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Pickem Scramble Week 11: Free ACC title, this way

November 7, 2008

Let’s start off this week with a look at last week’s storyline questions.

Q: What will Urban do in response to Celegate? 
A: An end-to-end ass-kicking involving two timeouts called in the last 2 minutes, up 40.  Point Meyer.

Q: Can Leach finally get over the Texas hump and have a less-than-4-loss season? 
A: It looks that way.  An ill-advised double-coverage pass to Crabtree after a dropped game-ending pick by the Longhorn D may have solidified the best Mike Leach record ever.

Q: Can Spurrier put the final nail in the coffin? 
A: Um. Yes.  And then, in a way only he can, somehow drive it deeper, “Congratulate him on hitting that lottery ticket, that’s a big ticket.  He got a big one.  He got the best deal ever, I think.”

Q: Can Sly Croom’s genius manifest once more?
A: Nope.  Even the SCG can’t defeat Randall Cobb.  He’s a winner.

This week’s storylines.  Does anyone want to win the ACC?   Hell, does anyone want to win a DIVISION in the ACC?  Can Michigan hold on to a second half lead?  Can Coach Cut corral the Cameron Crazies and make a bowl run?  Is Brian Kelly ready to step up to the big stage and knock off a hot WFV team?  Can Leach keep this crazy Pirate ship afloat?

On to this week’s games!


Sandwich Pickem Scramble Week 5: has anyone seen my Elliott Smith record?

September 26, 2008

The king’s crossing was the main attraction
Dominoes falling in a chain reaction
A scraping subject ruled by fear
Told me whiskey works better than beer

It’s been that kind of week.  As Eric once told me, a “lonesome highway kinda sound” kinda week.  A coming-to-terms kind of moment.  A moment of clarity.  Recognition.  Sheer sheer sadness.  I could only, of course, be talking about football.

But as with many things in life, football always promises life anew.  A new week.  A new season.  A new (cough) coach?

Anyway, let’s take a quick look at the standings.  Eday is plowing everybody but Holly.  Holly is plowing everybody else.  And WordPress® still won’t let me hightlight, copy, or paste into a goddam widget, so the standings will be all out of sorts on the right until i get unlazy.

Kyle King for has bowed out of the competition.  We’ve replaced him with Super Monday regular Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb, one of the wittiest Irish bastards we ever had the pleasure to discuss major league baseball with. (Yeah, it was odd to us that a thick black Irish like Sir Richard was an MLB fan, but his knowledge was quite impressive, so now we’ll see how he does in CFB.)  We set his points even with PB’s who was in last going into the week (although I still think we might owe him a week’s reprieve after, you know, trying to avoid a hurricane).  More on that later.

Big thanks to E for managing this piece while I was pluggin’ toward the River.

On to this week’s games!


APIAS Pickem Scramble Week 4: It is officially time to PANIC!

September 20, 2008

TGC out of town?  Check.  eDay on the road?  Check.  Lots of late picks?  Check.  A blogger dropping out?  Check. 

Wow, TGC turns this thing over to me for one week and all Hell breaks loose.  But that won’t stop SPS baby!  Right now we’ll be giving you everybody’s quotes from the week at large.  Later, we’ll have everyone’s picks up as well, so never fear.

Burnsy has contracted gonnasyphillAIDS (again?), Holly is on the road, and several folks just didn’t have time for the funny this week.  But there was still a lot of good stuff folks, Holly did have time for this one gem.

On the road for work, so this’ll have to be quick and dirty.  Like TGC in the sheets (ba-zow!).


APIAS Pickem Scramble Week 2: The Bobby Johnson Invasion WILL be televised!

September 5, 2008

Stop the presses!  Could Bobby Johnson be this year’s Sly Croom?  The next man to be donned with Genius status by the one and only BobWicket of the Nobel Foundation*?  Or is owning Steve Spurrier really anything to tout these days?  Discuss.

So last night’s Vandy/SC got us all geeked for this week’s amazing matchups right?!?  Okay no.  The continued pwnage of Steve Inferior aside, not a whole lot good going on this week.  Can Urban break the UM curse?  How will Tebow fare in the rain?  Is Harbaugh’s undefeated record a fluke?  That’s about all the worthwhile headlines I can think of.  And way too many questions to start off a post with.  So… er… sorry?

Last week the swiss-cheese Tennessee Prevent made Burnsy (8) out to be a prophet.  Which I think we’re all in agreement is not a good thing.  KSR’s Jones (whom I’ve yet to here from this week) also notched a first place finish.  Rounding out the Awayers were Holly with 7 and a gutsy UK pick and a sad sad email dap to yours truly on Tuesday, Bean and Spanky (6) didn’t fare as well as predicted–you went with Bowden? Zook?–and the late arriving TKK’s picks (who apparently is playing hooky with Matty) garnering a generous 5.

The Awayers take the early lead 46-41, thanks to the APIAS expert gambler/bona fide newspaperman going a combined 10-20 (I’m talking to you Smooth and Bru).  Last year’s champ Eday (6) is rewarded for his homerism, but dewarded for betting against the Hawkinses.  Last week’s home team champs (COUGH) me and W could only muster up 7 winners, while BobWicket, Clemson, and Temple also notched a 6.

In other news, if you don’t get your picks in by the deadline, I’m putting whatever helmets I think will kick your ass into gear in your column.  Bladdaaaww!

On to this weeks games!


2008 NCAA Helmet Schedule: no sir, that’s the new TPS report coversheet

July 30, 2008

Thanks to Bevo Sports for this year’s helmet schedule.  Cal, Idaho State, and Indiana State are the only schools with new helmets this year, but it doesn’t look like they made the graphics by print time.

Just make sure you beat the new accountant to the printer or you’ll end up in a heck of a fight.

“Why I take your paper?”

Download the full thing here [LINK]

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We’re 400!!!

June 25, 2008

Well, technically, we’re not 400 days old until tomorrow, but much like 2SL we can’t keep help but bust out a little early.  For those of you who haven’t been here from the start this here web log started back in ought seven on April 22nd.  That parting shot fired over the wall of the Internets at Lexington Herald Leader resident write John Clay was our first foray into this odd world of sports blogging. 

Since that day we knew we’d never be the same again, and if you’ve read this site more than 2 days, we suspect you feel much the same about your own life since discovering us.  We’re sure you’ve never been more horrified.  Where’d we go from there? 

Well it’s hard to say.  A little baseball, a little racin’, a little college football and then it was New Year’s.  Time was flying and our hits were going up.  Soon, with the help of Deadspin, With Leather, and some well-timed Google image searches we were floating at about 1,000 hits per day.  We’re happy to say that’s still the case.  And we’re extremely happy that we’re had over 330,000 hits in a little over a year since we started this.  We’d like to get teary and thank everyone but we’ve still got some time to recap.  Hit the more for recaps of our best and worst ideas around this here blog.


Draft Day; just what the Dombrowski ordered

June 6, 2008

When teams stumble out of the gate and are mired in the midst of an underwhelming start to the 2008 baseball season, Draft Day always gives fans and front office personnel something else to concentrate on.  Today is that day for Tigers fans the globe over.

The answer to poor performance on the field this year?  Solid defense and big flies? No.

This year the answer is White Right Handed Pitchers and SEC Talent.  The Tigs went 4-5 in both categories yesterday.  Let’s have a look.

21st overall – RHP – Ryan Perry – Arizona
6’4″ fireballer that can touch 98mph, but has been hittable at times.  A mix of Verlander and Zumaya?  Or a mix of Todd Jones and a trailer park wife?  Here’s hoping for the former.


Vols to play Bruins on Monday Night Football

April 1, 2008


The word leaking out of Knoxville this morning is that the Tennessee vs. UCLA game originally scheduled for Saturday September 6 will be bumped up 5 days and played on Monday night September 1.

This is the week right before NFL Monday Night Football starts up and, we imagine, will make for lowered class attendance on Tuesday September 2.

The Vols will then move their game with UAB to Sept. 13, which was originally an open date. UAB had been set as the season opening game to be played on Aug. 30.

An official announcement is expected this afternoon.

Kudos to Mike Hamilton for learning a bit from Bruce.  Anywhere anytime, just make sure to bring your national TV audience.

Are you ready for some football?!?!

UPDATE: In basketball news, Kentucky resident and McDonald’s All-American Scotty Hopson is making his visit to Knoxville this week.  He’s considering Mississippi State, Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati in addition to the Vols.  Video here.

FURTHER UPDATED: My sources out of Knoxville are reporting that Hopson has committed to Bruce Pearl on the condition that Tyler Smith play one more year, Tyler is said to be leaning towards returning.


Real Life Playoff Predictions – Division Series

October 3, 2007

Rockies v. Phillies

I don’t know much, and I sure as hell don’t know what a Philly is, but I do know that if I have this

I win.  Even if they are girly.  (i.e. Horse is to Rock; Horsie …. yeah terrible joke)  Predictions after the jump.


APIAS CFB Pick’em Panel Preview

August 13, 2007

utvcal.jpgIn the spirit of friendly inter-blog competition, we set out on a mission to find some of the most informative, funniest, most exptertised, and our favoritest bloggers in all of Blogfrica to challenge in a weekly College Football Pickem contest.  We were absolutely  thrilled that all of the wonderful bloggers we invited agreed to participate. 

So that means, sportsfans, that will be challenging the best and brightest in a week-to-week spreadless picking contest with running totals and points updated, well, weekly.  We’ll be picking 10 games a week, chosen  unfairly and not at random by yours truly.

There will be some sort of team prize, a jpegged up trophy, and probably some kind of Bourbon related individual award for best and worst picks of the year.  And whatever else these magnificent bastards come up with during the year.

Meet the APIAS and Expert Panel after the jump: (more…)