A Very Special Thursday Pickin (Bowl Edition)

Quote of the Day     “Whoa, lemme tell you about Bo Jackson.”     –Keith Jackson (at least in popular lore), the greatest sports broadcaster ever 

It’s college football bowl season almost, and that means a clean slate for everyone in the pickin world. If you held back from pickin because you didn’t tune in until mid-season, here’s your chance for glory. I realize its a bit early for pickin  the big games, but odds are the TB site will lie dormant on the next couple of Thursdays, so here are my picks and my tunes. Your challenge, in addition to pickin winners, is to produce the ultimate end of year/new year playlist. I know that’s kind of tough, so feel free to stretch the connection. There’s also a poll question which should satisfy Zeek and others in getting their shot at good tune pickin recognition on the greatest pickin game on the worldwide web.

My winners:

  • Southern Miss  +4′
  • Florida State -4′
  • BC  -3′
  • USC  -9
  • Texas  -9
  • Utah  +10

Pick of the Bowls–Florida -3

Upset Special–Hotty Toddy wins outright in Dallas

My Tunes to Ring it all in

  • Come on Eileen–Dexy’s Midnight Runners (CoachTeejay remember rockin out to this on the way to the President for the Millenium?)
  • Champagne Supernova–Oasis
  • Steal My Kisses–Ben Harper
  • Cannonball–The Breeders (Takes me back to a French Quarter New Year’s with the whole gang and  the most frightening ride ever with Holly H. at the wheel.)
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da–The Beatles
  • Furnace Fan–Robert Earl Keen (Takes me back to the Hana Highway)

Special Bonus Christmas Song–Merry Christmas From the Family–Robert Earl Keen click here to listen

And finally, a Thursday Pickin Poll–vote early and often.

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 A Very Special Thursday Pickin (Bowl Edition)

  1. supercynic says:

    So. Miss. +4′
    Wake Forest -3
    Boise State +2
    W.Va. -1
    Ga. Tech -3′
    POTWhatever: Ole Miss

  2. Anonymous Lefthander says:

    Man I would take BR and OB anyday in your poll. Sure they wear their hats crooked, but they had freakin awesome curveballs, and were even known to walk a few only to pick them off first base. I guess you could say they were sneaky or crafty, which is exactly like their music. They don’t play junk that is played over and over again on the radio. They play the jazz, rock, pop, zydeco, blues, country, and even a little rap. They play whatever gets the job done!

  3. You southpaws stick together. I do remember one night when we were 13 and on Concrete Products that BR walked a guy, picked him off, walked another guy and picked him off and walked a third guy and picked him off. I’m pretty sure out number 3 was Shane Switzer on LaFont Inn who simply stood there and shook his head.

    Then he walked the leadoff guy the next inning, and yep, picked him off.

    Zeek was probably catching that game.

  4. OB says:

    Yeah, BR and I were known to have high pitch counts. I was keeping the pitching chart for him one game at Perk and I think was approaching 200 pitches in the third inning. Let’s see pitchers of today’s ERA try and do that.

    Do you remember the game versus Biloxi in the playoffs our senior year? We were up one with one out in the last inning and no one was on base. I walked the next hitter and knew they would be attempting to bunt the guy over to second to put the potential tying run into scoring position. I picked the guy off first for the second out! I then walked the next batter. I again knew they would try and get the guy to second somehow. The Biloxi coach called time out and yelled at the guy on first and told the guy to not get picked off first and to stay on the bag. Well, I heard that and proceeded to pick the guy off first to end the game.

  5. sweet says:

    Buzzards +4
    TCU -2
    BC -4 (POB)
    GT -3′
    GA -8
    Miss +5
    Ala -9′

  6. smilyj says:

    POTW bama
    south carolina
    SOTNY- You shook me all night long-ACDC
    Celebration-Kool and the Gang
    Fight for you right to party-Beastie Boys

    I remeber the game where BR walked 8 batters and I threw 7 of em out trying to steal. I think I hit for the cycle that game too.

    Quote for the season and year. “Every man’s life touches so many other lives…..When he’s not around anymore, It leaves an awful hole.”

    Clarence AS2 (Angel
    2nd class).
    From “It’s A Wonderful Life”
    All politicians, leaders, CEO’s, should watch this movie before making decisions that affect the rest of us.
    SMILY 3:15

  7. sweet says:

    smi-LY, MD said you were a catcher for different reasons

  8. smilyj says:

    MD was penalized for a false start with Kaeren W.

  9. Jessie Lou says:

    Is there a limit to how many picks I can take/make?

  10. No, pickem all if you like.

  11. Madd Dawg says:

    way too many KW references on the TB board. I think B Rad C is jealous.

    POTW: OK St -3

    Other Picks:
    LA Tech E
    S. Car. +3
    AL -9′
    Ball St -2
    OK +3′

  12. JessieLou says:

    Boise State +46 1/2
    Hawaii +48
    Central Michigan 5
    North Carolina +44 1/2
    Wisconsin +52 1/2
    Northern Illinois
    Rutgers 7
    Missouri 13
    Oklahoma State 3
    Houston 3
    Georgia 8
    USC 9
    Cincinnati 2 1/2
    Texas Tech 5
    Connecticut 4 1/2
    Texas 8
    Ball State 2

    POTW – Alabama 9 1/2

    Songs that remind me of Christmas/New Year’s based on what album we likely got for presents that year:

    Feliz Navidad (otherwise known as ‘my neice bobbysocks’)
    One – Three Dog Night
    Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog – Three Dog Night
    Hey Ya – Outkast
    It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy
    I Feel For You – Chaka Khan
    Goodby Yellowbrick Road – Elton John
    Baby I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton
    Tonight’s The Night – Rod Stewart

  13. sweet says:

    Those are some good lines LJB. I’ll take BST, Haw, NC and Wisc with you

  14. JessieLou says:

    “What happened then, well in Goulaville they say, that The Sweet’s small heart grew two sizes that day.”

    You must be feeling the Christmas Spirit to agree with my picks……said with humor intended in case anyone is in doubt.

    Ho, ho, ho!

  15. larry says:

    POTB – Ole Miss +5

    Bonus POTB Boston College -3′

    larry abides by the TB scoring system, but is disappointed in the low position after riding the Rebels to a 9-4 POTW record.

    NC State +7
    OSU -2′
    Iowa -3
    Kentucky +2′
    Tulsa +2′
    Bama -9′
    Ohio St +8
    Fla – 3′

    Big Shot – Billy Joel
    Capt Jack – Billy Joel
    Always on the Run – Lenny Kravitz
    Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Jump – Van Halen – Premiered at 12:01 AM 1/1/1984 on MTV. When MTV actually played music.

  16. sweet says:

    If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard

  17. Anonymous says:


  18. BR says:




  19. Anonymous says:

    Been outta commission with a faulty computer but am back online. I already listed my XXMas songs before so i will just have one SOTW because TB obviously is not impressed with the Zeekster’s musical taste so it’s not worth it.

    SOTW- Angry All the Time- Tim McGraw

    Okla St.-4′

    Merry XMas and Happy New Year from the BBRP

  20. Zeek says:

    That was me above

  21. workinbaen says:

    Zeek, viva la difference

  22. Bobby Pitalo says:

    Ole Miss + 6.5
    Flordia -2 1/2
    Bama -10
    Rutgers -6/12
    Georgia tech -3

    Ball State -2

  23. JessieLou says:

    Zeek – different strokes for different folks – that is what makes the world go around. Wouldn’t it be boring if we all liked the same thing? We would have nothing to debate about and everyone would be the same little robot. That is what is fun about this site – seeing all the different opinions.

  24. Zeek says:

    Typical female JLou, my point was the lack of points, hence Zeek doesn’t WIN. Just win baby!! JK everyone, relax, I luv variety.

  25. JessieLou says:

    Ahh, I see. I have refrained, so far, from commenting on the point system – it is one of those things I have absolutely no control over.

  26. smilyj says:

    More for the song list:

    “Tenuousness” Andrew Bird
    “My Girls” Animal Collective
    “Daylight” Matt and Kim
    “Turn It On” Franz Ferdinand
    “Love is a Burning Thing” Fires of Rome

  27. RockStarRambler says:

    Bowl pick: Ole Miss +5

    Songs for the new year:

    New Age Girl – Dead Eye Dick
    These Are Days – 10,000 Maniacs
    Golden Years – David Bowie
    Ahead by a Century – The Tragically Hip
    Time Has Told Me – Nick Drake

    Happy 2009 everyone!

  28. Zeek says:


    The Rebels proved that they can play with anyone in the country and did the SEC proud. They dominated a team that was ranked 18 spots higher than them in that team’s home state!!

    Alabama however, was a pure embarrassment to the SEC while getting their butts stomped by UTAH, for God’s sake, and showing absolutely no character, guts, or genitalia. It just goes to show that if you really want it more than the other guy, if you fight for it you might get it. Saban’s a turd.

    For the love of God can we get a playoff system??

  29. Jessie Lou says:

    I think Utah pretty much got the treatment that Ole Miss did – no one thought they could win. Just goes to show you that on any given day anyone can win.

  30. quail09 says:

    JL…anyone can win??? Utah put a shonuff ass whoopin on Bama (who was way overdue for one) and Ole Miss rolled up over 500 yards of offense on another one of these Big 12 pathetic defenses….i think people, fans get caught up in the sports media’s favorites, ie., Bama (always) and Tech (could do no wrong after the Crabtree heroics against Texas)……love ya though

  31. Jessie Lou says:

    From one Byrd to another Quail – all I meant was -never underestimate the other team – I believe that Utah (although undefeated) and Ole Miss were both underestimated – likely because the media favorites as you said – Bama and Texas Tech – both believed all the hype they heard about themselves. I used to live in Lubbock 20 years ago and have seen them beat Ole Miss a few years back in Oxford while Eli was there. Payback is always fun.

  32. larry says:

    Playoff!? Playoffs!?

  33. Mora says:

    good one larry

  34. sweet says:

    I read it as the two birds byrds agreeing?

  35. Jessie Lou says:

    Hmm, I’m not sure if Quail agrees with me or not, I’ll defer to him on that one.

  36. Zeek says:

    Three Little Birds, each by my doorstep, singing sweet songs………

  37. Jessie Lou says:

    Who is the third bird?

  38. Zeek says:

    That remains a mystery to this day…..

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