Friday, November 23, 2007

You Bet Your Life

Here are Cooper's college football picks for this week. There are some marquee matchups missing because for some reason the Wester Canadian Lottery Corportation decided not to include them in available games for Sport Select this week. What follows is the text of the email I received this morning:

Lot of NCAA games this is a list of my picks. I got a lot of money riding on the Chippewa's today. Go fighting Central Michigan State!

Central Michigan
Mississipi State
Bowling Green
Boise State
Ohio (Not "The" Ohio St, just Ohio)
Wake Forest

You can take those picks to the bank!

Well I can already give you some results of the Friday games. Central Michigan won - but did not cover - eliciting several profanity-riddled emails from Cooper to myself. Mississippi State has already won this afternoon. Bowling Green is currently leading 16-3 late in the second quarter. And Cooper's own Nebraska Cornhuskers are losing 65-51 to the Colorado Buffaloes, with about 25 seconds left in the game.

I don't wade into college football very often - but tomorrow night's Missouri-Kansas game might be one for the ages. Nevermind that the teams are ranked #4 and #2 respectively and the winner will probably be playing in the BCS National Championship Game. The fact is that these two teams - and states - hate one another. And yeah, we say here that we hate Winnipeg - trust me, Saskatchewan/Winnipeg has nothing on this rivalry.

I don't believe anyone from Regina ever murdered 200 people in Winnipeg and set the city on fire. A group of Missourians called Quantrill's Raiders killed 200 people and burned the town of Lawrence, Kansas to the ground in 1863 - Lawrence just happens to be where the University of Kansas is located by the way. Of course Kansas responded in kind with their own group of Jayhawkers.

Yeah, that was a long time ago - but nobody's really forgotten. With all the history and everything that's at stake - nevermind that the game is being played at night, under the lights of Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City - this should be a fantastic game.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a two-week resident of Kansas City, GO JAYHAWKS. They really care about their football down there. The Jayhawks sucked when i was there, but were still the talk of the town, even though the Chiefs had a home game on the same weekend.

I must say, they aren't ashamed of their pride either. While there i was in a course with an ex Kansas U sorority girl who did a full song and dance to the Jayhawk fighting song in front of about 30 people, without being primed with alcohol. I was embarrassed for all involved - she wasn't. Thanks for the history lesson. I always thought Jayhawks was just a funny name, created to make me chuckle, like ginch, Norbert, and Jim Jam.