Thursday Pickin II, Week 2

Quote of the Week:

Humble, that’s me… Mr. Modesty. When it comes to humility, I’m the greatest.     —Bullwinkle

Ok, TB gloated at the end of last year, all summer and just before the beginning of Season II. There was a good reason for that. I suck as a picker and last year was a fluke. But it was my fluke by God. So I had to revel in the glory up to the last possible second. I lost my POTW and went a miserable 2-3 on the bonus picks. Only Fig managed to stumble out of the gates as poorly as TB, not counting “all in” losers. Overall, there were 9 POTW winners and 10 losers this week. Q, I expect you to wrap that hammie tight and participate this week. As you can see from our collective week 1 performance, understanding the lines has little to do with winning and losing. It’s pretty much just a random ass guess. Well, last year wasn’t for TB–I was awesome. (Sorry, just had to get in one more little moment of gloat.)

Here are last week’s results and the current standings. Oh, there wasn’t a lot of action on voting for Song and Theme of the Week, so I just extrapolated from the ratings and comments as best I could to award points. I gave the theme points to RSR for her “1st lines for the 1st week” and the song points I’m dividing between TKH, Mc, Irv, Fig and Sweet. I deducted points from Face for his song, but restored them for sitting through the Tulane game and posting updates here. MD and SM lost one point each for not submitting some tunage. Hell MD, I even said you could go with a concert OTW. Wuss. 20 participatory points for players with bonus picks and 10 for all-in losers. Oh yeah, the standings–the top 9 won their POTW:

  1. RSR (all in) 50 + make up points to tie a 4-1 plus bonus–73
  2. Sweet (4-1) plus bonus–69 (heh, heh)
  3. Face (all in) plus make up points–68
  4. TJ–(3-2)–56
  5. Fish–(3-2)–56
  6. Larry–(3-2)–56
  7. Irv–(1-2) plus bonus–45
  8. JLM–(2-3)–44
  9. Smiley–(0-2)–38
  10. TKH–(3-2) plus bonus–27
  11. TDW–(3-2)–26
  12. Zeek–(2-1)–26
  13. Buzz–(3-2)–26
  14. MD–(3-2) minus one–25
  15. Fig–(2-3) plus bonus–15
  16. TB–(2-3)–14
  17. Mc–(all in, plus bonus)–11
  18. BR–(all in, participation points)–10
  19. SM–(opp of Sweet, minus one)–1 (but this is an interesting experiment–need to see some your barbecuing tunes this weekend)

My picks for this week (and here’s the link to the odds)

  • Mississippi State +14′
  • BYU  -17′
  • TCU -11
  • USC -6′
  • Nebraska -23′


LSU -14

My tunes, inspired by my tour of Maine

  • Blueberry Hill–Fats Domino
  • Sloop John B–The Beach Boys
  • One Particular Harbor–Jimmy Buffett
  • Bear Necessities–The Jungle Book


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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32 Responses to Thursday Pickin II, Week 2

  1. Fish says:

    USC -6′

    Bonus Plays:
    Southern Miss Golden Buzzards -14′
    Notre Dame (weekly pick) -3′
    Missouri -18′
    Iowa -6′
    BYU -17′

  2. Madd Dawg says:

    ok TB, my concert pick of the week is the Seattle Grunge Tribute double special with a Pearl Jam cover band followed by a Nirvana cover band this Friday night in hattiesburg. I saw them a couple of months ago with Tick in Mobile—excellent.

    My football losers, er, picks to come later.

  3. Madd Dawg says:


    LSU -14
    SMU +12
    Michigan +3′

    POTW: Ohio St +6′

  4. McMillian (Mac) says:

    Well, if I can’t win SOTW with Walken dancing and flying…I don’t wanna be right.

    Loser picks
    POTW Ohio State +6 and a hook
    Bonus picks
    Indiana -1 1/2
    LSU -14
    Navy -7 1/2
    South Carolina +7
    Central Florida +14 1/2

  5. irvineredd says:


    Georgia -7
    Tennessee -8.5
    Purdue +12
    TCU -11

    Va. Tech -10


    Theme-For Week 2 an albums worth of some of the best Track 2’s of all time. (These are in no particular order, just what I thought of off the top of my head, and this is not what I would call a definitive list)

    1. Dear Prudence-The White Album
    2.Les Brers in A Minor-Eat A Peach
    3.Cross-Eyed Mary-Aqualung
    4. Have You Ever Been (to Electric Ladyland)-Electric Ladyland
    5. Norwegian Wood(this Bird has Flown)-Rubber Soul
    6.All You Pretty Things-Hunky Dory
    7. You Don’t Know Me-Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music
    8. Paranoid Android-Ok Computer
    9. Nashville Skyline Rag- Nashville Skyline
    10. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys-Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
    11. Can’t Find My Way Home-Blind Faith

    This is for the non-existent, but should exist college football playoff system, Track 2 from Led Zeppelin II

    Bonus Song of the Week: an awesome cover of a White Stripes song from a somewhat unexpected source:

  6. fraud larry says:

    UNC -4′
    Auburn -14′
    Stanford +3
    LSUX -14
    Purdue +12


    East Carolina +6 – will win straight-up

    No theme just stuff I liked this week

    Fortunate Son – CCR
    God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
    Suspicious Minds – Elvis
    Tumbling Dice – The Rollong Stones


    Proud Mary – Ike and Tina

  7. FIG E says:


    POTW: GA TECH -5′ vs. Clemson

    Miss State +14′ @ AUBURN
    ARMY -2 vs. Duke
    OK STATE -15 vs. Houston U.
    FLORIDA -36 vs. Troy
    UAB -12 vs. Smu

    Given national health care debate is front and center……

    SOTW: Dr. Love – Kiss

    Dr. Feelgood – Motley Crue
    Somebody get me a Doctor – Van Halen
    Fever – Elvis
    (Anestesia) Pulling Teeth – Metallica
    Dead & Bloated – Stone Temple Pilots

  8. smilyj says:


    Also, STATE baby. +14
    and BYU -18

    “Drinking Beer With Jesus” Christopher Scum
    Also, “Do Me Like That” Methuselahs Valise
    and “Ghost of Country Music” Rick Nolan

  9. bwbuzz says:


    LSU -14

    AUBURN 141/2

    ALABAMA -34





  10. sweet says:

    POTW – Syracuse +28′
    Miss St +14′
    Va Tech -19
    LSU -14
    SOTW – Rollin With The Wave with hand movements by Tulane

  11. Zeek says:

    POTW- FLA-36

    OK. St.-15

    Theme this week is my job situation–which sux, if you didn’t know.

    SOTW- Take this Job and Shove It-Johnny Paycheck

    We’re Not Gonna Take It-Twisted Sister
    Dukes of Hazard Theme-Waylon Jennings
    Us and Them-Pink Floyd
    One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer- George Thorgood and the Destroyers

  12. face says:

    POTW- N.Carolina -4′

    SOTW- Let it Ride- BTO

  13. Madd Dawg says:

    Winger??? come on man, you’re better than that.

  14. br says:

    potw miss st. +14

    Need a little input from the people who play fantasy football.
    Which RB should i start
    Kevin Smith @Saints or
    Thomas Jones @ Houston

    Mowing down the Roses- Jamey Johnson

  15. Madd Dawg says:

    BR, go with T.Jones.

    Concert Update: My Gulfport guy backed out today, so I guess I won’t be going to the Pearl Jam/Nirvana tribute show tonight in Hattiesburg. I need some non-lame friends.

  16. Jessie Lou says:

    You may have to change your entire existence to find the kind of friends you are looking for.

  17. coachteajay says:

    BYU -17′

    South Carolina + 7
    Tennessee -10
    Tcu -11
    Memphis +1


  18. Jessie Lou says:

    Alabama – 34
    USC – 6
    Utah – 13
    BYU – 17
    Florida – 36

    POTW – Oklahoma State – 15

    Songs in honor of the Battle of the Cats tonight:
    Black Cat – Janet Jackson
    Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
    The Year of The Cat – Al Stewart
    Honkey Cat – Elton John
    Felix The Cat – Winston Sharples

  19. quail09 says:

    SOTW….Starbuck…Bruce Blackman

    Deacon Blues…..Steely Dan

  20. Samsmama says:

    Last place, wow, this is a lot of fun.

    Alright, I’ll go opposite of Sweet again, only because I’m curious now how this will turn out. Except my POTW is KU +7.

    Thank you, Coach, for the video to an awesome song! Love it!

    And “Can’t Find My Way Home”, a band played that at the bar I worked at. I way too loudly exclaimed, “I lost my virginity to this song!” Good times.

    My SOTW is “Romp” by Chris Duarte

  21. Folly's Follies says:

    Figured I would give everybody a bit of a head start on the year. I got a good feeling this is going to be a banner year for me on the sheets.

    Florida -36.5
    Buffalo +10.5
    North Carolina -4
    South Carolina +7
    Wake Forrest -3.5

    POTW – West Virginia -6.5

    As far as music I been hooked on the White Album for the last 2 weeks.
    And any version of “Turn on Your Lovelight” I can find.

  22. calicobebop says:

    Ok, blog twin, the only word I understood out of that was “and” with the possible inclusion of “the” but that’s not saying much. I suppose I need to watch more sports?


  23. RockStarRambler says:

    POTW – Hawaii -2

    Some travellin tunes while on the road:

    Interstate Love Song – STP
    Drive – REM
    Truckin’ – Grateful Dead
    Ramblin’ Man – The Allman Brothers Band
    SOTW – Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies
    Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies
    It’s time to leave this town
    It’s time to steal away
    Let’s go get lost
    Anywhere in the U.S.A.

  24. larry says:

    My votes

    SOTW – br

    BSOTW – redd

  25. workinbaen says:

    I’m going with Zeek’s George Thorogood submission for SOTW and Irv’s track two list.

    TB should return tomorrow btw, if I can make it through the day catching up on all I didn’t do last week.

  26. RockStarRambler says:

    SOTW: Low Spark of High Heeled Boys. One of my absolute favorite tunes. Great selection.

    ListOTW: Fig

  27. Jessie Lou says:

    SOTW – Zeek
    ListOTW – Irv

  28. Zeek says:

    SOTW- B.R. Summerlin-Jamey Johnson tune

    LOTW- JLOU and her Battle of Cats theme…. you know big cats are dangerous, but a little pu$$y never hurt anybody!!!!

  29. workinbaen says:

    I should throw out a plug for Fig’s non-partisan healthcare playlist, which was both timely, ironic and rockin; my vote for Irv was a tough call. Fig if you would’ve added a link to “I’ve got a fever and the only cure is more cowbell” it would’ve put you over the top. I thought that was where Mc was going at first. Speaking of which, Mc you are probably being unintentionally penalized for being new, because your SOTW’s are coming in strong and being noted by management.

  30. Mac says:

    Appreciate the appreciation TB. 🙂

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