Friday, September 21, 2007

BlogDog, Brew and BYU

The dream is over.

After exploding onto the football prognostication stage by correctly predicting his first two games (and nearly nailing the score of the second exactly), BlogDog got the cold water of reality splashed into his face last week.

(For those of you just discovering this blog, my dog, Norm, is predicting the outcome of games this year because I am not allowed to as a beat writer).

BlogDog predicted a TCU victory over Air Force by about two touchdowns. And in the fourth quarter, all looked good as the Horned Frogs led, 17-3. But Air Force’s comeback destroyed the BlogDog’s hopes of a perfect year.

This is good in one respect: I had told the BlogWife that if Norm got to 5-0, we would need to start ignoring him around the house the same way baseball players stay away from a pitcher who has a no-hitter going. The BlogWife told me that if I ignored Norm, she would ignore me.

Shows you where I stand in the BlogHouse.

BlogWife also gets mad when I leave glasses of beer on the floor while watching TV. Because when I leave the room, even momentarily, Norm, invariably, attacks them.

I thought his thirst for the frosty brew would make him pick against those sobriety-loving Provo dwellers this week. But Norm is going with BYU to snap its two-game losing streak by breaking the Falcons’ three-game winning streak.

Quick refresher on how Norm makes his picks: I put a mini-replica Air Force helmet and the mini-replica helmet of the opponent the Falcons are facing that week in front of Norm. Whichever one Norm goes to first (best three out of five times) is the one he thinks is going to win.

If Norm picks the same helmet three times in a row, he’s thinking blowout. If he chooses one team three times and the other team once, he’s thinking the game will be decided by about seven to 10 points. If he chooses one team three times and the other one twice, he’s predicting a close game.

This week Norm went BYU first, then Air Force, then BYU twice in a row.

There is no truth to the rumor that I doused the BYU helmet with Corona.

Norm’s Pick: BYU 34, Air Force 24
Norm’s Record: 2-1

6 comments:

Ben said...

What?! How can the BlogDog go with the Falcons' arch nemisis? Ah! What has this world come to?!

Jim said...

Jake,

You say you haven't doused the BYU helmet with beer (and I guess I'll have to trust you on that), but have you looked into the possibility that Norm is taking a liking to the new team helmet these last two weeks because the AF one is maybe chewed up a bit from handling?

Also, I think the AF defense will show the same "git her done" attitude as they did in the other conference games. While BYU will be looking to shame AF, I think our D will hold their O to a few FGs instead of TDs, plus we will win the turnover margin, and convert those into points. I'm thinking it will be more like AF 30 - BYU 27.

I'm looking forward to Will Keuchler's contribution as the back up (for injured Julian Madrid) behind Hunter Altman at OLB . Hopefully he will be successful!

You've been doing a great job with your AF articles, too! I love to hear what the guys say. Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Here's a prediction for ya....By the end of the day....
BlogDog will be mired in a slump---and stuck at an unimpressive .500 for the season.

jake.schaller said...

The state of the helmets used in BlogDog's picks have been brought up by several people. I will plan to wash the helmets before Norm's picks each week so they smell the same to him.
Other changes might be in the works. Stay tuned.

Anonymous said...

Awesome blog! Very clever indeed. If Air Force is as clever with their play selection, it will surely give them another win. Sorry Norm you'll go to 2 and 2...

Anonymous said...

BlogDog won this round!