With single digit days left until kickoff, it’s time to start getting your game day ritual ready.
Do you know where your lucky T-shirt is? What about the “magic underwear”? Is there a beverage that you HAVE to have on hand in order to ensure victory? Better restock, just to be sure. Are all of the “play dates” arranged for your kids so there are absolutely no distractions?
Oh, and you should also check to be sure you’ve got the technology situation all squared away- TV ready, home audio tuned in order to give you the best approximation of The ‘Shoe that you can muster? Laptop and wifi up to date so that you’re ready for our BBN/Fox Sports Ohio livechats? Can you do “quick cals” and tweet at the same time?
Got all that? You’re good? Ok, only one thing left to do- make your picks for the week.
Yup, once again we’re giving you the opportunity to show your prowess in prognostication for glory, honor, and bragging rights. Oh, and we’ll have other prizes as well, but we all play for the love of the game, right?
Here’s what you need to know- We’re using Yahoo! again, if only to keep Charles Robinson from “visiting” tBBC Corporate offices. To join the league and play all season long, use the following information:
Group ID: 7844
Games will lock each week right before the kickoff of the first game, so be sure to set a reminder for yourself as well. We’ll be looking at the major games of the week here at tBBC in addition to all-inclusive Ohio State coverage.
Please feel free to invite others to play as well… get involved!
Don’t forget to get your entry in!!
So you think you’re smarter than the guys on Gameday, and your Saturdays are spent screaming at the radio during Division 3 matchups. There’s a cornhole set in every room of your house; your wardrobe will change significantly once you see what Luke Fickell is wearing on the sidelines this season.
You’ve got picture in picture in picture, with tBBC livechat in a separate window on the 50 inch plasma. Your spouse left you and took the kids, and your first thought was “Who’s going to make sandwiches at halftime?” A Realtor came by your place and asked you when you wouldn’t be around- seems the ‘enthusiasm’ you bring to watching football drives the property values down. You match your grill cover to Ohio State’s jerseys for that game, and make sure to wear underwear that’s the opponents’ color… and sometimes, you remember to wear pants.
While you think that killing trees at Auburn is ridiculous, you’d swerve across 4 lanes of traffic to hit some roadkill that might be a still-breathing wolverine or badger. 6 lanes and a divider if it had an “Alumni” sweatshirt on. You won’t cut your toenails during the season, and don’t plan on bathing until after the Conference Championship Game.
You, my friend, are a college football fan.
Do you need help? Possibly. Can tBBC help you? Not a chance- but we do have a way for you to match your skills against others of your particular “emotional makeup”.
That’s right, it’s time for tBBC College Football Pick-em!
This year, we’re going with the Yahoo! format (since they’ve owned college football this summer), and will be keeping tabs throughout the entire season to see which of our readers really knows their stuff.
In addition, Joe D will be bringing us weekly picks and predictions from the staff and from guest prognosticators elsewhere in the media.
To play, you need to enter by going to the Yahoo! site and click the “Join Group” button. From there, enter the following information…
Just as a reminder, while there’s bragging rights for the best weekly picks (especially in the livechat), the ultimate winner will be the person who finishes on top at the end of the season. Luckily, they’ll email you reminders if you need that kind of thing. In case of a tie… well, I’ll come up with something.
Our friends at Fresh Brewed Tees have given us some shirts to provide to lucky winners, and we’ll also turn the keys to tBBC over for a guest post to our expert. Feel free to invite friends, and remember to check back here each week for updates and our thoughts on what might be going on. Then, if you do the opposite of what we recommend, you’ll probably score pretty well.
Get in the game!!
ESPN: So is there another team, another organization, another sport that should be nervous right now because you’re working on something comparable?
Robinson: Yeah [laughs], we’ve still got a couple more coming.[several moments of back-and-forth banter]
Robinson: I’ve got probably a six to a seven, maybe an eight depending on where you live coming in the next two weeks, and then by August, a ten.
ESPN: Well, what would you consider the Tressel story, on a one to ten?
Robinson: Probably an eight.
ESPN: So there’s something even bigger than that coming in the summertime?
Robinson: Yeah. Yeah. There’s one I’ve been working on since, I don’t know, I’m probably entering my fourth month on it, and we’ll probably get a good six, seven months more in on it before I’m done.
-Yahoo’s Charles Robinson, in an ESPN Chicago radio interview following the Jim Tressel story
Today, the “ten” fell- an eleven month investigation into alleged improprieties at the University of Miami, specifically at the hands a former booster and donor who is currently serving time for his involvement in a $930 mission Ponzi scheme.
At a cost that Shapiro estimates in the millions of dollars, he said his benefits to athletes included but were not limited to cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and, on one occasion, an abortion.
Or, if you’re the type that prefers their news from audio/video sources, there’s this: