With the return of college football on Thursday night, here’s the season premiere of the weekly post combining my SBNation BlogPoll ballot, parlay picks for 3 games each for college and the NFL (including every Illinois and Bears game) and a classic music video (heavily tilted toward old school rap, ’80s trash rock and ’90s one-hit wonders as always). Let’s get to it:
(1) BlogPoll Ballot
Nothing too crazy here, as evidenced by the fact that I ranked #2 out of more than 100 voters in the “Mr. Dumb Existence” category for having a low standard deviation between my personal ballot and the overall poll. I feel pretty good that any of the top 5 can make it to the national championship game (look at Florida State’s schedule and tell me that they can’t run the table there) while it’s more of a crapshoot afterwards.
(2) Parlay Picks (odds from Yahoo! and home teams in CAPS)
Navy (+15.5) over Notre Dame (in the land of Guiness) - These schools will be completely out of their element overseas, which means that this is way too large of a spread for my tastes.
Western Michigan (+10) over ILLINOIS - I don’t know what it is, but Illinois always sleepwalks against the Broncos. Being a Chicago and Illini sports fan, I’ve accumulated a lot of rooting scar tissue over the years and the Illinois loss to WMU at Ford Field in 2008 is up there in terms of sheer horror. I’ll be down in Champaign with my wife and twins for this one, so I hope I’m wrong here.
AUBURN (+3.5) over Clemson – Clemson has a habit of burning gamblers in high profile openers. I’d take a solid SEC home team and the points.
(3) Classic Music Video of the Week: “My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit
This song from my college days has held up fairly well over the years, but its video in particular has held a special place in my heart since the main feature of the town that I grew up in (Glenwood, Illinois) was its old school bowling alley that circulated the same nicotine-tinged air from the 1950s through its closing in 2008. R.I.P., Glenwood Bowl.
Enjoy the sweet smell of a brand new football season and your Labor Day weekend!