Thursday Pickin IX, (mid-season twist edition)

Quote of the Day     “Games lubricate the body and mind.”     —Ben Franklin

As I try to extend the reach of this humble blog, the last thing I want to do is win the Thursday Pickin Grand Exalted Prize and thusly diminish the credibility of the editor. But just past the halfway point in the season, TB finds himself on top of the heap. Would one of you please get hot and pass me? 

The title of this week’s pick’em post references a mid-season twist, and I’m sure you are all dying to find out what it is. Will TB reverse the field like they do at the Nascar All-Star race? Is there to be a playoff, dance-off, or smack-off? Is (are?) a new crop of eligible young pickers going to be introduced mid-season to challenge the tired old pickers? Unfortunately……no.

But from now on, the bonus points for tunes will be awarded by you. Starting Saturday and going through Monday, comment below the picks on your choice for song of the week, list of the week and theme of the week. I’ll award the bonus points as you dictate.

Here’s how it went down last week, with POTW winners comprising the top 6, bonus picks in parentheses:

  1. TB (4-1)
  2. SC (3-1)
  3. Face (2-1)
  4. Pitalo (3-2) and cheesiest song of the week
  5. Larry (1-3)
  6. Zeek (1-4)
  7. JLM 1-1 in POTW’s and 16-9 overall; TB is very forgivin of drunken posting, but I will not look fondly upon another 29 pick post. That having been said, 17-9 overall ain’t too shabby.
  8. Feidt’s Follies 1-1 in POTW’s (3-2) and a permanent bonus for having at least two of us living vicariously through him.
  9. Sweet 1-1 in POTW’s (2-4) with a system of picks last week.
  10. OB lost the POTW along with the remainder of the list, not counting the no-shows. (4-1)
  11. Ed–Song of the Week winner
  12. Adam (2-1)
  13. Smily (2-2); honorable mention nudity theme
  14. Fig (3-2); tri-winner of list of the week in a three way tie. I had sympathy for the POTW losers.
  15. RSR; another tri-winner of the list of the week
  16. RMac; final list of the week tri-winner and theme of the week champ
  17. Actually 17-20, 10 points each to MD, BR, TKH and Greeg, all missing in action. Was it something I said?
Overall standings:
  1. TB  239
  2. RMac  227
  3. Fig  224
  4. Feidt’s Follies  219
  5. Rock Star Rambler  206
  6. Supercynic  201
  7. Pitalo  197
  8. OB  196
  9. Adam  179
  10. Ed  176
  11. Larry  172
  12. Sweet  167
  13. Smily  160
  14. Face  153
  15. JLM  142
  16. MD  138
  17. Zeek  132
  18. Greeg  113
  19. BR  110
  20. TKH  92
My picks
  • Georgia  +2
  • Oklahoma -19
  • West Virginia  -3′
  • Penn St  -2′
  • Notre Dame  -10′
  • USC  -15
My tunes
  • Come Monday–Jimmy Buffett
  • Streets of Bakersfield–Dwight Yoakum
  • Little Old Lady from Pasadena–The Beach Boys
  • Folsom Prison Blues–Johnny Cash
  • Song of the Week–Beverly Hills–Weezer (dedicated to J. Gurrieri, who checks in every once in awhile) 

About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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38 Responses to Thursday Pickin IX, (mid-season twist edition)

  1. Jessie Lou says:

    TB – the 29 pick post was the deliberate part done in a sober state so please accept my apology for taxing your brain! I didn’t realize there was a limit – is it 5 games and a POTW? Questions aside I cannot help but be happy with 17-9 for the week.

  2. Adam says:

    POTW Boise State +7

    Bonus picks USC +16
    Bama + 6.5


    Fogerty – Centerfield

  3. ZEEK says:

    TB- Happy that you are giving tunes more notice, good idea guv’nah. Let’s do it.

    POTW- Oklahoma -19

    Okla St. +12′
    Penn St.-2′

    Tunes: Theme for this week is
    A Little Sumthin’ For Everyone

    SOTW-The Gourds- Gin and Juice (hilarious!!)

    Teddy Pendegrass-I Don’t Love You Anymore

    Black Crowes- Thorn In My Pride

    Morris Day and the Time- If the Kid Can’t Make You Come (Nobody Can)

    Disturbed- Down With the Sickness

    Temptations-Papa was a Rolling Stone

  4. RockStarRambler says:

    POTW: Hawaii +3

    I have something going down at work on Nov. 2, so next week I will be marking off the days, trying to get everything done and listening to these tunes:

    Kinky Afro – Happy Mondays

    Every Day is a Winding Road – Sheryl Crow (“He’s got a daughter he calls Easter. She was born on a Tuesday night.”)

    Waiting for Wednesday – Lisa Loeb

    Thursday’s Child – David Bowie

    Friday, I’m In Love – The Cure

    Always Saturday by Guadalcanal Diary OR Sunless Saturday by Fishbone, depending on what happens during the week

    Here’s Where the Story Ends – The Sundays

  5. sweet says:

    Dude, I only had one POTW. Stats are wrong

  6. workinbaen says:

    Feidt had two POTW’s and you went with him right?

  7. larry says:

    I will take

    Georgia +2
    Texas Tech +1′
    Minnesota +1
    Pitt -9′


    Call me crazy and I’m sure B Rad will, but I will take the Rebs -5 on the road.

    Serenade – Steve Miller Band
    Misunderstanding – Genesis
    Tainted Love – Soft Cell
    Somebody’s Baby – Jackson Browne
    Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson

  8. sweet says:

    I missed his double potw, nevermind

  9. RMac says:


    Song Theme – I may be down, but I’m not out.

    Tough it Out – Webb Wilder
    I’m not down – The Clash
    I will survive – Gloria Gaynor

  10. larry says:

    No theme for my set list. Just songs that have stuck with me this week from Sirius. If I lose points, so be it.

  11. Fig E says:

    *Auburn +3′ at WVA
    *SAN JOSE STATE + 7 vs Boise State
    *La Tech +1′ at ARMY
    *FLORIDA – 24′ vs Kentucky
    *ARKANSAS +5 vs Ole Miss
    Penn State -2′ at OHIO STATE

    Tunes: This week I’m going for entire rock albums

    1) Guns & Roses – Appetite For Destruction
    2) Kiss – Alive
    3) Metallica – Kill Em All
    4) Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
    5) Motley Crue – Shout at the Devil

  12. Anonymous says:

    Bosie State -7
    Minnestota -7 1/2
    Bama -5
    Memphis +4
    Navy -12

    Northwestern -7

    Aint no sunshine- Bill Withers

    Walk Away-Ben Harper
    Train in Vain- The Clash
    Ill be there for you-Bon Jovi
    Billie Jean-Michael Jackson

  13. Bobby Pitalo says:

    Bosie State -7
    Minnestota -7 1/2
    Bama -5
    Memphis +4
    Navy -12

    Northwestern -7

    Aint no sunshine- Bill Withers

    Walk Away-Ben Harper
    Train in Vain- The Clash
    Ill be there for you-Bon Jovi
    Billie Jean-Michael Jackson

  14. OB says:

    Auburn +3 1/2
    Mississippi -5
    Rice +1 1/2
    TEXAS -12½
    Oklahoma -19

    Baylor +11

  15. OB says:

    OB is going all women tonight in the Song Contest. Hopefully I can get some lovin from all the girls out there.

    Stevie Nicks: Landslide

    Carly Simon: You’re So Vain

    Tracy Chapman: Give Me One Good Reason

    Ella Fitzgerald: Georgia On My Mind

    Dusty Springfield sings: I Only Want To Be With You

    Song of the Week:

    Heart: Barracuda

  16. Feidts Follies says:

    Well camping wasn’t so bad, got a little cold but had a nice camp fire, booze, tubular meat, and someone’s soon to be ex to keep me warm. Somehow or another all 10 of us managed to make a 11 mile hike on Saturday down the side of a mountain to a waterfall. It was not easy, especially going up. It was all downhill from there when I woke up early Sunday Morning to pack up and drive to Charlotte for the Saints game. Whats the difference between me and the Saints, I actually showed up. They looked decent for about a qaurter until Shockey fumbled and it was over from that point. Worst part about it is I benched all of my Carolina players on my fantasy teams so I wouldn’t be confused and started Colston and Moore who combined for 10 yards. On a good note somehow or another I only paid $5 to park.

    Ole Miss – 5
    Duke +10′
    Texas Tech +1′
    Penn St -2′
    Virginia +11′

    POTW Florida -24′

    As for my music of the week, I am presently packing for a getaway to Charleston for the weekend full of debachery. It starts with a Widespread Panic show followed by a Galatic show on Friday. Then on Saturday another Panic Show followed by the biggest Halloween bash around that about 2000 of my closest friends will be at and you can bring your own cooler to. See if you can guess who I will be dressed up as by my selections.

    Widespread Panic – Walkin’
    Michael Jackson – Thriller
    Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
    Micheal Jackson – PYT
    Michael Jackson – Got to be Startin Something

  17. Ed says:

    Dear Baen,

    I like that you have a little corner of the internet committed to what strikes your fancy. Little History, some reflection, a dab of politics, but Thursday is for Pickin’. Pickin’ winners and Pickin’ music. Music and Winners make me smile.

    Pickin’ and Grinnin’

    Some part of me knows that that the world started on a bad path in 1993, which is pert near the time we got thrust out into it. Thing is we left without something that had been there all our lives. It played in the background and most of time you didn’t know it. But it was there every Saturday evening giving everyone a shot of down home goodness, a little inoculation to keep you grounded through the week. It was always on at my grandmother’s house which got exactly 3 channels her whole life. The show was hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark, both underrated musicans in my view. Yep, something was missing when the world was without Hee Haw in 1993.

    Now You probably felt the void on your travels to Nashville. Murfeesboro’s finest won’t have it when the come to Starkville. No Reb will visit Archie’s Barbershop in Fayeteville Saturday Night. And Tennessee will be just a little emptier for the Tide. Its dark in Kornfield County. Hee Haw, you left when we needed you the most.

    “Gloom, despair and agony on me oooooooo
    Deep dark depression, excessive misery ooooooo
    If it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all!
    Gloom, despair and agony on me-eeeee!”

    – Four dudes in overalls with Moonshine jugs.

    “Now, we’re not ones to go ’round spreadin’ rumors, Why, really we’re just not the gossipy kind, No, you’ll never hear one of us repeating gossip, So you’d better be sure and listen close the first time!”

    – The Gossip Girls (with Misty Rowe…she’s purdy)

    And the Classic:

    Where, where are you tonight?
    Why did you leave me here all alone?
    I searched the world over and thought I found true love,
    But you met another and thiffffft you was gone.

    – Two sad dudes, I think one was the barber.

    So here’s to you Junior Samples, Grampa, Lulu, Hager Twins, and Minnie Pearl. I paid more attention then you or I ever knew.

    I’m a Pickin’ and I’m a Grinnin’ and I’m a takin’ Indiana +9. It just seems like a good place for a fence to kick your butt. Sa—-lute.

  18. supercynic says:


    Army -2
    NC State +11′
    Kentucky +25′
    Alabama -4′
    POTW Texas -12′


    Only going with two BUT I’m providing links. How ’bout that Mr. Arbitrary Point Compiler? That should garner something.

    Troubled Hubble’s 14,000 Things To Be Happy About

    If Ole Miss loses, the I’ll be listening to The Avett Brothers’ Tear Down The House.

    They can both be heard at

  19. sweet says:

    Penn St. has me convinced, I’ll go with them as POTW. Joe Pa, aka Mole Man is in bed with the mob. Zeeks Gourds song is great so I’ll go with that

  20. smilyj says:

    potw tenn +5.5
    also miami -3
    wisconsin +2.5
    fla -26
    ohio st +2.5
    STATE -10
    songs- “Down Payment Blues” ACDC
    “Wasting Time” Kid Rock
    “Much Too Young To Feel This Damn Old”
    Garth Brooks
    “All The Gold” Gatlin Bros

  21. MD says he wants Alabama. He had the line minus 7. Bama’s a popular pick and the line is all over the place up above so I’m declaring it to be 4′ for everybody. That’s what Sheridan has it right now.

    Smily, I left “All the Gold” for you to post on purpose.

    SC, the people will have their say. TB loves a link though. I especially like including them in a post and seeing how many people actually click. It usually maxes out at about three in any given day. But I click em.

  22. face says:

    POTW- North Carolina -2′

    Vandy -10
    LSU -1′

    I watched The Graduate on TV this week, so I’ll go with Simon and Garfunkel tunes from the soundtrack:

    Mrs. Robinson
    Sound of Silence
    Scarborough Fair

  23. tkh says:

    After a long weekend with the pros in LV, I promise nothing…

    UM -2
    Northwestern -7′
    Duke +10
    UGA +1′
    Bama -4′

    POW USM -4

  24. The Bama line looks too good to be true. Good news or bad for Sweet I don’t know, but I’m liking that a pretty good bit myself.

  25. Greeg says:

    Tulane -2′
    Tennessee +4′
    LSU -1
    Toledo +3′

    Pancho and Lefty – Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
    LDN – Lily Allen
    I Gotta Get Drunk – Willie Nelson
    Soulful Strut – Young-Holt Unlimited

  26. ZEEK says:

    I’m adding Bama -4′ as a Bonus Pick feeling hot

  27. sweet says:

    anybody who takes Tulane or USM as their potw should be banned

  28. sweet says:

    Besides Rosanne Barr and Carl Lewis, has there been a more horrific rendition of our national anthem than what patti labelle did tonight
    Also: Mr TBaen is 18-2 the last two weeks in a pool we are in….go the opposite

  29. Time to post your votes on musical bonus points as mentioned in the post. Voting ends Wednesday night.

  30. JessieLou says:

    I’ll go with “I Will Survive” for first and “Barricuda” for second. Since I didn’t make a post this week I do understand that my vote may not count – but there it is.

  31. I’m a man of the people. All votes will be counted.

  32. ZEEK says:

    Normally I would not do this but I have to vote for myself on song of the week for the Gourds -Gin and juice–because it is so hilarious and unconventional and I’ll go with Greeg’s Pancho and Lefty for second. Thought Fig’s all-rock album theme was pretty cool So he gets third spot.

  33. ZEEK says:

    Just so we’re clear on this:

    Got it?

  34. RockStarRambler says:

    RMac – love the theme (cool songs too)
    Pitalo – Train in Vain for song (my grandmother bought me the 45 in 1980 – the thought of my Nana buying a Clash record cracks me up every time); honorable mention goes to Zeek for The Gourds’ Gin and Juice

  35. workinbaen says:

    I’m gonna have to go with Gin and Juice for SOTW. Funniest thing about that is I didn’t know it was a cover for like a year after I first heard it.

    SC for list of the week for linking something I’ve never heard. I liked it.

    Theme of the week for RMac’s self deprecating humor and true grit.

    Ed’s my post of the week, an honor he and Feidt’s Follies pretty much alternate.

  36. Bobby Pitalo says:

    I vote for larry for list of the week

    Zeek for the morris day and the time for song of the week.

    RMAC for theme of the week

  37. larry says:

    I liked RMAC’S theme

    Train in Vain for SOTW

    I will go with TB’s list.

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