Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dadgum BlogDog

At first glance, the BlogDog doesn’t seem to have much in common with former Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry.

Fisher’s from the South. BlogDog’s from Canada.

Fisher’s married. BlogDog’s single.

Fisher gained national fame by employing the triple-option. BlogDog’s patented snag-the-recently-folded-laundry-and-run move has barely garnered regional acclaim.

Fisher’s retired. BlogDog is in his first year as a prognosticator.

Fisher’s a human. BlogDog’s a dog.

But the more you look at it, the more you realize they have in common.

Fisher began his first season as Air Force head coach 5-3. BlogDog is 5-3 in his first year predicting Air Force games. Both have the endearing ability to make you laugh without meaning to.

And both believe that college football games should be played on Saturday afternoons.

A Thursday night game – and the short week of preparation that preceded it – threw off the BlogDog earlier this season. After correctly picking Air Force’s first two games of the season, he misfired on the third – the Falcons’ Thursday night game against TCU.

BlogDog brings another two-game winning streak into tonight’s contest, and this time he likes the home team.

(Quick refresher course for those new to this blog: As a beat writer, I am not allowed to predict the outcome of games. So my dog, Norm, is doing it.

Here’s how: 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 team 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, the BlogDog went to the New Mexico helmet first, then Air Force’s twice in a row, then New Mexico’s twice in a row.

Norm’s Pick: New Mexico 28, Air Force 24
Norm’s Record: 5-3

BlogDog’s bite is more telling than his bark. He likes the Lobos.


Anonymous said...

Here's hoping that BlogDog has the same luck as when he picked TCU...and finishes the week at 5-4, with AF's record improving to 7 and 2. In my humble opinion, short preparation weeks are more likely to have the coaching staff figure into the equation. I've been incredibly impressed with this coaching staff, and believe that they will have the Falcons well prepared for Thursday night's contest.
A side note:
Do not underestimate the fact that in order to have chosen the Falcons, BlogDog would have had to pick AGAINST his own species for a second time this season. Animals---particularly dogs, are known for their loyalty, and I'm sure BlogDog is still reeling from the controversy surrounding his pick against the Bulldogs earlier in the year. I think you should consider launching an investigation into this potential conflict of interest. (Any idea where I can find the BlogDog Journalistic Code of Ethics online?) Seriously, the last thing Troy Calhoun needs is the discovery that because of BlogDog, the Falcons are in violation of some obscure NCAA rule.)

jake.schaller said...

Ha! That actually crossed my mind. I thought that A) Norm would like the shinier helmet and B) he'd see the Lobo on the side and go with his relatives.
It's an interesting point. We'll see what happens if the Falcons go to a bowl and face another 'dawg' team.
And it's a good point about the coaching staff. I'll probably blog about this later, but Troy Calhoun is looking a lot like the conference coach of the year. And should Air Force win 2 or 3 more this year, he's in the discussion for national coach of the year.

Jim said...

Looks like BlogDog picked it again! Any chance you could convince Norm to let us know how many turnovers in a game we'll lose? :(