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ROLL tide ROLL: Rose Bowl tonight!

January 7, 2010

I would be highly remiss if I didn’t mention that the FBS National Championship Rose Bowl game is TONIGHT!

I think you can tell who I’m rooting for.

Here’s why:

  1. I’ve always kinda liked Alabama and sported an Alabama hat around my senoir year of high school.
  2. Mark Ingram cried getting the Heisman (even if he did beat Tim Tebow, boo).

  3. I’ve always kinda hated Texas and it reminds me of the girls at the elite college I went to before I transferred who decorated our hall in “Hook ’em Horns!” decor. I don’t think they watched football.
  4. Colt McCoy is a tool. But this commercial is nice.

Just call me Miss Cleo…NFL week 1 predictions

September 11, 2009

My tocaya and pseudosister, SH, is obsessed with Myers-Briggs.  The last time I stayed with her she told me she had the test, so of course I took it.  Turns out, I’m a INFJ (SH is a ENFJ, no wonder we’re such good friends).  Her results book told me, among other things, that my type (which is only 2% of the population) has ESP.  Well, yeah, I could have told you that a long time ago, but it’s nice to have my suspicions confirmed.  So to get the 2009 NFL season started off right, I’m going to channel those psychic powers to predict week one winners:

ETA: My picks in bold, winners underlined.

  • Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 13-10 (I cheated, they played last night)
I bought earrings in New Orleans from a woman who looked like this.


  • Jackonsville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts
  • Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints (how could I not?)
  • Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Denver Broncos @ Cincinatti Bengals
  • Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens
  • New York Jets @ Houston Texans
  • Minnesota Vikings @ Cleveland Browns
  • Miami Dolphins @ Atlanta Falcons
  • Philadelphia Eagles @ Carolina Panthers (sorry fellas)
  • Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
  • San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals
  • St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks
  • Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers (eep!)


  • Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots
  • San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders

Got any predictions of your own? Leave ’em in the comments!

CFB week 1 roundup

September 9, 2009

With the first week of NCAA football complete, I thought you might like to take a look at the newest Top 25 power rankings.  Good week for: TCU Horned Frogs, who didn’t even have to play to stay in the top 25.  Bad week for: my baby daddy & Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, who sprained his “AC joint” (aka shoulder) vs. BYU.  Coach Bob Stoops is expecting him to be out for 2-4 weeks, but no surgery is needed. (Whew!)  I sprained my ankle in a hardcore flag football game last fall, so I feel your pain, honey buns.

Oh, I forgot to mention that Bradford is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.  I also forgot to mention that he is not really my baby daddy.  In fact, I don’t even have a baby.  I can just see the ESPN ticker now…

Fourth quarter, no quarter… way

September 7, 2009

Back at ECU, we take being pirates seriously. Jimmy Buffett is our hero, “argghhh” is our battlecry, and some people think they ARE Captain Morgan. So when we’re ahead nearing the end of a football game, everyone makes the skull and crossbones with their wrists in the spirit of “fourth quarter, no quarter.”  (For you non-pirates, that means ‘take no prisoners.’ We kill you.)

To open the season, however, the football team kinda let that go by the wayside. I think senior safety Van Eskridge said it best: “Today we came out, had a fast start and jumped on them early. I think we kinda relaxed because we were playing so well early.” In addition to chilled-out players, heat cramps from the hot eastern Carolina sun (oddly enough, affecting only the East Carolina players) didn’t help. With a 29-7 lead going into the fourth, the Pirates relaxed enough to allow App to rack up SEVENTEEN POINTS in just over 10 minutes. Fortunately, an App quarterback sack with 1:28 left in the game sealed the deal for the Pirates.

“We had some cramping issues on defense. …I don’t know how you prepare for cramping issues because we’ve run more in this camp than we have in any other camps that I’ve had,” said head coach Skip Holtz (a Greenville celebrity, and yes, son of ESPN great “Dr.” Lou Holtz). Coach, give those boys a banana.

But a win is still a win.  Said Holtz, “It’s great to be 1-0 sitting here this afternoon. Fifty percent of the teams in the country would gladly trade places with us right now.”

Need a recap?  Click to feel like you were there.  Need more Pirates?  Check out Denny’s blogs at Bonesville.

P.S. I like to pretend I know punter Matt Dodge because my roommates played rec soccer with his sister junior year.  And to not know him, I really like him a lot.  Why?  “I told God, ‘I’m going to do this one for You,’ and I knew that He was with me.  I had faith in Him. …Luckily it was a good punt,” he said of his last kick of the game.  Mmmm, yeah, we’re bff’s.

Paint it purple, y’all

September 4, 2009

In the spirit of college colors day, you better believe I was sporting my East Carolina College of Nursing t-shirt, even up on Franklin Street at the University of North Carolina where my sister goes (heyyy B).  Yes, I did get some dirty looks in “blue heaven.”  No, I did not care.  For tomorrow the defending Conference-USA champs open their season against Appalachian State, the 2005, 2006, AND 2007 NCAA Division I FCS (I-AA) national champions.

Patrick Pinkney is back at QB for the Pirates for a sixth (?!) season.  BATC special correspondent Diamond (aka dad) and I have decided he must have gotten injured, injured bad.  PP, if we blow ’em away to start this season, try not to let it all go to your head.  Kthx.

My old roommate’s dad (an App alum…heyyyy ST x2) is STOKED for the game and has been talking about us going since LAST summer.  Too bad I forgot to buy a ticket.  Oops.  Never fear, the game starts at noon and will be shown on MASN and locally on WITN.

Conference play opens tonight with Tulsa taking on Tulane in the best city on earth.  On ESPN now for your viewing pleasure.

I’m not quitting my day job just yet…

September 4, 2009

So the Wolfpack dropped the season opener to the Gamecocks for the second year in a row, 7-3.  I was not even close.  Recap here courtesy of

Also not a good night for my NFL teams, as both the Saints and the Panthers lost.  Again.  I hope the Panthers 0-4 preseason record is not indicative of the season to come. Check it for other scores.

As we were told by the parking attendant in Chapel Hill: “That ain’t no good.”

Let the games begin

September 3, 2009

Ladies and gents, tonight marks the beginning of the 2009 season of NCAA college football and no one is more excited than me that it’s an ACC/SEC matchup.

The Gamecocks of the University of South Carolina are coming to North Carolina State’s Carter-Finley Stadium to do battle, and what a battle it will be.  These two teams started the last season in a matchup where USC walked away victorious, and State coach Tom O’Brien (bonus points if you know where he coached last) is looking to settle the score.

After the initial loss to USC, State lost another three of their next five games.  The ‘Pack pulled it together and ended the season 4-0, sending them to the bowl in Mobile, Alabama, where they were edged out by Rutgers, 29-23.

The Gamecocks did just the opposite, starting the season 5-2, but ended on a three-game losing streak.  Make it four if you count their loss to Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

Sophomore Stephen Garcia will lead the Gamecocks tonight at quarterback, under the direction of head coach Steve Spurrier.  Sophomore quarterback Russell Wilson will make the start for the Wolfpack, and let’s hope this season starts better than last (he left the first game with a concussion).  Let me just tell y’all, this guy is phenomenal.  I had the pleasure of watching him heat up the gridiron on a cold and rainy day at Carter-Finley versus Miami, and it’s no wonder he was the first freshman named to the All-ACC First Team at quarterback.

My pick?  My dad went to State, and I’ve bled Wolfpack red for most of my life (too bad they didn’t have a nursing program).  That, in addition to the ‘Pack’s improvement over the summer and their home field advantage, leads me to choose N.C. State over USC, 24-21.

Less than an hour ’til kickoff! The game will be on ESPN at 7pm.  Oregon and Boise State square up at 10.

More into NFL action? Check tonight’s schedule here (Lord Jesus, please let the Panthers win, and I mean it).

P.S. Tom O’Brien used to coach at Boston College. Your boy will be impressed you know that.