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Dart Board Predictions 2012: Just Make Sure You Don’t Touch Anybody

Yup it’s time I wing them again.  I don’t like making things ultra official and professional (note the website) and I will follow that same lack of format for another Pick It and Stick It Special.  It’s Dart Board Predictions time!  I don’t keep track so if you want to hit me up on the Twitterz (twitter.com/kccgd) or email ([email protected]) and let me know just how smart or dumb I am.  So with that out of the way, let’s sharpen up the darts and start tossing.  Get out of the way.

  • I for some reason kept picking Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden to kick the bucket on the field.  I was wrong on both shots (but there’s a chance with Bobby still).  This year I will predict that NO ONE will die on the field.  Practice field doesn’t count.  I know about the sickle cell.
  • After capping off the offseason with a newly announced college football playoffs, college presidents will realize the folly of their way and go back the BCS system.  The robots will be replaced by committee members.
  • Brent Musburger starts to fade as he delves into dementia not unlike Keith Jackson 10 years ago.  The only difference, he will still shill and sound super excited.
  • Hey I picked a Big 12 Champion, so who will that champion play?  Pretty easy, it’s BCS bowl bound for Oklahoma against Virginia Tech because Frank Beamer.
  • So that means that the Hokies will win the ACC again and I’m not sure anyone will really care.
  • With the WAC shutting down, you’ll see other lower tier conferences going away.  I’m looking at you Sun Belt.
  • Charlie Weiss will get so frustrated at Kansas, that his front butt will lash out and strike a player.  Unlike his almost twin in old head coach Mark Mangino, no one will seem to care about it.  Poor blowhard Weiss.
  • The Big East will be renamed to The Big after they finish this year announcing new members Hawaii and Japan.
  • Texas A&M and Missouri do okay in the SEC this year.  After they get done cleaning up the table when the big boys are done.
  • Mike Leech trades his sword in for a bow and arrow and starts pegging apples at Washington State.  This somehow inspires Wazzu to double their wins to 2.
  • USC will walk into the Pac 12 as the favorite and will more than likely walk out the winner.  Oregon lost so much except those tasty uniforms.
  • But Matt Barkley will not win the Heisman Trophy.  The consolation?  The next contestant on The Bachelor.
  • Who will win the Heisman?  It’s a quarterback sport anymore so I think it will be someone from the that position.  I see Geno Smith nailing with Collin Klein coming in second.  Such a homer pick.
  • Speaking of Kansas State, Bill Snyder will live through the year and see a bowl win finally.  Maybe in the Beef O’Bradys Bowl.
  • Craig James will spew out some nonsense and get accepted to the Green Party’s ticket for president alongside Rosanne Barr.
  • I really do think this may be Michigan’s year for a Big 10 title. Unfortunately as soon as they step on that stage, they will instantly be overhyped and lose out in the Rose Bowl.
  • About 100 more players will be suspended due to mysterious ‘team rules’ epidemic going around.
  • I will not win Pick It and Stick It again this year.  I’m hedging my bet right now and will be saying ‘Called It!’ in December.
  • USC will face LSU and win in the BCS National Championship Game.  Only because USC did me so well in EA Sports NCAA College Football and LSU just doesn’t have it, much to the chagrin of everything SEC.
  • Finally, super predictor Phil Steele will rip off most of my predictions from this column and discredit everything else he did in 2012.

Purple Yeti Roar 19: Remembering On Memorial Day

I took some time out of my busy weekend remembering out troops and grilling out some hamburgers to pop on and tell ya what happened in the week that was college football.  Quick answer: not much.  But tune in and see about Clemson, Miami, ACC, Big 12, Florida State, Memorial Day, Craig James, SEC, Alabama, and Chuck Neinas.

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Crib Sheet: Christmas Balls Will Be Ringing

Yes! Christmas vacation starts today for me!  I remember back in the day how Christmas vacation lasted way longer than just a week, but I’ll take what I can get.  Back in the day I used only a couple of crib sheets and you’ll be seeing one today.  The news is not as light as I would like but I’m forging on.  Bowl season and the holiday season is upon us so it’s time to celebrate!  On with the crib sheet!

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Crib Sheet: Prizes Inside!

It’s that time of year again.  The time to hand out awards for special play by special players.  The Big 12 awards popped out and there were a couple surprises.  The one that jumps out at me is the ‘All-purpose’ award for Kansas State’s Collin Klein.  Was that ever used before in the past?  It seems like they cooked it up just for Klein.  I mean, he’s no Heisman winner, but he was the most important person on the team for the Wildcats.  I guess as a Kansas State fan, I’ll take what I can get.  You have to take what you can get with this week’s Crib Sheet as well, so lets’ get doling:

Crib Sheet: Time To Go On A Diet

Well, it’s certainly been a recovery week now, hasn’t it?  We’ve got one more week of college football and I’m still wiped out from last week.  I guess it’s time to go on a diet.  Or at least a flash one.  I’ve got about three weeks to slim back down and it’s going to be rough.  The diet starts today with the Crib Sheet.  Most of the news out there is just hype over the SEC, so I’m not going to waste your time on that.  There is, however, some small tasty nuggets of news that you are all welcome to bite into.  But after that I need 20 push ups.  And… GO!

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Crib Sheet: Closing A Chapter on This Book

Okay so alot of stuff happened over the last week regarding the Penn State Jerry Sandusky situation.  And when I say alot of stuff, I mean alot.  Basically, that school is screwed and it will take forever to rebuild.  I’m sure due process will play out and what not, but it’s passed the point of no longer needing to be covered here.  So let’s cheer up a bit.  I’m going to a live college football game Saturday! I’m already getting stoked because I have some buds coming into town to watch it with me.  In the meantime, here’s this week’s Crib Sheet:

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Throwing Darts in 2011: Prediction Time

Here we go on my annual predictions for the upcoming college football season. I peer into my crystal viking horn and blow out what I think will happen for the year 2011.  From the BCS Championship Game to what color socks Oregon will wear in week 10, I throw it all on the board and see what makes triples and doubles.  So what do I think will happen?  Let’s find out:

  • Going big, the BCS Championship Game will be between Alabama and Oregon.  Alabama’s avoided the NCAA cartel but Oregon hasn’t as much.  I’m taking a risk on Oregon, but I don’t see any other team outside of the SEC that is title worthy.  Sure there’s Oklahoma but man I’ve been burned by them before.
  • Texas A&M will leave the Big 12 to go the SEC.  The SEC will poach and ACC, probably Florida State.  The Big 12 stays in Texas and nabs either SMU or Houston.
  • Mike Leach will show up in a pirate outfit on Halloween.  I’m not sure where, but it will be damn scary.
  • The NCAA hires enough people for them to actually do their job.  This is a big guess.
  • The first ever Big 10 Championship Game will feature new member Nebraska and current NCAA crosshairs, Ohio State.  Ohio State wins it and causes everyone to freak out.
  • Like I said before, Oregon will win the inaugural Pac 12 Championship Game against Arizona State.
  • Tyler Gabbert will not be a starting quarterback.
  • In my Big 12 preview, I picked Oklahoma to win the Big 12 but they will not be undefeated and will choke against somebody.
  • Super recruiter Willie Lyles will be paid even more money by selling recruiting tapes of a young breakout by the name of Hershel Walker.
  • I have no friggin’ clue who will win the Heisman this year.  Probably LaMichael James, he was a finalist last year.  Yeah, so was Andrew Luck but I’m picking the Ducks over the Trees this year.
  • Notre Dame gets on the winning track this year by displaying a tall video tower at the end of the opponents field for each home game.  They may, by the grace of God, make a BCS bowl this year.
  • Penn State head coach Joe Paterno will NOT die on the field this.  I’ve tried hard with this in the past but I need my prediction average to go up.
  • Kansas fans will start asking about basketball season after the 1st quarter of the first football game this year.
  • The Longhorn Network will not be successful to begin with.  Texas finishing in the middle of the Big 12/10/9 will force ESPN to dump a bunch of infomercials on it.  Hook ‘Em Horns Turbo Snakes anyone?  There’s already Snuggies.
  • TCU will step on Boise State’s neck the only year they are together in the Mountain West Conference.
  • This whole mess with players not getting enough resources to go through college will stop.  We’ll see at cost scholarships show up so the players can get a stipend to pay for laundry and lap dances.
  • One of the Brown brothers will do good, the other one will be mediocre for Kansas State.  Still, the Wildcats make a bowl.
  • Craig James will still be a douche.
  • Erin Andrews will get bumped off the top sideline hottie list.  At least there’s naked pictures of her online.
  • The Ivy League, after limiting collision practice and targeting head injuries, will be the first conference to go all flag football.  No one will care.
  • And finally, I will get used to being in a different town.  Kansas City was nice and Austin is turning out to be pretty cool.  I also predict that I will not miss the snow but will miss the snow days.

Mascot Monday: Peruna

Back again this week for another Mascot Monday and we are slowly but surely counting down our list of mascots not yet covered that are in Phil Steele’s 2001 Top 50 list.  This week we’ll look at both versions of Southern Methodist University’s Peruna.  Most people know SMU as that one football team that had so many NCAA violations in the 80s that they got what was coined ‘The Death Penalty.’  Some people today may connect the dots between ESPN analyst Craig James and SMU as well.  But where we’ll be drawing on is the past and present day Mustangs mascot.

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Crib Sheet: The Football Drought is Almost Over

I know, I know, the summer heat based themes keep on coming. I’m still getting acclimated to the high climate down here and it’s all that’s on my brain. Some would say I’m in a drought for college football. Relief is right around the corner but as of now I’m super parched. Grab a glass a water for me and check out this week’s Crib Sheet:

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Crib Sheet: SXSW Short Edition

Hey, I trucked down to SXSW here in Longhorn Country and Austin, Texas.  So who would’ve thunk that we would actually be diligent enough to post another Crib Sheet?  Well, we did.  Here’s this week’s shortened Crib Sheet:

Crib Sheet: At the Dotted Line Please

Signing Day is upon us! Today is the day of the year when high school kids across the country pick their football mates and spurn others.   The ritual goes on for years, sometimes, and the final chapter only begets a new book in life.  So congratulations to all the kids across the USA who not only get to play big time football, but also get a big time scholarship.  Maybe they can become meterologist or study something failry easy like communications.  Here’s our communications thesis, the Crib Sheet:

  • A new award for the most versatile college football player was announced last week.  It’s the Paul Hornung Award, named after the former all around guy and Notre Damer.  We doubt any lineman will be getting this one.
  • Due to the open records act for state of Texas and Texas Tech University, we now find that Craig James threatened to sue Texas Tech if Mike Leach’s actions taken for his son Adam were not investigated.  So now it is confirmed that Craig James was trying to pull some weight around there.  On the other hand, it is his kid and he was worried about his kids health.  Any father would want to protect his kid from injury.  The problem here is the action taken was just sending him away from the team.  Nothing physical.  Nothing really mentally debilitating.   Fathers take note:  don’t be a douche like Craig James.
  • We now know that Turner Gill will be making about $2 million per year from his contract, gathered from the release of they detail of his contract.  He’ll have a tall order to rebuild (already) a busted up Kansas team.  Hey, if he can do it he deserves and then some.
  • Speaking of Kansas, the Gridiron Club plans appear to be dead in the water.  The initial project fulfills the need to stack some rich people high up in new luxury suites and toss free food and drink down their throat.  Too bad the team tanked this year, as if they had actually been competitive, they might have had a shot of following through on this thing.
  • In what looks like to be a ploy to somehow win back some people, the Justice Department responded back to Senator Orrin Hatch’s request to investigate the legality of the BCS system in college football.  The Obama administration wrote in a memo detailing options on what it could do to help resolve the issue if it so inclined to get involved.  We’re not sure if the administration is placating Hatch or not, but one thing is for sure, if they spend too much time on this issue it will backfire for them.
  • The much ballyhooed Senior Bowl came and went.  Nothing happened.  Okay, well, Tim Tebow played really bad and we’ll see him running the ball or holding the clipboard next year in the NFL.  LeGarrette Blount ran for a touchdown so his draft stock went up.   Outside of that, just another football game.  Hey, at least those kids were trying versus the big boys in the Pro Bowl.
  • The recruiting trail is heating up and there’s one big commitment that new Kansas coach Turner Gill just landed.  Brandon Bourbon was going to go to Stanford, but Gill influenced the four star recruit to become a Jayhawk.  This was much needed for Gill as he lost a couple of four star guys when Mark Mangino got fired.  We wonder what type of whiskey Brandon drinks.
  • ESPN blogger Tim Griffith points to an article breaking down hometowns of the nation’s football recruits.  While he finds most of the kids that play in the Big 12 come from Texas, the more surprising stat is that Kansas City is number 3.  Way to go, local kids, now stay in the local area schools.

Crib Sheet: One More Game To Go

Bowl season and, well, the whole college football season is almost over.  We have one more HUGE game left.  No, not the GMAC Bowl tonight, but the BCS National Championship game!  We here at the KCCGD promise you that we will keep the hype to a minimum as the other outlets have that way covered.  So, in lieu of that, we will have another exciting rendition of the Crib Sheet.  Some emotional coaching moments happened in the last week, both high and low, so let’s get right to it:

  • So Mike Leach up and got fired.  Apparently the officials at Texas Tech didn’t like how he handled Adam James.  We’re thinking they are getting back at him for the contract dispute they had earlier this year.  All they needed was an excuse and they got one from Craig James.  Mild concussion or not, the fact that they had a trainer there with ice and water for the kid doesn’t show that he’s been treated poorly.   If any mistreatment is happening, it’s from Papa James thinking his son has talent.  This one is far from over, folks.
  • The 911 call from Urban Meyer’s wife reveal that he was having massive chest pains after his Florida Gators lost to Alabama in the SEC Championship game.  This guy puts everything he has into coaching.  Funny how all it took was  one practice and he came back to coaching, with 2 days removed from retirement.  It’s truly inspiring and we hopes he recovers.
  • Bobby Bowden won his last game ever against West Virginia , a team he once coached, in the Gator Bowl.  He even got to plants the spear on the filed.  A tradition held by the the team’s mascot.  Our question:  when is Joe Paterno next?  Not soon, as his Penn State team whupped up on LSU.
  • Domino’s CEO David Brandon has accepted the athletic director position at the University of Michigan.  What does pizza have to do with college sports?  Usually during the games in the stadiums its hot dogs and cotton candy.  Who knows?  Brandon did play for Bo Schembechler, however.  So it looks like pizza will send for Rich Rodriguez if he doesn’t make a bowl this year.
  • ESPN will unveil a 3D channel next year and show the BCS National Championship game on it in 2011.  What could be better than seeing that goofy mascot head pop onto Lee Corso’s body in glorious 3D?  Okay, lots of things.  But now all we need are glasses and a tv equipped with 3D technology and we can enjoy it all together!

Crib Sheet: Decade of Football Remberence

…will not be discussed here.  We’ve seen enough on the other websites so we are just going to say this was the best decade evar.  All due to the KCCGD.  Plus we’re still drying off from all of the snow that’s still dumping outside.  Fortunately, there’s a bowl game on every night to keep us warm and cozy.  New Year Eve and Day will be packed full of bowls as well.  It’s the last huzzah of the college football season and the decade, help us celebrate in in style! Until then, here’s this week’s crib sheet:

  • TCU head coach Gary Patterson is your AP Head Coach of the Year.  The former Kansas State alum took a mid-con team undefeated and in the top ranks of the BCS.  This guy deserves it.  Now only if he rides out the contract a couple of years and takes over for Bill Snyder 2.0 in a couple of years.  Heck, they may be a part of the Big 12 in a couple of years anyway.  Congrats, coach.
  • Missouri Governor Jay Nixon took some pot shots at Texas Tech and Oklahoma State while trumping up support for the rumored Missouri move to the Big 10.  Basically he said those schools housed dumb people.  Boy if the Tigers stay in the Big 12 after all of this, look out for some revenge to be had in the next couple of seasons.
  • Sarah Thomas was the first female official to game a bowl Saturday at the Little Caesars Bowl.  Some true ground was broken and word has it, she’s being eyeballed by the NFL.  So now all we need to see are some ladies on the field competing.  But not a Kathy Ireland type thing.
  • He’s in, he’s out, he’s somewhat both.  Last weekend, Urban Meyer resigned from the team, announced he was coaching the Sugar Bowl, then announced he was coming back next year.  Apparently this all was due to health issues.  We think that many Florida fans and alums are experienced some heart related health issues upon hearing this set of news.
  • Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach gets the suspension card handed down to him for mistreating Adam James, Craig James kid, because of a concussion he had.  Leach’s side of the story includes no apologies and a meddling former NFL player dad.  It seems the recent incident with Mark Mangino is helping other players come out of the closet against tough guy coaches.  Everyone knew that Leach is a pirate and a pirates life is rough, however.  Yearggh.  And this pirate is seeking an court order to play the Alamo Bowl.  This one’s going to get ineteresting.