Thursday Pickin (the end of the beginning edition)

Quote of the Day     “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”     –Winston Churchill

I hope everyone has enjoyed Thursday Pickin as much as TB has. There are a few games left for this week and I’ll pick them and hope you do as well. But another season of college football is winding down and so too must this inaugural season of pickin. You will note that today’s post does not include standings from either last week or the season. This is so you will have to tune in at least one more time to the blog.

Actually, there are no standings because I am going through each week’s picks, and that’s taking a lot more time than a sane person would be willing to spend. But I have major awards to, uh, award. And I take the awarding of said awards very seriously–in a completely non-serious way, you understand. 

At any rate, I appreciate everyone’s participation and my hope is you’ve found enough other posts of interests and/or entertainment to keep you coming around. If not, I’ll lure you back with special editions of Thursday Pickin (TM) (just thought of that) for the bowl season, the Super Bowl, the NCAA tourney, next season and any other event I deem pickinworthy. I also appreciate the humor that many of you have added to the posts and the discussion you’ve been adding to non-pickin posts. Without someone to read and comment, this blog is really just a diary, and that’s way less fun. Finally, let me say I am so disappointed in some of your musical tastes that quite frankly I can only blank stare at the screen sometimes.

While I’m taking stock of things, let me ask you to do a few things to help the blog. First, keep checkin in and joining the discussion. B, pass along the link to anybody who might get a kick out of it. And third, click on the button up top that says “share” and give the blog a plug so it can extend its reach in the mystical realm of google. Oh yeah, one other thing, if you want a cool avatar (an example is my cool goggles pic beside my posts) get a wordpress account and it will let you upload whatever you want. But no male nudity Smily. Oh, one more thing. If you think you might like writing the occasional essay but don’t want to start a blog of your own, shoot me an email and I’ll set you up to post directly on the TB site. Before you know it we’ll be bigger than Drudge and Kos, or at least a lot more fun.

On with the picks–

  • Navy  -11
  • Pitt   +2′
  • USC  -33
  • BC  +1
  • Missouri  +16′

POTW  Florida  -10

My Tunes

  • It’s the End of the World As we Know It –REM
  • Steady As She Goes–The Racounteurs
  • The Road Goes On Forever–Robert Earl Keen
  • Stay A Little Longer–Willie Nelson

SOTW–Musta Got Lost–J. Geils Band

Bonus SOTW–Gator Country–Molly Hatchet

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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22 Responses to Thursday Pickin (the end of the beginning edition)

  1. smilyj says:

    POTW Fla -10
    also mizzou +16

    This will be the final week in my picking year in which I have made $25,000.00 in winnings!

    SOTW “Tiny Dancer” Elton (Also, pet name for my thingamajig)

    Remember, substandard acts lead to substandard practices.

  2. larry says:

    UCLA +33
    Navy -11
    Bama +10
    Mizzu +16′


    Pitt +2′

    Wild-Eyed Southern Boy – .38 Special
    Can’t You See – Marshall Tucker Band
    Blue Sky – Allman Brothers Band
    Chilly Water – Widespread Panic
    Mississippi Kid – Lynyrd Skynyrd

  3. Madd Dawg says:

    POTW: FL-10

  4. tkh says:


    Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein
    The End Of The Road – Virginia Coalition
    I Don’t Want to Go Home – Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
    Travelin’ Soldier – Bruce Robison

    Navy -11
    Arizona State +10
    Cincinnati -7
    FLORIDA -10
    Missouri +16

    POTW – WVU -7

    POTW2 – Auburn screws up this hire.
    POTW3 – MSU goes hard after Charlie Strong or Dan Mullen

  5. ZEEK says:

    TB, I have enjoyed this inaugural season of Thursday Pickin’ even though I can’t pick my nose. I also am highly disappointed in some of our peers musical taste. However, differences make the world go round I guess. Although I think Christmas has gotten commercialized to the point of utter absurdity, I still love the time of year and the rare “real” Christmas moments when something nice is done in the spirit or a kid’s face almost breaks from the huge grin from pure glee. Hence, my last tunes list’s theme will be some of my favorite Christmas songs.

    SOTW- Christmas in Dixie- Alabama

    Hard Candy Christmas- Dolly Parton

    Do They Know It’s Christmas?- Bob Geldoff and Friends (Feed the World)

    Silent Night- Temptations (If you’ve never heard this version, try it, it’s pretty cool, especially the end when “O” the bass singer says,”Merry Christmas from the Temptations.”

    Little Drummer Boy- Bing Crosby and David Bowie

    Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree- Brenda Lee

    White Christmas-Dean Martin

    Blue Christmas- Elvis


    POTW- Ball St.-14′



    Fla Intl.-7′


  6. RMac says:

    Thanks for inviting/convincing me to join in with Thursday Pickin. I have enjoyed the banter with friends from home; bringing back good memories.

    POTW – Boston College

    Theme – Thinking of Home during the Holidays

    Holiday Time in New Orleans – Dukes of Dixieland
    Southland in the Springtime – Indigo Girls
    The Long Way Around – Dixie Chicks

  7. Bobby Pitalo says:

    Navy -10
    Hawaii +7
    Missouri +16
    Tulsa -12
    West Virgina -7

    Va tech pk

    Christmas Song-Dave Matthews Band
    All i want for christmas is you- Mariah Carey (good song)

  8. Jessie Lou says:

    Bobby – you stole my song – the Mariah Carey song is one of my favorites for Christmas and I used to have the cassette. Gone with Katrina…

  9. sweet says:

    POTW – Ok 16′
    Cincy – 7′

    Theme – OJ
    Sotw – Jailhouse Rock
    Folsom Prison Blues

  10. Stone says:

    POTW Bama +10

  11. RockStarRambler says:

    POTW: Florida -10

    SittinathomeRSR’s weekend playlist:

    I’m Comin’ Home – REK

    Homeward Bound – Simon and Garfunkel

    Hanging Around – Counting Crows

    Tones of Home – Blind Melon

    SOTW: Rockin’ the Suburbs – Ben Folds

    Bonus SOTW: Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel (“Grab your things, I’ve come to take you home.”)

  12. Jessie Lou says:

    Navy – 11
    Oklahoma – 16 1/2
    Arizona – 10 1/2

    POTW – Florida – 10


    Santa Baby – Originally by Eartha Kitt & also Madonna

    Merry Christmas Darling – Karen Carpenter

    Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg

  13. Feidt's Follies says:

    Sorry about no songs last week there Baen. As the onslaught of Rebel points persisted I drank more and more. I do however for once remember most of the game. After the game I proceeded to nap the rest of the day. And not to make excuses or let you down, Here is my story. Sat morning I had a flight at 5:30 am back to Wilmington, where I landed at 10:20 and by 11:10 I was in my car driving the 6 hours to Asheville, NC for a little going away party for Widespread Panic (tour ender and they are taking a break for most of next year). By hour 16 of my trip I was safely in a fleabag hotel drinking rum and cokes. Highlight of the show was they covered “Fairies Wear Boots” by Black Sabbath, and ended the show with “Blackout Blues” a song about “falling in and out of bars” in Oxford and has a line in it “Moving Back To MIssissippi before I lose my mind” which I will be around Feb. By hour 23 I was back in said room making more drinks and hitting on a random girl I met from Meridian. By hour 26 I was face down in a bed Alone. So point is I didn’t add a playlist for you, I was to busy livin it.
    Gonna make a big move here today.

    Bama +10
    over 78′ OU/Mizz
    USC -32
    Navy-11′ been making money on them all year
    Uconn -2′

    POTW- Cincy -7′

    Bonus NFL PARLEY (going for the GOLD)

    INDY -13′
    Chicago -7
    Green Bay -6

    Monday night got tickets for David Byrne at a symphany orcheastra hall(not a speller). If you don’t recognize this name he is the Lead Singer of the band that was light years ahead of their time, the Talking Heads!!

    Naive Melody – Talking Heads
    Call Me the Breeze – Skynard
    Don’t Be Denied – Neil Young
    Travilin Man – Widespread Panic (Mikey’s last song, Baen it would be a good theme song for this site)
    and 1 for the holidays
    HArd Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton

  14. Fig E says:


    USC -32 vs UCLA
    Oklahoma -16′ vs Missouri

    Alabama +10 vs Florida

    I have an auto industry theme. It is beyond belief to me the U.S. government is going to have a hand in automobile manufacturing. Knelms, WTF is happening?

    Johnny Cash – One Piece at a Time
    Beach Boys – Little Duece Coupe
    Ronnie and the Daytonas – Little GTO
    Prince-Little Red Corvette
    Van Halen – Panama

  15. Feidt's Follies says:

    Chasing my money edition. Load up on

    Oklahoma stat!
    Cincinnati -8

    Come on NFL parley save me.

    Total days, nea, weeks leading up to that game I have been convinced Florida was gonna cover. Then this morning I let Will’s emotions get to me and take Bama. What the hell happenned there, the tide was rolling and then Florida won.

  16. Jessie Lou says:

    Tebow made a promise after the Ole Miss loss and he kept it tonight – plain and simple. That is one determined guy.

  17. quail09 says:


    Swamp Music…..Skynard

  18. Madd Dawg says:

    Fig E.
    To quote one of Bean’s tunes, it’s the end of the world as we know it. Every company is lining up for “free money” and every politician seems intent on outspending all others and controlling more and more of the economy. Our annual deficit will be $1 trillion this year—that’s real money.
    From now on, instead of the normal business cycles of growth/recession, every time a recession looks to be around the corner, everyone will run to the fed gov’t to try to do something to stop it. Recessions cannot be stopped. They can be delayed, but that only causes a deeper recession in the future.
    This is a dangerous mindset, and I just hope Americans get these Marxist ideas of collectivism/socialism out of their minds before it to too late.

  19. So far, the govt’s actions have been more akin to fascism.

    Glad to see the right caring about the deficit again though. Too bad when they are in charge its all “borrow and spend.”

    And thanks for hijacking this thread. MD I had you (and others) in mind when I threw out the offer of authorship privileges.

    Who’s Bean?

  20. larry says:

    SOTW – Solsbury Hill – RSR
    TB for LOTW

  21. Jessie Lou says:

    SOTW – All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

  22. RockStarRambler says:

    Song – Larry for Blue Sky

    Theme – tkh (dig the “arts” addition)

    List – TB

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