It’s week 7. Some say 7 is lucky. I don’t believe in lucky numbers. But Mumsee seems to have the numbers behind her, winning 3 times! That’s half the contests so far. Can she make it 2 in a row, 4 total? We’ll see. She actually picked a big B1G 10 game for the tie breaker.
Guess away, folks. Just guess by NOON EDT Saturday.
1. Iowa @ Indiana
2. Oklahoma State @ Kansas State
3. Duke @ Georgia Tech
4. Louisville @ Boston College
5. #2 Georgia @ #13 LSU
6. #7 Washington @ #17 Oregon
7. Temple @ Navy
8. Idaho @ Montana
9. Pillow Fight: Kent State (1-5) @ Miami-Ohio (2-4)
10. Tie Breaker: Guess winner and final score: #15 Wisconsin @ #12 Michigan
Hello football fans. Your Pickled Pigskin Picker here. Hope you’re enjoying this early fall weather, even though it’s 90° here in the Mid-Mississippi Valley. Not really football weather, if you ask me. But you didn’t, and I said it any way. Oh, well. If you bothered to read this so far, you haven’t seen anything to do with the actual picks. So skip on down and see what’s in store this week, along with a title I’ve gone and given each game, mainly because the first game is actually called the Red River Showdown. Let’s see if Chas or Mumsee can get a third victory. Or maybe one of us other folks will get our chance to shine in the virtual glory of Pickledom
So, have at it. Just get those picks in by high NOON Eastern Time Saturday
1. The Red River Showdown: #19 Texas vs #7 Oklahoma @ the Cotton Bowl
2. The Swamp Rivalry: #5 LSU @ #22 Florida
3. The Other Florida rivalry?: Florida State @ #17 Miami
4. First Round Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy: Navy @ Air Force
5. “Because Mumsee Likes one of These Teams”: San Diego State @ Boise State
6. The “Who’s the Worst in Texas” game: UTSA @ Rice
7. A Game That Matters: #6 Notre Dame @ #24 Virginia Tech
8. “Who Doesn’t Want to be the Worst in the PAC-12”: California @ Arizona
9. Pillow Fight: Colorado State (1-4) @ San José State (0-4)
10. Tie Breaker (winner and final score): A team from Peter L’s State vs Chas’ State:
Mizzou @ South Carolina
Week 5, folks! So far, Mumsee has won half the time, including last week. So, of course, she picked Boise State Broncos for the tie breaker. (I’m reminded of the theme from the old “Mr. Ed” TV show: “A horse is a horse, a horse of course…”) She manages to pick them whenever they play a team whose mascot is the Cowboy. Interesting.
Here’s the list for this week. We got better last week, with the low score being 6, instead of that being the high score. Get your guesses in by NOON Saturday, Sep. 29, 2018.
1. #20 BYU @ #11 Washington
2. #12 West Virginia @ #25 Texas Tech
3. Army @ Buffalo
4. Florida St @ Louisville
5. Virginia Tech @ #22 Duke
6. #4 Ohio St @ #9 Penn St
7. #7 Stanford @ #8 Notre Dame
8. South Carolina @ #17 Kentucky
9. Pillow Fight: Purdue (1-3) @ Nebraska (0-4)
10. Tie Breaker: Pick winner and final score: Boise St @ Wyoming
It’s bowl season. The time of year when 64 teams play meaningless games for bragging rights and bowls of cash for their football programs. At least now two games matter, and the winners of those go for the National Championship. So, pick your favorites of the most important bowls, or at least, the ones I think are the “classic” bowls I remember from years past. The tie breaker is the semi final game between Washington and Alabama. The team scores may be as far apart as the two schools are, but who knows? And there is a second tie breaker if needed: the National Championship game January 9. (If I were in charge, there wouldn’t be any college football in January at all.)
Remember to get your guesses in by Noon EST, on Friday, December 30.
Orange Bowl (Dec 30) #6 Michigan vs. #11 Florida State
Sun Bowl (Dec 30) #18 Stanford vs. North Carolina
Liberty Bowl (Dec 30) Georgia vs. TCU
Citrus Bowl (Dec 31) #20 LSU vs. #13 Louisville
Sugar Bowl (Jan 2) #14 Auburn vs. #7 Oklahoma
Rose Bowl (Jan 2) #9 USC vs. #5 Penn State
Cotton Bowl (Jan 2) #15 Western Michigan vs. #8 Wisconsin
Outback Bowl (Jan 2) #17 Florida vs. Iowa
Semi Final: Fiesta Bowl (Dec 31) #3 Ohio State vs. #2 Clemson
Tie Breaker: Semi-final: Peach bowl (Dec 31) #4 Washington vs. #1 Alabama
2nd Tie Breaker (If needed): National Championship Jan 9
What’s interesting in the news today?
1. Tone Deaf? Or good old-fashioned denial?
From TheHill “Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday said the media is exaggerating public concern about ObamaCare and insisted they aren’t worried the law will cost them their majority.
Democratic leaders said voters care more about middle-class issues like raising the minimum wage, addressing college affordability, achieving paycheck parity between men and women and rebuilding infrastructure.
They expressed their frustration with reporters after a lengthy presentation on their “Fair Shot for Everyone” agenda was followed up by a salvo of questions on the implementation of ObamaCare.”
“This agenda is what the American people want to hear. You folks all want to ask about ObamaCare but the American people, most of them, are not directly affected by ObamaCare. They want to hear what we’re going to do for them,” Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking Democratic leader, told reporters.”
2. The myth that Obama is the Deporter in Chief has been proven false.
From Breitbart “Fully 98 percent of individuals deported from the United States in 2013 were either criminals, apprehended while illegally crossing the border, or had been previously deported, according to a new analysis from Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
The three-page document, labeled a “Critical Alert” by the senator’s office, found three executive actions by President Barack Obama providing amnesty to groups of illegal aliens meant that virtually no one who did not meet other criteria beyond simply being in the country illegal was deported.
“The evidence reveals that the Administration has carried out a dramatic nullification of federal law,” Sessions said in a statement to Breitbart News. “Under the guise of setting ‘priorities’, the Administration has determined that almost anyone in the world who can enter the United States is free to illegally live, work and claim benefits here as long as they are not caught committing a felony or other serious crime.”
More here from NationalReview “A little-known Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directive from 2012 has dramatically altered the enforcement of immigration laws by shielding most illegal immigrants without separate criminal convictions from deportation.
Data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), reviewed by the office of Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), indicate that the “DHS has blocked the enforcement of immigration law for the overwhelming majority of violations — and is planning to widen that amnesty even further.”
A DHS directive from December 21, 2012, decreed that ICE agents could act against illegal immigrants only in limited circumstances — mainly if an illegal immigrant was previously charged with a serious crime or was physically caught crossing the border.
The effect, according to Sessions’s office, has been that many habitual immigration violators and the vast majority of illegal immigrants in the United States face no threat of deportation. “The Administration’s priorities,” Session’s writes, “have therefore provided an executive amnesty not only to the great majority of the 12 million living her illegally today . . . but to those who will violate immigration law tomorrow. It is an open invitation for a future immigrant to overstay a visa, or enter the U.S. illegally, knowing that they will be immune from enforcement as long as they avoid being convicted of a felony or other serious crime once here.”
3. On a related note……
Using liberal logic, 78% of America must be racists. There’s just no other answer. 🙄
From Rasmussen “A federal judge last week upheld the right of states to require proof of citizenship before allowing someone to register to vote. Voters continue to overwhelmingly support such a requirement.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 78% of Likely U.S. Voters believe everyone should be required to prove his or her citizenship before being allowed to register to vote. That’s up from 71% a year ago. Just 19% oppose that requirement. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Twenty-nine percent (29%) believe laws that require proof of citizenship before allowing voter registration discriminate against such voters. But more than twice as many (61%) say such laws do not discriminate, up three points from 58% who felt that way in March of last year. Ten percent (10%) are undecided.”
4. Golf clap.
From TheWashingtonExaminer “The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled several Washington, D.C.-based family organizations as “hate groups” for favoring traditional marriage, has been dumped as a “resource” on the FBI‘s Hate Crime Web page, a significant rejection of the influential legal group.
The Web page scrubbing, which also included eliminating the Anti-Defamation League, was not announced and came in the last month after 15 family groups pressed Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey to stop endorsing a group — SPLC — that inspired a recent case of domestic terrorism at the Family Research Council.
“We commend the FBI for removing website links to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that not only dispenses erroneous data but has been linked to domestic terrorism in federal court. We hope this means the FBI leadership will avoid any kind of partnership with the SPLC,” Tony Perkins, FRC President, told Secrets.
“The Southern Poverty Law Center’s mission to push anti-Christian propaganda is inconsistent with the mission of both the military and the FBI, which is to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States,” he added.”
5. I have to question how smart a move this is. You usually don’t end successful programs like this until you have an adequate replacement.
From TheFreeBeacon “President Barack Obama is seeking to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say have helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades.
The Tomahawk missile program—known as “the world’s most advanced cruise missile”—is set to be cut by $128 million under Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal and completely eliminated by fiscal year 2016, according to budget documents released by the Navy.
In addition to the monetary cuts to the program, the number of actual Tomahawk missiles acquired by the United States would drop significantly—from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The number will then drop to zero in 2016.
The Navy will also be forced to cancel its acquisition of the well-regarded and highly effective Hellfire missiles in 2015, according to Obama’s proposal. The proposed elimination of these missile programs came as a shock to lawmakers and military experts, who warned ending cutting these missiles would significantly erode America’s ability to deter enemy forces.”
A replacement system won’t be battle ready for at least 10 years. This will weaken the Navy, and our enemies know it.
6. Here’s some good news.
From ABCNews “A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Kansas can strip two Planned Parenthood clinics of federal family planning money while the organization moves forward with its legal challenge of a state law it says is retaliation for its advocacy of abortion rights.
Kansas is among several conservative states that have sought in recent years to strip Planned Parenthood of funding. At issue in Tuesday’s ruling is money distributed to states under Title X, a federally financed family planning program. The Title X money targets low-income individuals seeking reproductive services such as birth control, pregnancy testing, cancer screenings and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. It cannot be used for abortions.
U.S. District Court J. Thomas Marten blocked enforcement of the state law in 2011, ruling that it unconstitutionally was intended to punish Planned Parenthood for advocating for abortion rights and would likely be overturned. He ordered Kansas to continue funding Planned Parenthood until the case was resolved. He also found the state law violates the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause, saying states cannot impose additional requirements for entities to qualify for federal programs.
A divided panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver overturned Marten’s rulings, saying Kansas can halt the funding. Tuesday’s decision is not a final ruling on the merits of the case itself, and the appeals court sent the case back to the lower court for further proceedings. Given the split 2-1 ruling and the issues at stake in the litigation, it is also likely that the panel’s decision could be appealed to the full court for a rehearing.”
7. They have to ruin everything.
From TheBlaze “In a stunning ruling that could revolutionize college sports, a federal agency said Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation’s first union of college athletes.
“The decision by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board answered the question at the very heart of the debate of the unionization bid: The football players who receive full scholarships to the Big Ten school, the agency found, do qualify as employees under federal law and therefore can legally unionize.
“Based on the entire record in this case, I find that the Employer’s football players who receive scholarships fall squarely within (the) broad definition of ‘employee,” Peter Sung Ohr, the NLRB regional director, said in his 24-page decision.”
What’s interesting in the news today?
1. First up today, two constitutional scholars, two very different interpretations.
First, Obama’s alleged abuse of executive orders will go before the Supreme Court today. You’d think he’d know better being the scholarly type, but no. Maybe this is why we can’t see his grades. 😯
From TheHill “Nothing less than the boundaries of executive power are at stake Monday as the Supreme Court considers whether President Obama violated the Constitution during his first term.
Oral arguments slated for Monday will center on a trio of recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that were deemed unconstitutional by lower courts.
If they uphold the decision, experts say the justices could endanger hundreds of NLRB decisions.
Even more significant are the ramifications for future presidents, with the court poised either to bolster or blunt the chief executive’s appointment powers.”
2. Here’s what Ted Cruz has to say about it. And he actually knows what he’s talking about, unlike the president, who only plays a scholar on TV.
3. Not many people would be surprised to hear that some colleges provide things to student athletes that other students don’t receive. This piece gives you a look at just how much help these kids receive, as well as exposing allegations of cheating, and players with 4th grade reading levels. (and in some cases under) And in yet another example of fans behaving badly, the professor exposing it is already received death threats. 🙄
From TheHuffPost “An NCAA investigation into the football program in 2010 expanded into a probe of how the nation’s first public university provides academic help to athletes. It led to a discovery of fraud in a department with classes featuring significant athlete enrollments.”
“In a CNN story this week, Mary Willingham said her research of 183 football or basketball players at UNC from 2004-12 found 60 percent reading at fourth- to eighth-grade levels and roughly 10 percent below a third-grade level. She said she worked with one men’s basketball player early in her 10-year tenure who couldn’t read or write.”
“The topic of balancing academics and athletics isn’t unique to UNC, such as the AP reporting in 2011 that 39 schools had at least 50 percent of football players clustering in one, two or three majors. But the scope of problems here has often left officials sifting through what happened as much as looking ahead.
The NCAA academic violations involved a tutor providing improper help on research papers. UNC later reported fraud in the since-renamed African and Afro-American Studies department, including lecture classes that didn’t meet, possibly forged signatures on grade rolls, unauthorized grade changes and poor oversight.”
I bet a visit from the DoJ is in UNC’s future too.
4. Like with most things from this administration, the more details you know, the less you like it.
From TheDailyCaller “Education experts decried a new memo from the Departments of Justice and Education that instructs public schools throughout the country to cease punishing disruptive students if they fall into certain racial categories, such as black or Hispanic.
The letter, released on Wednesday, states that it is a violation of federal law for schools to punish certain races more than others, even if those punishments stem from completely neutral rules. For example, equal numbers of black students and white students should be punished for tardiness, even if black students are more often tardy than white students.”
““Schools also violate Federal law when they evenhandedly implement facially neutral policies and practices that, although not adopted with the intent to discriminate, nonetheless have an unjustified effect of discriminating against students on the basis of race.”
“Pullmann also worried about the effect on classrooms. She said she has spoken to teachers who experienced a breakdown in the classroom learning environment when policies like this were implemented.”
5. Judge Jeanine Pirro is blasting Obama for failing to act on Benghazi and the IRS scandal while immediately turning the FBI loose on Christie.