Thursday Pickin’ Season III, Week 7

Quote of the Week:

I want 7000 points and a statue erected in my honor.” –Mac-a-licious

TB can hardly believe we have already reached the midway point of TPSIII. It was a glorious week 6 of college football. My Bullies stomped a mudhole in Houston and ‘Bama lost to South Carolina. You really can’t ask for more than that in an autumn weekend. But to every yin there must be yang and so it was in this case. The Bama defeat, coupled with the spread defeat of their loathsome cousins from the Plains resulted in yet another painful week of pickin’ as these loser choices were popular with not only TB but a large percentage of the population here in the TBU. So be it. No pain, no gain.

On the upside, for you degenerate gamblers out there with access to a legal Vegas book that accepts straight-up bets, the TBU nailed an unheard of eight dogs’o the week. Considering not everyone chose a DOTW, the success rate there was near fifty percent. With the favorable payoff odds, in Vegas where this sort of thing is legal, one would’ve made a considerable chunk of change last weekend by following us all, even considering our lackluster performance on the scored picks.

There were 9 POTW winners who as always are listed in the weekly standings below as one through nine, with only their bonus picks in parentheses. Mac tied and the rest lost. TB falls to 3-3 on the season on POTW’s and 12-15-3 on bonus picks. Overall we were 26-33 on bonus picks. The collective TBU is now 65-65 on POTW’s for the season. Standings to follow, congrats to JLou and Flyin’ J for pickin’ up the tunage points.

Last week’s results:

  1. Smily J  (3-1)  62
  2. Sweet  (all in plus make-up points to stay with Smily)  62 (DOTW winner)
  3. Larry  62 (DOTW winner)
  4. RSR  62  (DOTW winner)
  5. MD  62  (DOTW winner)
  6. JLou  (3-2 plus music bonus)  61
  7. Fish  (2-3)  44
  8. Daily Wit  (2-3)  44
  9. Pitalo  (0-5 plus bonus points to stay ahead of Mac)  34
  10. Mac  (all in tie, plus bonus point to stay ahead of biggest loser)  33  (DOTW winner)
  11. Tiny D  (3-1)  32
  12. Feidt’s Follies  (3-1)  32
  13. BR  (1-0)  26  (DOTW winner)
  14. Face  (3-2)  26
  15. TB  (2-3)  14  (DOTW winner)
  16. TKH (1-2)  14
  17. Fig  10
  18. Zeek  10
  19. BW Buzz (1-3)  8
  20. Coach TeaJay  (1-3)  8
  21. Flyin’ J  (1-4 plus bonus)  7
  22. Irv  (really is making signs for the Keep Fear Alive Rally)
  23. Harmony  (the best cheerleader any Thursday Picker ever had)

Season Standings:

  1. Tiny D  317
  2. Fish  270
  3. TDW  258
  4. Smily J  247
  5. BR  244
  6. MD  243
  7. Larry  232
  8. Face  224
  9. RSR  220
  10. Pitalo  219
  11. JLou  214
  12. Sweet  210
  13. Flyin’ J  198
  14. TB  193
  15. CTJ  187
  16. Mac  183
  17. Fig  178
  18. BW Buzz  168
  19. Zeek  157
  20. TKH  148
  21. FF  144
  22. Irv  98

Here are my picks for Week 7 and here’s your link to the odds:

  • Ole Miss  +20′
  • Texas  +9′
  • Arkansas  +4  (DOTW)
  • Rutgers  -7
  • Purdue  -5′

POTW  South Carolina  -4′

My Tunes:

  • Middle of the Road–Pretenders
  • Out Here in the Middle–Robert Earl Keen
  • Middle Man–The Bottle Rockets
  • Somewhere in the Middle–Jason Boland

SOTW  Stuck in the Middle with You–Stealers Wheel

And an iconic “middle” image, dedicated to Nick Saban

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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55 Responses to Thursday Pickin’ Season III, Week 7

  1. ZEEK says:

    “I’m tired boss, dog tired.”–John Cofey in The Green Mile

    Man, I am sick and tired of losing. How does Auburn blow a 21 pt. lead to UK? The same way Ole Miss blew a 21 pt. lead to J’ville St. I guess. Well, here goes another act of futility and tunage that represents it.

    POTW-Florida-7′ (Dawgs will probably win outright)

    DOTW- Arkansas+4′ (Auburn will now cover since I’m going against them)

    SOTW-Dog Tired -by Down
    Bonus Tunes-
    Jimmy Buffet- My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, and I Don’t Love Jesus
    Ozzy- Suicide Solution
    Suicidal Tendencies- U Can’t Bring Me Down

  2. Harmony says:

    SotW: Violent Femmes “Kiss Off”

    FVotW/CotW: Fiona Apple’s version of “Across the Universe”

    The song that I wanted for Actress/Actor vocal of the week is not available (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Dee singing Runaway Train”) So here is a Music Clip (of the week!) from Hot Rod

  3. B.R. says:

    potw: Bears +20

    dotw: Ms. State

  4. Fish says:

    POTW- Texas A&M -3′

    DOTW- Colorado +1

  5. larry says:

    POTW – The University of Mississippi Bears +20′


    SOTW – Tangerine – Led Zeppelin

    A Million Miles Away – Joey Alkes
    Small Time Blues – Pete Droge
    People get ready – Curtis Mayfield
    Imagine – John Lennon
    You Can’t Get What You Want – Joe jackson

  6. ZEEK says:

    Good tune, Luscious.

  7. Mac says:

    I am voting for Harmony SOTW. Yes, already.

  8. Mac says:

    POTW-GREENBOW ALABAMA (said in the voice of Forrest Gump) minus 20′.
    DOTW-KANSAS against KSTATE tonight.

  9. RockStarRambler says:

    POTW: Ole Miss -20.5
    DOTW: Colorado

    Here’s to a great second half of TPSIII (I can’t wait to see how it turns out)!

    Litany (Life Goes On) – Guadalcanal Diary
    I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet) – The White Stripes
    Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) – Squeeze
    Got You (Where I Want You) – The Flys

    SOTW: Hiroshima (BBB Benny Hit His Head) – Ben Folds

  10. Bobby Pitalo says:

    West Virgina -10
    Louisville +3
    Air Force -1
    Hawaii +7
    South Carolina -4

    POTW-Michigan State -7
    DOTW-Oregon State
    SOTW-Lifes Been Good- Joe Walsh

  11. KANSAS +3
    Miami Florida -19½
    RUTGERS -7

  12. tkh says:

    POTW/DOTW – La Tech +1.5

    South Car -4

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  13. BW BUZZ says:

    AUBURN -4
    MISS. ST +7
    GEORGIA -14


  14. Madd Dawg says:

    SOTW: The Fiona reference above reminded me of the tune “Scotty Doesn’t Know” from that movie Eurotrip. Fiona is the hot chick with Matt Damon now after she dumped the lead character Scotty, and the song is referenced throughout the movie. Pretty funny.'t%20know%22

  15. tinyd says:

    When do we get to do the 7th inning stretch?

    POTW – Ohio State -4
    Nebraska -9
    Michigan State -7
    South Carolina -4
    Florida -7

    Tunes, tunes, tunes
    *Central Two-O-Nine – Robert Plant and the Band of Joy (free on iTunes this week – hurry)
    *Eight Days a Week – Beatles
    *15 Step – Radiohead
    *Count on Me – Sons of William
    *Add it Up – Violent Femmes

    SOTW – If I Had $1,000,000 – BareNaked Ladies

  16. Fig E says:

    POTW: KENTUCKY +4′ v. South Carolina

    Arkansas + 4 @ AUBURN
    Vanderbilt + 14′ @ GEORGIA
    Ms. State + 7′ @ FLORIDA
    MEMPHIS +14′ v. Southern Mississippi
    ALABAMA – 20′ v. Mississippi


    “Rainbow in the Dark” – Dio
    “Its Tricky” – Run DMC
    “Insane in the Brain” – Cypress Hill
    “Roadhouse Blues” – The Doors
    “Behind Closed Doors” – Charlie Rich

  17. Madd Dawg says:

    Home Dawg POTW:
    Michigan +3

  18. irvineredd says:

    I’m back!

    Ole Miss +20.5
    Wisconsin +3.5
    McNeese St. +42 (DOTW)

    Nebraska -9.5


    List of the week, an homage to my place in the standings, and to my alma mater’s mostly likely place come Saturday around midnight my time.
    I’m a Loser-Beatles
    The Last Straw-Widespread Panic
    Loser-Grateful Dead

    Bonus song, dedicated to shuckster lawyers from Texas and my friends in Liverpool:

  19. coachteajay says:

    Bama -20

    other stuff
    Florida -7′
    South Carolina -4′
    Michigan +3
    SOuthern -14′


  20. sweet says:

    POW – Iowa -3′
    DOW – Kentucky

    Into the scrap heap of history

    Mmmmmmm mmmmmmmm

  21. Smilyj says:

    POTW GA Tech -18.5
    DOTW Mich +3.5
    Also, La Tech -2.5
    USM -14.5
    SOTW In honor of my 5 year old who whispered to me the other day “Daddy, come here. I got something to tell ya.” I asked “what?” He whispers in my ear, “I’m a secret agent. Don’t tell Mom.”
    “Secret Agent Man” Johnny Rivers.

  22. Face says:

    POTW: USM -14′

    SOTW: Thunderstruck, AC/DC

  23. Mac says:

    I posted the videos for those like me with incredibly short attention spans.

  24. Jessie Lou says:

    Missouri +3 1/2
    Southern Mississippi -14 1/2
    Nevada -7
    South Carolina – 4 1/2
    Florida – 7 1/2

    POTW – Nebraska – 9 1/2

    Songs are all about the love this weekend:

    Love Will Never Do Without You – Janet Jackson
    I Melt With You – Modern English
    How Sweet It Is (to be loved by you) – James Taylor
    I Feel For You – Chaka Khan
    Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

    SOTW – At Last – Etta James

  25. Jessie Lou says:

    SmilyJ – that is a great story – you should write it down somewhere so it won’t be forgotten – loved it.

  26. FlyinJ says:

    Kind of Late, so I am looking at the Pacific games. Lets see if I can guess any.

    POTW – Hawaii +6.5

  27. Madd Dawg says:

    Great tune FJ, and Sweet, I had forgotten about that Cradle of Love video—nice.

    And how about this tune as I know that some of you, not me but some of you folks, enjoy the hash pipe:

  28. Tiny d says:

    Holy bananas! I totally bombed on my picks…but all is well, Auburn won State won and the tunes were slammin in the TBU this week.

  29. ZEEK says:

    man, I can’t pick my nose. I am officially reverting to the George Costanza school of thought. I will now go with the exact OPPOSITE of my gut instinct. I’m so far behind now it won’t really matter. On the flipside, the tunes this week were incredible. This is the hardest I have had to contemplate so far. Being a devout Zep fan, though, I have to give the SOTW nod to Luscious Larry for Tangerine, and LOTW to JLou with FigE right at her tater box.

  30. Jessie Lou says:

    Zeek, man you are cracking me up which I need on this stress filled Monday afternoon!

    I listened to the Auburn game on the radio in the car Sat. and could not believe the score – what a barn burner! So excited about State – although my player got hurt, Ballard did get Player of the Game – Go Goula Boy!

    Other than my own list which I loved I think I got to agree with Zeek and go with Middle Fig.

  31. ZEEK says:

    JLou- I do what I can with what I have. (which sux if you’re me. And I am)

  32. irvineredd says:

    okay, this may not count but whatever, I need the points. I’m voting for myself.

    I almost came back with a vengeance. That’s what I get for trusting Nebraska, as the book version of Forrest Gump would call them, those Corkshucker Jack-off’s!

  33. larry says:

    Pulling Mussels gets my vote.

    Sweet was a close second.

  34. RockStarRambler says:

    Great music this week!
    LOTW – Jessie Lou
    SOTW – Harmony for Kiss Off

  35. ZEEK says:

    Little story from this past weekend ya’ll might find as funny as I did. I was at the Ocean Springs football game and overheard an untypical conversation for OS, a city known for being on the cusp of civility and culture. Two rednecks were behind me(again, uncommon for OS), and this conversation ensued.

    Redneck#1- “Didju heer bout dat Ole Miss maskot-black bar- thang?”
    Redneck#2- “How in da wurld u gon’ chainge a maskot?”
    Redneck#1- “Beets me, hell, I wish dey’d have made it sumthin po-litta-cally kurrect
    da ‘Retard Midgets’!!!!”

    • nice. Here’s what’s funny. If the powers that be had just decided “we’re gonna be bears” and then found some 19 year old hipster fratboy dufus to spread around the idea so it seemed like an “underground” movement and then they tried to “oppose” it for a few weeks, everybody would’ve suddenly been screaming, “hell no, we gon have us a bear. By dam. fergit, hell.”

      But honestly, I can’t bear any more mascot talk.

      On a more important subject, I DID hear that ewoP isn’t illiterate any more, after several years of college. He’s been upgraded. Now he can bear-ly read.

  36. larry says:

    OS has plenty of those conversations and plenty of rednecks. Yankees too.

  37. ZEEK says:

    Larry, how dare you? OS is a bastion of savoir-faire and a citadel of enlightenment!!!!

  38. Jessie Lou says:

    Only in their minds……..

  39. Bobby Pitalo says:

    Smileyj SOTW
    Zeek LOTW

  40. larry says:

    I will just stop by Rumors Lounge and ask their clients about culture and enlightenment in OS. Hell, they are open 24/7. What about one of your most upstanding citizens Scott Walker? I wonder if he has had his phone usage rights revoked? He sure as hell skated on the DUI. I wonder how much and who got into that judges pocket or ear? You will never be able to convince me that was not set-up before they even walked in court. Your OS Mayor and Alderman sure looked relieved that they did not have to take the stand. I was sure looking forward to be enlightened by their testimony.

  41. larry says:


  42. Jessie Lou says:

    Good one Larry!

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