Thursday Pickin’ Playoffs, Season III

Quote of the Week:

since when does Sweet make the decisions around here? This must be how Boise State feels.”     –Larry

Ok, here’s how we’re gonna do it:

The playoff contenders are Tiny D, BR, Flyin’ J, BW Buzz, Face, Pitalo, JLou, and Smily J. In the event one of these top eight regular season finishers fails to participate, they will be replaced by the highest ranked finisher who does in the playoff. So Sweet, then Larry are the top two alternates. Everybody needs to make their picks in accordance with the playoff format because there is a bowl pickin’ winner in addition to the overall exalted grand champion. (Sort of like how Nascar has a race winner and a Cup champion at the last race of the year.)

Everybody has to pick the national championship game and include a final score for tiebreaker purposes. This game is worth 20 points for winning and costs 20 for losing. A push nets zero.

Pick the Sugar Bowl, Rose, Orange and Fiesta Bowls for ten points each.

Then, pick four games of your choosing for eight points.

Finally, designate one game from the above three categories as your Pick o’ the Bowls. This game will be worth 20 additional points. It can be any game and the points are cumulative. In other words, if it is the National Championship game you will be risking 40 instead of 20. Or make the Gator Bowl your Pick o’ the bowls and it becomes a 28 point game.

Playlist topics can include either a New Year’s/Celebratory theme, a tribute to the various nicknames utilized in the TBU. Feel free to combine them as a hybrid list. Two overall music winners will get an six point bonus. Voters MUST vote for the best of the top eight. For their second vote, the entire TBU is eligible.

Tiny D gets a 10 point head start, BR 8, Flyin J 6, BW Buzz 5, Face 4, Pitalo 3, JLou 2, SmilyJ 1.  If one of the top eight doesn’t weigh in, the bonus points do not change. If an alternate is bumped up to the playoffs, they get no bonus.

Got it? Unnecessarily complicated? That’s the way TP rolls (blank stare).

Here’s your link to the odds.

My Picks:

National Championship:  Auburn  -3  (Auburn 48 Oregon 35)

Big 4:

  • Oklahoma  -16′
  • Stanford  -3
  • Ohio State  -3′
  • Wisconsin  +3

Four More:

  • Georgia Tech  +2′
  • Iowa  +2′
  • LSU  -1  (pick o’ the bowls)
  • Oklahoma St  -4′

My Tunes:

  • Eyes Without a Face–Billy Idol
  • Fly Me Courageous–Drivin’ and Cryin’
  • Me and Bobby McGee–Kris Kristofferson
  • Jessie’s Girl–Rick Springfield
  • Keep on Smilin’–Wet Willie
  • Harmony in My Head–Buzzcocks
  • Hoochie Coochie Man–New York Dolls

Song o’ the New Year’s/Bowl Season:

Tiny Bubbles–Don Ho

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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26 Responses to Thursday Pickin’ Playoffs, Season III

  1. Jessie Lou says:

    By what day do I need to have this posted?

  2. Travellinbaen says:

    31st would be last chance but I recommend by the 28th for bigger game selection.

  3. Mac says:

    After trying to read and understand this, I gave up and opted for something a little easier. Quantum physics.

  4. larry says:

    NC – Oregon 42 – Auburn 38

    Big 4
    Ohio St -3′
    Wisconsin +3
    Stanford -3
    Oklahoma -16′

    Pitt -3
    Baylor -1′
    SMU – 9′
    $tate -4′ pick of the bowls

    Rico Suave – Gerardo
    Cherry Pie – Warrant
    We Built This City – Starship
    Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm – Crash Test Dummies

    SOTW – That Just My Baby Daddy – B-Rock and The Biz

  5. Bobby Pitalo says:

    Nat Champ.- Auburn -3 (41-28)

    Big Four
    Arkansas +3 1/2
    TCU -3
    Oklahoma -16
    Stanford -3

    Baylor -1
    Missouri -2 1/2

  6. Bobby Pitalo says:

    SOTW- 1999- Prince

  7. I refuse to try to understand the point system because that would preclude my ability to effectively bitch later.

    Iowa +2′
    WVa -3
    Miami FL -3
    LSU -1 (POTW)

    Stanford -3
    UConn +16′
    TCU -3
    Arkansas +3′

    Auburn -2; 38-28

  8. That should say “Auburn -3.” I don’t have better points than everyone else.

  9. tiny d says:

    Bowl Pickin is way more work than regular TP. Here it goes…and for the record I really liked Sweet’s suggestion where I started with 63 points or MD’s bye, whatever that means.
    BCS: Auburn -3 (Auburn 45 Oregon 35) Pick of the Week – WAR EAGLE
    • Oklahoma -16
    • VA Tech +3
    • Ohio St. -3
    • TCU -3
    And the rest,
    Florida -7
    LSU -1
    Alabama -10
    Notre Dame +3
    The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani
    Are You Still Mad? – Alanis Morissette
    So Much to Say – Dave Matthews Band
    Get Rhythm – Johnny Cash
    Ramblin’ Man – The Allman Brothers Band
    Fly – Sugar Ray
    Smile – Lily Allen
    Rock-n-Roll Lifestyle – Cake
    Baby It’s Cold Outside (Brr) – Dean Martin
    SOTW – Mr. Heatmiser – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

  10. Jessie Lou says:

    All these numbers are making me crazy and confused but here goes…….

    Nat’l Champs – Oregon +3 (28 – 28)
    Sugar: Arkansas +3 1/2
    Rose: Wisconsin +3
    Orange: Stanford -3
    Fiesta: Oklahoma -16 1/2

    Chick-fil-A: South Carolina -3
    Gator: MS State -4 1/2
    Capitol 1: Michigan State +10 *POTW*
    Cotton: Texas A&M +1

    Love Is The Drug – Roxy Music
    Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morrisette
    Mother’s Little Helper – The Rolling Stone
    Day Tripper – The Beatles
    Double Vision – Foreigner
    Tequila Sunrise – The Eagles
    One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – George Thorogood
    SOTW – Fight For Your Right – The Beastie Boys

    I need a little drink to calm my nerves after making all these picks!

  11. Jessie Lou says:

    Just trying to be different…..

  12. Face says:

    West Virginia -3
    smu -9′
    north Carolina -2

    Wisconsin 3
    UConn 16′
    OSU -3′

    Oregon 3. (38-32)

  13. irvineredd says:

    Can we do some side action with the non-playoff folks involving gambling on who wins the TBU playoffs?

  14. sweet says:

    Auburn – 3 (38-30)

    UConn +16′
    VT +3
    Wisc+3 (pob)

    Penn St+7

    tunes later

  15. Jessie Lou says:

    IR – you can still place picks even if you are not in the top 8.

  16. sweet says:

    Hats off to Larry – Del Shannon
    Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
    Mad Dog (Madd Dawg) – Deep Purple
    Love is for free – Smiley
    In the Hall of the Mountain King (Peer Gynt)- Edvard Grieg
    Face Down – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
    Mac the Knife – Bobby Darin
    Rock Star – Hannah Montana
    Fallin and Flyin – Jeff Bridges/Colin Farrel
    Travellin Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    NeverShoutNever – Harmony

  17. br says:

    oregon +3 (28-24)
    arkansas +3
    conn +16
    wisc +3
    mich state +10
    mich. +4
    south carolina -3 potw
    penn state +7

  18. ZEEK says:

    I know I ain’t in the hunt, but I am droppin some tunage for SOTW. This dude is the actor Eric Roberts’ stepson. Chorus is sweet.

  19. ZEEK says:

    Check this out too. You may recognize it from a cell phone commercial. The chick’s voice on this cover is a trip.

  20. smilyj says:

    “How Sweet It Is”-Marvin Gaye-SWEEEEET
    “Sweet Emotion” Aerosmith-SWEEEEEET
    “Fila” Judaspriest For TB on goin down market street
    “Come Together” Aerosmith version for Hooch. “Gazeezers”
    “Too Fast For Love” knelms, i mean the Crue.
    “Fat Bottom Girls” Queen-For all the lovely ladies.
    “Love Me I’m A Liberal” Phil Och- For all the libs
    Pick of the bowls-Georgia
    Also, State
    Big Games
    and Auburn 31-24

  21. Flyin J says:

    Been in the boondocks, if that is how you spell it. VT was awesome. Thanks TB and Rock Star, we had a great time. On to better things thanks to the USO’s computers. Here it goes
    Mississippi State -3
    Penn State +7 (anybody but Flordia)
    Arkansas +3.5
    Texas A&M +1 (go to #%$@ LSU)
    Oregon +2.5

    AND POTW: Virgina Tech +3

  22. tiny d says:


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