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Friday, September 16, 2005 at 9:57 AM

Weekend Warrior

Yes, I know, many of you are probably surprised that the Weekend Warrior, being a U of M fan and all, would even show his face in these parts this week. Well, I am ready to again join society, take that damn bag off of my head and finally rid myself of the Fighting Irish T-Shirt. Hey, a bets a bet, but it was only for a week so this damn thing is getting burned! All right, enough with the stupid intro and depressing nonsense, let’s get on with the picks.

Eastern Michigan at U of M

Week One = Where’s the “D”?
Week Two = Where’s the Offense?
Week Three = Where’s the special teams?

U of M’s “Barry Alvarez Powder Puff Special” could not have come at a better time for the Wolverines. Against Notre Dame it appeared that they (I hope at least!) found their defense but the offense looked horrible. Perfect time to play what should be an easy opponent, at home, to get back in rhythm, hopefully remain healthy and possibly rest some regulars in the fourth quarter. The Big Ten Opener is next weekend, at Wisconsin none the less, and the Wolverines do not need anymore significant injuries to their already long list. Grady should get the nod in the backfield giving Hart another week to rest and the make shift offensive line should at least get an easy (I hope!) game to play together, again in preparation for next week.

U of M 41, EMU 10

Michigan State at Notre Dame


I don’t like to use the word “hate” in everyday life, but when it comes around to college football I can throw it around like you wouldn’t believe. That being said, there are three things I hate in college football and they are as follows:

1.) The Buckeyes.
2A-2B-2C.) The Seminoles, The Gators, The Hurricanes, in no particular order.
3.) The Fighting Irish.

That’s it, plain and simple, clear as day. I would love to see the Spartans go 10-1 every year and make a good bowl game, as long as you all know where that one loss came from! The problem is, this is MSU on the road and, to make matters worse, it also happens to be Notre Dame’s home opener. I would love to see MSU get the victory here but sorry, the state of Michigan is Notre Dame’s bitch this year.

Notre Dame 44, MSU 24

Oklahoma at UCLA

The wheels seem to be coming off this program quickly after a week one loss to the mighty TCU and a struggle last weekend against Tulsa before they pulled it out. Not only is coach Bob Stoops upset with star running back Adrian Pederson for skipping class, he is even more upset with the fact it appears his entire team is skipping the football season.

UCLA 27, Oklahoma 24

Tennessee at Florida

Tennessee Coach Philip Fullmer, still upset that his job was not in jeopardy after last years Urban Meyer sweepstakes, decides he is going to take his aggression out on the opposing Gators. You know, kind of show him what he is missing out on, if you catch my drift. The only problem is that Coach Fullmer failed to remember that his Vols are one of the most overrated college teams yet again this year.

Florida 38, Tennessee 17

Northern Iowa at Iowa

QB Drew Tate of Iowa, still seeing stars from last week’s ass whooping, I mean concussion, decides to give the game a go. The only problem is, still confused, once under center he takes his first snap and grabs for the wrong ball. His center quite upset and in serious pain from this violation of his personal space, promptly knocks Drew Tate on his ass, again ending his day early with another more serious concussion. Luckily this is Northern Iowa, not a real opponent, and even the Hawkeyes can make due without a QB.

Iowa 23, Northern Iowa 13

Wisconsin at North Carolina

The Barry Alvarez Farewell Tour heads out on the road for the first time this season to face the Tar Heels of North Carolina. Luckily for Alvarez this school is known more for its basketball teams and not for the power of its football program. This is just a warm up for next week’s Big Ten opener against U of M when the Badgers will face their first real team all season. Make it 3-0 for Alvarez and the final “Powder Puff” schedule of his coaching career.

Wisconsin 41, UNC 20

And last, but certainly not least, the feature of all features, the long awaited:

“MOM DO I REALLY HAVE TO WATCH THIS GAME” – Game of the week:

Kentucky at Indiana

This game is called at half time as the National Guard and all major police departments are summoned to the stadium to stop one of the worst riots the state of Indiana has ever seen. What caused such an embarrassing scene? Fans rioted at half time when they realized not only was this not a NASCAR event, but there would be no Monster Truck Rally and RV Show during the half time break.

Indiana 11.5, Kentucky 6.43

PRO PICK:

Lions at Chicago

This is the Lions first road game of the regular season; will they disappoint us on the road this year like they have in years past? Will we see our “Lions Of Old”, losing another game to a mediocre opponent? Or will they beat this Chicago team that many feel will be the bottom feeder in the NFC North? The Bears have a somewhat respectable defense, but the offense is not exactly what I would call impressive, led by rookie QB Kyle Orton. The Lions won last year in Chicago and something tells me this year will be no different.

Lions 28, Bears 13

Well, there you have it, another great installment in the sports dude “Weekend Warrior” has come to pass. If this happens to be my last post ever, I would like to thank all three of my loyal readers for making this nearly year long blogging journey so enjoyable for me. “Why do you say that sports dude, are you giving it all up or something?” Well, no, but my high school reunion is tonight and let’s just say, contrary to popular belief, the sports dude was not the homecoming king, class president or popular athlete on any of the schools sports teams. Needless to say, the sports dude had more enemies than friends at the old high school so he may not make it out alive! So, wish me luck, Godspeed and, as always, “Football Responsibly” this weekend my hearties! Later – the sports dude, signing off, but hopefully not for good.

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