Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fem Football Week 4 part 1

We are right in the middle of the week 4 games. I am watching several of the games in shock and excitment as we speak. I am not doing so well, as many of my teams didn't cover the points spread. So regardless of if a team won the game, I lose the pick, and kick myself for not taking the opposing team. Out of 47 games this week - as of this moment 20 are completed, and I am 10/20. hopefully the next 27 games go better for me. To rub salt in my own wounds I will share some of my wrong picks :

Oklahoma vs Cincinnati - spread was 15.5 in OK favor, and they won by 3 - I should have known better.

Iowa vs Ball state - spread 28 in favor of Iowa. I had no doubts Iowa would win, but didn't they would cover. final score? 45-0 - Leaves me feeling like a pretty big goose egg myself!

And just to round out the humiliation with a good even number 3 -

One I NEVER saw coming, and apparently neither did they. The look on Coach Browns face was pretty priceless.
Texas vs UCLA - spread was 16. Should have been a cakewalk for Texas.

UCLA 34 Texas 12

I am off to see if my teams can salvage what little picking dignity I have left.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fem Football week 3 replay

Ahhhh college football is again making my blood boil. I love it, and hate it and love it some more. My husband says its my competitiveness... that I am too competitive, too intense about it. Maybe, but like he's really one to talk. He took himself out of the picks this year, because of the valve replacement surgery he almost needed after an Oklahoma loss.

I try to use logic when making my picks. Who has the best rated defense, best quarter back, best kicker etc. You weigh that against the stats of the other team, and logically there is a winner. But truthfully, logic fails a lot when it comes to football. Math fails to account for heart, determination, or the all out "WTF" fluke. This is why we have upsets of the week, or an entire upset week. Its often a coin toss as to who will win, as much as we picksters like to think that it is our knowledge of the game, our keen insight into the workings of the coaches brain, or whatever, that helps make our choices every week. Regardless of how the Football gods smiled down or smited us, we pat ourselves on the back, and rah rah rah when we have a good set. Like I did in week 3 . Here is an excerpt from the newsletter sent out by our organizer:

Its pretty awesome to be awesome - even if for one small weekend.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fem Football

Ahhh College Football. For those of us who love it, we crave it. We talk about it during the off season, we argue over Quarter Backs and Wide Receivers, coaches, penalties, assistant coaches - basically anything to keep the conversation going and the team spirit alive. We breath a sigh of relief when August rolls around, and get the grill ready for tailgating.

Something about the crunch of leaves, and cool breeze makes me want to crack open a beer and toss the football around. But alas, there is no cool breeze in Singapore. So I have to pretend its cool enough for my football sweater, and watch the games via stream on the net. I still enjoy the beer, and tailgate on my balcony.

I am one of the few women I know who participates in the picks. Games are selected every week, points spread, favorite vs underdog, home vs away etc is all mapped out.
We pick
*top ten - who we think the top ten will be when the season is over, and we do this before the season opener
*a sleeper - someone not in the top preseason rankings but we think will be at the end,
*a clunker - a team currently ranked that we think will fall out.

I am up against mostly men.

Men who played football in high school, some in college, all of them in the back yard. They know scores from 10 years ago, averages, yards rushing, height weight and the name of the girlfriend of everyone who picks up a ball in the NCAA.

I paint my toenails while looking over the stats I won't remember, and use weird female scientific rationale to choose my picks.

There are roughly 70 participants, 4 of us female. I am currently the only woman in the top 20, and am tied with 6 others for 9th place. I think I am rocking this thing!

I will keep you updated on my rise and fall. But so you know, my top 10, clunker, and sleeper

Team #1: Ohio State
Team #2: Auburn
Team #3: Florida
Team #4: LSU
Team #5: TCU
Team #6: Texas
Team #7: Oklahoma
Team #8: Boise State
Team #9: Nebraska
Team #10: Tennessee

Sleeper team Tennessee
Clunker Penn State
and I am in the SEC with the VOLS.

I bleed Orange, heart Peyton Manning, Smokey, and Rocky Top.