Archive for September, 2006

27
Sep
06

Help get Blurb into SXSW

Eileen (Blurb CEO) is a finalist for 2007 SouthbySouthWest festival in Austin. Those that make the final cut are decided upon by a vote. You can vote for up to 10 presentations, but I ask that you list Eileen first. Instructions:

1. Click here

2. From within the pull-down menu on Step 1 – select “DIY/creativity (5)”

3. Look for: “The Future of the Book: Dead or Alive?” — click Pick Me. BTW we are pro book as it is core to the print-on-demand business.

4. Register….

5. Repeat steps 1-4 on a different computer.

Many thanks….

26
Sep
06

Week 5 Lineup

What a terrible week for three potential wildcards….

  • KU (+21.5) at Nebraska
  • Tech (+2.5) at TAMU
  • Louisville – off (Middle Tenn St requires two weeks prep time)
  • Texas vs. Sam Houston St (???)

Wildcards (~3)

  • Ohio St.(-7) vs. Iowa
  • Georgia Tech (-9.5) vs. Virginia Tech
  • Colorado (+14.5) vs mizzou — pending we can’t find a Sam Houston St. line
26
Sep
06

Week 4 Standings

My gawd is it getting bad for me. Mark didn’t get his picks in and I am still trailing him by 3 pts

  • RObert – 14
  • Julie – 12
  • Mark, Blaine – 11
  • Brent – 8
26
Sep
06

Long/Short Results Week 5

Participant Long
Week 1
Week 5
Short
Week 1
Week5
Total
Brent Iowa Small 16 13
(+3)
OU Small 10 16
(+6)
+9
Julie VaTech Small 17 11
(+6)
OU Small 10 16
(+6)
+12
RObert Tenn Small 23 15
(+8)
Cal Small 9 20
(+11)
+19
Blaine Tech Small 25
(–)
Cal Small 9 20
(+11)
+11
Mark UTEP Small 25
(–)
Cal Small 9 20
(+11)
+11
21
Sep
06

Week 4 Lineup

  • South Florida at Kansas (-5.5)
  • Louisville (-14.5) k-st
  • Iowa St. at Texas (-24.5)
  • SE Louisiana at Texas Tech– anyone know the line here?
  • Wildcard – Arizona St. at Cal (-7.5)
South Florida at Kansas (-5.5)

A couple of thoughts on last week’s loss in the Glass Bowl. First, where extremely disappointed, KU players, staff, and faithful realize they outplayed and outcoached the Rockets – which is good for everyone’s confidence. Young teams like KU will typically lose when you are on the wrong side of a -5 turnover margin….twice in overtime. A loss is a loss is a loss…and I am not minimizing this. A good team would have won that game…and the 06 Jayhawks have, at best, earned a “decent” label three weeks in.

A win this weekend give KU a decent 3-1 record heading into conference play; a record that is inline with both mine and for-pay college football prognosticators. Now if only these skills would apply in the realm of FBB where I am currently sitting DFL – “dead fucking last” in track speak.

The Fighting Mangino’s are back in the cozy confines of Memorial Stadium this weekend in a game that I am not calling a “must win” but a “really effing need to win.” Under Mangino, the Jayhawks shown resiliency – at home – after a tough loss – usually on the road – and come through when they need to – insert UNL, mizzou, Iowa St. Given the importance of this game and the fact the Jayhawks are suiting up in their home blues….I would typically take the Jayhawks to cover but there are some health questions at the QB spot. With this USF will load the box up against an unimpressive KU O-line. I’ll take the Jayhawks to win but, with the questions at QB, this could come down to the wire. Bulls – where in the hell are there bulls in the greater Miami metro area — to cover.

Iowa St. at Texas (-24.5)

Here’s the storyline….the veteran, and quite possibly the best QB in the entire Big 12, facing the gun-slinging, rap-fumbling frosh. McCoy’s 6:1 touchdown to interception ratio could be in jeopardy against a Cyclone secondary that has a pick in each of their first three games. And keep in mind, this is an Iowa St. team that kept it close in Iowa City last week and squeaked out a double OT win against Toledo. But that’s really all I have to speak to. Texas, in Austin, covers – but just barely.

Louisville (-14.5) k-st

Is the Ville for real or does last week’s win speak more to the desperate state of affairs in South Florida? My metaphor on the Miami win is inline with RObert’s prom date – yes she seemed aspirational when crowned homecoming queen in the fall but after pulling a train with the basketball team she is nobody’s prize at the end of the school year. Translation being, if Miami ends up as a middle of the pack ACC team….last week’s victory may not be the computer ranking boost needed should Louisville beat UWV, win out and find themselves in a three team pickle for the National Title game (Ville, Auburn, USC)

A game in manhattan will not speak to the Cards national title legitimacy but will be a good showcase for their defense and give a few who were taking second team snaps in August some valuable time on the field. Cards win by two picks. .

Note – after seeing Miami’s pregame display I could not have been happier with the beat down applied by the Cards. Congrats RObert.

SE Louisiana at Texas Tech

I am loving the head pirate more and more each week. With this, my bus ride is coming to a close and don’t feel this game warrants much discussion…Tech covers whatever line if out there.

BTW…revising my earlier stance on the clock rule.

Wildcard Arizona St. at Cal (-7.5)

Selecting this game as the wildcard speaks to this week’s schedule. But hey….every weekend can’t be like last weekend.

Both the Sun Devils and Bears are loaded with talent and looking to emerge as the team to beat in the USC and everyone else PAC 10. Only USC is going to knock off USC from the Pac 10 throne; and with the help of Bush they may pull this off. I like the Bears featuring a balance run/pass attack and the fact they are at home. That said, I am in desperate need to Long/Short points and need to align interests in the game—my mind tells me Cal but my gut is forcing my hand – Sun Devils cover. .

21
Sep
06

Long/Short Results Week 4

Participant Long
Week 1
Week 4
Short
Week 1
Week4
Total
Brent Iowa Small 16 14
(+2)
OU Small 10 17
(+7)
+9
Julie VaTech Small 17 11
(+6)
OU Small 10 17
(+7)
+13
RObert Tenn Small 23 15
(+8)
Cal Small 9 21
(+12)
+20
Blaine Tech Small 25
(–)
Cal Small 9 21
(+12)
+12
Mark UTEP Small 25
(–)
Cal Small 9 21
(+12)
+12
21
Sep
06

Week 3 Standings

Nota lot of movement last week with all of us taking Miami, Texas, and Auburn…..RObert’s savvy TCU call has put in a tie for the lead with Mark.

  • Robert, Mark – 11
  • Julie, Blaine – 9
  • Brent – 7

Running Totals

13
Sep
06

Week 3 Lineup

What may be the most competitive slate top to bottom of the year…enjoy. Note: KU is in the Glass Bowl Friday night — while I am on a plane — so I will need this pick prior to kick-off. Same, pre-CGD timeline for the other four.

  • KU (+4) at Toledo — Friday night game — will need this pick prior to kick-off
  • Tech (-1.5) at TCU
  • Texas (-32) at Rice
  • Miami at Louisville (-4)
  • Wildcard: LSU at Auburn (-3)
KU (+4) at Toledo

Two storylines in Friday’s battle in the Glass Bowl: (1) a KU pass defensive that was shredded against the Warhawks last week faces a team with that will air it out all night and (2) KU’s road woes – Mangino has notched a single road vicotry per year over the last three seasons – not the mark of at $1.5M per year contract. Toledo, while 0-2 on the season, lost in triple overtime in Ames – definitely more respectable than a missed extra point victor against Monroe. So then why am I bullish on the Hawks chances to the cover and reach the half-way mark of their second bowl appearance…for the following reasons: John Cornish is putting up solid numbers in the running game – he will get his One of the best cover corners in the Big 12, Talib, is coming off a two game suspension and the ultra conservative defensive package executed the past two weeks will be put to bed. I am anticipating more pressure on Cochran (QB) and a decent secondary will lead to another inconsistent performance. The Rockets have no running game to speak of which it means it is open season on the young and aggressive front seven of KU. Vegas likes the Hawks as well. The line opened with Toledo a -51⁄2, which has been freefalling since Sunday.

KU picks up it obligatory road win for the season and covers.

Tech (-1.5) at TCU

Again, kudos to the head pirate for agreeing to this year’s schedule knowing his field general would be a frosh. I’m confident Tech will be a better team for it; both late in this season and for years to come. But we are not talking about November and we are not taking about 2007…the focus is on the “nothing less than the BCS” mantra of Texas Tech and how they perform in Week 3. The Red Raider nation has to be salivating at the 280+ yards the mighty Bears put up on TCU last week….only to be grounded back into reality when the consider their front seven wasn’t able to control the line of scrimmage in El Paso.

I’m really torn on this one as TCU has a solid running attack and will control the clock throughout the game. If Tech drops this one everyone is Lubbock will pull a Mack and blame the new clock rule – which may be the lamest excuse of all time. What is with the whining from coaches this season – exhibit A: Mack and his clock issues, exhibit B Chuck Amato and his bitching about Akron’s non-qualifiers – wait I am way off topic. As much as I want to go with the Horned Frogs in Amon Carter my gut tells me they are short a few athletes on the defensive side to stay with Tech in the fourth quarter. Tech covers.

Texas (-32) at Rice

Yawn….with so many great games this week we need a game like this to keep us from imploding. McCoy will have a solid showing and God-forbid if Snead doesn’t get his numbers as well. Corso…take it easy on Colt as the loss does not rest solely on his shoulders. I’ll leave the Applewhite commentary to Julie and Mark but will give him kudos for keeping the 0-2 Owls competitive this season. While the rest of the state is glued to the score coming out of Ft. Worth in Houston the Horns cover

Miami at Louisville (-4)

On a Saturday packed with exciting match-ups, the Cane and Cards have to be the main event. Robert relishes the 3 point loss in Miami in 2004 as much as a second tier bowl victory that same year. A Louisville victory on Saturday sets the table for the game with West Virginia which will have BCS and possible national championship implications. The game is in the Hut, the Cards feel they deserve more respect and the Canes are under fire. It’s the country’s most athletic defense lining up against a Louisville team missing one of its biggest offensive weapons.

I don’t see this week’s featured game becoming a sleeper like the last two (FSUvUM and TexasvOSU) if for no other reason than both have been practicing for over a month and have two games to work out the kinks. Brohm’s ACL looks to be a distant memory and will be able to put up some points as the game wears on. Louisville’s D is athletic but its deficiencies in the secondary are offset by the maturation process of Wright. I am going with it being a close one..Canes cover

Wildcard – LSU at Auburn (-3)

I’ve been clear from the onset of this season…USC will face either Auburn or West Virginia for the national championship. And where Louisville v Miami set’s the table in the Big East, this week’s wildcard sets the table in the SEC. Strike the earlier statement, this is THE game of the week. I am high on Auburn as they are athletic and extremely well coached on both sides of the ball. LSU is athletic but I am not sold on Miles running at the helm. I like Auburn’s defensive pressure and the fact they are playing at home…War Eagles cover.

13
Sep
06

Long/Short Results Week 2

Little movement on the Long/Short board but RObert’s lead was diminished…slightly. Also..the Mark saga has been put to bed by Mark.

Participant Long
Week 1
Week 3
Short
Week 1
Week3
Total
Brent Iowa Small 16 16
(–)
OU Small 10 15
(+5)
+5
Julie VaTech Small 17 14
(+3)
OU Small 10 15
(+5)
+8
RObert Tenn Small 23 13
(+10)
Cal Small 9 21
(+12)
+22
Blaine Tech Small 25 24
(+1)
Cal Small 9 22
(+12)
+13
Mark UTEP Small 25
(–)
Cal Small 9 22
(+12)
+12
13
Sep
06

Week 2 Standings

My gawd what a bad week for picks. Two OT games — Vegas rules – and KU laying an egg means there was little movement on this week’s leader board.

Blaine was the big winner picking up 2 –yes, the rest of us pick up 1 with Louisville — and now shares the lead with RObert.
Updated as I was incorrect on the OT rule in Vegas. Thx Mark and RObert for calling this out.

  • Blaine – 7
  • RObert – 7
  • Julie – 7
  • Mark – 8
  • Brent – 5

Running Totals




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