Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cordell Hull Story

Cordell Hull, the Secretary of State under Franklin Roosevelt, was riding in a train one day, with a companion, through the New England states.  Observing a flock of sheep feeding on a hillside his companion idly remarked, "Those sheep have recently been sheared."

Cordell Hull stared at them a moment and said, "Well, sheared on this side anyway!"

Cordell Hull was an empiricist.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Football Predictions, Week Five

Alabama 28 Ole Miss 17 -- This will be a close game
Arkansas 21 Texas A&M 19 -- This should be another close game.
Georgia 38  Tennessee 21 -- No dice for Dooley's team.
South Carolina 35 Kentucky 10 -- It's UK, you all!

LSU 41 Towson 6 -- The Tigers got off easy last week; they won't be napping now.
Missouri 35 Central Florida 14 -- An easy one for MU.
UNA 39 Shorter 17 -- This is UNA's Homecoming Game; that says it all.

Last week: 10 right, 1 wrong

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Football Predictions, Week Four

This is for 9/22:

LSU 38 Auburn 7 -- The Louisiana Tigers are contenders; the Alabama ones are not.
Rutgers 35 Arkansas 6 -- No dice, Razorbacks!
Florida 38 Kentucky 17 -- Don't write the Gators off.

Georgia 29 Vanderbilt 17
South Carolina 32 Missouri 24  -- Game of the Week -- I think it will be close and MO might pull off an upset.

Alabama 42 Florida Atlantic 7 -- An easy win for Bama, but a game that should not have been scheduled. 
Ole Miss 32 Tulane 17
Mississippi State 44 South Alabama 6 -- Another one of those games where a SEC team plays an outclassed opponent,
Tennessee 39 Akron 7 -- An easy win.
Texas A & M 42 South Carolina State 10 -- Yawn.
Delta State 35 UNA 22 -- I hope I'm wrong on this one.

Last Week:  11 right, 2 wrong

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Football Predictions, Week Three

Alabama 32 Arkansas 10
Florida 32 Tennessee 18
Georgia 40 Florida Atlantic 7
Kentucky 20 Western Kentucky 14
LSU 45 Idaho 7
Texas 29 Ole Miss 22
Mississippi State 28  Troy 19
Arizona 26 Missouri 17
South Carolina 45 UAB 16
Texas A&M 35 Southern Methodist 14
Vanderbilt 30 Presbyterian 10
Auburn 38 Louisiana-Monroe 12
North Alabama 30  Kentucky Christian 7

Last week's predictions truly stunk: 6 right, 6 wrong.

Game of the Week: Arizona vs. Missouri.

Too many games involving beating up on less powerful opponents.

But last week one of those -- La. Monroe -- bit Arkansas back.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Football Predictions, Week Two

Auburn 25  Mississippi State 18 -- This is the test for Auburn.
Florida 34 Texas A&M 19
Missouri 28 Georgia 26 -- This is the Game of the Week.  I think that Missouri will be a team to reckon with this year.
Alabama 38 Western Kentucky 7 -- an easy win
Arkansas 40 Louisiana-Monroe 7 -- an easy win
Kent State 23 Kentucky 7
LSU 39 Washington 20
Ole Miss 35  UTEP 13
South Carolina 28  East Carolina 10 -- I may have overestimated the Gamecocks, or as they're known on the old T-D web site, the Game****s.
Tennessee 35 Georgia State 10
Vanderbilt 24  Northwestern 14
North Alabama 35  Harding 14

Last week: 10 right, 3 wrong, 1 postponed.  Auburn and Kentucky did not come across.

Alabama impressively dominated Michigan, which is a good thing.  Auburn lost to Clemson.  Missouri seems to be emerging as a team to reckon with in the SEC; perhaps the conditions in the SEC summarized breezeily by that Missouri player does seem to make a difference.  South Carolina looked feeble, if I might say plainly.  Or are the Commodores a possible  spoiler team this year.

UNA got by in a squeaker.  If they don't improve, they will lose a few this year.  I hope this week is better.

In general, most of last week's games were tune-ups.  The SEC teams in many cases needed them.