Friday, October 5, 2007

BlogDog Rolls the Dice

You know those paintings of dogs playing poker?

If BlogDog was in those, he’d be pushing all-in pre-flop with nothing more than an icy stare and a pair of 3s as his hole cards.

Translation for the non-Texas Hold 'Em inclined: He’s not afraid to take chances.

Case in point is this week’s pick. Air Force is a 5.5-point favorite at home. But BlogDog’s taking UNLV. It’s the second straight week he’s turned his back on the oddsmakers. But what can you say? He’s got a thing for underdogs.

(Note: For those of you who are just discovering this blog, my dog, Norm, is predicting the winner of each Air Force game this season. Here’s how he does it: 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 him. 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.)

Here’s how it unfolded this week. Norm went to the Air Force helmet first, then the UNLV helmet, then the Air Force helmet, then the UNLV helmet . . . then the UNLV helmet.

Norm’s Pick: UNLV 28, Air Force 27
Norm’s Record: 3-2

BlogDog: Viva Las Vegas


Stats Dr said...


Say it ain't so! Are you sure your owner isn't influencing your pick?

The cadets had a hard week of academics, but Coach Calhoun said he expects his team to continue getter stronger as the season goes along and that he doesn't subscribe to the "end of season fade" for service academies.

We will see tomorrow night.

By the way, Utah just kept scoring on Louisville (boy were they overrated to start the season). Utah should win the bi-polar award for which team shows up.

Go AF, beat the Rebels!

jake.schaller said...

Stats dr,

I assure you, BlogDog is picking these on his own. I probably would have taken the favorites.
Was interesting to see that Utah score. We need to investigate whether there are actually two teams that play at Utah. Unreal.

Chairman Mao said...

Have the helmets been tested for lead paint content? Every good sports writer knows that dogs love lead painted Chineese stuff.

Good grief!