Thursday, October 15, 2009

The picks, week 7

Couple of quick updates from Randy Edsall today. Scott Lutrus is out. Robbie Frey and Twyon Martin, listed as questionable Sunday, are both set to resume their duties. No decision yet on the starting strong safety. Might be one, might be both, Edsall said. Also, the forecast isn't pretty for Saturday. Mix or rain and snow with temperatures in the 40s. Edsall is glad the cold weather arrived already so the team could get a couple of days to adjust.

Late start to my day. My son recently turned two. About a week ago he saw a paper cup on the floor, picked it up and put it in the garbage pail without being asked for the first time. Genuinely excited, I cheered and told him what a good boy he was for throwing the trash in the pail. I guess I was a little too enthusiastic in commending his initiative. He began throwing random things away, running back into the living room applauding himself. The trend has yet to pass. Now, I'm constantly finding things in the trash that shouldn't be there. Brand new toys. DVDs. The TV remote. This morning, it was my car keys, wallet and cell phone. Unfortunately, I searched around the house for a good 20 minutes before realizing my son had probably thrown them away. On the bright side, he's gotten past the "throw everything in the toilet" phase. I have to admit, it is a step up.

On to the picks. I hate to pat myself on the back (ah, who am I kidding?) but not only did I pick 12 of 13 games last week, but won the weekly competition for the second time in three weeks. My theory of picking winners based on the best fodder for lame one-liners has become fool proof (get it? fool proof). Only took four years. Let's see how long it lasts.

Game 1: Oklahoma (+4) over TEXAS - The most searched topic on Google Wednesday? Rachel Glandorf. She's a hurdler at Baylor and also happens to be Colt McCoy's girlfriend. Rick Reilly mentioned she was "hot" in his last column, and the horn dogs did the rest. When your trophy girlfriend becomes the story, it never turns out well. Sooners win it outright.

Game 2: Missouri (+7) over OKLAHOMA STATE - Let me amend the previous comment. A trophy girlfriend becoming a story doesn't turn out well unless you're A-Rod (for now...let's see what happens against the Angels). Maybe Kate Hudson can make a career out of curing athletes who choke under pressure. Tony Romo is anxiously waiting for the inevitable break-up.

Game 3: Louisville (+13) over CONNECTICUT - Rumor has it Louisville has targeted Jon Gruden and is ready to throw millions at the current MNF analyst to take over for Steve Kragthorpe. Why stop there? Why not go after Tony Dungy. Bill Cowher. Bill Parcells. The ghost of Romeo Crennel? They'll all be equally disinterested.

Game 4: Iowa (+3) over WISCONSIN - Whatever. One good thing about the ALCS is our ears won't be subject to Chip Caray butchering every call. He's doing the NLCS. I've never heard him call a Braves regular season game (his full-time gig), so I don't know if he's like this all the time. Maybe he needs glasses. Maybe he just gets nervous in big games (maybe he should start dating Kate Hudson). The best way to describe Caray in the playoffs comes from Phil Mushnik of the New York Post, who likens Caray to "an interpreter who can speak with a French accent but doesn't know French."

Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA (-21) over Marshall - Thundering Herd haven't been the same since they let go of coach Matthew McConaughey. They don't get as many chicks, either.

Best coach Marshall's ever had. Alriiight, alriiiight, alriiiiiiiight.

Game 6: Southern California (-10) over NOTRE DAME - Notre Dame defense is bad. USC offense is decent. Irish haven't played a decent opponent yet, and are due to be blown off the field. This is the day.

Game 7: Virginia Tech (-3) over GEORGIA TECH -

Game 8: North Carolina State (+3) over BOSTON COLLEGE - Tom O'Brien returns. Boston College fails to rise to the challenge for the second straight week.

Game 9: ALABAMA (-17) over South Carolina - In tribute to the passing of Captain Lou Albano, Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier will walk the sidelines wearing Hawaiian shirts, hoop earrings and rubber bands stuck on their faces.

Game 10: Georgia (-7.5) over VANDERBILT - Georgia won't win because coach Mark Richt is too nice. At least that's what his critics are say. Would they rather have Tom Cable or Mike Locksley? And is punching out your assistant coach a new phenomenon or has this been going on for years? Cable and Locksley are doing it all wrong, anyway. Why throw hands behind closed doors at coaches' meetings? Forget the Knute Rockne speech. Why not rally your team at halftime by first berating the performance of said assistant coach, and then flooring him with a right cross? It might work, it might not. But I say if you're going to do it, make it count.

Game 11: Miami-Fla. (-14.5) over CENTRAL FLORIDA - Only a matter of time before UCF joins the Big East.

Last week's results
1. Chip 12-1
2. Rich 11-2
3. Sammy 10-3
4. G-Five 9-4
wil 9-4
uconnbob 9-4
caleb 9-4
govenorphalen 9-4
9. pete 8-5
vinny 8-5
11. Sean O 7-6
rick c 7-6
13. McFred 6-7
14. gary 5-8

Updated standings
1. Sammy 39
2. UConnBob 38
3. Chip 37
Wil 37
5. Sean O 35
pete 35
Govphalen 35
8. Rich 33
9. Gary 32
10. Rick C 31
caleb 31
12. Vinny 26
13. JZ 20
14. McFred 19
15. Mike B 13
16. ian 9
G-Five 9
18. DanO 8
19. salami 6

Get your picks in by clicking "comments" link below. See you on the chat.

15 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Game 1: Oklahoma (+4) over TEXAS -
Game 2: Missouri (+7) over OKLAHOMA STATE -
Game 3: Louisville (+13) over CONNECTICUT -
Game 4: Iowa (+3) over WISCONSIN -
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA (-21) over Marshall -
Game 6: Southern California (-10) over NOTRE DAME -
Game 7: Virginia Tech (-3) over GEORGIA TECH -
Game 8: North Carolina State (+3) over BOSTON COLLEGE -
Game 9: ALABAMA (-17) over South Carolina -
Game 10: Georgia (-7.5) over VANDERBILT -
Game 11: Miami-Fla. (-14.5) over CENTRAL FLORIDA -

October 15, 2009 1:39 PM 
Anonymous Sean O said...

Sean O's picks

Game 1: TEXAS
Game 2: OKLAHOMA STATE
Game 3: CONNECTICUT
Game 4: Iowa
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 6: NOTRE DAME
Game 7: GEORGIA TECH
Game 8: BOSTON COLLEGE
Game 9: South Carolina
Game 10: Georgia
Game 11: Miami-Fla.

October 15, 2009 1:45 PM 
Blogger governorphalen said...

Texas
Mizzou
UConn
Wisconsin
WVU
USC
VT
NC State
UA
Georgia
Miami

October 15, 2009 1:49 PM 
Anonymous Pete said...

Game 1: TEXAS
Game 2: Missouri
Game 3: CONNECTICUT
Game 4: Iowa
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 6: Southern California
Game 7: Virginia Tech
Game 8: North Carolina State
Game 9: South Carolina
Game 10: Georgia
Game 11: Miami-Fla.

October 15, 2009 4:01 PM 
Blogger Gary said...

Ok, so I came in last for last weeks picks, but in my defense, I'm terrible at picking games.

Game 1: Texas - I can't wait to see Oklahoma move up in the top 25 after losing this game.
Game 2: Missouri - Why do they have "z's" on their uniform?
Game 3: Louisville - I'm happy to sacrifice for the sake of UConn. I've gotten every UConn pick wrong so far this season, let's keep it going Huskies!
Game 4: Wisconsin - Gosh I hate Big-10 Football...snooze.
Game 5: Marshall - 21 seems like a lot of points for a "rivalry game"
Game 6: USC - I almost want ND to win so when UConn goes in and upsets the Irish, it'll mean more...almost.
Game 7: Va Tech - I have a hard time picking against these guys, but they usually screw me over.
Game 8: NC State - I have a hard time picking BC, but they usually screw me over.
Game 9: USC (the bad one) - That's a heck of a lotta points.
Game 10: Georgia - The Big East putting all their conference games during the week really hurts the games to choose from, huh Chip?
Game 11: Central Florida - Isn't George O'Leary the coach of UCF? He can just fudge the final score of this game like he did his Notre Dame resume and I'll be fine.

October 15, 2009 4:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game 1: TEXAS -
Game 2: Missouri
Game 3: Louisville
Game 4: Iowa
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 6: NOTRE DAME -
Game 7: Virginia Tech
Game 8: BOSTON COLLEGE -
Game 9: South Carolina -
Game 10: Georgia
Game 11: CENTRAL FLORIDA -

Caleb Mandrake

October 15, 2009 4:48 PM 
Anonymous Wil's picks said...

Wil's picks

Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA STATE
Louisville
Iowa
Marshall
Southern California
Virginia Tech
North Carolina State
South Carolina
Georgia
Miami-Fla

October 15, 2009 7:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UconnBob's picks:

Game 1: TEXAS (-4) over Oklahoma (+4)
Game 2: OKIE STATE (-7) over Missouri
Game 3: Louisville (+13) over CONNECTICUT
Game 4: WISCONSIN (-3) over Iowa (+3)
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA (-21) over Marshall
Game 6: Southern California (-10) over NOTRE DAME
Game 7: GEORGIA TECH (+3) over the Chokies
Game 8: BOSTON COLLEGE (-3) over North Carolina State
Game 9: ALABAMA (-17) over South Carolina
Game 10: Georgia (-7.5) over VANDERBILT
Game 11: Miami-Fla. (-14.5) over CENTRAL FLORIDA

October 16, 2009 12:09 AM 
Anonymous McFred said...

Game 1: TEXAS -
Game 2: OKLAHOMA STATE -
Game 3: Louisville
Game 4: Iowa
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 6: NOTRE DAME -
Game 7: GEORGIA TECH -
Game 8: BOSTON COLLEGE -
Game 9: South Carolina -
Game 10: Georgi
Game 11: CENTRAL FLORIDA -

October 16, 2009 9:49 AM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Vinny (back in) East Haven says:

1. Texas.
2. Oklahoma State.
3. Louisville. A 13 point spread? Can UConn score 13 points?
4. Iowa.
5. West Virginia.
6. USC.
7. Virginia Tech.
8. Boston College (that's for all of you on the chat yesterday who accused me of being a BC alum).
9. Alabama.
10. Georgia.
11. Miami.

Good win by Cincy last night. They looked even better with their backup QB in. With games against Louisville, Syracuse, and the Hapless Huskies, they will be an easy 9-0. Then it's WVU (in Cincy) and Illinois (in Cincy) and a trip to Pitt. This team could very well go undefeated and crash the BCS championship game. At least this horrible conference has one decent team.

October 16, 2009 11:07 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick C

Okla
Ok St
Lousiville
Wisc
UVW
USC
G Tech
BC
Alabama
Georgia
Miami

October 16, 2009 12:35 PM 
Anonymous sammy said...

Game 1: TEXAS -
Game 2: OKLAHOMA STATE -
Game 3: Louisville
Game 4: Iowa
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 6: Southern California
Game 7: Virginia Tech
Game 8: BOSTON COLLEGE -
Game 9: ALABAMA
Game 10: Georgia
Game 11: Miami-Fla.

October 16, 2009 2:32 PM 
Blogger strike it Rich! said...

Rich's picks
Game 1: TEXAS
Game 2: OKLAHOMA STATE
Game 3: CONNECTICUT
Game 4: Iowa
Game 5: WEST VIRGINIA
Game 6: Southern California
Game 7: GEORGIA TECH
Game 8: BOSTON COLLEGE
Game 9: ALABAMA
Game 10: Georgia
Game 11: Miami-Fla.

October 16, 2009 8:09 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

results
1. SeanO 8-3
2. wil 7-4
mcfred 7-4
4. rick c 6-5
rich 6-5
6. sammy 5-6
vinny 5-6
uconnbob 5-6
caleb 5-6
10. chip 4-7
pete 4-7
12. gary 3-8
13. govphelan 2-9

October 18, 2009 9:21 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Updated standings
1. Sammy 44
wil 44
3. UConnBob 43
SeanO 43
5. Chip 41
6. pete 39
rich 39
8. Govphalen 37
Rick c 37
10. Caleb 36
11. Gary 35
12. Vinny 31
13. McFred 26
14. JZ 20
15. Mike B 13
16. ian 9
G-Five 9
18. DanO 8
19. salami 6

October 18, 2009 9:25 AM 

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