What can I say? It’s been a quiet week news wise. Sure the New Mexico Bowl and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl took place over the weekend, but there really wasn’t anything else. I make do, however, and spend most of the time talking about Kansas Sate. Look for that and Arizona, Nevada, RichRod, Bill Snyder, Kansas, Charlie Weiss, Penn State, Alabama, Texas, Iowa, and Hayden Fry Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 47: It’s My Kansas State Round Up
Yes, it’s bowl season and I’ve got a hankering for one more Bowl Pick It and Stick It. This time bowling is more exciting for me outside of the BCS Bowls. Part of it is the fact that Kansas State got jipped out of an appearance at the Sugar Bowl, but the other part is that the line up BCS wise is just not interesting enough. The Sugar and the Orange are lame. The BCS National Championship Game is a rematch of boredom. The Fiesta and Rose look good but the overall product leaves me underwhelmed. That’s what I’m stoked for the Cotton Bowl. It’s non BCS and has a top 10 BCS match up with Kansas State taking on Arkansas. SEC vs Big 12. Hell yeah. Click on through for the Bowl Pick It and Stick It information.
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So here’s the rest of the bowl line up:
|Gildan New Mexico
Temple vs. Wyoming
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Ohio vs. Utah State
|R+L Carriers New Orleans
San Diego State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
|Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg
Florida International vs. Marshall
|St. Petersburg, Fla.
|S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
TCU vs. Louisiana Tech
|MAACO Las Vegas
Arizona State vs. Boise State
Sam Boyd Stadium
Nevada vs. Southern Miss
|AdvoCare V100 Independence
Missouri vs. North Carolina
Western Michigan vs. Purdue
Louisville vs. NC State
Bank of America Stadium
|Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman
Toledo vs. Air Force
|Bridgepoint Education Holiday
California vs. Texas
Florida State vs. Notre Dame
Florida Citrus Bowl
Washington vs. Baylor
|Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
BYU vs. Tulsa
Gerald J. Ford Stadium
|New Era Pinstripe
Rutgers vs. Iowa State
|Franklin American Mortgage Music City
Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest
Iowa vs. Oklahoma
Sun Devil Stadium
|Meineke Car Care of Texas
Texas A&M vs. Northwestern
Georgia Tech vs. Utah
|El Paso, Texas
Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt
|Kraft Fight Hunger
Illinois vs. UCLA
Virginia vs. Auburn
Houston vs. Penn State
Michigan State vs. Georgia
Raymond James Stadium
Nebraska vs. South Carolina
Florida Citrus Bowl
|Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl
Ohio State vs. Florida
|Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio
Wisconsin vs. Oregon
Stanford vs. Oklahoma State
U. of Phoenix Stadium
Michigan vs. Virginia Tech
West Virginia vs. Clemson
Sun Life Stadium
Kansas State vs. Arkansas
|BBVA Compass Bowl
SMU vs. Pittsburgh
Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois
|Allstate BCS National Championship Game
No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama
Remember it’s a straight up pick but you can rank your confidence from 1 to 35. What other bowls are interesting you ask? Well, let’s start with the Big 12. Baylor and Washington look good for the Alamo Bowl, thanks to Robert Griffin III’s Hesiman win. Oklahoma playing Iowa for the first time in forever in the Insight Bowl sees Sooner head coach Bob Stoops head to his alma mater. What other games look good? How about the Outback Bowl with Georgia taking on Michigan State, another version of the BCS snub bowl. That’s about it for me. The others are decent but they just don’t jump out to me. Come back every Monday from here on out, though and we’ll go over the picks.
I buzzed by Cuatros last week while I was on the way to the Mellow Mushroom with my favorite lady. I almost missed it, but the 16 stacked television screens forming a massive screen jumped right out at me. I wanted to go north of downtown Austin and this place just makes the cut. It’s Red River Rivalry weekend so we’ll hope to get a spot there when we show up for the Kansas State game. There’s other games going on, though, so check out the spot and hopefully we’ll check you out there. Ole!
- 8:00 PM CT No. 5 Boise State at Fresno State Battle for the Milk Can (Friday)
- 11:00 AM CT No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Texas* The Red River Rivalry
- 2:00 PM CT Boston College at No. 8 Clemson Battle for the Leather Helmet
- 2:30 PM CT No. 17 Florida at No. 1 LSU
- 2:30 PM CT Kansas at No. 6 Oklahoma State
- 2:30 PM CT Missouri at No. 20 Kansas State
- 6:00 PM CT No. 15 Auburn at No. 10 Arkansas
- 6:00 PM CT No. 24 Texas A&M at Texas Tech
- 6:00 PM CT Iowa State at No. 25 Baylor
- 6:00 PM CT Arkansas State at Louisiana-Monroe Trail of Tears Classic
- 6:00 PM CT UNLV at Nevada Battle for Nevada and the Fremont Cannon
Notes: The Red River Rivalry is the biggest thing going on down here in this part of the country. I’m not so stoked for it. It’s a good thing that there’s nothing else going on first thing Saturday morning. It’s also good for me that the newly ranked Kansas State Wildcats follow that little ditty and host Missouri at 2:30. Florida vs LSU might eat up some television screens but I’m hoping to get the Wildcats on the big daddy. Later in the evening sees a couple of interesting bouts but I’ll be home by then and will only be able to get Ohio State and Nebraska. No thank you, I’ll probably be napping by then.
Conference play kind of opened up last weekend for the Big 12, but this weekend we have a couple of head to head match ups. I don’t know which game will be more exciting, the Texas vs Iowa State or Kansas State vs Baylor. The obvious is the Kansas State game but if you remember last year, Iowa State went down to Austin and beat the Longhorns. The local media around here is chirping about how it’s a revenge game but the player interviews talk about how they expect to handle Iowa State easily. We’ll find that out Saturday as well as just how real Kansas State’s defense really is. Here’s this week’s Pick It and Stick It: Continue reading Pick It and Stick It 2011 Week 05: Time To Play For Real
Whew! Another close one for the Big 12. I swear, the Big 12 is the greatest thing since MTV’s The Real World. If you want to talk about the best conferences, then the one with the best drama factor definitely is the Big 12. Yeah, they are staying together but we really don’t know for how long. So while they hold hands again and tell everybody that things are cool, let’s focus on some actual football. This week’s Pick It an Stick It kind of reflects the noise off the field. Like the Big 12, most of the great games are stuck together around 2:30 Saturday. That’s fine for me and my barspotting trip, but how will it fare for the picks? Continue reading Pick It And Stick It 2011 Week 04: Sticking Together
Last week was such a treat, let’s see if we can keep it going. It’s funny how the business side happens early in the week and the games get played later in the week. Now that everything has calmed down over conference realignment, it’s high time I thought about the pros and made a Draft Pick. They’re all business when it comes to football watching and I’ll be ready to do it. There’s a good block of games going on at the same time and I fully intend on watching all of them at the same time. Fortunately, they have a decent draft selection for me to sample from. Continue reading Barspotting: Draft Pick
Nope, not rivalry weekend, but a weekend so great it deserves its own trophy. Going into last weekend, I was nonplussed about the matchups, but after witnessing three epic games, I’m eating some crow. I may also be eating some crow with this week’s Pick It and Stick It Standings. Now last week, I was in last, but I’ve been bumped up to tied for last! I’m in a hole like Chip Kelly and Notre Dame, but I totally believe I can turn it around. Now on to the standings: Continue reading Pick It Standings 2011 Week 02: A Trophy Weekend
That’s right, I’ll be on a plane shortly but I want to get the picks up for the week. It’s hard to stay focused with the Big 12 in legal gridlock. You know, I thought professional wrestling was soap opera for guys but now I know that college football realignment is the real deal. No offense to the WWE, but this stuff is way better than the scripted stuff I used to watch. So as the conference turn, get your picks in and hope for the best.
Yes we’re back with the 2011 Edition of Mascot Monday! I gave long and serious thought to quitting this here weekly ditty, but a quick check to the logs revealed that Mascot Monday is one of my more popular items. So here I am forging ahead. I was gonna kick off the year with a BCS bang, but then I realized I already profiled the mascots for all of the BCS Bowl teams. So the next best bang was the one given to Boise State at the hands of the Nevada Wolfpack. We’re going to over the history of the Pack as well as their fluffy mascots. Also, we’ll point out agin why baseball is not covered here.
Nevada showed up athletically around the 1890s and were referred to as the Sagebrushers or Sage Hens. That sounded limp so they were called the ‘Sage Warriors’ in the local newspapers. As with alot of the cool mascot names, a local newspaper described the team with what was to become the actual team name and mascot. In 1921, a writer called the team as a ‘pack of wolves.’ Football wise, they had a program around the 1890s but there doesn’t seem to be much hoopla around it, except for the Cal game that ended in a 0-0 tie. Well, that and last year’s rise to a national ranking.
As for the costumed critter, Wolfie showed up in the 1970s. Since then, there’s been changes left and right with the mascot get-up at Nevada. A Wolfette pranced around in 1986 and Wolfie sported a big old ‘N’ top hat sometime after. Then of course was more familial changes. This site describes it best. Wolfie’s cousin Alphie replaced him in 1999. Wolfie Jr, popped back into the scene in 2007. So we have cousins and sons and I guess a true ‘Pack’ of wolves. It’s still confusing. Was Wolfette Wolfie’s wife or relavtive? How did a Wolfie Jr come about?
Let’s take a look at the alpha of the pack, Alphie. The standard head to toe fur covers Alphie while he sports a football jersey to cover up his naughty bits, Disney style. Back in the day, they changed his look from a fierce one to a more kid friendly one. Fair enough. Woflie Jr. is a spitting image 0f Alphie. There’s not much difference except for clothing style. You know, if Nevada tries hard to keep a family tree together for the Pack, they need to make sure that each member is a little more distinguished.
That’s what it comes down to me for Alphie and Wolfie Jr. I like how they look, but they look too much the same. They need to take lessons from WCW’s version of the Wolfpack. That’s right, we’re talking NWO Wolfpack. Even though they wore the same colors, each member had their own style. Macho Man Randy Savage had his fringy attire while Konnan went the ethnic hispanic route. Heck even Scott Hall and Kevin Nash made sure that one wore the regular shirt while the other wore a tank top. Seriously, Nevada, take a lesson from these guys. They’re just. Too. SWEET!
I can’t take away the big victory from Nevada last year, however. They were the ones that finally toppled the mini giant in the Boise State Broncos. Sure it took a major choke job from the Broncos kicker, but the Wolf Pack stopped the Broncos in their track and garnished a tasty victory in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl over Boston College. So even though Alphie and Wolfie Jr could use a serious makeover, we should celebrate them. Just make sure they don’t dance too hard and fall over themselves again.
It’s the last week of college football and we’ve had enough drama to fill up the entire bowl season. Happy 2011 to everyone out there and I hope you survived any New Year’s Party you decided to attend. New Year’s day saw my annual tradition of going over to Jolly’s parents house and planting myself in one spot for 12 hours of college football. It was a good day for me as the overrated Big 10 went 0-5 that day and the Big 12 went 2-0. That and the left over ham from the New Year’s Party served us well in between meats, cheeses, and crackers. Beefy indeed. Here’s this week’s standings going into the last week:
Yes, it’s the 2010 edition and first ever annual KC College GameDay Year End Reviewards! What’s a revieward? Welp, it’s a half assed attempt to round up the year in review and then dole out some nameless awards out to who or what I think mattered in the year of college football. It applies to the regular season only as I really don’t want to come back to this. At any rate, I’m shooting from the hip so all you midgets our there better watch your heads.
It’s the last real week of college football for about a month so let’s get down to Crib Sheet business. Bowls are coming, invitations are going out, and we have a good chuck on news for you to nibble on. Let’s check it out:
We’re coming into the last week of the Pick It and Stick It and we have some movement in the standings. We also have some major movement in the BCS Standings. Any kind of movement is great after the weekend that was in Thanksgiving Day turkey massacres. So I’m heading back to the gym and getting ready for conference championship weekend. I also have a play at the Pick It and Stick It Championship so there will be some mental squats done to build up my Pick It muscle. Let’s take a look at the long weekend that was first.
Okay, so no, I’m not talking about VH1 and guests like Chris Jericho and the unfunny guy from The State, I’m talking about college football! Every year I’m reminded that we get piles upon piles of traditional football matchups on top of piles and piles of turkey. This year is a little different, however. The rivalry games are all over the place, but alot of them have national title implications. It’s only halfway through the weekend and already the BCS title race has been blown up, kinda.
Okay, so it’s a little late, but I was enthralled with the bevy of college football that was on a Friday. So I apologize for being late, but it’s better than never. I know everyone out there was sitting there wondering just what the latest pick set was available in between the football and more football today. Welp, we had some picks for today come and go but we also have some ready to rock for tomorrow. If you got the time like I do on this long Thanksgiving Day Weekend, then check out the picks and see how you’ve fared.