SEC Game Predictions – Week Eleven

Not a bad week last week as far as my picks  …  except my Bulldogs and John McCain.  Picking some losers here, huh?  Well, it’s the same ‘ol shoulda with my teams.  Last week, 6-1 thanks to my Dawgs, shouldda been 7-0.  Oh well, at least I won’t get my Dawgs pick wrong this week.  Anyway, there are some big games this week, Alabama and LSU has to be at the top.

11/8/08

Alabama at LSU – Bama may finally be ready to move beyond the Bear.  LSU is definitely beatable and Saban’s going to know what it takes.  This should be a really fun game to watch and I’m sure more than one drunk Tiger will make this a rowdy crowd.  Maybe Bama will stumble but I just don’t see it.  Alabama 27 LSU 24

Arkansas at South Carolina – The Gamecocks have played a pretty good season.  Arkansas?  Well, they’re about where everyone predicted – which has SC fans happy that a losing team’s coming in.  The hogs still could have a shot at a bowl game and would have to have this game to have a shot.  But they don’t.  South Carolina 31 Arkansas 14

Tennessee-Martin at Auburn – I’m not so sure that Auburn can beat a cupcake anymore.  They’re in a place they haven’t been in a long time – outside looking in for a bowl game.  Fortunately for them, though, this game will make them bowl eligible, though it may be the last game they win this year.  Auburn 42  UT-Martin 0

Florida at Vanderbilt – Oh Vandy had such high hopes starting off with a great run.  They’re still sitting on five wins and need one more to get bowl eligible.  It just doesn’t seem right for the Commodores to have to play in the SEC.  But they do and they’ll lose to a surging Gator team.  Florida 38 Vandy 17

Georgia at Kentucky – Georgia’s a long way from that NC game they had their sights on when the season started.  But they’ve recovered okay and are in great position for a nice bowl game.  Going to Kentucky, who’s bowl eligible will be a bit of a challenge but doable.   Georgia 28 Kentucky 13

Wyoming at Tennessee – Well Fulmer didn’t get the axe.  He announced his resignation at the end of the season.  You just can’t get much love at Rocky Top if you don’t continue producing, at least that’s how it looks to me.  And at 3-6 and probably out of a bowl game for the first time in forever, I can’t say there’s a lot of love to go around.  Tennessee 37  Wyoming 10

Last Week 6-1

This Year 53-19

Is Martin Luther King, Jr. Rolling Over in His Grave?

The election has come and gone and Barack Obama is President-Elect of the great United States of America.  Many are cheering not only here but all over the world at the elevation of this man to the post of the most powerful and influential person in the world.  It is a great achievement, no doubt about it.  He ran a stunning campaign that dwarfed any we’ve seen at least in my lifetime of voting.

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that all people would be treated equally, not based on their color but on their character.  In fact, he said in his “I Have a Dream” speech, perhaps one of the greatest speeches ever, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

I know that Civil Rights leaders and defenders of freedom and equality all over the world are joyful today about Obama’s victory and the fact that Americans seemed to have progressed beyond racism to elect a black man to the Presidency.  But I wonder if Martin Luther King, Jr. would be turning over in his grave, if he could.  King dreamt of a time when his children would be seen, not for their color, but for their character. 

What’s been striking about this election is the perception among many that anytime character issues come up with Obama, they are pushed aside, not investigated, claimed as racist and relegated to the back burner.  For many, Obama received a vote based on the color of his skin and not the content of his character.  Surely, there are many who voted for Obama because of their ideological beliefs and that is what should be done and that is Democratic and should be respected.

But when 93% of African Americans (reported exit polling data from North Carolina) vote for Obama and many others vote for him (including high ranking politicians) on the basis of his skin color, doesn’t that fly in the face of that for which King stood for and gave his life?  Would King not be shouting from the grave, “You still haven’t gotten it!  It’s equality based on our rights as humans and the magnitude of our character that counts, not the tone of our skin!” 

When I voted for Alan Keyes in the Presidential primary several years ago, I did so not because he is black, but for the content of his character.  Sad, how there was never enthusiasm for him and there was never any major celebration of the achievement of a black man running for President just a few years ago.  But then again, it was not about color but character.

Congratulations to Barack Obama for his victory.  He inherits a big mess and a lot of problems.  He has given many people hope and that should be commended.  Our country continues to be divided and seems to have lost its moral compass.  Let’s hope from here on out, judgments, opinions and commentary will be made based on the character and man that one is and one becomes, not on the shade of skin color.

America at a Crossroads

On Tuesday, November 4, 2008, we’ll go to the polls here in the great USA.  Perhaps more than anyime in the last 50 years, America is smack dab in the middle of an intersection.  Will we turn to the right or turn to the left?  I think America is at a crossroads and the outcome of this election will set the stage for life in America for possibly the next 20 years or more.  Not only do we face to stark constrasts for President, the stage is set for a possible Democratic super majority.

The Republicans have had an opportunity and wasted it.  They’ve wasted their opportunity, not to advance Republican ideals, but to make a real and lasting positive difference in America and the world.  Now, the Democrats are giddy about controlling all of the government.  Without taking political sides, what we face is the prospect of one ideological party effectively making the decisions for life in America for years to come.  The issues that the new Congress and President will govern include taxes, immigration, abortion, gay rights, international relations, terrorism, not to mention the probable Presidential appointment of at least one Judge to the Supreme Court.  These are big issues.

Is life about to change in America?  One way or another, it has to, for the good of our country and for the good of the world.  For too long we’ve basked in the sunlight of our riches, which has only been an illusion based on credit and debt.  We have to stop bowing to what’s within us that demands more, bigger and better.  We’ve selfishly taken advantage of the blessings of wealth, however contrived they’ve been.  We’ve taken advantage of our world and have been poor stewards of the world in general, whether it be our international relations or the abundant but strikingly decreasing natural resources. 

Somewhere down the line, we’ve seemed to piece-by-piece, throw out the window that which made us the greatest country in the world.  We are becoming mediocre in many ways.  We are not first in many things.  We are not first in the world in education, in safety, in financial stability and, in the world’s largest and possibly most advanced health care system, we are not first in the health of our citizens.

America, though, in my opinion, is still the greatest country in the world when all of its parts are added.  The sum of our parts is great.  But America has to be a respected leader again.  I think the world is looking to America as a leader and I hope that each of us has the intestinal fortitude and the wisdom to actually use our noggins, think hard, analyze the possibilities and pray diligently.  America is at a crossroads and her future depends as much on each of us as it does on whoever will lead us for the next few years to come.

SEC Game Predictions – Week Ten

Well, about now, every week is a tough week to pick games in the SEC.  But I’m starting to get sad that the season is getting toward the end.  Still, Basketball’s right around the corner and that should be another exciting season of SEC sports.

11/1/08

Arkansas State at Alabama – Alabama’s on a roll, no pun intended.  Undefeated, #2 in the nation and AR State coming to town?  If I were Arkansas State, I’d go ahead and take the check, not show up and save the players from injury and embarrasment.  Alabama 45 Arkansas State 0

Tulsa at Arkansas – This is an interesting game.  Tulsa is in the top 20 and Arkansas owns the cellar in the SEC West.  On paper, Tulsa should win.  But, I just have this feeling the Hogs will pull this one out.  Arkansas 27 Tulsa 24

Auburn at Ole Miss – Tuberville coming to Nutt’s house is another interesting game.  Auburn is tanking in a bad way and Ole Miss not only hates Tuberville but they’re looking at that rare bowl possibility this year.  I wonder if the Tigers haven’t already thrown in the towel.  The grove will be fired up this week (not from smoking).  Ole Miss 24 Auburn 14

Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville) – You just have to love weeks like this where good solid teams play some college football.  This one’s a toss up.  Tebow’s playing well and Moreno is also playing pretty well.  I’m not sure who really to pick in this one.  I guess I’ll give the edge to Florida on behalf of my friend preacherpen.  Florida 34 Georgia 31

Kentucky at Mississippi State – This game will be decided by which team the respective University decides to bring.  I keep waiting for Mississippi State to step it up a notch and I’m hoping this will be the beginning.  Kentucky’s no slouch and is playing for a bowl game.  MSU 21 Kentucky 14

Tulane at LSU – I can’t believe anyone at Tulane thinks they have a shot at this one.  Root for the underdog but expect LSU to wear ’em out.  LSU 52 Tulane 3

Tennessee at South Carolina – What can I say?  Tennessee all but stinks this year (though they did end up blowing my Dawgs out).  The Gamecocks are playing decent, better than TN, anyway.  SC will be at home for this one and I think the Vols are looking ahead to a new coach.  South Carolina 27 Tennessee 21

Last week 5-2

This year 47-18

SEC Game Predictions – Week Nine

For the second week in a row, I didn’t come out too well on my predictions.  For a while, it looked like I had a good shot at the LSU game and an outside shot at the MSU game.  But by the time those games were in the record book, I was 2-3 and an upset MSU fan.  All wasn’t lost as I found myself spending the weekend at the Sheraton right next to the SEC office in Birmingham.  Throw in the shopping with the missus, eating out and going to the Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman concert (mine and my wife’s respective favorite singers) and I had a great weekend.  This week, it’s back to normal life for me.

10/23

Auburn at West Virginia – Auburn is dropping like a brick and desperately needs to start winning to have a shot at even a bowl game.  After this game they still have a difficult schedule, with only one gimme game left.  At 4-3, that makes this a much win against a 4-2 but undefeated-in-conference West Virginia who will be at home on my brother’s birthday.  WVU just may play their best game of the year.  West Virginia 24  Auburn 17

10/25

Alabama at Tennessee – Fat Phil’s hourglass is about empty as the Volunteer fans are getting anxious.  Sure they beat a mediocre Mississippi State team last week by a lopsided score.  But that game really wasn’t decided until early 4th quarter when UT put up two quick TD’s on pick-6’s.  Alabama will be a much tougher foe, coming in undefeated and #2 in the nation.  Saban 27 Fulmer 13

Ole Miss at Arkansas – This is an interesting game.  The Rebels have won a couple of good games and lost a couple of tight ones.  Arkansas has been slapped around but has also done a little slapping itself.  Houston Nutt comes to his former digs after being unrespected for what he brought Arkansas.  Look for Nutt to go all out to beat the Razorbacks.  Ole Miss 31 Arkansas 21

Georgia at LSU – I’m not sure if LSU is getting better during this season.  They got a close one last week at South Carolina but did come out with the win.  Georgia will be coming to LSU where they stand to face a tougher team than what showed up in South Carolina.  This one may just decide the SEC Championship fate of one of these two teams.  LSU 24  Georgia 20

Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State – My Bulldogs could use 12 of these games a season.  That seems to be the level of competition that they’ve been putting out, if you judge them by the numbers.  But MSU is better than what they’ve played and will be coming home to the friendly confines at Scott Field for a homecoming night game.  MSU 31  Middle Tennessee 13

Duke at Vanderbilt – Both of these teams have been somewhat surprising this year, especially Vandy.  After a couple of tough losses, Vandy would really like to get that 6th win and be bowl eligible for the first time this century.  Good thing they’ll be at home, otherwise, I don’t know.  Vandy 34 Duke 17

Kentucky at Florida – Well, Kentucky started off good but after hitting the meat of the SEC, they’ve begun to work themselves down the conference leaderboard.  Now they have to go into the Swamp against a superior Florida team.  I don’t give KY a shot as I’m sure 99.9% of the sporting world.  Florida 34 Kentucky 10

Last Week 2-3

This Year 42-16