Dec 17

Thursday Pickin’ Season VII (TP and the Temple of Doom) Final-ish results

Quote of the Day:

He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.”     –Douglas Adams

There is only one thing in the entire so-called mainstream universe that is more anticlimactic than the end of the regular season of Thursday Pickin’. That thing is so colossal, monumental, amazing, jaw-dropping and mind-blowing; it is stupendous, dazzling in it’s anticlimacticness; awe inspiring; really neat even. Which is to say, well maybe the end of bowl season is slightly more anticlimactic but other than that, you may be able to come up with something else, I don’t know, anticlimactic type stuff is pretty much easy to find……

…….Nevertheless, TB finished the season in the same way my favorite quarterback sprinted down the stretch in the Heisman race. Oh and 5. Lost my POTW. Worst. Picks. Ever. I ended the season with my worst ever record, 6-9 on POTWs. I was 39-34 on bonus picks, which is nice. I gave myself List of the Week so I could have some points–emperor’s prerogative, which is a really strange way to spell per-rogative if you ask me. Sweet gets song of the week for picking something released this century for once.

The MTGU went 7-10 and 17-21 in the final week and ended the season with a collective POTW record of 164-163. On bonus picks we were 396-358.  Nelson won the week for those of you keeping score at home, and how could you, what with the often misunderstood complexity and illogical beauty of the UCbMOLFSS.

It came down to bonus picks to determine who was going to be the MTGU Thursday Pickin’ Grand Champion of 2014 (the MTGUTPGC) (pending the bowls and possibly having to share part of the crown, if we even bother with all that this year).

RJ won his Pick of the Week and Flyin’ J lost. But on bonus picks, RJ flatlined at 2-2, good for a baseline 50 points while Flyin’ J mitigated his POTW loss by going 4-1 on bonus picks to add a net 18 to his base of 20 for 38 weekly points. Would it be enough? Yep. And you should know that Flyin’ J probably didn’t watch more than one game all year. What a country!

Final Regular Season Standings:

  1. Flyin’ J      647
  2. RJ             623
  3. Nelson      584
  4. Sweet       564
  5. RSR          561
  6. SDog         526
  7. Kitchen P  514
  8. TB             514
  9. SmilyJ       509
  10. Folly J        496
  11. JLou           490
  12. Fish            488
  13. Face           485
  14. Tiny D         471
  15. MD              446
  16. Mac            443
  17. Irv               442
  18. TJ               398
  19. Harmony     398
  20. Pitalo           375
  21. BW Buzz     368
  22. And the rest….

Give me a day or two for the 10 folks in the money pool. Looks like it’s gonna be tight between RJ and Flyin’ J on that one too, with several of us fighting it out for last.

In the meantime, All Hail Flyin’ J and his patented, now proven method of picking games straight out of his ass.

And now to see how long it takes him to read the blog and realize he won.



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Dec 15

MTG pre-Xmas Housekeeping

Hello friends,

Just wanted to bring you up to date on a few things.

First, the Be Excellent fund is now over $700, a new record. Thank you to all who have shopped the Amazon portal and/or sent in money. There is still time to do both if you have been procrastinating and as for the Amazon link, it’s open year round and I throw what we make into the annual pot. I have two nominees in to send the money to and would like to get one or two more. So if you have someone in mind, let me know. I’m toying with the idea of dropping a honey bun on some truly random person such as a retail worker or restaurant server.

As for Thursday Pickin’,  I’ll have the final results posted this week.  We’ll do a little bowl pickin’ too and you don’t want to miss that. If you were in the money pool, I’ll post those results either Thursday or Friday. I received several entry fees this week, so hopefully that’s everyone, but if you were “in” and haven’t sent in your money, please do.

Finally, I know my lack of posting lately has made this page a pretty empty click and trust me, I hate that. I’ve been busier than ever for the last few months and I’m grateful for the work, but it’s been hard to post. Hopefully I’ll get a little more disciplined with the coming of the New Year and get this page back in gear!


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Dec 11

Sometimes, when you’re a Grown-up….

Quote of the Day:

Daddy, I thought we didn’t say that?”     –the Li’l Scamp

……and you are 44 years old, and it’s been a busy day of work and Xmas and all that entails such as making three trips to Wal Mart to pick up the same thing three times because you just can’t seem to get it exactly right and there are three charities giving you the evil eye comin’ and goin’ and how do they know if I haven’t already given on the way in, and also such as driving by a drive thru (sic) Nativity scene and contemplating Christ and the manger and who’da’thunk, and now you’re getting your daughter out of the tub and you’ve rubbed down half her body with three different levels of eczema cream and put a little antibiotic ointment on the sore on her wrist and while she takes care of her necessaries you begin to brush your teeth…..

…….well, sometimes the toothpaste flicks and I can’t recall why it flicked, but sometimes, when you’re a Grown-up (sic) it flicks right smack dab into the center of your eye and as it burns, oh how it burns, you think to yourself, “I made it 44 years without this ever happening to me and why is it happening now?,” but you shout out “GODDOGGITT!”

And the Scamp says, “Daddy I thought we didn’t say that!?”

And you say “WE DON’T!” And it scares her a little the way you say that.

And then you take the contact out of your eye and all those residual creams on the tip of your forefinger don’t react well when mixed with toothpaste and tears and you say “GOD-DA-OGGITT!” and the Scamp says “Daddy we don’t–”


And then you gotta take the other contact out of the good eye because symmetry but first you gotta wash your hands and oh how it burns and you can’t really see so the toothbrush and water cup and deodorant and band-aids and eczema creams go everywhere but finally you flush the damn eye out……..

……and your wife looks on and it never even occurs to her any more to try and remember the confident, floppy-headed, rakish young man you even yet imagine you see in the mirror.

‘Course what with the teary-red eye and the burning and contact lenses on the floor, what do you expect?

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Dec 07

Sincere But Ignorant Facebook Post

On this the 14th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Street, I want to wish all our vets a good day. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “This day shall live in infancy.” Wise words from our 62nd president. To think he said such wise things from that scooter because he was suffering from concussions he got from playing football at the University of Illinois-Urbana. Or Harvard, I can’t remember, but it doesn’t matter. He was a great man. He reminds me of that other great president of his time Benjamin Franklin, who also discovered energy. I wish we had good Christian leaders like those two nowadays.

Please share if you love Jesus. If not, your grandfather will get gang raped by Ebola people just like God would want.

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Dec 04

Thursday Pickin’ Season VII, Week 15

Quote of the Day:

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair.

–Douglas Adams

Never in the history of Thursday Pickin’ have we seen a blunder so large as the ones committed by RSR and Kitchen Princess in failing to post their usual Ole Miss-Pick of the Week last week. Instead of having a college roommate death match to finish the season, they allowed Flyin’ J to swoop in, take, then retain his lead.  Not many games to choose from this weekend, and only Sweet, RSR, RJ and Flyin’ J have a mathematical chance to take home the TP Trophy and all it stands for.

Over the last two weeks, TB has gone 0-2 on POTW’s and 6-4 on bonus picks, leaving me at 6-8, 39-29. The MTGU went 14-19 on POTWs and 39-36 on bonus picks to move to 157-153 on POTW’s for the season and 357-324 on bonus picks.

Flyin’ J won Week 13, Song of the Week went to Tiny D and List of the Week to RSR. Face hit the biggest dog of the Week. In Week 14, RJ took home honors with a 4-0 bonus pick record and the biggest Dog of the Week. Song of the Week went to JLou and List of the Week to TB.

If you were in the pay pool, I’ll post the final records next week. If you haven’t paid up… up.

PS, thanks to all who have pitched in to this year’s “Be Excellent” so far and to those of you who are procrastinating but are going to come through for a stranger.

Here are the updated season standings:

  1. Flyin’ J          609
  2. RJ                573
  3. RSR             551
  4. Sweet           538
  5. Nelson          528
  6. Kitchen P      514
  7. TB                 509
  8. Folly J           496
  9. JLou              480
  10. SDog             476
  11. Face              475
  12. Fish               468
  13. Smily             453
  14. MD                 444
  15. Mac               433
  16. Tiny D            427
  17. TJ                  398
  18. Harmony        388
  19. Irv                  386
  20. Pitalo             375
  21. BW Buzz       318
  22. Quitter section

Here are TB’s Picks of the Week and here’s your damn link to the odds:

  • Arizona  +14′
  • Kansas St  +8
  • Missouri  +14′
  • Wisconsin  -4
  • Marshall  -10′

POTW — Florida St  -4′


  • The End – Beatles
  • It’s Over – Lisa Loeb
  • It’s Never Over – Arcade Fire
  • The End – The Doors

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Soundtrack

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Nov 26

Thursday Pickin’ Season VII, Week 14 (Thanksgiving-Hate-DeadTrees-Wine edition)

Quote of the Day:

Here I sit, a stranger in a strange land, a bottle of wine in, or three sheets to the wind….perhaps… they say, more or less……more actually…….

…….on Thanksgiving eve in Oxford town………

and here’s the thing………

……’re gonna have to wait a bit on last week’s results. TB’ll post’em in the comments sometime…..not at this time……a time that is not now……when I have time…..prolly Friday……

…….it’s Egg Bowl Week after all. And this year it’s bigger than ever. More important than ever. Hate-i-er than ever.

Somebody pinned a letter to a pin oak in the Grove it seems (or is it The grove…..whatever), threatening death and dismemberment to the sainted trees and less deified but still apparently well thought of shrubbery of Ole Miss. Then the internets broke. I even got a note from my alma mater, second class, just this evening promising me that the letter has been turned over to the Authorities. As has been pointed out by both the twittersphere and my Rebel step brothers-in-law, this letter (the death letter not the FBI letter) is obviously a ho-ax because it referred to the “beauty” of the University of Mississippi campus, something no true State fan will ever be able to discern, no matter how easy we try.



I ain’t gonna lie. This game, the Battle for the Golden Egg, is tough. And this one promises to be as hard fought as any that have come before and I don’t think I would be remiss to say that it will be more hate-i-er than usual. I can tell you that I have felt the disdain oozing from Rebel pores ever since crossing the Lafayette County line earlier this afternoon, but I shalt fear no evil for Dak art with me…….but I digress…….


……two and half more days…….let’s get on with it.


Here’s my picks and then some tunage and here’s your blahblahblah link to the odds:

  • Georgia Tech +13
  • Notre Dame  +7
  • Florida St  -7′
  • TCU  -6′
  • Alabama  -8′

POTW THE Mississippi STATE University Bulldogs  -2′

  • I Hate Myself For Loving You – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • Dead Flowers – Stones
  • Give Thanks And Praise – Bob Marley and the Wailers
  • Two More Bottles of Wine – Emmylou Harris

SOTW – Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer – Johnny Russel

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Nov 21

Not Around Here You Commie Basturd 7 Year Old.

A friend posted a picture today of a lunch served to an elementary school student that was behind on their lunch credit (money). It was literally a cheese sandwich. Two slices of bread and two slices of cheese. These posts pop up from time to time and I always find them incredibly intriguing. You have seen the stories. Schools denying kids food or like in this case, giving them sparse rations.

First off, I think public schools have turned into power hungry gulag camps but I am not going to go into all that.

I always find the lunch post interesting because I enjoy watching people. The comments on these posts are almost always women declaring their condemnation of such barbaric practices. “How can they do this to those poor children?” is a good example of the comments you will see. It’s ironic that most of these same commenters (living in god forbid Republican hell yeah ‘Merica Mississippi dammit) are most certainly GOP’ers and in general fervently against socialism and Obama welfare to no good layabouts. But what they are proposing is stone cold communism and exactly 180 degrees from “capitalism” and a free market. Because capitalism and a free market says that the parents failed to pay the bill so Little Johnny is going to have to starve today.

I personally agree with both camps. No child should EVER go without lunch and should most certainly not be served something different which will ostracize them even more from their classmates. But people should pay their own way as much as humanly possible.

Here’s my proposal. Much better lines of communication. Many problems in life can be solved by this FTR. Make every effort to inform the parents that their kids are running low on their lunch bill. When it runs out, feed the child a normal meal and tell the parents that Little Johnny won’t be allowed back to school until they get their asses up there and pay the bill.

Whatever we do people, for the love of God, punishing the kids is not the right answer.

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Nov 20

Thursday Pickin’ Season VII, Week 13

Quote of the Day:

I think I’ll just stay here and drink.”     –Merle Haggard

The Bullies lost, as you know. TB won my POTW thanks to their last minute heroics against the spread, which is nice. It leaves me at 6-6 on the year in POTWs. I went 2-3 on bonus picks to move to 33-25 on the year. Pretty uninspiring I must say. Which means it’s a good time for Third Week and Mailin’ it In. Besides, I need to save my strength for the Egg Bowl.

The MTGU went 11-8 and 24-22 to move our collective records to 143-134-9 and 318-288. Flyin’ J won the week by hitting his POTW, going 4-1, and picking up Song of the Week as chosen by RSR. Nelson gets List of the Week and Sweet and Nelson both picked Oregon State for Dog of the Week honors. RSR picked up a big all-in win to remain in first place, but Flyin’ J is closing in on her.

Here are last week’s results–remember the top 11 won their POTW and bonus picks are in parentheses.

  1. Flyin’ J (4-1, Sotw)    73
  2. Nelson (2-2, Lotw)    55
  3. RSR                          50
  4. Harmony                   50
  5. Special Guest Picker Doc Scoop  50
  6. Jessie Lou                 50
  7. Face                          50
  8. RJ (2-2)                     50
  9. Fish (2-2)                  50
  10. TB (2-3)                    44
  11. Sweet (1-4, Dotw)    39
  12. Smily (4-1)               38
  13. Tiny D (2-0)              32
  14. MD (2-1)                   26
  15. SDog (2-1)               26
  16. Kitchen P (0-1)         14
  17. Pitalo                        10
  18. Mac                          10
  19. BW Buzz (1-4)          2

Season Standings:

  1. RSR                         541
  2. Flyin’ J                     527
  3. Kitchen P                 504
  4. Sweet                      468
  5. Nelson                     462
  6. TB                            452
  7. Face                        450
  8. RJ                            432
  9. Folly J                      426
  10. Fish                         420
  11. SDog                       412
  12. MD                          408
  13. TJ                            398
  14. Tiny D                     382
  15. Harmony                 378
  16. Pitalo                       375
  17. Mac                         373
  18. Smily J                    365
  19. JLou                        357
  20. Irv                            324
  21. BW Buzz                 316
  22. BR                           279
  23. And the Rest……

Here are my Picks of the Week for this week and Here’s your HandyDandy Link to the Odds:

  • Missouri    +3.5
  • Oregon St  +6.6
  • UCLA      -3.5
  • Arizona    +4′
  • Colorado  +32.5

POTW  Wisconsin  -10

And my Third Week playlist, which, if you are doing it right, you ought to have plenty of time sit back, ignore work, veg-out and enjoy!

  • Gettin’ By  – Jerry Jeff Walker
  • Enjoy Yourself – Todd Snider
  • I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink – Merle Haggard
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain – Norman Blake

SOTW – Take it Easy – Eagles



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Nov 19

Keeping the “Third” in Third Week

Quote of the Day:

I’m not even supposed to be here today!”     –Dante Hicks, Clerks

Editor’s note–if you don’t know what the hell this post is about, click here. You’ll thank me later.


You know your new holiday has “made it” once folks begin to lose sight of the meaning of the season.

Case in point: Me. TB. I haven’t exactly been mailing it in this week.

Yeah, I know, Third Week is getting commercialized. It’s terrible. Next thing you know I’ll be forgetting about it’s pagan roots, Jewish songwriters will start penning sappy carols; we’ll all be forced into an extra visit from our crazy-ass uncle from Tallahatchie; a Charlie Brown special featuring Linus and the perfect Third Week power nap will appear; the postal service will issue a new stamp specifically designed NOT to be collected. (Wait for it. Wait for it……oh yes. TB do outdo myself sometimes).

You know the drill.

But like I said, I haven’t really gotten the 3W spirit this year what with having more work than I can shake a stick at–which sounds like work–stick shaking that is–but its really just a lot of motion, signifying nothing, perfectly in keeping with the Third Week ethos–and yet–as I believe I mentioned–the amount of work I have actually defies having a stick shaken in front of it.


Here’s the worst part. In my line I have to be thankful when I am thusly buried because that’s the only way to make one-a-them almighty dollars. Thankful.

Yep, that’s right. Here we are at the height of Third Week and I’m already skipping ahead to the second most wonderful (arguably) time of the year. It’s enough to make a guy lonely thinking about all those of you out there diligently mailing it in for 2014 already, bitter even, sort of sad. Which reminds me of Christmas and commercialization and I’m thinking once this Third Week thing really goes mainstream it’s gonna be one big circus of merchandise, bumper stickers, self righteous Facebook posts, and of course that Charlie Brown special and…..

……actually now that I think of it……all that sounds pretty freaking glorious…..hey you know what Third Week really needs? We need us a saint!

Remind me to get right on making all of this happen.

Next week.

No the week after.

No better make it January.

Late January.

Mail it in, friends, even if you have to do it in really small increments this year like me, and Happy Third Week!

Bumper stickers……yeah…….





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Nov 13

Thursday Pickin’ Season VII, Week 12

Quote of the Day:

“To succeed in life you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”     –Mark Twain

Mississippi State vs. Alabama.

The oddsmakers say it’s Bama and not that close.

The national media say it’s Bama like it always is.

History says it’s Bama and it’s not even funny.

So how should TB, long-suffering-self-loathing-disaster-prone State fan, approach this game?

Hells bells, with confidence of course!  Why not? We are the number one team in the nation. We have Dak Prescott. We have a roster of overachievers. Nobody’s hurt and we’re well rested. Yeah, I know we might lose–that’s how it is when you tee it up every week–that’s football. On the other hand, we match up even at worst with Alabama this year and in some of the key positions we are superior. Think I’m just trying to convince you and myself that “I believe?” Hey, I put my money where my mouth/keyboard is and shelled out $150 bucks for a ticket to sit by myself in the upper deck on a frigid Saturday in Tuscaloosa. You damn straight I expect to celebrate on my way out of the stadium.

Right now I’m celebrating on a  smaller scale my victory in last week’s POTW. I went 2-3 on bonus picks and now stand at 5-6, 31-22 on the year. The MTGU went 11-8-1 and 24-21-1 to move our collective records to 132-126-9 and 294-266.

RJ won the week with a POTW winner and 3-1 bonus picks. He was matched by all-in winners JLou, BR, Kitchen P, Face and Mac. List of the week goes to Nelson and Song of the Week to MD. Nobody hit a DOTW. SDog tied his POTW and went 3-0 on bonus picks to bust the curve.  The overall title is shaping up as a potential college roommate tussle between RSR and Kitchen P with only one or maybe two non-Ole Miss playing weekends with which to separate themselves from one another.

Here are last week’s results with bonus picks on parentheses:

  1. RJ (3-1)                  62
  2. JLou                       62
  3. Face                       62
  4. Mac                        62
  5. Kitchen P               62
  6. BR                          62
  7. Nelson (2-1,Lotw)   61
  8. Pitalo (3-2)             56
  9. Sweet (2-3)            49
  10. TB (2-3)                  49
  11. SmilyJ (1-2)            49
  12. SDog (3-0)              48
  13. Flyin’ J (3-1-1)         32
  14. MD (1-0, Sotw)       31
  15. Fish (2-1)                26
  16. BW Buzz (2-3)        14
  17. RSR                        10
  18. Irv                            10
  19. Special Guest Picker Doc Scoop  10
  20. Tiny D (0-4)              1

Season Standings:

  1. RSR                        491
  2. Kitchen P                490
  3. Flyin’ J                    454
  4. Sweet                     429
  5. Folly J                     426
  6. TB                          408
  7. Nelson                    407
  8. Face                       400
  9. TJ                           398
  10. SDog                      386
  11. MD                          382
  12. RJ                          382
  13. Fish                        370
  14. Pitalo                      365
  15. Mac                        363
  16. Tiny D                     350
  17. SmilyJ                    327
  18. Irv                           324
  19. Harmony                 328
  20. BW Buzz                314
  21. JLou                       307
  22. BR                          279
  23. A Bunch of Quitters  72-241
  24. Special Guest Picker Doc Scoop  76

Here are my Picks of the Week for the Big Pre-Third Week Celebration and except for MD Here’s your HandyDandy Link to the Odds:

  • Duke   -5
  • LSU  +2
  • Florida St  -2′
  • Arizona St  -9′
  • Michigan St  -12

POTW — Who else? Mississippi State  +8′

My Tunes:

  • Winning – Santana
  • Beautiful Day – U2
  • Let the Good Times Roll — BB King and Bobby Blue Bland
  • Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughn

SOTW – Jubilation Day – Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers

Also, this:


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