Thursday, December 27, 2007

Third annual thebowl.challenge: tackle somebody, guys!

We all knew CMU's defense was, shall we say, iffy at best. They gave up yards and points all year, most notably for our purposes in a September matchup with Purdue, who happened to be their bowl opponent last night. As expected, yards and points were plentiful, but there were two big noticeable things on top of that: Central provided plenty of yards and points this time, and Central's tackling, particularly in the first half, was atrocious, and added bushels of YAC to Curtis Painter's already magnificent day: 35 of 54 for 546 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs. Purdue got up 34-13 at the half and seemed to have the game in hand, but CMU put up a 28-point third quarter, tying the game at 41 going into the fourth. Then each team traded scores, Central knotting the score on an acrobatic 19-yard TD catch by Bryan Anderson. But? But: in the words of the imminently mortal Wayne Fontes, they scored too quickly. The Chips opted for a pop-up punt which gave Purdue the ball at their own 40, and Painter led them down the field for the winning kick as time expired. All in all, a good showing from the Chippewas. OT would have been fun, but I guess the game was kind of okay as it was.

Some shuffling in the standings: Kristin picked CMU, but only had 2 confidence points on it. That may prove costly, with the barrage of people who picked Purdue with a lot of confidence. Husband and wife team Ryan and Andrea had comparatively less confidence on Purdue, and as a result they have fallen a little bit in the standings. Jesse Palmer would be 7th in here, wedged between Sean and Matt.

1Football in the GroinJ. Morgan6-1382116
2The Dur's picks = FAILJ. Wise6-1389111
3Charlie Weiss CatKristin4-3393104
4lick my houston nuttsKevin6-1393103
5Do me, I'm gayTodd5-2402100
6WestenderThe Cave5-239198
8Chereth CutestoryJack6-141385
9Special Education ConferenceAndrea5-244082
10Simply The VestJeff6-142175
11The DDustin3-439173
12Suck on Effervescent CocksRyan5-242869
13Joel defends hate crimesThe Dur4-342965
15Tackle Football PicksFred4-338761

Up tonight: annual favorite for "best pre-January bowl of the bowl season," the Holiday Bowl, between Arizona State and Texas. I have no idea what's going to happen.


At 5:27 PM, December 27, 2007, Blogger The Dur said...

Joel was already taunting me today for being 4-3, but I'd like to point out I happen to be the male with the highest potential score still.

At 1:39 PM, December 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only one that reeeeeally likes the idea of Jesse Palmer wedged between Sean and Matt?



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