Thursday Pickin’ Season III, Week 12

Quote of the Week:

BW Buzz….talked with Huck?….Oh Baby……..(i would still carry Spurrier’s child in m descending colon if the Ol Ball Coach asked me to)” –Fig E

It’s the Third Week edition of Thursday Pickin’ and so even a season in disarray can’t keep TB from smilin’ about life, the universe, and (almost) everything this week. But in Pickin’, that ain’t easy. I lost yet again, falling to 4-7 on the year and my 1-4 performance on bonus picks dropped my overall record to 19-28-3 in that category. The TBU fared better in POTW’s, going 11-8-1 (121-110), but slumped to 19-29 on bonus picks. Congrats to TKH, Fish, Tiny D, and me for hitting an outright DOTW.

When a season goes down the tubes there is only one thing for it’s spokesman to do. So, without further ado… come the cliches….

MSU plays Arkansas this week. If you are a Mississippian, accustomed to seeing our state ranked at or near the bottom of so many statistical categories, you are well-acquainted with the sentiment….”thank God for Arkansas”, the state that saves us from ignominy more than any other. In that spirit, TB this week can say, “thank God for Zeek” who remains firmly entrenched in the cellar, for those who come to play each week, just below TB, and “thank God for Pitalo”, who’s POTW loss and 0-5 bonus week made my loser and 1-4 bonus week a bit less embarrassing.

TB, if some will recall, actually won Season I of Thursday Pickin and I did pretty well last year. But, “you can’t win ’em all.” “I’ll get ’em next year.” “I just gotta go out there, take it one tune at a time, and hope the ball bounces my way”, “get out there and keep diggin’, keep gettin’ better” because “it’s not the plan, we’re just not executin’.”

And finally, “they only remember what you do in November.” So I’ve gotta “finish strong” and you know, at this point, “I’m playin’ for pride” and maybe if I can get a couple of wins, “all’s well that ends well.”

Enough. Last week’s results, remember the top 11 won their POTW, TDW tied, everybody below lost, and bonus records only are in parentheses. Music points went to TD and Sweet.

Last Week’s Results:

  1. Face  (all-in, plus 2 for thematic tune, plus bonus points to stay even with BW Buzz)  64
  2. Larry  (same as Face)  64
  3. BW Buzz  (3-1)  62
  4. BR  62
  5. Tiny D  (1-2, plus 2, plus 5 tunes, plus 10 for callin’ out Third Week first)  61
  6. Fig  (4-3)  56
  7. SmilyJ  (1-1)  50
  8. TKH  (1-2)  44
  9. Fish  (2-3)  44
  10. Irv  (0-3, plus 2, plus makeup points to stay above non-potw winners)  37
  11. Flyin’ J  (1-4)  37
  12. TDW  (3-2)  36
  13. Sweet  (plus 2, plus 5 tunes)  17
  14. JLou  (2-3, plus 2)  16
  15. RSR  (plus 2)  12
  16. Mac  (plus 2)  12
  17. MD  10
  18. Zeek  10
  19. TB  (1-4, plus 2) 4
  20. Pitalo  (0-5)  1
  21. FF and CTJ  Defeated “off” again.

Season Standings:

  1. Tiny D  540
  2. BR  506
  3. Face  449  (Egad!)
  4. SmilyJ  444
  5. Flyin’ J  435
  6. Larry  431
  7. TDW  423
  8. BW Buzz  418
  9. Pitalo  415
  10. Fig E  411
  11. Fish  406
  12. JLou  401
  13. MD  375
  14. Sweet  374
  15. TKH  371
  16. RSR  327
  17. Mac  319
  18. CTJ  302
  19. TB  295
  20. Zeek  286
  21. Irv  219
  22. FF  164
  23. Harmony  (the best music but non-football pickin Thursday Picker ever)

My “gotta play out the string” and hopefully “build some momentum for next year” picks:

  • Tennessee   -8′
  • Wisconsin   -4′
  • Ohio State   -3
  • Northwestern  +7′  ( vs Illinois at Wrigley Field, pretty cool)
  • Notre Dame  -8′  (vs Army at Yankee Stadium, semi cool)

POTW  USC  -3′

My outright DOTW is Ole Miss. Here’s your link to the odds:

My Tunes, and by the way, a choice this week, plus two for a cliche song on your list or plus, (what else?) 3 for selection to honor Third Week.

  • Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’–Journey
  • Peace Love and Understanding–Elvis Costello
  • Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer–Johnny Russell
  • Guitars, Cadillacs and Hillbilly Music–Dwight Yokum

SOTW–Faster Horses (the Cowboy and the Poet)

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47 Responses to Thursday Pickin’ Season III, Week 12

  1. tkh says:

    POTW – FSU -4
    ODOTW – Northwestern
    Bonus – Miami +2
    Memphis +20
    Army +8.5


  2. larry says:

    POTW – Stanford -6′
    DOTW Rutgers
    BDOTW Miss $tate

    What’s the Frequency Kenneth? – REM
    Man on the Moon – REM
    Crimson and Clover – Tommy James and the Shondells
    Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum
    Rebel Within – Hank III

    SOTW – Middle Aged Crazy – Jerry Lee Lewis

  3. Fish says:

    Northwestern +7′
    Miami Hurricanes +2

  4. Bobby Pitalo says:

    UCLA + 2 1/2
    Fresno State + 30 1/2
    Tennessee -8 1/2
    NO Illinois – 14
    Texas – 21 1/2

    POTW-UTAH -3
    DOTW- Houston
    SOTW- Love me sexy- Jackie Moon (Will Ferrel)

  5. ZEEK says:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence TB, nice to be appreciated. It is over for me so I will do what I never do which is mess with the Rebs.
    POTW- Rebs +16
    DOTW- Iowa

    My theme this week for tunage is inspired from one of the greatest periods of most of our lives, the 85-86 school year. So, the theme is: If you weren’t sporting a mullet, concert t-shirt, tight rolled levi’s, high top reeboks, and weren’t jammin’ in the trunk of MD’s Zephyr, or hangin’ out of the hatchback of my chevette or Dr. Scoop’s RX-7, so you could REALLY hear the treble blastin’ from the Pioneer 6907’s, well…….you were a geek!!!!!!
    Dokken- In My Dreams
    Ozzy- Bark at the Moon
    AC/DC- Hells Bells
    Ratt- Wanted Man
    Poison- Cry Tough
    Motley Crue- Shout at the Devil
    Skid Row- 18 & Life
    Van Halen- Runnin’ With the Devil
    KISS- Cold Gin

    SOTW- Motley Crue- Starry Eyes ( Crue twice, you ask?) Well…. Crue Rules!!!

    • I suddenly feel compelled to run out the front door, jump in the RX7 or ‘vette hatch or climb in the window of the zephyr, and haul ass over the rr tracks to highway 90 to devour a kenny special from (missing brain cell) and get back within 20 minutes.

      With the pioneers blastin’

      HOAGIE HOUSE! (edited 5 hours later)

    • ZEEK says:

      More bonus songs from that era:
      Scorpions- Big City Nights
      Black n Blue- School of Hard Knocks
      Wasp- I f%*k like Beast
      Judas Priest- You Got Another Think Comin’
      Quiet Riot- Cum On Feel the Noize
      Iron Maiden- 2 Minutes to Midnight
      Billy Idol- Rebel Yell
      Accept- Balls to the Wall
      Motley Crue- Stick to Your Guns (Never released- Black Market Demo)
      Guns n Roses- Sweet Child O Mine
      Def Leppard- Photograph

      FSOTW- (Funny Story of the Week)- Coming out of Wal-Mart today the Salvation Army had their red kettle hung up on the tripod with a big Salvation Army sign atop. There was a real life SA worker with uniform ringing the bell. As I stopped to drop a little change in the kettle, an old woman (70’s) stops and matter-of-factly asks the bellringer, “Hello, who are ya’ll raising money for?”

  6. irvineredd says:

    So now I’ll reveal what I did last week, since points have now been given. I picked all games with a 3 in the betting lines, then made 3 is the magic number my SOTW, and I did it, coincidentally, shortly before Third Week. I should have waited a week.

  7. br says:

    Potw ohio state -3
    Bonus picks
    Dotw: fresno state

  8. Fig E says:

    POTW: Tennessee -8′ @ VANDERBILT

    Arkansas -3′ @ MISSISSIPPI STATE
    Troy +21′ @ SOUTH CAROLINA
    SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI – 4 v. Houston (Note to Sweet: Not “Rockets”)
    LSU – 16 v. Mississippi

    Zeek, I smell what you’re cooking with that post dude.

  9. Jessie Lou says:

    Commercial break:
    Speaking of rockets – does anyone know where the red rocket is? I would swear I saw it on Market Street yesterday.

  10. Madd Dawg says:

    IR: clever, but way over our sleepy heads.

    I vote Zeek for LOTW. Where is the MD 20/20?

    • ZEEK says:

      In the back of Scoop’s stepmom’s (Jane’s) cutlass cierra where I left it at the Ratt / Bon Jovi concert.

  11. Madd Dawg says:

    Home Dawg POTW: Vandy +9

    Bonus Home Dawg Pick: Oregon St. +3

  12. Sweet says:

    JL, I saw the Red Rocket in Gautier a while back and informed Fig of the sighting. He did not believe me. The truth is out there

  13. tinyd says:

    Wisconsin -5
    USM -4
    POTW -16
    DOTW MS State

    Tre’ tunes
    Dizz Knee Land – Dada
    Red Wine, Mistakes, Mythology – Jack Johnson
    SOTW – 1 Bourbon, 1 Scotch, 1 Beer – Thorogood

  14. BW BUZZ says:


    LSU -16

  15. NO Illinois -14½
    East Carolina -8½
    Utep +17 (DOTW)
    BUFFALO -7
    WYOMING -2½ (POTW)

  16. coachteajay says:

    Arkansas -3′

    Other Picks
    USM -4
    Navy -13
    What comes out of a China mans ass? Rice Rice+8′
    You Take’ Em Points +17

    Dawg of the week

    Everyone have a great Thanksgiving, I’m going to the Hunt Club, to be all gangsta and stuff. Ya know what I’m sayin

  17. Jessie Lou says:

    Got to love Coach TeaJay – how about a grilled ham and cheese coach?


    Missouri – 11
    Stanford – 6 1/2
    Kansas State – 2
    Utah – 3
    Mississippi +16

    POTW – Southern Miss – 4

    Songs of the week:
    Bewitched, Bewildered and Bothered – Ella Fitzgerald
    My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink and I Don’t Love Jesus – Jimmy Buffett

    I believe the Red Rocket is alive and well and I just saw it yesterday on Market Street.

  18. Mac says:

    Picks are doomed. So I ain’t picking this week. Concentrating on good music. Theme be damned.

  19. sweet says:

    POW – Wisconsin -4′
    USM – 4
    Rutgers +13
    Miss St +3′
    Col +2
    WF under 49
    Black Bears +16
    DOW – EMich

  20. face says:

    POTW- USM -4

  21. Mac says:

    I vote for Sweet. SOTW.

  22. Mac says:

    And a renig. POTW Arkansas-3 1/2 or so.

  23. FlyinJ says:

    My time is back. Its early, I tried to beat everyone up but my daughter decided it was time (that word again) she was ready for the days activities. Anyway here it goes.

    POTW – Penn State -10.5
    Notre Dame -8.5
    Navy -13
    Vanderbilt +9
    Arkansas -3.5
    New Mexico State +37.5

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone, can’t wait TB

  24. smilyj says:

    Uh, I hit my POTW and DOTW and 1 bonus pick. and lost 1 bonus pick. Somehow TBU has me going 1 and 1. Please explain yourself.

  25. smilyj says:

    POTW Tenn -8

  26. smilyj says:

    POTW Tenn-8
    DOTW Houston+4
    Also, State+3′
    Wisc -4
    S Carolina-22
    SOTW “I’m Going To Hire A Whino” David Frizzell
    also “Red Red Whine”

  27. RockStarRambler says:

    POTW: Ole Miss 16
    DOTW: Colorado

    311 – Come Original
    Three Dog Night – Shambala
    Three 6 Mafia – It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp
    Seven Mary Three – Cumbersome

    SOTW: 3 Strange Days – School of Fish

  28. sweet says:

    For Third Week bonus

    For the Illinois/Northwestern game at Wrigley

  29. irvineredd says:

    Iowa +3 (DOTW)
    Miami +2
    Florida St. -4

    LSU -16

    All Kinks Songs
    Some Mother’s Son
    Mr. Churchill Says
    Nothing to Say


  30. sweet says:

    One last bonus song to celebrate steppin’ into 3rd week.

  31. Bobby Pitalo says:


  32. Harmony says:

    I’m late! But I’m not hungover *coughs* anymore. What? It was 3rd week.

    Here are my songs for the week.

    A/AVOTW: Sandra Bullock (The Proposal) “Get Low”

    COTW: Melissa Etheridge/Joss Stone; Tribute to Janis Joplin

    FVOTW: The Cranberries “Daffodil Lament”

    Violent Femmes (of the week): Gimme The Car

    Bonus: 3OH!3 “Holler Till You Pass Out”


  33. Harmony says:

    SOTW: Fratellis “Flathead”

    I hope this one works.

  34. tinyd says:

    SOTW – CoachTJ Cranberries
    LOTW – TB

  35. sweet says:

    Looks like a dominating performance by the TB Pickers…..F*ck Jim Feist, Wayne Root, et al
    LOW – Zeek
    SOW – TB

  36. ZEEK says:


    SOTW- Pitalo for the awesome Jackie Moon tune…..”Kick off ya shoes and suck me sexy…..”

  37. Madd Dawg says:

    My vote for SOTW is split between TJ for the Cranberries The Vampire and Harmony for 3OH!3 (that sh*t was funny)

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