Wil's Picks said...

Wil's picks

Game 1: Boston College
Game 2: CONNECTICUT
Game 3: Rutgers
Game 4: LOUISIANA STATE
Game 5: South Florida
Game 6: Texas Tech
Game 7: Penn State
Game 8: TEXAS
Game 9: Virginia Tech
Game 10: Virginia
Game 11: ARIZONA
Game 12: Penn

October 23, 2008 9:31 PM 
Blogger strike it Rich! said...

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October 23, 2008 9:32 PM 
Anonymous Gary said...

I was having some trouble earlier posting my picks, I tried twice, and they didn't show up, so I decided it was a sign from God and that I'd pick the opposite of each pick. Here goes:

1. BC
2. UConn
3. Rutgers
4. Georgia
5. USF
6. Kansas
7. Ohio State
8. OK State
9. Va Tech
10. Ga Tech
11. Zona
12. Yale

October 23, 2008 10:03 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game 1: NORTH CAROLINA
Game 2: Cincinnati
Game 3: Rutgers -
Game 4: LOUISIANA STATE -
Game 5: South Florida
Game 6: Texas Tech
Game 7: Penn State
Game 8: TEXAS
Game 9: FLORIDA STATE
Game 10: Virginia
Game 11: ARIZONA
Game 12: Penn
--Caleb Mandrake

October 23, 2008 10:10 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Strange things afoot with the blog today. If picks aren't showing up, keep trying.

October 23, 2008 10:11 PM 
Blogger strike it Rich! said...

Rich's picks
Game 1: NORTH CAROLINA
Game 2: CONNECTICUT
Game 3: PITTSBURGH
Game 4: Georgia
Game 5: South Florida
Game 6: Texas Tech
Game 7: OHIO STATE
Game 8: TEXAS
Game 9: Virginia Tech
Game 10: Virginia
Game 11: Southern California
Game 12: YALE

October 23, 2008 10:47 PM 
Anonymous kevin said...

Huzzah - edging into first!

Game 1: North Carolina (-3) over Boston College
Game 2: Cincinnati (-2) over UConn
Game 3: Pittsburgh (-9.5) over Rutty
Game 4: Georgia (-1.5) over LSU (can everyone stop pretending LSU is a top-10 team until they actually beat someone? Their best win is South Carolina.)
Game 5: USF (-4) over Louisville
Game 6: Texas Tech (+1.5) over Kansas
Game 7: Penn State (-2.5) over Ohio State
Game 8: Texas (-12) over Oklahoma State
Game 9: Virginia Tech (+5) over Florida State (I guess those wins over Western Carolina and Chattanooga were more impressive than I thought.)
Game 10: Virginia (+12) over Georgia Tech
Game 11: USC (-16.5) over Arizona
Game 12: Penn (-2) over Yale

October 23, 2008 11:48 PM 
Anonymous Ian said...

Game 1: Boston College
Game 2: CONNECTICUT
Game 3: Rutgers
Game 4: Georgia
Game 5: South Florida
Game 6: KANSAS
Game 7: Penn State
Game 8: TEXAS
Game 9: Virginia Tech
Game 10: Virginia
Game 11: ARIZONA
Game 12: Penn

October 24, 2008 12:15 AM 
Anonymous Gary said...

Hey Chip, just fyi, the Celtics game on Tuesday is the NBA Regular Season Opener, and the raising of Banner 17! So there is some excitement surrounding that game, justly so.

October 24, 2008 6:57 AM 
Blogger Dougo said...

Game 1: UNC over BC
Game 2: Cincy over UConn
Game 3: Pitt over RU
Game 4: UGA over LSU
Game 5: USF over Louisville
Game 6: Texas Tech over KU
Game 7: PSU over OSU
Game 8: Texas over Okie State
Game 9: VT over FSU
Game 10: GT over UVA
Game 11: Arizona over USC
Game 12: Penn over Yale

October 24, 2008 8:21 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Gary, I'm an idiot.

Maybe I can blog about how I went from being an NBA superfan to not even knowing when the season opens in the span of 10 years.

October 24, 2008 8:30 AM 
Anonymous Sean O said...

Finally over .500 for a week!

Sean O's picks.
Game 1: NORTH CAROLINA
Game 2: CONNECTICUT
Game 3: PITTSBURGH
Game 4: Georgia
Game 5: South Florida
Game 6: Texas Tech
Game 7: Penn State
Game 8: TEXAS
Game 9: FLORIDA STATE
Game 10: Virginia
Game 11: Southern California
Game 12: YALE

October 24, 2008 9:36 AM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Vinny's Picks:
1. North Carolina.
2. Cincinnati. What will the headline be on Sunday morning? "Bearcats Maul Huskies."
3. Rutgers. I'm still not sold on Dave Wanstedt. Although Rutgers is one of the two worst teams in the Big East (guess who is the other one?)
4. LSU. Georgia is overrated, much like a certain team in Storrs...
5. South Florida. Does Matt Groethe literally drool when he thinks about going up against the UConn defense?
6. Texas Tech. Has anyone seen their ucoming schedule? The Red Raiders play ranked teams EVERY week. Pay attention, Randy Edsall.
7. Penn State. Can't pick against Joe Pa.
8. OK State. T. Boone Pickens is buying himself a pretty good football team in Stillwater.
9. Virginia Tech. Someody wake up Bobby Bowden and tell him his team has a game this week.
10. Georgia Tech. Incredibly, inexplicably, Al Groh wasn't the worst coach in the history of the NY Jets. But, he was pretty close.
11. Southern Cal.
12. Penn.

Time for the Vinster to take back the lead. I need control of the blog for a day. The manifesto is almost complete, a 60,000-word indictment of the UConn Huskies: from their hideous playcalling to their delusional, knowledge-challenged fans...

October 24, 2008 11:26 AM 
Anonymous Gary said...

Hey Vinny, we may be delusional and knowledge challenged...but...what was that other thing you called us?

October 24, 2008 12:06 PM 
Anonymous Den said...

Boy oh boy.....Vinny is a loudmouth but when someone steps up in his grill he backs down like there's no tomorrow. We may be delusional and stupid, but at least we don't run away like a little girl when someone lays down a challenge. It's a crying shame that we are not reading back and forth Italian insults between Vincent and Big Donny Bertolotti. If only Vince had a set....oh well.....onto the picks....

UNC
Cincy
Pitt
Georgia
Louisville
Texas Tech
Penn St.
Texas
VaTech
Virginia
USC
Yale

October 24, 2008 2:48 PM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

As always, I am ready to meet anyone, anytime. Two years ago i challeneged people to meet me at the Rent - only detroittigershater had the cojones to show.

Whatever West Haven chump wants to challenege me either here or online, I'll beat them like a drum.

Now....back to my cannelloni.

October 24, 2008 3:17 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UConnHuskies86 Picks
Game 1:UNC
Game 2: UConn
Game 3: Pitt
Game 4: LSU
Game 5: South Florida
Game 6: Texas Tech
Game 7: Penn State
Game 8: Oklahoma State
Game 9: FLORIDA STATE
Game 10: Virginia
Game 11: Southern California
Game 12: Penn

October 24, 2008 11:00 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

results
1. UConnhuskies86 7-4-1
SeanO 7-4-1
Caleb 7-4-1
4. Dano 6-5-1
wil 6-5-1
ian 6-5-1
den 6-5-1
8. JZ 5-6-1
gary 5-6-1
rich 5-6-1
kevin 5-6-1
dougo 5-6-1
vinny 5-6-1
14. chip 4-7-1
sammy 4-7-1
16. pete 3-8-1

October 26, 2008 12:21 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

standings
1. Kevin 51
Caleb Mandrake 51
3. Vinny from East Haven 50
Dougo 50
5. ian 49
6. Rich 48
7. pete 47
chip 47
9. JZ 45
Den of Stupidity 45
11. DanO 41
12. Wil 38
13. Sammy 37
Sean O 37
15. Gary 29
uconnhuskies 86 29
17. Stretch 21
18. Big Donny Bertolotti 13

October 26, 2008 12:24 PM 

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