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