My bowl picks really took a hit; I went 0-3 on a day of good games. But my record went from 7-4-1 to 9-10-1 over the past couple of days. As a fan, I split on two heartbreakers; my Longhonrs pulled out an unexpectedly close game whereas Navy lost on the last play of the game on a field goal.
Navy and Boston College used to be yearly rivals and Navy won a fair number of those games. But that more or less ended when Boston College became a team that was usually ranked (in the mid 1980’s when Flutie was quarterback).
We are in McAlister, Oklahoma on our way to Austin. The hotel does have an internet connection and a nice pool. But the breakfast isn’t so good; it is mostly sugar only.
The readers of this blog (both of them) know that I think that Harriet Miers is a complete and total babe!
Well, it turns out that I am not the only fan:
Football: the Independence Bowl ended up 34-31 Oklahoma State, right at the 3 point spread. So I am at 5-4-1, though my picks in the Holiday and Texas Bowls are looking good at the moment.
Bowl favorite spread underdog pick-spread pick-win
poinsettia, December 19 TCU 13 Northern Illinois TCU TCU
LasVegas, Dec. 21 BYU 5.5 Oregon Oregon Oregon
New Orleans, Dec. 22 Rice 7 Troy State Troy Troy
Papa Johns, Dec. 23 South Florida 4 East Carolina USF USF
New Mexico New Mexico 5 San Jose State San Jose San Jose
Armed Forces Utah 3 Tulsa Tulsa Tulsa
Hawaii, Dec. 24 Hawaii 8.5 Arizona State Hawaii Hawaii
Motor City, Dec. 26 Central Michigan 11.5 Middle Tennessee Middle Tenn.
As you can see, I am 5-3 against the spread so far; I lost last night’s game though I picked the winner correctly.
Tonight’s Emerald Bowl should be interesting. You have two teams with big-time names and big time traditions but with not so hot records. (Florida State 6-6 and UCLA 7-5).
UCLA, of course, finished strong with a big win over USC and was 30 seconds away from upsetting Notre Dame, even with their backup quaterback.
UCLA is rated 20’th with a 83.77 rating and Florida State is 50’th with a 74.24 rating.
Florida State lost 4 of their last 6 but played Florida and Boston College very tough; they did get drummed by Wake Forest 30-0. UCLA won their last 3 in a row, all against bowl teams. They were killed by a 4 game losing streak which featured losses to Oregon, Notre Dame and California. UCLA was favored by 4.5 points and the spread is down to 3.5. I am standing by my original pick for UCLA to cover the 4.5 point spread.
Workout wise: 3100 yards in the pool (some fist 50’s) and 3 miles of easy to moderate racewalking. Things are feeling better.
This is a repost of what is on my archive; this should be a bit more readable.
LSU-Notre Dame Football History
Notre Dame takes on LSU in the Sugar Bowl; the Tigers are currently a 8.5 point favorite and not many people are giving Notre Dame a chance.
I disagree; what people forget is that Notre Dame beat several good teams along the way to posting a 10-2 record, including bowl teams Navy (9-3), Purdue (8-5), Penn State (8-4), Georgia Tech (9-4) and UCLA (7-5).
Where is is true that Notre Dame played some weak teams, LSU played some patsies as well, but they played most of them at the beginning of the season, whereas Notre Dame’s schedule was mostly “front loaded”.
Here is a brief history of football between the two schools; this is taken from my faulty memory and a couple of references. I welcome corrections and additions.
1970: ND plays a strong LSU team with a Cotton Bowl birth on the line. ND wins a hard hitting defensive battle 3-0 in South Bend with the field goal set up by a run by Joe Thiesman.
1971: This time the Tigers are better and rout the Irish 28-8 in Baton Rouge. LSU starts with a 14-0 lead. A key series of plays is a goal line stand where the LSU defense stuffs ND on 4’th and inches at the goal line. Parsegian finishes 1-1 against LSU.
1981: Faust takes over, the ND campus is completely out of control with unrealistic expectations. This is about the only time I was ashamed to be an Irish fan; ND hires a HIGH SCHOOL coach and people expect a string of national championships? (can you say “superstition”?) Anyway, LSU comes to South Bend haven been blown out at home by Alabama. ND wins 27-9 and is elevated to no. 1. ND goes on to lose 4 of its next 5 on its way to a 5-6 season.
1984: ND comes in to Baton Rouge with a 3-4 record. Everyone is expecting no. 7 LSU to blow ND out and LSU starts with a 7-0 lead. ND turns to its ground game and outscores LSU 30-7 over the next 3 quarters or so and hangs on to win 30-22. LSU wore its purple jerseys at home.
1985. Faust announces his retirement after the game; ND loses 10-7 to no. 17 LSU in South Bend. The next week, ND goes on to “go through the motions” against a hungry Miami squad and gets blasted 58-7. Faust finishes 2-1 against LSU.
1986. Holtz takes over and a winning season is in reach. But in Baton Rouge, ND fails to score in the red zone repreatedly and loses 21-19 to the no. 7 Tigers. Holtz gets a 15 yard pentalty for protesting some bad calls. Holtz finishes 0-1 against LSU
1997: Davie takes over. Davie takes in a team that has lost 5 of its first 8 games against the top 20 Tigers. The Irish play very well in Baton Rouge winning 24-6. Former ND standout guard Gerry DiNardo coaches LSU (he played on Parsegian’s 1973 National Championship team)
1997: ND agrees to a rematch with LSU in the Independence Bowl. LSU shows up in retro uniforms (gold jerseys, white pants, white helmets) and it is close at the half (6-6) but LSU pulls away in the second half to win 27-9.
Note: for a nice history of LSU’s uniforms and helments, see
and scroll down to LSU.
1998: ND hosts LSU in South Bend and brings a 8-1 record into the game. ND is up 39-34 and tries to take an intentional saftey at the end of the game. Jarius Jackson (ND quarterback) gets tackled in the end zone and gets hurt. ND wins over struggling LSU 39-36, but then ND goes into the next game (against USC) and loses 10-0 with an offense that can’t do anything with the no. 2 quarterback. Davie finishes 2-1 against the Tigers.
In short, LSU brings in the better team against Notre Dame six times. Twice, they win in a blow-out. Twice they win in close games, and twice Notre Dame scores an upset. Once, the teams are evenly matched: it is a close game with ND winning. Twice, ND comes in with a better team, and once ND wins in a blow-out, and once ND wins a close game.
Current: according to the Sagarin computer ratings, LSU is rated at 92.07 (4’th in the nation), Notre Dame is 13’th at 86.33, though currently LSU is a 9 point favorite. LSU is 1-1 against the top 10, Notre Dame is 0-2. LSU and Notre Dame are both 2-2 against top 30 teams.
And, despite what many say, Notre Dame’s schedule strength is rated 20’th with a score of 74.22, whereas LSU’s is rated at 29’th with a score of 73.40.
So, this game is NOT the mismatch many think; I look for Notre Dame to pull off an upset.
As far as what is in store for Notre Dame:
And here is what is in store for LSU:
It should be a pretty good game!
Speaking of football, I also watched the Cowboys get soundly whipped by the Eagles 23-7, in a game that was more lopsided than the score would indicate. The Eagles got over 400 yards in total offense, including over 200 rushing, whereas the Cowboys barely had half of that.
To give an idea of what went on, the first time the Cowboys really threatened they had the ball first and goal at the Eagle 2. On first down, they made it to about the 1 foot line on a run. On second down, they lost about 1 yard. They had no gain on third down, and got dropped for a loss on 4’th down.
On another occasion, they had the ball first down at about their own 20. The center snapped the ball over the quarterback’s head, he scrambled and found a receiver for a 6 yard gain. And that was the BEST play of that particular series as they lost yardage the rest of the time!
On a side note, I’d wish that the Cowboys would ditch those retro uniforms. After all, why go back to an era where they lost almost all of the time? Their first good season was 1966, and their first “second place” season was 1965, when they switched to their current uniform scheme (silver and blue).
Of course, uniforms don’t block, tackle, nor do they execute plays.
Today, I did 3100 yards in the pool and swam a 1000 yard segment in 17:38. Not fast, but not as slow as I had feared. Afterwards, 30 minutes on the stationary bike, no tingles. I almost felt guilty quitting prior to being in pain!
I’ll so some light yoga later today.
One of the yogis on yoga.com posted a youtube of his ashtanga routine:
He is the guy on the left end (longer hair).
Barbara’s family, Olivia and I ate out this Christmas. Here you see everyone (almost) after the presents were opened.
My back is feeling ok, thanks to a couple of naproxyn.
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