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Seedy K’s Pigskin Prognostications: Bowls Part Deux

The guy sitting at the curb by my car outside my building looked vaguely familiar.

He flipped his lit ciggie in the street, looked over and grumbled, “Yeah, I oughta look familiar, but you Mr. Seedy K, you don’t remember, do ya?

“I’m an associate of the Vig’s. Gianni. Don’t be shakin’ your noggin’ like that. Of course it wasn’t a pleasant experience, our previous engagement. Deal with it. Actually I’m here to help you out. Not really sure why? But Joey sent me, actually rented me a place across the street.

“I’m enjoyin’ that you’re just standin’ there, not sayin’ nuttin’. You use too many big words, if you ask me. I don’t like to hear somebody talk that I don’t understand what they’re sayin’, if you know what I’m sayin’

“Anyway, Joey reads your stuff. He knows you’ve made a few enemies, he reads the comments. And your picks in the bowl pool, mamma mia, the Vig figures if anybody actually took your advice, they might express their displeasure at your, whaddaya call ’em, prognosterations? He’d lose a good client, if you know what I’m sayin’. So I’m around to protect his interests.”

“Listen,” I finally get in a word, “I’m on a roll, 9-3 with my bowl picks so far. So I’m OK Gianni, you don’t have to . . . ”

“Yo, dude, you capechin’ me? I got my marchin’ orders. You’ll see me around. Deal with it.

“Oh yeah, before I let you go, wherever it is you’re off to, gimme a Ben, will ya? There’s a shirt in the shop down the street I like.”

So, I got that goin’ for me.

Which is not so nice.

Why won’t the Vig leave me alone?

I said it last week, and I repeat. These picks are for entertainment purposes only. So, yeah, maybe I’m not doing so well.

It’s Get Right Time. The winners to this week’s slate of bowl games:

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Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIII

It’s not difficult for yours very truly to be self righteous, a character flaw to be sure.

Especially so, after a weekend like last. Not only did my team win. That would be the Louisville Cardinals, for anyone who wandered here by taking a wrong turn on Cyber Highway. As predicted, of course.

So did all the other collegiate pigskin contingents whom I advised would prevail.

Now Final Four Cincinnati. Hugely, finally impressing the Nagurskis in the the Selection Room. Also Miami. Giving their homie coach a reprieve. At least until the tryptophan kicks in. The Bruins of The University of California at Los Angeles. Over their coachless rival.

And Arch Rival down the road in a paid for a bye week ahead of its visit to The Ville.

All of which reads: Perfecto.

Five correct. Zero incorrect. Thus, I stand a shiny 41-23 for the season, heading into Rivalry Week.

This week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIII

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XII

The kid should have had a good week, a really good week.

An undefeated week.

Then, the Michigan Harbaughs and the Florida State Native Americans decided to play the full 60 minutes. Both scored late to win. To my chagrin.

But Pitt prevailed. So too, the Cats and Cards, both in decisive fashion.

So, for the third Saturday in a row, I went 3-2.

36-23 for the season.

Rivalry week is just over the horizon.

This week’s predictions: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XII

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XI

While I remembered that Louisville never beats Clemson — Literally. Sadly. — and picked that way, hoping I’d be wrong, I forgot about the Cats.

Specifically, I forgot, no matter how good or bad the Volunteers are, they beat Kentucky. Figuratively. Year in, year out. Decade in, decade out. Unfortunately, my memory lapse meant I picked the Big Blue.

But I also picked Baby Blue, and was thus pleased when Carolina came back on the formerly undefeated Demon Deacons.

Iowa State won. Hugely. Also formerly undefeated Michigan State lost.

So it goes. 3-2 for the weekend. 33-21 for the season.

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Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week X

I just never got the memo.

The one advising Mark Stoops brought in Bo Pelini as a special defensive consultant in advance of UK’s trip to StarkVegas.

It’s obvious from the manner of Kentucky’s comeuppance that something of that nature occurred. Pelini was VanGordered at LSU, after last season, where in his first game as DC his not so tenacious D allowed Bulldog QB K.J. Costello to pass for 5 TDs and 663 yards on 36/60 passing. Mike Leach thereby won his State debut in Baton Rouge as a 16 point dog.

The Wildcats’ D allowed State’s rookie QB Will Rogers to connect on 36 of 39 attempts, leading the Cowbells to victory over the not as surging as they were beforehand Cats.

Louisville, whom I also picked, also lost.

But I got more right. Three. App State, led by DE Caleb Spurlin’s two offensive touchdowns, beat La. Monroe as expected. Auburn and Michigan State both prevailed as I advised they would.

3-2 for the weekend. 30-19 for the season.

This week’s prevailers: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week X

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VIII

Well, imagine our surprise — Not really I picked Baylor — to find out it was not Brigham’s Youngsters who were wearing Magic Underwear under their football togs.

They fell to the Bears of Waco because of a two-way pigskinner, who apparently had a set of those skivvies in his locker as he was suiting up, and said, “What the hey, let me see if these work.” Then Dillon Doyle proceeded to get four tackles and a sack, while playing D. And, on the other side of the ball, playing fullback — Who knew that position still existed? — scored a rushing TD, and a receiving TD. Baylor prevailed. Rather handily.

So, yeah, there was legerdemain in those undergarments, just not any helping the dudes from Waco.

I also correctly predicted victories by Michigan State and Georgia. Though, I must admit, that eleven and a half minute UK drive for a score at the end of the game, against the justifiably vaunted Bulldog D, was mighty impressive.

There’s always a flip side, to be sure, which includes Boston College’s battering at the hands and feet and everything else of NC State.

Which bring me to Texas. A running joke in the world of college pigskin is the knee jerk tendency to proclaim that “Texas is back!” The Longhorns are back alright. Way back. As in back to the drawing board. As in back of the pack. As in they blew another significant 4th Q lead, falling to surging Okie State.

Why would I ever have nabbed the Burnt Orange as a winner? I haven’t the slightest idea.

Three correct. Two incorrect. My tally for the season: 25-14.

I forge ahead.

This week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VIII

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VII

As I should have known, having matriculated at Longfellow Elementary and all, the game would be won by land.

Silversmith Revere must be oh so very proud.

The Old North Church, one must assume, was bathed in UMass maroon Saturday night.

In the epic battle of last weekend against winless rival Connecticut, the previously winless Minutemen of the University of Massachusetts gobbled up 251 yards over land, and prevailed.

Oh, how very wrong I was about that one, having picked the Huskies. (And, yes, I know it was the Brits, of whom the patriots wanted to know attack strategy, not the vice versa. Dramatic license exemption used.)

The losers shall seek their first victory in forever this weekend against the Eli of Yale. Tis a game you shall not see predicticated below.

Texas is one of the few schools last set of games who, like the U of L Cardinals, gave up way way way too many points in the 4th, losing a battle they should have won. So, I missed those also.

The Wildcats and Wolverines did prevail. But, at 2-3 for Saturday, my sweetest run since capturing Joey the Vig’s Bowl Pool in consecutive years (ATS, I’ll have you know) is OVER!

Yet, I remain a lofty 22-12 for the season.

And, like the patriots awaiting in Lexington and Concord and Medford and all their fellow Middlesex townies, I forge ahead, assured I have truth, justice and the American Way on my side.

This week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VII

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VI

My weekend stood at the precipice of 👍🏽 or 👎🏽.

As predicted, Georgia prevailed over Arkansas,  confirming the Bulldogs’ status as #1 or #1A, and unbeaten Michigan beat the suddenly hapless Badgers of Wisconsin.

Buuut, as misprognosticated — my Crystal Ball was foggy — the Irish did not roll down the echoes on the Bearcats, and my Cardinals were scuttled by the time clock, and the most accurate placekicker in the history of college football.

So, sttanding at 2-2 for Saturday, I tuned into the Wildcats, who were facing an oh so UK moment. They’d more or less controlled a Top 10 Florida team, they hadn’t beaten in the Bluegrass since Huey Lewis & the News topped the charts with “Stuck With You.” But the Gators had driven into the Red Zone with less than a minute to play.

4th & Goal. The game, and my positive or negative weekend in the balance.

How many times through the decades has the Big Blue Nation exited the stadium, surly, having snatched defeat from the jaws of victory? Plenty.

But, thanks to a brilliant, leaping pass knockdown by Jacquez Jones, couch burning commenced. And the kid felt full of himself, having advised of the upset in advance.

3-2 for the day, keeps me hummin’ at 20-9 on the season.

This week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week VI

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications (Plus): Week V

Oh how strange this first “post-COVID” season is. Not that it’s a thing of the past by any measure.

Teams that negotiated last year’s strangeness, with lots of experienced talent returning, are reeling. Talking about you, Indiana. Referring to you, Iowa State. And you, North Carolina. And, coach-free Southern California. You’re not alone, the list goes on.

Some teams were just better at adapting last campaign. But for many, most, those results might be/are proving to be a false positive entering this year.

Another pandemic related observation, and a heartening one actually, is that none of these college pigskin throngs gathered to cheer on their beloveds — maskless, back to back, belly to belly, elbow to elbow — have become super spreader events.

At least that have been reported.

Maybe it’s the body paint that is more potent than Ivermectin.

If all that’s not enough to empirically prove just how furschlunginer this season is, contemplate this.

Yours truly, whose boast is ever bigger than his bet, followed up a perfecto, with a 4-1 weekend.

Southern Methodist had something to prove in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex, and did so emphatically at the Horned Frogs home. So, I missed that one.

But, Wake Forest, Michigan State, Arch Rival and the Louisville Cardinals all prevailed.

4-1 on the weekend. 17-7 for the season.

If I hadn’t thrown out my shoulder the other day, I’d be patting myself on the back in triumph.

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Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IV

There is no need this time around for some cute stories, attempts at humor to divert your attention. No prevarication necessary.

Last week, I predicted the following teams would win: Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Kentucky, and THE University of Louisville.

Harrowing though some of the victories were, here are the schools that prevailed: Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Kentucky and THE University of Louisville

As the U of L play by play guy of my youth, Uncle Ed Kallay, would say: That’s about as good as you can get.

5-0 on the weekend. 13-6 for the season.

Glossy numbers, those.

This week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IV