It's Friday, which means I gaze into the crystal ball, analyze my 9-point system, or simply throw darts at a sports page -- PREDICTIONS!
- College Football
I wish THE Ohio State University would travel to Iowa later this year, undefeated, so my Hawkeyes could have a chance at knocking off a #1 team. Ain't gonna happen. Texas (-2) over Ohio State. I'm overthinking myself, but I like Notre Dame (+8) over Penn State. And even though my Hawks will win, they won't cover, Syracuse (+21) over Iowa.
At the last minute I decided the Steelers were better than the Dolphins, and I was right (28-17). I think it had something to do with NBC being INSANELY pro-Steelers. When a network tries to pump up the crowd for 30 minutes, it's tough to gain control. Also, Daunte Culpepper picked up where he left off before the injury (0 TD, 2 INT). He looked shaky the whole night. The picks are the Bears (-3.5) over the Packers, the Colts (-3.5) over the Giants, and the Eagles (-5.5) over the Texans. There is a logic that says you should always take a home team that is getting points, I'm doing the opposite all three times.
Not much to say about basketball, except that I agree 100 percent with Chuck Klosterman about his recent article about creating a under-20 team to compete for USA Basketball. But it would also require honesty from programs and players. So don't look for this to happen anytime soon.
Ummm, first weekend of football, or watching baseball teams whose records hover around .500 trying to jockey for position to secure a wild card spot ... That's what I thought. See you on Monday.
Smile, it's Friday. Go crazy, just be careful. Remember what happened to Jessie.