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Saturday College Football Open Thread

Many "investments" today (2 units unless otherwise indicated):

Baylor +9 over Texas, Miami (Florida) +21 over Florida State, Penn State +3 over Iowa, Alabama (-20) over Tennessee, Oklahoma -35 over Kansas (3 units), North Carolina -10 over Duke (5 units), Notre Dame -14 over BYU, Navy -3 over Indiana, Tulsa -22 over Rice, Kentucky +27 over Georgia, Louisville -6 over South Florida (4 units), Michigan State +9 over Michigan, TCU +2 over Texas Tech (5 units), UNLV +28 over Boise State, Bowling Green -18 over Massachusetts, Temple +4 over Rutgers (3 units), Purdue +19 over Ohio State (3 units), Virginia Tech +8 over Clemson, Stanford -3 over California, Northwestern +7 over Nebraska (3 units), Wisconsin -17 over Minnesota, Army -3 over Eastern Michigan, LSU -3 over Texas A&M, Northern Illinois -17 over Akron, Maryland +3 over North Carolina State (4 units), Iowa State +14 over Oklahoma State (4 units), Boston College +14 over Georgia Tech (4 units).

Late edition - South Carolina +3 1/2 over Florida. Nonetheless, GO Gators!

Open Thread.

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    Wonder how the Romneys feel (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:38:16 AM EST
    About the Salt Lake City Tribune analysis of Mitt?  If Tagg wanted to punch the President out for questioning his father, what will they want to do in addressing what the Tribune says about Mitt?

    How do the Romneys feel? (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by KeysDan on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:18:37 PM EST
     Re: Salt Lake Tribune editorial, Oct 19,  entitled, "Too Many Mitts"  ......"The president has earned a second term.  Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first."    

    "Stop it.  This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring" --with Tagg.    

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    They're saying it's the anti-Morman paper (none / 0) (#17)
    by Angel on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:44:35 AM EST
    in SLC.  

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    I agree with MT. (5.00 / 1) (#54)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 05:23:55 PM EST
    The majority of Salt Lake City residents are Mormon, but like most other residents of large cities around the country, they tend by and large to be -- for immediate lack of a better term -- more "open-minded" about the ways of the world than their suburban and rural Mormon neighbors.

    Further, and for obvious reasons, non-Mormons living in Utah are most likely to be here than elsewhere in the state, and so Salt Lake City is the one area in Utah where the Democratic Party can actually be competitive.

    But being able to occasionally break 50% at the polls in Salt Lake City, while for the most part getting smoked and skunked everywhere else in Utah, is not a winning hand Democrats on a statewide basis.

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    I enjoy SLC (none / 0) (#108)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 02:12:03 AM EST
    And they go down in our history as hosting the physician that saved Josh's life when he was four.  During that very stressful time we stayed in a hotel downtown, and it was an emotionally unlifting environment.  Can't remember the name of the sushi restaurant, but had originally been an old church.  My husband and I took a moment to attempt to focus on each other and the hospital staff sent us there to eat.  Crazy good sushi for a place so far away from any fishable shoreline.

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    Ichiban Sushi & Japanese Cuisine (5.00 / 1) (#122)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 10:36:39 AM EST
    It is the most widely read (none / 0) (#18)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:53:20 AM EST
    rag in the state, so anti-Mormon doesn't hold much water :)  But for those who easily develop Romnesia I'm sure it makes perfect sense.

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    The Deseret News (none / 0) (#101)
    by rdandrea on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:53:54 PM EST
    is the LDS paper.  They haven't endorsed yet, but I'd be surprised if an endorsement wasn't in tomorrow's edition.

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    Everyones favorite commercial around (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 11:02:48 AM EST
    Christine O'Donnell's (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by CoralGables on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 11:07:49 AM EST
    new job?

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    at our house, too (none / 0) (#28)
    by Peter G on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 12:21:54 PM EST
    I'm sort of embarrassed to say.

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    Wow. The Repub running (5.00 / 2) (#30)
    by brodie on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 12:53:53 PM EST
    against Sherrod Brown looks like a fresh faced college sophomore.  And they just ran a clip of him in debate calling the senator a liar.

    A bunch of real snakes running for office for the GOP these days.  I don't know about the polling situation in OH, just that the Rs are trying mightily to suppress the vote.

    Alien overlords help us if this little pipsqueak upstart manages to slither into office.

    Hey! Did you ever stop to consider that ... (none / 0) (#62)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:01:32 PM EST
    ... this "fresh faced college sophomore" and "little pipsqueak" -- as you so derisively and contemptuously characterized this nakedly ambitious but terribly dimwitted Republican moonbat -- just might be working on behalf of our alien overlords?

    Or further, did you even bother to wonder if he and his fellow GOP crackpots have been placed upon this earth by our alien overlords, simply because it greatly amuses The Cosmos to see us so greatly distressed like this?

    Well, did you? Hmmmmm?

    It's like Abraham Lincoln once noted -- both sides pray to the same alien overlords, and both sides will invoke the name of the alien overlords, and claim that the alien overlords have blessed their respective cause as truly righteous and just.

    But when the stars are finally written in the wond of time, we don't really know that, do we?

    So, we mustn't just simply assume that the alien overlords are even ON our side, or that our obviously self-serving appeals for their timely and cosmic intervention will even be heard.

    Because honestly, even if the alien overlords are somehow on our side, what's to stop them from suddenly invoking the fickle element of their collectively cosmic whims, and just keep switching sides at the midway point of the neverending confrontation, ad infinitum?

    Because, honestly, the preferred means for decision making of our alien overlords is a mere flipping of a coin -- preferably a 1964 Kennecy half-dollar, because the aural resonance of its near-pure silver alloy does much to greatly sooth the savage breasts of our alien overlords, and they might be inclined to grant you two-out-of-three, should the first toss of the coin not work out in your favor.

    Aloha. ;-D

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    Actually I have it on good (none / 0) (#77)
    by brodie on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:52:37 PM EST
    if highly controversial authority that our alien visitors involve at least two different civilizations at this time.  One is very benign with a long, previously very intimate, relationship with this planet.  Currently though they are only in direct contact with one human and have otherwise given up on us -- until about 7-8 centuries from now when they predict human Earthlings will have finally thrown off their religious crutches and become fully self accountable.

    That's right, 7-8 centuries we'll need by their estimation.

    About the other group of visitors monitoring our activities, the first group are somewhat in the dark but suspect they are probably no worse than neutral as to us.

    Well, thats my Saturday afternoon story, and I'm sticking to it.  I mean, if Roswell really happened, why not ...

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    Well, suffice to say that ... (none / 0) (#80)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 07:38:52 PM EST
    ... my alien overlords can beat up your alien overlords. So there!

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    Estimate the # of hours expended to (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 07:51:55 AM EST
    decide  on such a large # of investments.

    (Of course, the investor has more leisure time now the have swept the Yankees.)

    About 3 and half hours (none / 0) (#2)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:15:52 AM EST
    over the course of the week.

    1 - Compare to Sagarin, look for inefficiencies.

    2 - Check team histories against each other in conference games (important predictor.)

    3 - Look at respective schedules and injuries (trap game, looking ahead game, rivalry game, etc.)

    4 - Eye ball test (what do I think of the respective teams.

    About 3 and one half hours a week.

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    I see you go against the Gators again (none / 0) (#3)
    by CoralGables on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:28:03 AM EST
    since (I think) you're 0-2 that route this season, superstition at play and willing to risk 2 units to help the Gators?

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    While I like the Gators (none / 0) (#5)
    by fishcamp on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:49:14 AM EST
    I can't stand that the BCS put them ahead of Oregon.  The BCS are such stinkers...they must be R's or Commies.  BTW they serve fried beer at the Texas State Fair...mmmm

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    How do you fry beer? (none / 0) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:27:51 AM EST
    Zorba? (none / 0) (#14)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:39:30 AM EST
    Nope, not even (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by Zorba on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 12:53:48 PM EST
    going to look it up.  The fried foods at the state fairs are for "fun," not serious eating.  None of them appeal to me, but I can see ow people might be interested because of the whole State Fair Experience.
    Besides, too much fried food is bad for you.      ;-)

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    I looked it up (none / 0) (#20)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:58:43 AM EST
    That is called fried ravioli and is not new.  Now beer ravioli might be new, but I doubt it.  Certainly someone tried to make beer ravioli before this.  They must have to freeze the beer to get dough around it.  Isn't it really drippy biting into beer ravioli?

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    They fry everything at the Texas State Fair. (none / 0) (#25)
    by Angel on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 11:19:06 AM EST
    If it can be fried they'll fry it!

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    Including Big Tex. (none / 0) (#26)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 11:30:46 AM EST
    Although he burnt more than fried.

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    even fried butter... (none / 0) (#34)
    by fishcamp on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 01:16:01 PM EST
    Gators should not be 3.5 point favs (none / 0) (#22)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 11:02:14 AM EST
    But (none / 0) (#48)
    by Amiss on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 04:04:00 PM EST
    They are winning 21-3.
    GO GATORS!

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    Final score (none / 0) (#63)
    by Amiss on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:06:39 PM EST
    44-11 Go Gators!

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    BTD Now 0-3 (none / 0) (#86)
    by CoralGables on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:08:43 PM EST
    picking against the Gators. Here's hoping he picks against them again next week.

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    You know (5.00 / 1) (#93)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:50:15 PM EST
    I'd gladly pay that every week for a championship.

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    I was pretty sure (5.00 / 1) (#96)
    by CoralGables on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:04:40 PM EST
    you felt that way :)

    I've dropped twenty on beer on the same bar stool seven straight games. A beer drinking Gator fan on a streak has to respect the streak.

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    "Inefficiences"? (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:47:17 AM EST
    Clark University to the rescue: (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:22:04 AM EST
    Do you ever (none / 0) (#94)
    by NYShooter on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:54:37 PM EST
    invest in the over/under lines?

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    Disappointing news: (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:05:24 AM EST
    ESPN College Gameday sign today (none / 0) (#8)
    by CoralGables on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:20:50 AM EST
    So Driskel (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:39:47 AM EST
    Has permission to take a knee and find his Chi?

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    Taking a knee has been trademarked (none / 0) (#10)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:27:01 AM EST
    by one of the least skilled NFL quarterbacks?  Fricken crazy. NO clenched fist to forehead atheists!

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    God helps those who help themselves. (none / 0) (#41)
    by caseyOR on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:57:08 PM EST
    Tebow seems to be an adherent of the prosperity gospel.

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    If I lose my selection today (none / 0) (#7)
    by CoralGables on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:10:20 AM EST
    I'll surely fall behind BTD in win%. Taking suggestions now. Any game not on his list is in play. (must specify what direction if picking a directional team)

    "[D]irectional team." Googling (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:28:55 AM EST
    didn't help, as the term isn't defined and is frequently used to apply to religious organizations.  

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    e.g. (none / 0) (#21)
    by CoralGables on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:59:26 AM EST
    South Central Louisiana State vs Southeast Missouri State

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    Ha. What does the phrase really (none / 0) (#32)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 01:11:44 PM EST
    mean re football/gambling?

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    I think that is what it means! (none / 0) (#37)
    by lilburro on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:22:57 PM EST
    I believe I saw that phrase here some Saturday afternoon not too long ago.

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    Yes, I used it last week. (none / 0) (#39)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:38:48 PM EST
    Referring to games that CG could bet on--the directional Michigan teams being some of them.  I thought oculus got the reference back then.

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    Better phrase: "regional teams." (none / 0) (#43)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 03:02:25 PM EST
    Sez you! :)- (none / 0) (#45)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 03:13:02 PM EST
    Michigan has a field goal!! (none / 0) (#46)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 03:18:32 PM EST
    Let's go Sparty! (none / 0) (#49)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 04:05:36 PM EST
    Beat that regional team!!!

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    Hmm (none / 0) (#47)
    by lilburro on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 03:58:44 PM EST
    what does it mean to one-up oculus in college football-ese...  :P

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    Absolutely nothing. (none / 0) (#51)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 04:51:33 PM EST
    I am listening to the game my team needs my help.

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    Must have worked. (none / 0) (#57)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 05:45:12 PM EST
    They squeaked that one out in the last seconds!

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    Couldn't be more regional (none / 0) (#58)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 05:46:15 PM EST
    really.  

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    Heh. (none / 0) (#88)
    by lilburro on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:28:29 PM EST
    You are not alone.  I know almost nothing about college football.  I enjoy it primarily as a training ground for future Philadelphia Eagles.  They generally give me enough of a headache on Sundays to last a whole weekend.

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    I don't see Oregon State vs Utah (none / 0) (#42)
    by caseyOR on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:58:40 PM EST
    on BTD's list. They are playing at Reser Stadium.

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    My prediction: (none / 0) (#53)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 05:05:03 PM EST
    While the final score might hint to someone who didn't see the game that it may have been a close game for the most part, but the game itself won't be -- I like the Beavers by 8.

    I think it'll play out like the UCLA game -- Oregon State will take clear command by halftime or early in the third quarter, and though Utah will close toward the end of the game, anyone watching will note that the outcome is never seriously in doubt.

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    Oregon State leads Utah 14-7 at (none / 0) (#102)
    by caseyOR on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:57:05 PM EST
    the half. I wasn't paying attention during the first half, so I can't comment on what happened. I'll pay attention the second half.

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    Billy Graham gets in on the action. (none / 0) (#16)
    by Angel on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:44:09 AM EST
    This just (none / 0) (#52)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 05:00:57 PM EST
    reeks of desperation to me.

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    No pick for the Oregon State game? (none / 0) (#19)
    by Cashmere on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:54:43 AM EST
    C'mon - They are  currently ranked 8th!  As a beaver fan, unfortunately I doubt this will last.

    Utah at Oregon State (none / 0) (#31)
    by CoralGables on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 01:03:00 PM EST
    I'll take it for my stone cold lock flip a coin and pick anyway I can game of the day... Utah is a 9 point underdog against the 5-0 undefeated Beavers.

    The last time OSU was 5-0 Gone With The Wind premiered in Atlanta. The last time OSU was 6-0 the Chicago Cubs were a dynasty...seriously, it was 1907 and the Cubs won their first of back to back World Series Titles that year.

    Handicapping this game is easy though. I've had a Belgian White Ale at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Portland, saw the spouting horns in Depoe Bay, and spent an afternoon listening to a marimba band at PDX waiting for a flight. I've never been to Utah.

    That makes it no contest. Take Oregon State -9 playing in Reser Stadium tonight.

    Gotta be a Beaver Believer

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    Last week casey (none / 0) (#33)
    by fishcamp on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 01:13:05 PM EST
    said Oregon State lost their QB but the new guy did fine even tho he hasn't played since 2010.

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    The Beavers backup QB, Cody Vaz, (none / 0) (#44)
    by caseyOR on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 03:12:26 PM EST
    played a great game against BYU last week. He was named Pac-12 offensive player of the week. He should do fine against the Utes today.

    Of course, one never wants to take anything in college football for granted. Still, the Beavers are on a bit of a once in a century roll this year. So. . .

    GO, BEAVERS!

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    Yes Beavs! :) (none / 0) (#113)
    by Cashmere on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 08:45:16 AM EST
    I was frightened until about 3 min left in the 4th.  Utah was able to move the ball on us more than we could on them, but their sloppy play and turnovers killed them.  Cody Vaz was fairly ineffective until the 2nd half when he started finding Wheaton.  I think he is great but I predict Mannion will be back next week.. Vaz just seems a bit short at QB.  Anyway - will take the win.  Have not been 6 & 0 since 1907..  The year our old house was built.

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    Oregon State beats Utah 21-7. (none / 0) (#105)
    by caseyOR on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 12:39:45 AM EST
    I think this makes you a winner, CG.

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    No Comcast this morning (none / 0) (#27)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 11:35:28 AM EST
    so I'm stuck watching a crappy stream of Wisconsin/Minnesota.  Go Gophers, I guess.

    They better get things fixed before the important afternoon/evening games!

    flea infested vermin getting spanked by WI (none / 0) (#35)
    by DFLer on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:10:24 PM EST
    That's too bad. (none / 0) (#40)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:45:22 PM EST
    It never makes me sad to see the cheeseeaters get binded--unless it is to Nebraska or Ohio State.  

    Speaking of which, stupid Boilermakers blew a 8 point lead with under a minute left and let OSU tie the game.  Looks like the Buckeyes are going to win in OT.  

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    yes indeed..for awhile there BTD was (none / 0) (#61)
    by DFLer on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 05:51:10 PM EST
    looking good with his pick


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    I looked good (none / 0) (#67)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:19:46 PM EST
    the entire way.

    You guys seem not to understand the concept of point spreads.

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    Sweating (none / 0) (#69)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:25:00 PM EST
    TD! (none / 0) (#70)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:26:16 PM EST
    TCU. Now need the PAT.

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    Good! (none / 0) (#71)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:26:42 PM EST
    well i do understand that concept (none / 0) (#83)
    by DFLer on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 07:55:36 PM EST
    I just read it backwards, ie. that Purdue would have to win by those points, not the other way around. Good call

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    MegaUpload Rises from the Dead! (none / 0) (#38)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 02:38:03 PM EST
    Kim DotCom has announced that he is building a new file-sharing site called Mega. According to Wired, this new site will work slightly different than MegaUpload but will still let users upload, store, and share data files. DotCom also intends to make it raid-proof.

    As Wired writes, it would be "impossible for Mega to know, or be responsible for, its users' uploaded content -- a state of affairs engineered to create an ironclad 'safe harbor' from liability for Mega, and added piece of mind for the user."

    Nate Silver (none / 0) (#50)
    by lilburro on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 04:07:49 PM EST
    asks if Obama should back off of Florida considering Romney's strength there since Denver (and a whole other host of reasons).  I ask how Team D dropped the ball in presenting Romney and Ryan as politically toxic on the Medicare issue (and the various other social safety net slashing issues that Ryan particularly represents).

    Can't imagine how (5.00 / 1) (#78)
    by shoephone on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 07:00:04 PM EST
    just giving up on 29 electoral votes in a state with lots of seniors would be a good campaign strategy.

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    me either! (none / 0) (#81)
    by Amiss on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 07:44:34 PM EST
    Someone please explain it to me!  The only thing I can figure is it has to do somehow with our wonderful republican Governor etc. s/n
    I think with more and more seniors moving down plus Fl. going Democratic last Presidential election ( I believe) it made sense to the Repubs. to create less votes for a Democrat. (I don't know if that makes any sense, but neither do they).


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    In a nutshell.... (none / 0) (#85)
    by CoralGables on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:06:12 PM EST
    Selfish seniors. Romney says his medicare plan will only screw those under 55 years of age. Florida has lots of over 55's. The over 55 is the only age group in Florida that's strongly on Romney's side.

    Hopefully seniors start to think about their children and grandchildren, or women in Florida open their eyes.

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    This is one (none / 0) (#103)
    by Amiss on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 11:01:18 PM EST
    that is not on Romney's side. I am definitely over 55. My hubby says it is more of the less educated seniors. I think he has a very valid point. I don't believe most seniors over 55 do their homework as they should or are able to do like I do. Many of the seniors in Fl. (I think, at least) can not even speak English, much less read it or use computers. They are ignorant of who the "real Romney" or for that matter the "real rick Scott" is. It is pathetic and disgusting. Most of all., it is so frustrating that I can not educate them on the facts.

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    While I know (none / 0) (#106)
    by NYShooter on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 02:05:30 AM EST
    how difficult it is to change somebody's mind once they've made a decision, but here's something you could try, and it has the added advantage of also being true.

    The difference between the Republican's position on SS and the Democrat's is not simply exempting those over 55 from the chopping block. It's one of direction, agenda, and ultimate objective. It's really quite simple. We know the Republicans want to not only cut SS and Medicare/Medicaid, they want to eliminate them altogether. Do your friends think that, once attaining power, Romney won't be spending every waking minute scheming how to wipe out all so-called entitlements? Are they going to gamble their remaining years on Mitt Romney's word?

    Talk about the Fox guarding the hen house!


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    More like ... (none / 0) (#110)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 02:33:20 AM EST
    ... Fox News indoctrinating the hen house.

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    Well, my answer (none / 0) (#75)
    by dk on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:42:36 PM EST
    to that would involve two words - Grand Bargain.

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    Mormons vs Catholics today (none / 0) (#55)
    by brodie on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 05:25:37 PM EST
    Oy vey.  Trying to think of a way both teams could lose ...

    I hate teams with their own special network contracts, and I just got through reading how some high ranking Vatican officials plotted to murder Pope John I in 1978 -- yes I believe that happened.  

    As for Mormons, you know my feelings about Mr Etch A Sketch.  That goes for the rest of that overfed and overenriched church, whose massive towering WLA church I once lived in the shadow of.  

    Mormons I do like are few:  Harry Reid, the Udalls, late historian Fawn Brodie, and Philo T Farnsworth, the true inventor of electronic tv.  Also Steve Young when he was playing for the 49ers and before I learned he was a Republicant.

    Fawn Brodie's biography (none / 0) (#73)
    by MKS on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:39:49 PM EST
    of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith has held up rather well.....

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    And what might have been (none / 0) (#79)
    by brodie on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 07:36:22 PM EST
    had she not come down with the fatal illness before she could complete her proposed multiple-volume study of Nixon and his character.  Still what she left, obviously rushing to finish just one volume, is mighty interesting in parts.

    Also her great bio on T Jeff, becoming the first historian to lay out a solid circumstantial case for the TJ-Sally Hemings union -- a quarter century before the DNA evidence confirmed it.

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    Yes!!!!! (none / 0) (#56)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 05:44:50 PM EST


    Chris, how much did BTD lose (none / 0) (#59)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 05:47:56 PM EST
    on Michigan ?

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    CG (none / 0) (#60)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 05:48:35 PM EST
    I won (none / 0) (#64)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:15:25 PM EST
    I give up. (none / 0) (#65)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:18:00 PM EST
    MSU +9 points (none / 0) (#66)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:18:42 PM EST
    So for me the score was MSU 19- Mich 12.

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    When is Apple gonna (5.00 / 2) (#74)
    by brodie on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:40:47 PM EST
    give me some built-in gambling lingo translation software so's I can figger out what in the name of Immanuel you are talking aboot.

    Negative numbers and units and all ...

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    I cant figure (none / 0) (#82)
    by Amiss on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 07:50:19 PM EST
    these out. Probably a good thing tho,Cuz I love to gamble!

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    Officials f**cking me (none / 0) (#68)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:22:56 PM EST


    F8ck!!! (none / 0) (#72)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:33:52 PM EST
    Your eloquence never fails to impress. (none / 0) (#76)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 06:52:09 PM EST
    ;-D

    End 1st: Toledo 10, No. 21 Cincinnati 0.

    The Bearcats are having trouble with turnovers, which is not good when they're playing on the road against a 6-1 Rockets program that tends not to lose at home against ranked opponents.

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    HALF: Toledo 16, No. 21 Cincinnati 13. (none / 0) (#84)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:02:11 PM EST
    This is a great game between two very good teams.

    I expect the Bearcats to come back and win. Their defense has been great, but their offense needs to start playing with some sense of urgency, and the team needs to stop looking like they've been thinking ahead to next week's Big East showdown with No.6 Louisville.

    But the opportunistic Rockets are proving that they're no pushovers, and they can certainly play with anyone. The longer they're hanging around, the greater their chances of stealing this one.

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    15:00 4Q: Toledo 26, No. 21 Cincinnati 20. (none / 0) (#89)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:38:33 PM EST
    The Bearcats clawed back to take a 20-19 lead, only to stand around like statues and watch Toledo's George Ready return the subsequent kickoff 89 yards right up the middle of the field for a touchdown. and then get caught napping when the Rockets executed an onside kick.

    The "Upset Watch" sign has been turned on.

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    7:50 4Q: Toledo 26, No. 21 Cincinnati 23. (none / 0) (#95)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:02:23 PM EST
    The Bearcats shoot themselves in the foot again, and have to punt. If the Rockets can put together a sustained drive ...

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    00:26 4Q; Toledo 29, No. 21 Cincinnati 23. (none / 0) (#98)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:20:55 PM EST
    The Rockets used 7:08 of the clock on 70-yd. drive that resulted in their 5th field goal, and the Bearcats are on the ropes.

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    Final: Toledo 29, No. 21 Cincinnati 23. (none / 0) (#100)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:27:11 PM EST
    Toledo's student body storms the field.

    It's interesting to speculate where the Rockets -- now 7-1 -- might have been ranked after this game, had they only been able to hold onto that lead in OT to beat Arizona on the road in Tucson earlier in the season.

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    A note on MAC football this season: (none / 0) (#109)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 02:30:19 AM EST
    The top of the MAC ticket -- Ohio, Toledo, and Northern Illinois -- currently have a combined record of 21-2.

    Ohio is undefeated, having opened the 2012 campaign with a decisive 24-14 win at Penn State. Toledo fell that same weekend at Arizona in overtime, 24-17, while NIU dropped a heartbreaker at Iowa, 18-17. Neither has lost since.

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    The directional Illinois team (none / 0) (#114)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 10:40:05 AM EST
    lost to Iowa at Soldier Field which was a "home" game for NIU.  Made a very nice chunk of change while doing so.  

    The Huskies went on to cream Central Michigan back home in delightful DeKalb, a team that had beaten Iowa in Iowa City.

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    They were awful in the swamp (none / 0) (#87)
    by Amiss on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:09:27 PM EST
    Today for sure! That game was çrazy, really crazy. Hopefully the outdoor cocktail party here will have better officients.  I have been a Gator fan all of my life and somehow I missed the fact that Steve Spurrier was the one to name the stadium " The Swamp". I think it must have been when we moved to Michigan for a few years.
    Best of luck to all on their teams, as long as they don't interfere with my team from the swamp that according to S.S. only a Gator could survive in. Too bad he didn't want to continue coaching them.
    I felt at times like Alice did.

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    The officials stuck it to the Gators (5.00 / 1) (#91)
    by CoralGables on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:46:53 PM EST
    several times today but ultimately it didn't make any difference.

    As for Spurrier. there is no team I like seeing the Gators beat "less" than a Steve Spurrier coached team. As someone that was in Gainesville before the Gators ever sniffed an SEC Title, I have the utmost respect for him and he'll always be St. Steve to me.

    Coach Muschamp sounded a similar tone after the game today. Spurrier may no longer be the coach of the Gators, but he'll always be a Gator to those who knew what it was like in Gainesville before he arrived.

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    We'll always love Spurrier (5.00 / 1) (#92)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:48:08 PM EST
    he made Florida football.

    Period.

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    But it was Charley Pell ... (none / 0) (#97)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:15:35 PM EST
    ... and Galen Hall who first made it possible for Steve Spurrier to make Florida football.

    Spurrier took over what was already a good Gator program in 1990 and made it great. But it was first Pell and then Hall who transformed a Gator program that heretofore had totally sucked for the better part of a decade -- like, 0-10-1 sucked -- and made Florida football respectable again.

    So, please give credit where it's properly due.

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    Sorry (5.00 / 1) (#99)
    by CoralGables on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:26:32 PM EST
    Pell and Hall both were responsible for the NCAA bringing sanctions against Florida and putting them on probation. You can't be given credit when you're caught violating the rules.

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    Agreed, that they did. (none / 0) (#107)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 02:05:56 AM EST
    But the bottom line is that they also got Gator football up and running again, and off the doormat.

    Unlike Charley Pell, Steve Spurrier did not inherit a moribund Gator program on the skids whose cupboards were bare. Prior to his arrival from Duke, Florida went 45-23-2 during the previous 6 seasons under Galen Hall (1984-88) and interim head coach Gary Darnell (1989), so there was clearly talent already there awaiting him. His first season in 1990, they went 10-2.

    Absent the solid foundation that Pell and Hall provided the Florida football program, how likely do you think there would've been those glory years under Steve Spurrier? For that matter, would Spurrier have even left Duke, where he had been two-time ACC Coach of the Year and had led the Blue Devils to a share of the conference co-championship?

    I believe a lot of people tend to forget how mediocre Florida football really was prior to Charley Pell and Galen Hall. They did nothing that other SEC coaches like Paul "Bear" Bryant and Gene Stallings were't doing. They just happened to get caught.

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    More Pell infractions: (none / 0) (#117)
    by the capstan on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 01:37:56 PM EST
    Pell left Clemson after the 1978 regular season to accept the open coaching job at the University of Florida. He was succeeded at Clemson by assistant coach Danny Ford, who led the Tigers in the Gator Bowl. In 1982, it emerged that Pell and his staff had committed major NCAA infractions in player recruiting, for which the NCAA placed the Clemson football program on two years' probation.[2] The Tigers, however, were allowed to keep the 1978 ACC title.

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    More Pell infractions: (none / 0) (#118)
    by the capstan on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 01:38:37 PM EST
    Pell left Clemson after the 1978 regular season to accept the open coaching job at the University of Florida. He was succeeded at Clemson by assistant coach Danny Ford, who led the Tigers in the Gator Bowl. In 1982, it emerged that Pell and his staff had committed major NCAA infractions in player recruiting, for which the NCAA placed the Clemson football program on two years' probation.[2] The Tigers, however, were allowed to keep the 1978 ACC title.

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    I really (none / 0) (#119)
    by Amiss on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 01:40:53 PM EST
    admired Mushchamp's " no comments" about S. Carolina's turnovers, etc. in the first half. The man has tremendous respect for Spurrier and he makes no bones about it. He was NOT going to make a negative comment regardless what she asked him.

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    They cost me 5 units (none / 0) (#90)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 08:46:31 PM EST
    on TCU.

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    Samantha Bee re recent academic (none / 0) (#104)
    by oculus on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 12:10:16 AM EST
    study of facial structure of female Congresspersons:   NYT

    My take (none / 0) (#111)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 07:42:49 AM EST
    In order for the Republican base to accept and to vote for a woman, that woman must fit the stereotype of what a feminine woman should be. Not so to be in the Democratic party and gain Democratic base votes.

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    Your take may also (5.00 / 2) (#112)
    by oculus on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 08:04:26 AM EST
    apply to the GOP voters' affinity for Stepford  wives of their male politicians.

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    BTD CFITP (none / 0) (#115)
    by CoralGables on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 11:13:32 AM EST
    Another solid winning day in picking games for BTD (building on last week) but due to both his 5 unit games losing he ends up as break even in units on the day. (great picking and bad luck?)

    On the day 16-12 (break even in units)
    Season 82-82-3 (-13 units)

    Enjoying a marimba band and spouting horns in Oregon gave me a win for the day. I'm still a Beaver Believer.

    On the day 1-0 (+1 unit)
    Season 2-1 (+1 unit)

    can't believe you know the (none / 0) (#116)
    by fishcamp on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 01:03:17 PM EST
    spouting horns at Depoe Bay.

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    Officiials screwed me in Ft Worth (none / 0) (#120)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 08:50:16 PM EST
    10 unit swing.

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    BTW (none / 0) (#121)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 08:54:02 PM EST
    Sagarin says Florida should be a 14 point favorite over Georgia.

    Line opened at -3.5 has already been bet up to -6.

    The fact is I should make my biggest bet of the year on the Gators.

    But I'll take the Dawgs + probably 10 by game time.
     

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