10-27-10: 2010 College Football Picks, Week 9

Hello again everybody...

The World Series kicks off tonight. Lincecum versus Lee. The Fall Classic. Am I excited? Yeah, just a little bit.

If you missed Monday's column, I broke down what the two clubs need to do to win it all there, so go check it out before first pitch tonight.

People keep saying that the ratings are going to be down due to smaller markets being involved, and initially, they'll probably be right. But if these two clubs go six or seven games, and the drama builds as the Series goes along, it could be something really special.

First pitch is at 6:57pm central time, on Fox network. Check your local listings.

Today, however, the focus here is on college football. We have picks to review from last week and picks to make for the weekend to come.

And we'll get to those...

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“It is a great ability to be able to conceal one's ability.”
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680), French author

Think I suck at making college football picks? Perhaps I'm just skilled at concealing my ability!


2010 College Football Picks, Week 9


10-25-10: 2010 MLB Post-Season Mayhem, Part the 3rd

Hello again everybody...

Welcome back to another week. Hope your weekend was as good as mine.

Did I do anything particularly memorable? Not really. But it was relaxing and pretty low-key, and I can't get enough of that.

Oh, and my favorite college football team beat a highly-ranked opponent for the second week in a row, this time on the road!

Be honest, you didn't think you were getting through this column without a Badger Football mention did you?!

I'll save the detailed breakdown for Wednesday or Friday, but suffice to say, the Badgers are now tenth in the latest BCS rankings. I don't think their schedule will allow them to climb up into the top two, even if they win out, but a BCS bowl is now a definite possibility.

Two weeks ago, I'd never have been able to imagine it. Oh, how I love college football!

But as I indicated, college football talk is for later in the week. Today is about baseball.

The World Series participants have been set, and if I had made picks before the LCS's, I'd have been 100% wrong. That's why it's fun to watch, right?

So let's get to the previewing...

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“The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.”
- Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881), Scottish satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher

Personally, I prefer to be unconscious as a general rule (I likes me some sleep).

MLB Post-Season Mayhem, Part the 3rd


10-22-10 DFTU

Hello again everybody...

We've made it through another week!

Okay, okay, it was a short one for me. Actually it was back-to-back short weeks now that I think about it. You have to love four-day weekends, no?

Anyway, the weekend is nigh, and that means it's time to catch up on the current states of my favorite teams.

And we'll get to that... right after the quote.

“An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969), Supreme Allied Commander and 34th President of the United States

Ummm... no comment?

It's time... once again... for everybody's favorite segment...

Dan's Favorite Teams Update


10-20-10: 2010 College Football Picks, Week 8

Hello again everybody...

I know the apologies are getting old, but I have an honest to goodness explanation as to why this column is getting up late.

When I wrote on Monday that I'd have this column up as usual on Wednesday, I failed to take into account my plans to attend the Wild/Canucks game on Tuesday night at the same time I'd usually be writing for Wednesday.

So instead of cranking out today's column, I was putting together this game story and these cuts from the post-game coach's press conference. Feel free to check them out.

So that's that. Sorry for the lateness, but trust me, it was for a good cause. I promise!

My picks may have been delayed, but they'll never be denied! Let's get to them, then...

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“It takes too much energy to be against something unless it's really important.”
- Madeleine L'Engle (1918 - 2007), American writer

What could be more important than college football? Um... well... I'll get back to you on that!

2010 College Football Picks: Week 8


10-18-10: RGC XIII - Nebraska vs. Texas

Hello again everybody...

First off, sorry for getting this up so late in the day. It was a whale of a trip to Nebraska this weekend and that included a couple of long car trips and a couple of restless nights (I never sleep well in a hotel), so I was pretty zonked by the time we got back to Minneapolis on Sunday.

Instead, then, of cranking this column out on Sunday afternoon/evening like I usually do, I waited til today to write it and the whole process took longer than I planned.

Mea Culpa.

In any case, it was a memorable weekend and I can't wait for you to get to read about it, so let's get on with it already!

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“Seek simplicity, and distrust it.”
- Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947), English mathematician and philosopher

Everything was set up for a big win by the Huskers over their hated rival Texas, but I knew better than to trust it!

Running Game Commentary XIII: Nebraska vs. Texas


10-15-10: MLB Post-Season Mayhem, Part the Second

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By the time you read this, I'll be on the road headed southwestward on my trip to go see Nebraska/Texas, the final chapter!

I can't wait to experience the promised nirvana of college football that exists in Lincoln, Nebraska!

So you'll have to forgive me if I keep today's column a touch short. I still have to pack, then double-check to pack the stuff I forgot the first time, then triple-check just to make sure I didn't miss anything (Thanks, Mom).

So instead of the usual Friday DFTU column, I decided to do a quick preview of the LCS's which start tonight.

Let's get to the previewing then!

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“Given a choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier.”
- Blore's Razor

If you can't be right, at least be entertaining!

MLB Post-Season Mayhem, Part the Second


10-13-10: 2010 College Football Picks, Week 7

Hello again everybody...

Welcome to another Wednesday. My pick-up for the Big Red Road-trip is scheduled for shortly after 9am on Friday morning, so in an effort not to get my sleep-cycle too out of whack, allow me to quickly get to the getting with this column.

The college football picks columns tend to run longer than average, so I don't want to waste my time being all witty and clever in the opening few graphs!

Let's get to the picking!

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“Everything you can imagine is real.”
*- Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973), Spanish painter, draughtsman and sculptor

Admirable sentiment. Maybe if I imagine a Big Red blowout hard enough, it might happen? We'll see!

2010 College Football Picks: Week 7


10-11-10: Notes

Hello again everybody...

We're back from another weekend, and while that usually means the standard Monday mumblings and grumblings, this Monday is anything but standard for yours truly.

There are two reasons for that: one, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the latest Twins post-season debacle; and two, I'm working a short week.

Friday, my favorite group of Nebraska Cornhusker fans are tossing me into a vehicle and driving me southwest to Lincoln, NE, for a huge Big 12 contest on Saturday. The Huskers are welcoming the rival Texas Longhorns to Lincoln for their final Big 12 - and likely final of any kind - match-up.

Ever since the Big 8 became the Big 12 these two schools have been at odds with each other. Their most recent controversial finish came in last year's Big 12 Championship game when a last-second clock correction allowed Texas to kick a game-winning field goal which sent them on to the BCS Championship Game where they lost to Alabama, and Nebraska to the Holiday Bowl where they routed Arizona.

The hype for this year's regular season match-up has been building for some time. Nebraska called for a “red-out” at this game weeks ago, and I anticipate the atmosphere at Memorial Stadium to be none too friendly for the visiting Longhorns.

Needless to say, I couldn't be more psyched to go see a Huskers home game for the first time, and a RGC is a definite probability.

But that's not til Saturday.

Today, we've got to deal with some lingering issues from the weekend. And as usual, that means it's Notes time...

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“I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.”
- Ian Fleming (1908 - 1964), British author and journalist

Shocking that the guy who invented James Bond would think that obsessing over health was a waste of life, isn't it?



10-8-10: DFTU

Hello again everybody...

I have to start today with a disclaimer: I begin this column as thoroughly bummed out as I've ever been when I've started out to write. So this is either going to be one of the great catharsis columns of all time, or it's going to be the blogging equivalent of wallowing in self-pity.

At this point I honestly can't say which.

Whichever it is, I'm not going to waste your time dithering around with a flighty, nonsensical opening.

Instead, we're getting right to the bloodletting...

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“Why is there life on this planet?”
- George Chappel (? - ), late night radio host, recreational gaming expert and longtime baseball fan

It's time... once again... for...

Aw, the hell with it.

Dan's Favorite Teams Update


10-7-10: 2010 College Football Picks, Week 6

Hello again everybody...

Hopefully a day late isn't a dollar short in this context.

Yesterday was dedicated to the opening of the 2010 MLB post-season, and what a day it was. The Rangers got Cliff Lee to win games in the post-season, and he delivered. The Phillies got Roy Halladay to win games in the post-season and all he did was throw a no-hitter in his first ever post-season appearance.

And then came Twins/Yankees. What can I say? That was a game the Yankees had to have, and they went and got it. Liriano was good, but not great. The line-up produced four runs, but failed to get hits in a few clutch situations. The Twins weren't bad, the Yankees were just better.

The pressure is squarely on Minnesota now. They have to have Game 2, plain and simple. If they go to New York down 2-0, they're not coming back.

I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to make it through today in one piece. I was a wreck yesterday, and that was just Game 1! At this rate I'm going to start aging in dog years, I swear.

That's all the baseball you're getting today. If I go on too much longer, I'll start having palpitations.

The rest of this column is dedicated to the college gridiron. I'll run down last weeks results and pick four more games for you this week...

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“Man is the only creature that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.”
- William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830), English writer

What things are? Yankees lead 1-0. What they ought to be? The Twins should be leading 1-0. Thus? I weep.

2010 College Football Picks, Week 6


10-6-10: MLB Post-Season Mayhem

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Let the mayhem begin!

The 2010 MLB post-season begins today, and that's a big enough deal to me to hold off my weekly college football picks until tomorrow.

Today it's all baseball. There are four division series to look at. Three start today and the fourth begins tomorrow.

Who wins, who loses? That's anybody's guess. (Although I did call Phillies/Yankees back in March.)

Today, I'll tell you what each of the eight teams needs to do to win their series. From there, you all can take your best guesses as to who will win.

Sounds good? Let's get to it...

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“Think twice before you speak, and then you may be able to say something more insulting than if you spoke right out at once.”
- Evan Esar (1899 - 1995), American humorist

Good advice is always clever in it's delivery, no?

MLB Post-Season Mayhem


10-4-10: Peek at the Picks, Vol. 5

Hello again everybody...

Here we go!

The regular season is over, and the post-season is set to begin!

For Twins fans, we all knew this was coming, right? Once again Minnesota's in the playoffs and once again their opponent will be the New York Yankees.

When people asked me who I wanted the Twins to face in the first round, naturally I said the Rays. That's not any disrespect to them. It's just that New York has owned a distinct psychological advantage over the Twins for the last few years.

But now that it's been decided, and once again the Yankees will be the Twins first-round opponent, I'm starting to think that perhaps it's strangely appropriate.

I'm put in mind of the 2004 Red Sox (I want to write it, but they won four and I promised I wouldn't anymore). The Yankees were in their heads too. New York had dominated that “rivalry” - for lack of a better term - for ages on end.

It's almost as though Boston (grrrrr) had to slay that particular dragon before they could go on to win their pair of World Championships. I'm starting to believe that perhaps the Twins are in a similar position.

Maybe they're catching New York at the right time. Maybe there's some magic in Target Field that will cause the breaks to go Minnesota's way instead of New York's. Maybe this is Minnesota's year to steal second off Posada and make a dramatic comeback against Rivera.

Maybe, just maybe, this will be the year.

We'll find out starting Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:37pm on TBS. Check your local listings.

With another season finished, it's time for a look back at my preseason picks, and how they turned out. And we'll get to that...

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“Foolish writers and readers are made for each other.”
- Horace Walpole (1717 - 1797), English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and politician

Who you callin' “foolish” Walpole?!


10-1-10: DFTU

Hello again everybody...

We've done it once again! The weekend is nigh, and it's a special one since it sees the end of yet another baseball regular season.

For some teams (the Diamondbacks) it's a merciful finish to a terrible season. For others (the Twins) it marks the accomplishment of one goal - a division title - and the beginning of a quest for more hardware - an American League pennant and a World Series trophy.

That means there's a lot of Updating to do, so let's get right to it...

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“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.”
- Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980), English filmmaker and producer

That's why I stick to the written word folks... bladder endurance!

It's Friday, and that means it's time... once again... for everybody's favorite segment...