Friday, October 12, 2007

Reeling BlogDog

I can’t have a discussion about tomorrow’s Air Force-Colorado State game without somebody bringing up the losing streak.

“What is the problem?”

“How could a master of the game go on such a slide?”

“Do you think it will cost him his job?”

“Have you seen any columns calling for his resignation?”

And when I answer by saying I thought Colorado State would be a dark horse contender for the league title this year and that I have no idea how Sonny Lubick could lose 12 straight, I always get the same reaction:

“No, no, no. Not Colorado State’s losing streak. The BlogDog’s.”

Indeed. While the Rams not having won a game for more than an entire calendar year is a bit shocking, it’s nothing compared to the BlogDog’s recent slide. After becoming an almost overnight sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of Air Force’s first two games, the BlogDog has been wrong on three of his past four predictions, including his last two. It’s an almost unfathomable fall from grace.

(Note: If you’re a college football fan, and you haven’t yet heard of the BlogDog – which is like a rock aficionado not having heard of The Beatles – let me bring you up to speed. 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.

Now, I’ve got to be honest, I’m a little worried that the losing streak has BlogDog rattled. For the third straight week he’s picking a road underdog. Not only that, Norm went to the Air Force helmet three times in a row. Somebody’s streak is ending Saturday. Either Colorado State’s or the BlogDog’s.

Norm’s Pick: Air Force 28, Colorado State 6

Norm’s Record: 3-3

BlogDog looks to end his streak.


Anonymous said...

Blog Dog gets back on track.

Stats Dr said...

Dear Blog Dog,

If Ramsey or Bryant start to get on your case...ignore them.

If they write you have a thin skin, bite them...

Remember, it's not the record, but the quality of dogginess that you are providing your owner. If blogwife is happy (management) and feels like your staff is producing you should be okay...

I hope you back on track this week (plus, I like your pick)

Jim said...

Good for you, BlogDog! I sure hope your losing streak is over!

Jake, in an earlier article you mentioned that Calhoun was thinking of putting Reggie Rembert at cornerback, and moving Carson Bird to safety. Which safety position is Calhoun talking about changing, Thomas' or Altman's (or is Giannini the starter again)? Thanks for your insight.

jake.schaller said...


It would be free safety - the position manned, alternately, by Giannini and Kirchoff this season.
I think the move would be made more to get Rembert on the field than get Giannini/Kirchoff off of it. But while Calhoun has been very pleased with the play of Chris Thomas at strong safety, he told me this week that he needs to get better play out of his free safties.

Anonymous said...

Blog Dog calls it.

Anonymous said...

Blogdog's got it going on tonight baby!