The BlogDog will be watching Thursday night's Air Force-TCU game on CSTV from the comforts of his couch at the BlogHouse.
This is a good thing for Norm. At Falcon Stadium, he'd be unwelcome - perro non grata - because for the first time in his illustrious career as a football prognosticator, Norm has picked against Troy Calhoun's Falcons.
(Note: For those who have just discovered The Gazette's Air Force blog and have no idea what I'm talking about, here's a quick refresher course: I am not allowed, as a beat writer, to predict the outcome of games. So my dog, Norm - aka the BlogDog, does it. Here's how: I have a mini-replica Air Force helmet and a mini-replica helmet of the opponent it is facing that week. 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. Check out his previous picks in the archives.)
Anyway, here's how his pick unfolded this week. On his first choice, Norm walked over to the TCU helmet, but then put his nose to the Air Force helmet. A vote for the Falcons, and I figured Norm was thinking upset (odds makers have TCU as an 8.5-point favorite). But on his next three choices, Norm went - quite decisively - to the TCU helmet, grabbing it and throwing it.
Now, some might see that as a sign that Norm dislikes TCU. But whenever he gets a treat, he often picks it up and throws it. So consider that a fairly decisive vote for TCU.
My wife (the BlogWife) thinks Norm just likes the color purple. But this is the same woman that told me a few weeks ago that dogs are color blind. So there, BlogWife.
Norm's pick: TCU 33, Air Force 17
Norm's record: 2-0
Above: The BlogDog puts his bet where his mouth is.