Quote of the Day “I’ve lost my mojo, baby.” –Austin Powers
Waldo Pepper is the patriarch. The penultimate power wielder has been Sweet for several years now. But perhaps from long association or possibly it may be innate, whatever the reason, TB has a great connection to the power that influences sporting events worldwide. My theory is by publicizing my picks to a worldwide audience, I angered the power or maybe taunted it. Not only did I lose 4 of 5 regular picks, but I lost my pick of the week in blowout fashion, got Alabama on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and probably contributed to Mississippi State’s embarrassing defeat just as an extra kick while I was down. The gambling gods are obviously displeased with my decision to go public with my predictions, and must have laughed heartily at my decision to choose my second most hated team (sometimes most hated) as the loser in my first public pronouncement.
But the strange thing about the power is that it cannot be walked away from. It cannot be looked away from. No matter how much pain, disillusionment, shock and financial ruin it causes you, once you have wielded the power, you cannot help but see if it can be recaptured each weekend. So I will carry on.
Last week we had a ringer chime in with Tennessee and Wake as locks. Flash may be a pro, but you know the pros pretty much suck. With a site like Flash has, I’d expect better than break even. We’ll see if he/she/it shows up to look for redemption this week.
Joining TB as week one POTW losers were RockStarRambler, Madd Dawg, OB, BR, and Stone who gets two losses for the price of one. I may deduct extra points from Stone just for spite. The biggest winner of the week was Fig who correctly called the Bama win and Florida cover, but gets just a single point. TB has decided mid-game to penalize those who pick two losers but not reward those who pick two winners, especially when they come at my expense. The rules are subject to change each week by the way. Ed, Supercynic, and Smiley get credit for a win, though Smiley loses the tie-breaker for the week of this trio for going with Miss State as a third pick. Fig gets bonus points for a nice playlist, and Ed gets a bonus for picking up on the idea of making a thematic music choice. RSR got enough musical points to take the lead in the loser’s bracket and the ladies’ division.
So after week one, its Fig, Ed, Supercynic, Smiley, RockStarRambler, Flash for the Cash, OB, BR, Madd Dawg, TB, and Stone. TB hasn’t decided yet how to allocate the points, partly because I just decided points should be awarded as I typed this sentence. This means new competitors are still in the running for the season championship in addition to the weekly ones. So join in, friends and strangers, each Thursday.
This week’s 5 picks are:
- Vanderbilt +9′
- So. Miss +17′
- Stanford +14
- Kansas -21
- Ga Tech +7
- If I Had a Million Dollars–Barenaked Ladies
- Jealous Again–Black Crowes
- Say it Isn’t So–The Outfield
- Man of Constant Sorrow–The Soggy Bottom Boys
- Gone to Carolina (Live)–Shooter Jennings