Thursday Pickin–Season Two, vol 1, (jackson 5, nikki 6)

Quote of the Day:

I ain’t here to give my opinion because I think I’m smarter than anybody else. I’m here to give my opinion because it rhymes.” –Todd Snider

Before we start with the 2009 college football season, let’s recap Thursday Pickin 2008. TB won. This was due to a combination of factors, namely (a.) luck and (b.) the fact that no money or other financial incentive whatsoever was on the line (c.) most of y’all are pretty bad at pickin winners.

Last year the points were given out in a system judged wholly fair by TB, but without any apparent rhyme or reason at times. This year I’ll try to do it a little more transparently. Here are the rules. Everyone, including newcomers to the TB Universe since January, is invited expected to submit a “Pick of the Week (POTW).” The POTW determines the majority of your points. In fact, if you want to go all in and submit only a POTW you are guaranteed a slot at or near the top of the weekly standings if you win and at the bottom if you lose. You have to pick against the spread but that does not mean you have to understand the spread. If you don’t comprehend the betting lines I’ll link each week, just pick your alma mater, your favorite state, where you want to travel, etc., and take your chances. Truth is, you probably have a good chance of beating many of the losers who post here regularly if you go that route. One other option is to see who Sweet or Feidt pick and go the opposite of their selections. As a scientific experiment, I’d love to see someone go that route. POTW winners get 50 points right off the bat. No matter how good someone does in non-POTW picks, they cannot score more points in a given week than someone who nails their POTW, even if said person goes 0-5 in bonus picks.

Other than your POTW you may pick up to 5 other games. Your winning percentage in these games is the second component of scoring. If you win your POTW and go 5-0 in bonus picks, you are going to be at the top of the heap. Win the POTW and go 4-1 and you are tied with an “all-in” POTW winner. If you lose your POTW and go 5-0, you will be at the top of the list of all who lost their POTW, but behind every POTW winner. The points for bonus picks break down as follows: 5-0 (30), 4-1 (18), 3-2 (6), 2-3 (-6), 1-4 (-18), 0-5 (-30). It’s 6 points per win, less 6 points per loss, 0 for a tie. If you went all in you will still be the high score for the week if someone goes 3-2. You just get a bonus 6 to stay even. 3-2 just isn’t good enough to beat an “all-in” winner.

Finally, everyone needs to submit a weekly playlist for the weekend. Starting Saturday you can vote in this thread for list of the week and song of the week. You should take in to account whatever you like. But I suggest paying attention to themes, because they are sometimes really good. LOTW and SOTW are worth 10 points each. MD is allowed to substitute a concert or cover band of the week in lieu of choosing songs due to his running boycott, the cause of which is either long forgotten by TB or was deemed unworthy of noting in the first place.

All of the above is unnecessary. You need not understand or memorize the rule book. It is laid out specifically for the benefit of Zeek, official naysayer and watchdog of the TBU. Here is the link to the betting lines. And now, on with the picks.

POTW–Wake Forest -2

Bonus Picks

  • Georgia +5
  • South Carolina +5
  • LSU -17
  • Memphis +16′
  • Notre Dame -14

My Tunes


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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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31 Responses to Thursday Pickin–Season Two, vol 1, (jackson 5, nikki 6)

  1. Workinbaen says:

    Forgot to link odds. I’ll add later. Or if you prefer just google Danny Sheridan college football odds.

    Ok, the link is in the post now and it’s here too.

  2. face says:

    Ole Miss -16′


  3. There is no doubt in my mind that that video was created, produced, directed, acted in, and distributed by MSU folks.

    Everyone knows that we Ole Miss fans are far too superior to be associated with anything the likes of that monstrosity.

  4. Fig E says:


    *La Tech +13 v. AUBURN

    Bonus Picks:

    *BOISE STATE -3′ v. Oregon
    *Kentucky – 15 v. MIAMI – OH
    *Georgia +5 v. OK STATE
    *Va Tech +6′ v. ALABAMA
    *lsu – 17 v. WASHINGTON

    *Stoned & Alone – Hank III
    *Bad Seamstress Blues/Falling Apart at the Seams – Cinderella
    *Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones
    *Bob Wills is Still the King – Waylon Jennings

    *The Party’s Not Over – Jason Boland and the Stragglers & Robert Earl Keen

  5. McMillian says:

    POTW Wake Forest -2

  6. Navy +21′
    Georgia +5
    Kentucky -15
    Oklahoma -22′
    Auburn -13
    POTW: Rice +5′

    So High So Low by Matisyahu
    Bama Breeze by Buffett (Katrina remembrance)

    Good Life by Kanye West. (Let it be known that this marks the 1st time I’ve ever typed out the name of a hip hop song, but, in this case, I don’t care. I love this song. It’s impossible to not be in a good mood listening to this song.)

  7. Mc, I’m not previously familiar with the Black Keys. Strong first post/first week selection. Welcome to the official TB universe.

  8. Samsmama says:

    I understand none of this. And my team isn’t even listed on the betting lines. But on a good note, I’ve got that Kanye song running through my head. And also got quite the chuckle out of B’s disclaimer about it.

  9. bwbuzz says:

    ok here goes nothin

    Oklahoma St. -5
    Missouri+ 6 1/2
    Virginia Tech + 6 1/2

    POTW ———-Miami Ohio -15

    TB, any way to link the betting lines every week
    or is that a dumb question? Thanks BW BUZZ

  10. coachteajay says:

    Nebraska -22

    Mississippi -16
    Oklahoma St -5
    Navy +21′
    Rutgets -6
    Nevada +16

    Crazy Women….Jupiter Coyote
    Are You Ready For Some Football…..Hank
    Enter Sandman….I shoudn’t have to say

  11. Fish says:

    Texas A&M -14
    Notre Dame -14
    Baylor +2
    Georgia +5
    Illinois -6′
    California – 21′

    Dark Horse- Nickelback

  12. larry says:

    Baylor +2
    Bama -6′
    Georgia +5
    washington +17
    Illinois -6′


    It worked last year, so here goes…

    The Rebs -16′

    Helpless – Neil Young – for the Tigers


    Fins – Buffett – for the Rebs’ Landshark D

  13. Zeek says:

    Bama -6′

    Wake Forest -2


    POTW- Rutgers-6

    In the spirit of the little chats we’ve had about the dangerous spread of Muslims around the world, i thought these songs fit appropriately.

    Red,White and Blue- Toby Keith

    If You Don’t Like the Way I’m Living(leave this long haired country boy alone)- Bocephus

    South’s Gonna Do It Again-CDB

    Onward Christian Soldiers- ? Somebody a LONG time ago

    SOTW- Proud to be an American- Lee Greenwood

  14. smilyj says:

    Georgis +5
    POTW Bama-6 F*$k Bama.

    “girl dont go away mad. girl just go away” ” Your in front of the tv and the game’s on”Crue
    “Beth, I hear you calling ” but im watching football right now” Kiss

  15. Face says:

    Future tip: if tulane is on national tv , take whoever they are playing and give however many points it is. I’ m in the market for a new team and begging for bonus points for posting live from the superdome.

  16. Face says:

    at least I will be entertained on bourbon st later as it is the southern decadence festival. Maybe I will see sweet and smily.

  17. sweet says:

    We’re here Face.
    Tulane 1-11 on the year
    POTW – A&M -14
    ND – 14
    Ok St – 5
    Bama – 6′
    LSU – 17
    Miss – 16′

    SOTW – Rawhide by Ol’ Dirty Bastard

  18. br says:

    va tech +6

  19. Samsmama says:

    OK, so can you just put my picks down as the complete opposite of Sweet’s? Ya know, in the name of science and all.

  20. sweet says:

    Smart girl.

  21. Anonymous says:

    POTW – UGA +5

    Navy +21
    Alabama -6
    Nevad +14
    Auburn -13
    Maryland +21

    Play List

  22. tkh says:

    POTW – UGA +5

    Navy +21
    Alabama -6
    Nevad +14
    Auburn -13
    Maryland +21

    Play List

  23. irvineredd says:

    Georgia +5

    Western Kentucky +29

    Cal -21

    POTW BYU +22

    The Ballad of Butter Beans -man man

  24. Madd Dawg says:

    I have been absent from the TB site for too long, but I now shall return with a vengence.

    AL -6′
    LA Tech +13
    OK St -5

    POTW: LSU -17 (this will be an arse whippin)

  25. Jessie Lou says:

    Penn State – 26
    Kentucky – 15
    Alabama – 6
    Memphis – +16
    LSU – 17

    POTW – Nebraska – 22

    Sick as A Dog – Aerosmith
    Hotel Illness – Black Crowes
    I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down – Elvis Costello
    Give Me The Cure – Fugazi

    Zeek – Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, words by Sabine-Baring Gold – 1865.

  26. RockStarRambler says:

    POTW – Ole Miss -16

    In honor of opening weekend for Thursday pickin’, a list of songs with opening lines I like:

    Just Like Heaven – The Cure – “Show me how you do that trick, the one that makes me scream, she said. The one that makes me laugh, she said. Through her arms around my neck.”

    Burden In My Hand – Soundgarden – “Follow me into the desert, as thirsty as you are.”

    If I Had Eyes – Jack Johnson – “If I had eyes in the back of my head, I would have told you that you looked good as I walked away.”

    Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong – Spin Doctors – Been a whole lot easier since the bitch left town. Been a whole lot happier without her face around.”

    And my favorite:
    Miss Freelove 69 – Hoodoo Gurus – “You can’t take me anywhere, I’ll strip down to my underwear if you give me half a chance.”

  27. Samsmama says:

    Holy hell! Rock Star Rambler’s submissions have me IN LOVE with him/her. Especially the first two. Well done!

  28. Feidt's Follys says:

    Although your suggestion to go opposite me is a very valid one, if you look back and did the research on my POTWs last year they hit at an unbelievable clip. I believe close to 90% with a questionable call at the end of the year. Now the bonus picks thats a different story. That being said, “There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.” Franz Kafka

    Black Keys are good stuff, you should check them out. New album is hot. They have been on the festival circuit for a while. See how these picks go this weekend, i am coming off of a very eventful weekend on our beloved Folly Beach and been paying for it all week.

    POTW : LSU -6′

    Bonus : Florida -36′
    Texas -31
    Washington St +17
    Mich -2′
    Maryland +6

    Playlist :
    We are the Champions – Queen (promise never use this again)
    Halftime – Ying Yang Twins
    Farve on the Ground – unknown
    Louisiana Sunrise – Voice of the Wetlands allstars
    I got Loaded – The Porch Rockers
    From Dixie with love – The Pride of the South Marching Band
    Ain’t nothing But a Party – Dirty Dozen Brass Band

    3 Days, 2 Games, 1 Dome, 1 BANNER
    I’m back bayBe

  29. Feidt's Follys says:

    BTW thats next weekend playlist as I will be listing to nothing or doing nothing until then due to illness they may or may not be due to a very nice Costa Rican girl I recently met. And probably won’t be near a computer for the duration of the end of next week.

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