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Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIV

Oh, Pauline, you never warned me about the perils of predictioneering in a pandemic.

I mean, a little but not really. Not enough to keep me from taking a Pasadena until times are more settled, as would have been prudent.

After a fashioning a perfecto in Week XII, the buzz dissipated quickly. Should have figured, Week Unlucky XIII.

Florida won. Indiana won, but lost catalyst QB Michael Penix, who tore an ACL for the second time as a Hoosier.

Louisville fell in Chestnut Hill, Michigan allowed the Nittany Lions their first W of the season, and the Quack got lost in the fog, which didn’t hamper the arch rival Beavers in the Game Formerly Known As The Civil War.

Oklahoma/ West Virginia was a DNP.

Two up. Three down. One nolo contendre. (Actually that’s a specific legal term of art, which really doesn’t fit what I mean. But I loved the rhythm of those three short verbless sentences.)

For the year, I stand at 41-24-5.

And, mask in place, asocially distanced, I forge ahead.

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

Louisville CardFile: Boston College

Meh.

Snared in the trap of genetic verbosity, I usually have too many words to offer about the Cardinals on the gridiron, hardwood or diamond. That aspect of my character is entwined in the helix of my DNA.

Not today.

Not about Saturday’s defeat in Chestnut Hill to Boston College.

First of all, U of L should have been at home yesterday, playing arch rival Kentucky for the Governor’s Cup, in front of a rabid throng at Cardinal Stadium.

With a victory, it would have made this oddest of seasons, a weird, sad campaign really, worthwhile. Beat the Big Blue and all else would have been set aside.

But, in its infinite wisdom, the Southeastern Conference decided to keep its strain of the COVID to itself. League games only.

Then the ACC, like the other leagues, changed and rearranged its slate. If all had been normal, the Cardinals’ trip to South Bend would have been last weekend, not earlier, when Louisville played surely its best game of the season in a narrow defeat to the Irish.

So, that worked out for the better. Not much else has. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Boston College

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIII

Last weekend, the University of Louisville Cardinals skunked Syracuse.

I too threw an ofer. Five correct, zero incorrect.

The Cards’ foe was hapless.

I’ll admit for the sake of transparency, that at least several of my predictions were gimmes. Bama over the Cats. Buckeyes over the Hoosiers. But Boomer Sooner was not the lock they now seem in retrospect over the Cowboys.

And Cincy did its best late to outwit itself, but still hung on for a win at Central Florida.

5-0 for the weekend. 39-21-4 on the year.

To satisfy, or at least feign an attempt to mollify, my naysayers, I’m adding a special bonus pick this holiday weekend. Six picks for the price of five.

The Winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XIII

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XII

Here’s what wishful thinking got me last time out.

Nuttin’, Honey.

If I’ve learned anything in this the most strange annum of my long lifetime, it should have been that it ain’t ’93 anymore. And that Boston College, feisty former future Fighting Irish Star QB at the helm or not, was going to trap this year’s Notre Dame team.

So, I got that one wrong. Which I supposed was going to happen, but hey.

I did predict that the Cats would survive Vandy. Big Props to both Kentucky and the Commodores. The former for declining the penalty UK received when sweetly honoring its lost OL coach; the latter for the team’s display of affection and grief.

Nebraska afflicted the Nittany Lions with their fourth L of the season against zero Ws. Indiana continued on its roll. And shorthanded U of L fell to Virginia.

4-1 on the weekend puts me at 34-21-4 on on the season.

This weekend’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XII

Louisville CardFile: Virginia

Let’s get this mea culpa out of the way at the get go.

I did not know that Calvin Prince in the mid 70s was the correct answer to the Aflac™ Trivia Question. Who was the last Cardinal runner to fashion consecutive 1000 yard rushing seasons?

I knew it wasn’t Bilal Powell, as one of the announcers surmised. Because Powell was somewhat of an underachiever until Charlie Strong arrived, and got him going in his last season 2010, before BP moved on to a significant career with the New York Football Jets.

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Nor can I impersonate Nostradamus and say with any certainty that the outcome of U of L’s disappointing L to UVa might have different, had the Cardinals the services of several significant players. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Virginia

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XI

The COVID continues to dow what the COVID does.

Six games on this week’s slate have been postponed or cancelled. Including a trio in the Southeastern Conference. I’ll be surprised if there aren’t more between now and kickoffs.

Strange times, these. In case your mind has been elsewhere and haven’t taken notice.

As for events actually on the gridiron, last week proved yet again that the Greek God of Pigskin BroncoNagurskius giveth, and he taketh away.

The Trojans of Southern California needed to come back with two TDs in the final three minutes plus to survive. More important, to get my day off correctly.

What goes around, comes around. Notre Dame prevailed in 2OT, thereby bookending the day with my only miscue.

In between, IU continued its improbably successful season. Florida upset Georgia. Louisville at Virginia was a DNP.

3-1-1 moves my numbers for the whole campaign to 30-20-4.

Praying no more games get postponed or cancelled, here are this week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week XI

Seedy K’s Gridiron Gazette: OutFoxing the Opposition, Schpilke Index & More

You know how you come across something from the past you’ve forgotten about that you really like, or really amuses you or entertains you? A meme. Or a TV episode. Or a commercial. A comedian.

And, you go, “Oh yeah, I remember that. Cool.”

That’s how I felt Saturday during my hours in front of the telly watching college football.

During one of Fox’s halftime highlight interludes, there was Emmanuel Acho. “I remember that guy,” I said to myself, “he’s really good.” Funny. Knowledgeable. Insightful. Entertaining, Irreverent.

Last year he was on ESPN. Why’d they ever let him slip away?

But here he was on The World Wide Leader’s rising challenger for supremacy on College Football Saturdays.

Hmmmmmm.

Kind of like the Fox coup when Rupert’s gang pilfered CBS and signed my favorite football and basketball play by play guy, Gus Johnson. Continue reading Seedy K’s Gridiron Gazette: OutFoxing the Opposition, Schpilke Index & More

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week X

It’s not like it hadn’t happened already this season. Several times over.

But when it’s the school you favor, the school to which you are devoted, you pay more attention.

And it hurts most, because the peril has struck home.

The University of Louisville Cardinals were rocked by the COVID last weekend. On the morning of Game Day.

Not only were they decimated on the defensive side of the ball, but because of that sudden disruption, discombobulated also when the Cards were in possession of the pigskin. At least until MC, Javian, Dez, Tutu and the Gang settled in and made a game of it against Virginia Tech.

Too little, too late, as some are wont to say.

For the Red & Black Faithful, it’s easy to believe the outcome might have been, could have been, would have been different if so many regulars hadn’t been protocoled & quarantined out of action.

So, not only was I, as a Cardinal fan, sad about the L, it was the only pick I missed. Indiana, Cincy, Georgia and Auburn all prevailed as your erstwhile Swami predicticated.

That 4-1 slate upped my record to 27-19-3 for the season.

Don’t duck, here come this week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week X

Gridiron Journal: Those Darned Announcers +

Seems to me ESPN is being penny wise and pound foolish.

Which proverb it turns out, at least according to The Google, was coined by some guy named Robert Burton. When I was so very sure it was Willie the Shakes.

Anyhow, the World Wide Leader has obviously made a decision not to send its go to Friday Night college pigskin announcing crews to the stadiums where the games are actually being contested. Instead having the guys who ought to be in the booth calling games from their own dens.

More’s the pity.

Which saying again is also not attributed to the Bard, but some Olde English writer of the 16th C.

But, to coin a phrase, I digress.

Last Friday’s game was, reading from the accounts, pretty scintillating.

Maryland, led by Taulia Tagovailoa, who looks to be perhaps the equal of older bro, Tua, blasted ahead 21-7. Fell behind 21-38. Knotted it at 38. Then won 45-44 in OT when Minnesota missed a conversion.

I watched the beginning, but had to give it up, so turned off was I by the game coverage. Continue reading Gridiron Journal: Those Darned Announcers +

Louisville CardFile: Virginia Tech

The inevitable outcome of the Cardinals’ encounter with Virginia Tech rose like a Halloween ghost at the graveyard at 12:58, three hours and a couple ticks before kickoff.

Football SID Rocco Gasparro’s email to the media was short.

Not so sweet:

The following players are unavailable for today’s game against Virginia Tech:
DL Micah Bland
DL Ja’Darien Boykin
DL Malik Clark
DL Yaya Diaby
P Ryan Harwell
S Isaiah Hayes
DL Dayna Kinnaird
LB Monty Montgomery
DL Tabarius Peterson

Thus the COVID struck the Cardinals with terrible swift sword.

Louisville’s defense was thin enough, iffy enough, already.

Losing five defensive linemen. Losing playmaking linebacker Monty Montgomery. Losing safety Isaiah Hayes. Not to mention punter Ryan Howell, who had emerged out of a mediocre crop.

So, as game and gritty as the Big Play Cardinals proved to be, it was never going to happen.

It was Trick not Treat, an All Hallows Eve to forget. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Virginia Tech