Taking a look around at ESPN’s College GameDay signs from Madison, Wis., before Michigan-Wisconsin.
Early warning to be prepared for some knockdown, dragged-out fights this weekend.
Notre Dame-Miami, Georgia-Auburn, Clemson-Florida State … yeah, those are big games. But I’m talking about the altercations involving fans. If this Saturday is anything like last Saturday, well, now we’re really talking “Bedlam.”
So last week Jim McElwain claims his Florida players and coaches were receiving death threats, which were never substantiated by the university. By Sunday, he was no longer the Gators’ head coach.
This week Alabama coach Nick Saban is once again saying his players are being fed “poison” by the media. And … nothing! Yeah, that’s right. … He’s still the head coach.
At his weekly press conference on Monday, Saban was clear: “If our players think anything of (the college football playoff poll), then that could be an issue. These are the things we try to categorize as the poison that you really don’t want your players to be focused on.”
I say, “Double standard!” Perhaps Alabama needs to consider a Saban buyout.
But seriously, though, if McElwain beats Georgia on Saturday — instead of being worked, 42-7 — no doubt Florida officials would conveniently excuse the phantom death threats. As the saying goes: Winning cures all ills … including outrageous public claims and doses of “poison.”
On with the picks …
Another tough week of picking games, but I’m still not going to start thinking about them. It wouldn’t be worth it, despite the advice I received from NBA superstar Michael Jordan.
I’m still not going to think about it, even though I’ve dropped to 77 percent success rate.
Taking a look around at ESPN’s College GameDay signs from State College, Pa., for the Michigan-Penn State game (NSFJH — Not Safe for Jim Harbaugh).
When you see an NFL “cheerleader” dancing in front of you, don’t run her over with a camera.
And if you’re an NFL “cheerleader” dancing, maybe you should always keep one eye on the camera, man.
I say neither one was thinking. They should get off the football field and start making football picks. That’s what I do.
Week 3 was my worst week yet. Ugh! I only was correct on 78 percent of my picks, down from 81 percent in Week 2. I know, I know: Think less, pick better.
“Coach, it sure is a pleasure to be here with you guys … here on the field … and up close … just watching … Coach Vance Joseph …”
Leave Sergio alone. That’s exactly how he was trained at ESPN. Just talk into the microphone and try not to think. And THAT’s what not thinking looks like.
Just imagine — that’s my brain functioning as I make these college football picks. Just like Sergio Dipp.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said in June that he was planning to ion inviting President Barack Obama and wife Michele to be honorary captains for a Michigan home game.
But this week he said wasn’t going to happen … this season.
“The President and the First Lady both were as gracious as they could be,” Harbaugh said in a radio interview by way of the Detroit News. “They worked very hard to try to come. They’re not going to be able to, unfortunately, make it this year.”
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh gave quarterback Wilton Speight the ultimatum after a mediocre first half against Florida in Week 1.
Said Harbaugh: “Your next move is crucial, and it can go one or two ways.”
I feel you, Wilton. I didn’t struggle like you did (picked 70 winners out of 82 games; 85 percent) in my Week 1 picks — without even thinking — but I benefited from a lot of one-sided games. Making picks for Week 2 — again, without even thinking — might be tough. My next move is crucial.
But, then again, I’m still not thinking about it, so it should be about the same.
There are things that happen in college football that baffle the rational mind. I mean, I just don’t get it.
Here’s some recent examples …
Maybe Hawaii isn’t smarter than a fifth-grader: I say that because even a fifth-grader wouldn’t offer another fifth-grader a scholarship to a FCS program.