Thursday, November 27, 2008

Runway Challenge, Thanksgiving edition

Love to eat turkey........Love to eat tur-hur-key.

It's official. I'm jammed full of turkey. I also have Adam Sandler's "Thanksgiving Song" etched into my brain. Suppose that's better than the songs usually running through my head, like the theme from "Blues Clues" or some other mind-numbing kiddie show my one-year old watches between 6-8 a.m. every morning. Sorry. I'm losing you already with children's television references. Back to business.


Hope everyone out there had a nice holiday. I did the usual. Covered a high school football game in the morning (Foran 44, Law 28), banged out a story and headed to my sister's for an insanely large dinner with the family. The little guy even got to sample his first taste of turkey, along with peas, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and anything else he could get his hands on. The kid can eat. You can't feed him fast enough. He grabs fist fulls of mashed potatoes with both hands to ram into his mouth in the downtime while the spoon is being reloaded. To be honest, I do the same thing at the weekly media luncheons at UConn.

A few more random thoughts:

  • There are tons of Christmas movies, but almost no Thanksgiving movies. Perhaps that's because "Trains, Planes and Automobiles" set the bar too high and is impossible to top. John Candy, Steve Martin and director John Hughes all in their primes. A formula for hilarity. "Those aren't pillows!"
  • Netflixed "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", another Judd Apatow movie. Aside from the scene with full-frontal male nudity (an Apatow trend even more disturbing and unfunny than the Farrelly Brothers' gross-out "humor"), it was OK. I mean, I wouldn't watch it again. But it provided a few laughs. I think. Maybe I should have been offended by the whole thing. Apparently, I need an absent third party to tell me what's humorous and what's morally reprehensible these days.

  • Not crazy about the new skin for the blog? Me neither. Don't fret. We'll get used to it.

  • Saved...by....ze-ro. I hate you, Toyota Motor Company.

Enough. There's a turkey sandwich calling my name. Here are the picks.

Game 1: North Carolina (-7.5) over DUKE

Game 2: Maryland (+6.5) over BOSTON COLLEGE

Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH (-7.5) over Virginia

Game 4: Syracuse (+22) over CINCINNATI

Game 5: TEXAS TECH (-21.5) over Baylor

Game 6: Oklahoma (-7) over OKLAHOMA STATE

Game 7: Georgia Tech (+7.5) over GEORGIA

Game 8: ALABAMA (-14.5) over Auburn

Game 9: Florida (-16.5) over FLORIDA STATE

Game 10: Oregon (+3) over OREGON STATE

Game 11: Notre Dame (+32) over SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Last week's results

1. vinny from east haven 11-2

sammy 11-2

3. kevin 10-3

4. caleb 8-5

5. chip 7-6

gary 7-6

den 7-6

dougo 7-6

9. ian 6-7

wil 6-7

uconnhuskies86 6-7

12. JZ 5-8

sean o 5-8

rich 5-8

15. pete 4-9

Standings

1. Dougo 82

Caleb Mandrake 82

3. Vinny from East Haven 81

4. Chip 77

JZ 77

6. Ian 75

Kevin 75

8. Pete 74

9. Rich 73

10. Sammy 68

11. Sean O 64

12. Den of Stupidity 63

13. Wil 60

14. DanO 56

Gary 56

16. uconnhuskies 86 55

17. Big Donny Bertolotti 29

18. Stretch 21

19. HuskyBarker 5

Get your picks in by clicking "comments" below.

17 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Chip's picks
Game 1: North Carolina (-7.5) over DUKE
Game 2: Maryland (+6.5) over BOSTON COLLEGE
Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH (-7.5) over Virginia
Game 4: Syracuse (+22) over CINCINNATI
Game 5: TEXAS TECH (-21.5) over Baylor
Game 6: Oklahoma (-7) over OKLAHOMA STATE
Game 7: Georgia Tech (+7.5) over GEORGIA
Game 8: ALABAMA (-14.5) over Auburn
Game 9: Florida (-16.5) over FLORIDA STATE
Game 10: Oregon (+3) over OREGON STATE
Game 11: Notre Dame (+32) over SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

November 27, 2008 10:08 PM 
Anonymous pete said...

Game 1: North Carolina
Game 2: BOSTON COLLEGE
Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH
Game 4: CINCINNATI
Game 5: TEXAS TECH
Game 6: Oklahoma
Game 7: Georgia Tech
Game 8: ALABAMA
Game 9: FLORIDA STATE
Game 10: OREGON STATE
Game 11: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

November 28, 2008 8:32 AM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Vinny's picks:

Well, well, well...look who's back up near the top of the standings and causing all the UConn fans to shudder involuntarily? That's right, The Vinnster is back and ready to win this whole she-bang and take over the blog for a day. What should I educate all the delusional UConn fans on when I write the blog? The horrid and inexcusable playcalling of Randy Edsall? The dispicably weak schedule that gives the poor UConn faithful false hope each September and October? Or should I simply reiterate the fact that this is a middle of the road, woefully average team that is lucky to get to .500 each year despite the easiest schedule in all of major college football?

As always, i look forward to the feedback from all of you UConn fans. It is always kind and well though out. Go ahead, tell me I suck...

1. North Carolina.
2. Boston College.
3. Virginia Tech.
4. Cincinnati.
5. Texas Tech.
6. Oklahoma.
7. Georgia.
8. Alabama.
9. Florida State.
10. Oregon.
11. Notre Dame.

November 28, 2008 11:17 AM 
Anonymous sammy said...

Game 1: North Carolina
Game 2: BOSTON COLLEGE
Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH
Game 4: CINCINNATI
Game 5: Baylor
Game 6: Oklahoma
Game 7: GEORGIA
Game 8: ALABAMA
Game 9: FLORIDA STATE
Game 10: OREGON STATE
Game 11: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

November 28, 2008 12:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caleb Mandrake

Game 1: North Carolina
Game 2: BOSTON COLLEGE
Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH
Game 4: Syracuse
Game 5: TEXAS TECH
Game 6: Oklahoma
Game 7: GEORGIA
Game 8: ALABAMA
Game 9: Florida
Game 10: Oregon
Game 11: Notre Dame

November 28, 2008 1:01 PM 
Anonymous kevin said...

Game 1: UNC (-7.5) over Duke
Game 2: BC (-6.5) over Maryland
Game 3: Virginia Tech (-7.5) over UVa
Game 4: Cincinnati (-22) over 'Cuse
Game 5: Tex Tech (-21.5) over Baylor
Game 6: Okie (-7) over Okie State
Game 7: Ga Tech (+7.5) over UGa
Game 8: Bama (-14.5) over Auburn
Game 9: Florida (-16.5) over FSU
Game 10: Oregon St (-3) over Oregon
Game 11: USC (-32) over Notre Dame

Notre Dame is bad. Real bad. Same team as last year, schedule that's twice as easy, hence 3 wins -> 6 wins. I say this as an ND fan. UConn would have pummeled them this year.

November 28, 2008 9:18 PM 
Anonymous Wil's picks said...

Game 1: North Carolina
Game 2: Maryland
Game 3: VIRGINIA TECH
Game 4: CINCINNATI
Game 5: Baylor
Game 6: Oklahoma
Game 7: Georgia Tech
Game 8: ALABAMA
Game 9: Florida
Game 10: Oregon
Game 11: Notre Dame

November 28, 2008 9:45 PM 
Anonymous big donny bertolotti said...

Game 1: DUKE
Game 2: BOSTON COLLEGE
Game 3: Virginia
Game 4: CINCINNATI
Game 5: TEXAS TECH
Game 6: Oklahoma
Game 7: GEORGIA
Game 8: ALABAMA
Game 9: Florida
Game 10: Oregon St
Game 11: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

November 28, 2008 11:08 PM 
Anonymous Ian said...

Game 1: North Carolina
Game 2: Maryland
Game 3: Virginia
Game 4: Syracuse
Game 5: Baylor
Game 6: Oklahoma
Game 7: Georgia Tech
Game 8: ALABAMA
Game 9: Florida
Game 10:OREGON STATE
Game 11: Notre Dame

November 28, 2008 11:45 PM 
Blogger Dougo said...

Game 1: UNC over Duke
Game 2: Maryland over BC
Game 3:
Game 4: Syracuse over Cincy
Game 5: Texas Tech over Baylor
Game 6: OU over Okie State
Game 7: GTech over UGA
Game 8: Bama over Auburn
Game 9: Florida over Fsu
Game 10: Oregon State over Oregon
Game 11: USC over ND

November 29, 2008 5:48 AM 
Blogger Dougo said...

Oops.

Don't think I picked a team for VT-UVA.

I'll take Tech.

My bad.

November 29, 2008 5:51 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JZ's Picks:

UNC
Maryland
VA Tech
syracuse
Texas Tech
Oklahoma
Georgia
Alabama
Florida
Oregon
USC

November 29, 2008 10:21 AM 
Anonymous Wil said...

You suck Vinny

November 29, 2008 11:01 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

results
1. kevin 8-3
ian 8-3
3. chip 7-4
caleb 7-4
wil 7-4
dougo 7-4
JZ 7-4
8. pete 6-5
sammy 6-5
donny 6-5
11. vinny 5-6

November 30, 2008 12:38 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Standings
1. Dougo 89
Caleb Mandrake 89
3. Vinny from East Haven 86
4. Chip 84
JZ 84
6. Ian 83
Kevin 83
8. Pete 80
9. Sammy 74
10. Rich 73
11. Wil 67
12. Sean O 64
13. Den of Stupidity 63
14. DanO 56
Gary 56
16. uconnhuskies 86 55
17. Big Donny Bertolotti 35
18. Stretch 21
19. HuskyBarker 5

November 30, 2008 12:40 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

The final week is coming up. I'll have more than the typical 11 games, and am even considering including every single Saturday game (from I-A). What's the concensus opinion for the final week of the regular season?

November 30, 2008 12:44 AM 
Anonymous Wil said...

Chip picking all D-1 games would be awesome.

December 01, 2008 2:04 AM 

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