Thursday, January 04, 2007

thebowl.challenge: the echoes, they slumber

In case you missed it, Notre Dame lost another bowl game, their ninth straight. In what has become a yearly tradition of joy and celebration for the proprietors of, the Irish got their asses handed to them, once again proving how they don't deserve to be playing in the big money games each January. Frauds, frauds, frauds, the lot of them. These bullshit rules that give Notre Dame special treatment -- essentially mandating, as Fiu said at CFN, that as long as the Domers don't completely suck, they're going to "qualify" for a BCS game pretty much every year, and once they've qualified, the bowls themselves scoop the Irish up because of their travelling asshole fan base of asshole travellers -- have to be abolished. No frickin' special treatment. Make them prove that they're actually, you know, good for once, before throwing them into these hilariously uneven matchups in BCS games. (BTW: the average score in Notre Dame's 9 consecutive bowl losses? 40-17. Thought you should know.)

But that's other thing: which would I prefer? A.) The Irish rightfully get placed in bowls that are more fitting with their talent level, and as such they occasionally win, or B.) The BCS system keeps favoring ND, so they keep ending up in bowls that they have no business in, playing teams much better than them, and thus insuring that this streak of bowl futility continues for the foreseeable future? It's a quandary.

As far as the pick 'em goes, I am proud to say that precisely 2 out of 24 people picked Notre Dame to beat LSU. It is not coincidental that one of the people who did is in last place, and none of the people who picked ND are in the top 14. Of the 22 sane people in the group, the vast majority of the confidence levels were in the 25-30 range, so: loyal blogtributors and readers, I salute you!

Also, as you can see in the comment to the post below this one, Adam keeps wanting special mention of how bad he's doing. The problem is, he just got passed last night because Katey picked Notre Dame (see what that'll do for you, kids?), while Adam picked LSU and had 32 points on it. As such, he's rocketed up to the ... NINTH percentile overall at Quite the achievement, that. So, as a present to him, I'll include him in the standings today. And let's all remember that even though he's no longer in last, he's still the only one in the group with a sub-.500 record so far this bowl season. Can he get to 16-16?!?!

1Easy Bake Dutch OvenNipsey21-846367
2Joel Agrees w/ Mel GibsonRob Durham20-943365
3I Have a Raging ClueJack Fu19-1051356
4Break of DawnJ. Morgan21-866348
5Wells=SpaghettiT. Lyon20-963339
6Schilly-Mac with CheeseSchill20-940332
7THE WESTENDER RETURNSThe Caveman20-963328
8Tobias Funke, AnalrapistReader Wise21-865323
9I'll Beanie U!Scooter20-993321
10Neary EntryMike19-1063317
12Doodle Von TaintstainThe Diddy18-1164312
13Nyholm EntryM. Nyholm18-1184303
14Milford ManFred18-1163291
15Moyer EntryDi21-893289
23Super SnavesDonnie Smavels13-1679227
24Munger EntrySteve's wife, Katey15-1462212


At 4:14 PM, January 04, 2007, Anonymous Break of Dawn said...

Quick question: Does Troy Smith still play quarterback? I ask because I'm confused. If I'm to believe last night's announcers (and to a lesser extent, this morning's talking heads), Jemarcus Russell is the best quarterback in the nation. Brady Quinn is now number two. So, where now does Troy Smith rank? Absense makes the heart grow fonder? I think not.

At 7:19 PM, January 04, 2007, Blogger Jack Fu said...

Hmmm. It looks like we have competing cliches: "absence makes the heart grow fonder" vs. "out of sight, out of mind." If I had taken something more than Psych 100, I might be able to decipher which is more strong/prevalent in human manpeoples.

And was it "best" or "best pro prospect"? For some reason, they're not the same. Whatever.

Also, Troy Smith is "short." He's listed at 6'1", which, if it's true (which it's not), means he grew an inch since last year. In reality, I'd guess he's somewhere around 5'10" or 5'11". This leads all sorts of NFL pontificators to wonder how in world he'll be able to see over his linemen up in the league, not bothering to notice that, from left to right, his starting OL at OSU right now goes 6'8", 6'8", 6'5", 6'4", and 6'6".


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