Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The picks, Turkey Day edition

Hope everyone is having a Happy Thanksgiving. I still haven't had a morsel of food because I have spent the day working. Covered the Foran vs. Law high school football game in the morning (Foran 44, Law37), then came home to bang out a quick game story and get on Randy Edsall's 2 p.m. conference call. Blog, another story, and then it's turkey time.

Here's what came out of the call...No new injuries or depth chart changes. Erik Kuraczea is probable, everyone else a full go. Dave Teggart has kicked well at practice this week, his mechanics are fine, Edsall said. The team practiced today, and some of the locals were allowed to go home for Thanksgiving. Edsall said it was like the Indianapolis 500 out of the practice facility today, which makes sense since the guys have to be back on campus by tonight for an 11 p.m. curfew.

And a few random observations and notes before we get to the picks.

  • My 2-year old is obsessed with Sesame Street. I made the mistake of picking up an Elmo Christmas DVD for five bucks in the bargain bin at Target last week. Every morning since, I've been awoken at 6 a.m. by him shoving the corner of the DVD case in my face, saying, "Elmo. Please. Elmo. Please. Elmo. Pleeeeeeeeeease." Thus, I went with the Big Bird Thanksgiving photo to lead off the blog today.

  • Nathan's makes a killing every Fourth of July with it's hot dog eating contest. So why hasn't someone come up with a Thanksgiving dinner eating contest? Boston Market could sponsor, and it'd be an instant hit. It wouldn't have to be speed eating, either. All the contestants would get a 20-pound turkey with all the trimmings. Then they get two hours to eat as much as possible. Just imagine the tryptophan kicking in around 90 minutes and Kobyashi passing out face first into a bowl of yams. Come on...tell me you wouldn't watch.

  • What a bizarre week in college football. And so much surrounding UConn and Notre Dame. Charlie Weis is done, and so are the Irish. If you saw the video of them half-hearted singing the Notre Dame alma mater after losing to UConn, you saw a team with zero left in the tank. No chance in hell they beat Stanford this weekend. Then, an irate fan punches out Jimmy Clausen outside a restaurant. ND's athletic director cancels Weis' planned recruiting trip out west following the Stanford game like a father taking the car keys away from his teen aged son because he failed Chemistry. And then, Weis gets a vote of confidence from, of all people, Brady Quinn. Who's next, Rick Mirer? Maybe Ryan Leaf can vouch for him, too.

  • Perhaps Tom Williams was buried knee-deep in Harvard game tape. But you'd have thought the Yale football coach must have heard at least a little of the endless discussions dissecting Bill Belichick's 4th-down call earlier that week. I was one of the few who didn't have a problem with Belichick going for the kill there on 4th-and-2. But it's impossible to defend Williams' decision to go for it on 4th-and-22 from his own 25 with a three-point lead over Harvard late in the fourth quarter. Sure, the Crimson could have wound up winning anyway. But make them work a little to get there. Yikes.

  • This video is pretty darn funny. Just give it a chance.

On to the picks. We began the year with around 20 competing each week, and the field has been trimmed to roughly 11 regulars. As a Thanksgiving Day treat, I'll provide an expanded menu of games to whet your appetite. Time to pull on my eatin' pants with the elastic waist band.

Game 1: North Carolina (-6) over NORTH CAROLINA STATE

Game 2: SOUTH CAROLINA (+3) over Clemson

Game 3: CONNECTICUT (-14) over Syracuse

Game 4: DUKE (+4.5) over Wake Forest

Game 5: Mississippi (-8) over MISSISSIPPI STATE

Game 6: Oklahoma State (+8) over OKLAHOMA

Game 7: New Mexico (+44.5) over TEXAS CHRISTIAN

Game 8: Boston College (-6) over MARYLAND

Game 9: KANSAS (+3) over Missouri

Game 10: Miami-Fl. (-6) over SOUTH FLORIDA

Game 11: FLORIDA (-24.5) over Florida State

Game 12: VIRGINIA (+16) over Virginia Tech

Game 13: Arizona (-3) over ARIZONA STATE

Game 14: BYU (-7.5) over Utah

Game 15: Georgia (+8) over GEORGIA TECH

Game 16: STANFORD (-10) over Notre Dame

Game 17: Ucla (+13) over SOUTHERN CAL

Game 18: Arkansas (+3.5) over LOUISIANA STATE

Game 19: Navy (-10) over HAWAII

Get your picks in by clicking the "comments" link below.

Last week's results

1. rick C 8-4

2. uconnbob 7-5

gary 7-5

pete 7-5

5. chip 6-6

govphalen 6-6

caleb 6-6

wil 6-6

mcfred 6-6

10. vinny 4-8

11. sammy 3-9

Standings

1. calebmandrake 75

UConnbob 75

3. Wil 73

governorphalen 73

5. Chip 72

6. Pete 70

7. sammy 66

8. Vinny from East Haven 65

Rick C 65

10. SeanO63

Gary 63

12. mcfred 59

13. rich 39

14. JZ 20

15. Mike B 13

16. big donny 11

17. ian 9

G-Five 9

19. DanO 8

20. salami 6

21. joba 4

13 Comments:

Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Game 1: North Carolina (-6) over NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Game 2: SOUTH CAROLINA (+3) over Clemson
Game 3: CONNECTICUT (-14) over Syracuse
Game 4: DUKE (+4.5) over Wake Forest
Game 5: Mississippi (-8) over MISSISSIPPI STATE
Game 6: Oklahoma State (+8) over OKLAHOMA
Game 7: New Mexico (+44.5) over TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Game 8: Boston College (-6) over MARYLAND
Game 9: KANSAS (+3) over Missouri
ame 10: Miami-Fl. (-6) over SOUTH FLORIDA
Game 11: FLORIDA (-24.5) over Florida State
Game 12: VIRGINIA (+16) over Virginia Tech
Game 13: Arizona (-3) over ARIZONA STATE
Game 14: BYU (-7.5) over Utah
ame 15: Georgia (+8) over GEORGIA TECH
Game 16: STANFORD (-10) over Notre Dame
Game 17: Ucla (+13) over SOUTHERN CAL
Game 18: Arkansas (+3.5) over LOUISIANA STATE
Game 19: Navy (-10) over HAWAII

November 26, 2009 2:13 PM 
Anonymous Wil's picks said...

Wil's picks

North Carolina
Clemson
CONNECTICUT
Wake Forest
Mississippi
OKLAHOMA
New Mexico
MARYLAND
Missouri
SOUTH FLORIDA
Florida State
VIRGINIA
ARIZONA STATE
BYU
Georgia
Notre Dame
SOUTHERN CAL
LOUISIANA STATE
Navy

November 26, 2009 10:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UconnBob's picks:
Game 1: North Carolina (-6) over NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Game 2: Clemson (-3) over SOUTH CAROLINA
Game 3: CONNECTICUT (-14) over Syracuse
Game 4: Wake Forest (-4.5) over DUKE
Game 5: MISS ST (+8) over Mississippi
Game 6: Oklahoma State (+8) over OKLAHOMA
Game 7: TCU (-44.5) over New Mexico
Game 8: Boston College (-6) over MARYLAND
Game 9: Missouri (-3) over KANSAS
ame 10: USF (+6) over Miami-Fl.
Game 11: Florida St (+24.5) over FLORIDA
Game 12: VIRGINIA (+16) over Virginia Tech
Game 13: Arizona (-3) over ARIZONA STATE
Game 14: BYU (-7.5) over Utah
ame 15: GTECH (-8) over Georgia
Game 16: STANFORD (-10) over Notre Dame
Game 17: USC (-13) over Ucla
Game 18: Arkansas (+3.5) over LOUISIANA STATE
Game 19: Navy (-10) over HAWAII

November 26, 2009 10:58 PM 
Blogger Gary said...

Chip, not that it's going to make a difference in the grand scheme of things, but I'm pretty sure I had 8 wins last week.

On the new picks.

Game 1: NC State
Game 2: Clemson
Game 3: Syracuse
Game 4: Wake Forest
Game 5: Mississippi
Game 6: Oklahoma
Game 7: TCU
Game 8: Maryland
Game 9: Missouri
Game 10: Miami
Game 11: Florida State
Game 12: Va Tech
Game 13: ASU
Game 14: BYU
Game 15: Georgia
Game 16: Notre Dame
Game 17: UCLA
Game 18: Arkansas
Game 19: Hawaii

November 27, 2009 12:36 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Gary, Just double checked and got 7 for you again.

November 27, 2009 8:14 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Game 1: North Carolina
Game 2: Clemson
Game 3: Syracuse
Game 4: DUKE
Game 5: Mississippi
Game 6: OKLAHOMA
Game 7: New Mexico
Game 8: Boston College
Game 9: Missouri
ame 10: Miami-Fl.
Game 11: FLORIDA
Game 12: Virginia Tech
Game 13: Arizona
Game 14: BYU
ame 15: GEORGIA TECH
Game 16: STANFORD
Game 17: Ucla
Game 18: LOUISIANA STATE
Game 19: HAWAII

Caleb mandrake

November 27, 2009 1:34 PM 
Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

Vinny says:

1. North Carolina
2. South Carolina
3. Syracuse (of course)
4. Wake Forest
5. Mississippi
6. Oklahoma State
7. TCU
8. Boston College
9. Kansas
10. Miami
11. Florida State
12. Virginia Tech
13. Arizona
14. Utah
15. Georgia Tech
16. Stanford
17. UCLA
18. LSU
19. Hawaii

November 27, 2009 2:32 PM 
Blogger governorphalen said...

UNC
USC
UConn
wake
MSU
OSU
TCU
MD
KU
USF
UF
VT
ASU
Utah
Georgia
Stanford
USC
LSU
Hawaii

November 27, 2009 3:24 PM 
Anonymous mcfred said...

Game 1: North Carolina
Game 2: SOUTH CAROLINA
Game 3: CONNECTICUT
Game 4: Wake Forest
Game 5: Mississippi
Game 6: OKLAHOMA
Game 7: New Mexico
Game 8: MARYLAND
Game 9: Missouri
ame 10: Miami-Fl.
Game 11: FLORIDA
Game 12: VIRGINIA
Game 13: ARIZONA STATE
Game 14: Utah
ame 15: Georgia
Game 16: Notre Dame
Game 17: Ucla
Game 18: LOUISIANA STATE
Game 19: Navy

November 27, 2009 3:45 PM 
Anonymous sammy said...

Game 1: NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Game 2: SOUTH CAROLINA
Game 3: Syracuse
Game 4: Wake Forest
Game 5: Mississippi
Game 6: Oklahoma State
Game 7: TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Game 8: MARYLAND
Game 9: Missouri
ame 10: Miami-Fl.
Game 11: FLORIDA
Game 12: VIRGINIA
Game 13: Arizona
Game 14: BYU
ame 15: GEORGIA TECH
Game 16: STANFORD
Game 17: SOUTHERN CAL
Game 18: LOUISIANA STATE
Game 19: Navy

November 27, 2009 6:17 PM 
Anonymous Pete said...

Game 1: North Carolina
Game 2: SOUTH CAROLINA
Game 3: Syracuse
Game 4: DUKE
Game 5: MISSISSIPPI STATE
Game 6: OKLAHOMA
Game 7: New Mexico
Game 8: Boston College
Game 9: Missouri
Game 10: Miami-Fl.
Game 11: FLORIDA
Game 12: Virginia Tech
Game 13: ARIZONA STATE
Game 14: BYU
Game 15: GEORGIA TECH
Game 16: STANFORD
Game 17: SOUTHERN CAL
Game 18: LOUISIANA STATE
Game 19: Navy

November 27, 2009 10:45 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

results
1. GovPhalen 12-7
2. McFred 11-8
3. Gary 10-9
4. Chip 8-11
pete 8-11
wil 8-11
7. vinny 7-12
sammy 7-12
9. caleb 6-13
10. UConn Bob 5-14

November 29, 2009 9:35 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

1. Governor Phalen 85
2. calebmandrake 81
wil 81
4. UConnbob 80
Chip 80
6. Pete 78
7. Gary 74
8. sammy 73
9. Vinny from East Haven 72
10. McFred 70
11. Rick C 65
12. SeanO63
13. rich 39
14. JZ 20
15. Mike B 13
16. big donny 11
17. ian 9
G-Five 9
19. DanO 8
20. salami 6
21. joba 4

November 29, 2009 9:38 AM 

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