New Year’s Trash

I am a bit under the weather tonight, got some gunk with the color and consistency of Andersen’s Split Pea Soup in my sinuses and chest. Bleech. My wife and polar bear are taking good care of me, I have a blankie, a nice fire and a big screen; so life is good. Young little Miss bmaz is over at some friends’ house at a wild party holding up the family legacy. And, never fear, I ain’t dead yet, I brought some Champagne and Reefer from my friends Mick and Buddy Guy.

Tonight we have the Chick-fil-A Bowl from down south in Dixie, Hot ‘Lanta, with Tennessee taking on Virginia Tech (shown on ESPN). The Vols have actually been better this year than most people think in my opinion, but they need a quality quarterback in the worst way. Jonathon Crumpton has been very inconsistent, although he has had some moments. Virginia Tech seems a better bet. Also tonight, we have the Insight Bowl from right here at Frank Kush Field at Sun Devil Stadium, pitting the Minnesota Gophers v. the Iowa State Cyclones (shown on NFL Network). I am going with the Cyclones in an upset.

First up New Year’s Day is the Outback Bowl with Auburn and Northwestern from Tampa Bay (ESPN). Long time readers are really going to find this shocking, but I am not going to bet on the Big-10 team here; it just isn’t good business. At 1 pm Eastern, the big boys start play with the Capital One Bowl from Orlando, with LSU and the Joe Pas hooking up (ABC). This is a tossup; no idea how it will go, should be a good game. At the same time on CBS, Bobby Bowden has his swan song with the Seminoles taking on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Gator Bowl from Jacksonville. Seriously against my better judgment, I think Florida State gives Bobby a happy sendoff.

Nurse Ratched

Nurse Ratched

At 5 pm Eastern on ABC, we got the Grandaddy Of Them All, the Rose Bowl with Oregon hosting the Buckeyes. Ohio State should dominate. Ha ha, just kidding; it IS the Rose Bowl, look for the Quackers to explode through the cloud of dust. At 8:30 pm Eastern, Cincinnati and the Florida Gators knock heads on Fox in the Sugar Bowl from Nawlins. Man, there are a lot of subplots going on here; I have no idea what will happen. Gonna pick the Gators though.

Saturday at 2 pm Eastern on Fox we have Ole Miss and Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl. You know, the Cotton Bowl is just not what it once was; kind of sad. Oh well, spectators get to watch Jerry Jones’ big screen. I’ll take OSU, but it could be a pretty interesting game. Also got something called the Papa John’s Bowl with Connecticut and the South Carolina Gamecocks on ESPN. Following the pizza-fest on ESPN is the Liberty Bowl with the Arkansas Soooeees and the East Carolina Pirates. Aaaarrrrr matey, a tossup it be. Following the Liberty Bowl, again on ESPN, is the Alamo Bowl with the Mike Leach less Texas Tech Red Raiders taking on the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartys are better than you think, and if Tech doesn’t watch out, they will get beat.

Monday night at 8 Eastern is the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl from Cards Stadium here in Phoenix, featuring the undefeated Boise State Broncos taking on the undefeated TCU Horned Frogs. I tell you what, if fans are the measure, it will be TCU all the way; there were so many on and around Camelback Mountain this afternoon that it looked purple from my couch window. But that is not the measure and this, to me, is the most anticipated game of all. A tossup I cannot wait for. Tuesday night is the Orange Bowl with Iowa and the Ramblin Wreck from Georgia Tech. No clue, it is not that exciting of a matchup. Both games are on Fox.

We will need a new thread for the Championship game so that’s it for now. Happy New Year Folks!

71 replies
  1. klynn says:

    Hey bud, you are lucky you are sick and that I feel bad for you. Have Mrs. bmaz make sure you don’t stay up late watching these games. Get better.

    I will not visit your link!

    You have officially earned a sweater vest.

    (beautiful pup btw!)

  2. klynn says:

    A quick OT:

    Your Robber Baron’s piece and Marcy’s pieces the last few days (re affordable) would make a great book.

  3. skdadl says:

    Buddy Guy, you are the best. Dad, you are the best. EW is the best too. Mick isn’t bad. And that dog is fabulous!

    No, I’m not into the champagne yet. I’m still on sauvignon blanc.

    Dad, the sinus pea soup? I had that exact same phenom back in August, and the antibios took care of it in about ten days. The smell is teh worst, eh?

    I’m fading fast, but I’m glad I got a chance to say Happy New Year to Marcy, Dad, and all wonderful friends here. Y’all give me more strength than you can know, and I’m sure there are many readers here who feel the same way, who read Marcy and bmaz and then watch the commenters assemble and pipe up bravely, and think, as I do, well, gosh, there still is some sanity in the world after all.

    Democracy. We know how it’s supposed to work. It’s taking a while, but we can do it — yes, we can. Happy New Year to y’all, and peace, and hugs.

  4. posaune says:

    HaPPY New Year, you winning team! We so much appreciate you and marcy.

    Gotta share this one:
    New son, adopted 12/22, 5 years old, has first tantrum.
    Says he doesn’t like Washington, DC, screaming that he hates the Capitol Building, and when he grows up he’s going to fight all the people in Washington. Hubby under his breath: go for it! the sooner the better!
    I think we’ll send him to Jane’s house for training.

  5. CTMET says:

    Somewhat related, I hear Michigan is afraid to appoint David Brandon as AD because it might hurt their chances to get into the Little Caesers or Papa Johns Bowls.

  6. Jim White says:

    Feel better, bmaz! We’re passing back through the hotel to drop off the kids and then head out for the fireworks on the river at midnight.

    Easily the highlight of the trip so far was having our picture taken with the Bergwood guy from the Allstate commercials. He’s a great sport; some lady in front of us had him spanking her with a spatula for her picture. I was disappointed, though, that he didn’t bring the Bobby Bowden grill. New Orleans is positively overrun with Cincinnati folks; Gator fans are here, but not in quite the same numbers. I doubt the Cincy fans will go home happy.

    • rosalind says:

      roving packs of red & white clad perky people shouting hellos to one another have descended on hollywood blvd. i say god bless them one and all. pls. spend cash…lots of it.

      • bmaz says:

        They will!! We have had em here many times for the Fiesta Bowl; they bring a LOT of people and they really get out and about. It’s a good thing.

  7. freepatriot says:


    who the hell still buys “reefer”

    what ya need is some “chronic”, you know, Da Bomb, some KGB

    nobody smokes reefer any more


  8. freepatriot says:

    mike leach


    who let this disgusting piece of shit near our children

    I haven’t heard leach say a single fucking word about his own actions

    but he made sure he slandered the kid

  9. BayStateLibrul says:

    Hope you are feeling better.
    My wife has sinus problems and it’s worse than a Dead Man’s Hand
    Trash Talk keeps me sane?
    Thanks for elevating sports to it’s rightful level.
    Root, root for TCU…

    • freepatriot says:

      so sorry bsl

      TCU is on my list

      I picked them to win

      this means they are DOOMED

      I ain’t gonna tell ya what I did to have such bad karma with regard to college football, but it was BAD, REALLY REAALLY BAD

      now the ooze has got it in for me, and any team I happen to pick

      it got so bad that I had to pick Stanford (take that, tree huggers)

      anyway, I’m sorry I picked TCU an spoiled yer season an all

      I gots powers

      but they’re mostly bad …

    • bmaz says:

      Oh, I clearly am holding aces and eights in my respiratory system; this shit is nasty. I think I am rooting for Boise State, they were such fun the last time they were here; but mostly just can’t wait for the game. It is the one bowl game out of all of them I am just dying to see.

  10. bmaz says:

    Good article here about Rose Bowl Stadium and the effort to preserve and refurbish it.

    Don’t know how many of you have been to the Rose Bowl, but it is an incredibly special place. It literally gives you goose bumps as you approach and see the big rose. It is surrounded by a rolling hilled golf course on one side that is actually used for parking for the big game. The grass fringes closest to the stadium are the location of the most beautiful pre game partying scene you can imagine. The stadium itself is tucked up in an arroyo backing up to the San Gabriel mountains, with ingress and egress through old and extremely well preserved residential neighborhood streets. Being there is to feel the ghosts of the past; there is no stadium like it anywhere.

      • bmaz says:

        What in the world do you think was going on in my two trips there?? Did you know I am banned from the Westin Bonaventure? Apparently, although successfully negotiating the first trip (versus Michigan in 87) we went all Who on the room the second time there (Ohio State 97); though I don’t really remember…….

        • emptywheel says:

          I was staying at the apartment of my friend’s sister who was at UCLA. Don’t think she got evicted.

          Only football-related ban I’ve suffered is from some bar in Tempe related to the 1993 Syracuse-Colorado Fiesta Bowl.

    • Jim White says:

      Never made it to a game there, but back in grad school we used to ditch the afternoon and play the golf course. It was a great place, but somehow my three wood shaft wound up in two pieces… (I’ll bet I haven’t played golf more than two or three times since those days).

      Our apartment was only a half block from the parade route. It was easy to get a spot near the curb by going out there just as the people who camped overnight were waking up and going from horizontal to vertical.

      • bmaz says:

        The parade is really something. But it is next to impossible to go to the parade and the game. The narrow streets and separation by the freeway, just make navigating from one to the other location outrageously hard. I just laugh at rookies telling me they are looking forward to the parade and the game.

  11. emptywheel says:

    No no. The Bandersnatch Brew Pub is undoubtedly what got me in trouble–with all the airplane bottles they sell at halftime. I had to have had the better part of a liter of tequila stuck in my pockets as I came back into the stadium (though I was sharing–I didn’t drink all of that).

    We had gone to the main drag after the game. No idea what bar it was–it was two rooms with a big two sided bar in the middle. It may have been one of those foofy drink places (with lots of daquiri coming out of a machine), in which case I’m just as happy being banned.

      • emptywheel says:

        Ah see, then it was all worth it.

        Curiously, we were rooting hard for the Buffs that year (my bro and sis-in-law have degrees from CU). But it ended up being a game between two schools my bros have degrees from (my other bro got his PhD from Syracuse and still lives there).

  12. cbl2 says:

    Happy New Year bmaz !

    I may not comment much in your threads, but I have enjoyed them all and benefitted from so many – feel better

    Kiki is the gorgeous – is she American Eskimo ?, can’t tell ’cause she has that Samoyed smile – have been thoroughly charmed by one a customer brings with her to our place – always make sure rib bones make it in to the to go box :D

  13. Gitcheegumee says:

    Your Samoyed makes “going to the dogs” almost palatable.

    May we have more pictures of Kiki in the coming year?

    Simply magnificent!

    Happy New Year to all.

    (BTW, I’ve got respiratory issues also-and I have had incredible relief from an herbal prep called Nutriferon,made by Shaklee.No, I don’t have ANY ties to the company-but it has proved superior relief for me. Perhaps it could be of help to you ,too.)

  14. sluggahjells says:

    Happy New Years everyone….hope all was well last night.

    Will have a full preview of the Sugar Bowl later in the day. Both teams are carrying a lot of emotion to this game obviously, and the Bearcats will fill a massive chip on their shoulders from Kelly leaving and all the attention of the entire week going on with the bizarre situation with Urban Meyer.

  15. bmaz says:

    Man, this Northwestern/Auburn Outback Bowl game has been wild. Auburn just won it for the third and final time (too complicated to explain) after Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald gambled with a fake field goal in overtime because his kicker was so pathetic throughout the whole game. Jeebus.

    • bmaz says:

      Not sure, but if I hear one more reference to the inspiration of fucking Joe Germaine and the Buckeye team from the last time they were in the Rose Bowl, I am gonna puke. That would be my 97 trip where we beat em fair and square and still managed to lose the game. Crikey.

    • klynn says:

      No, I am not in shock. I knew they had a very good window to win this and knew it could be a close game. bmaz, you’ll just never trust me!

      We were hoping to go to the game. Too much flu going through our house. But we were healthy enough today to have a house full.

      I do have a sweater vest to send to someone! Hope it fits!

      Marcy, no puking…I am planning to be shouting for your team!

      I hope by the next few days to have “two words” for bmaz.

  16. bmaz says:

    Okay, for all you Wheelies dipping your finger in the Sugar Bowl, I got a shiny hubcap for the first person to pick Jim White out in the crowd.

    • Jim White says:

      We were at about the 15 yard line on the Cincy side of the field (but with lots of other Gator fans) 25 rows up. We were on the end where the Gators scored their first quarter touchdowns, so we had lots of the best action right in front of us.

      Geez, once they got that perfection monkey off their backs, the Gators really let a good game fly. Tebow went out with lots of style. Beating Vince Young’s BCS record for total offense just might make the NFL think about him a bit harder. Of course, he won’t be facing anything like the Cincy defense there (except when he plays Detroit…). Riley Cooper will have to think hard about NFL vs MLB. I think he’s a much better football than baseball player, but he’s already under contract with the Rangers.

      • bmaz says:

        Oh, so you wait until Marcy has gone to slumberland to whip out the crack back on the Lions eh? Heh. Hats off to the Gators, they played a hell of a game. Very impressive.

  17. prostratedragon says:

    Ducks should win easily; too much speed

    I don’t mean to pick on john in sacramento, but when did speed get to be the be-all?

    I always picture guys blowing past the fellow with the ball that they’re supposed to be tackling.

    • john in sacramento says:

      Whadayawant? This year is killing me; worst year picking ever. Good thing I haven’t bet this year. Bad moon rising or sumthin

      I took a shot and missed (shrugs shoulders). Whada I look like? Karnak? Mistress Cleo?

      So I was wrong, Fugetaboutit ;-)

      • bmaz says:

        Meh, nobody ever went broke betting against the Big-10 in the Rose Bowl. It happens that they actually do win one every now and then. Just not that often….

  18. rosalind says:

    so what, the Pac 10 is 2 outta 7 in bowl games now?


    though i do give a h/t to stanford for keeping the score as close as they did playing with their back-up QB.

  19. bmaz says:

    Jeebus, proof positive Cincinnati did not belong anywhere near a championship game. Bearcats are getting waxed. May give Arizona a run for most pathetic bowl performance of the year.

  20. dakine01 says:

    In amongst all the discussion of the bowl games and football, may I just offer this:


    Thank you, and we now return you to your regular trash talk.

  21. randiego says:

    Nice win for Tech, but of course bittersweet for the Tech fans. The backup QB Sheffield came in and took over the game in the last six minutes with two killer TD drives.

    Leach wasn’t there, but that was his team, his coaches, his players that won that game.

    Tech fans are ANGRY about the way this whole fiasco was handled. They’ve had their hearts ripped out, and they are backing Leach to the hilt, and blaming school administrators and ESPN. The man that built their football program and took a previously unremarkable program to ten straight bowl games deserved better than this. Had a thorough investigation been done and turned up facts that showed Leach to be the monster ESPN is pretending that he is, I think the fans would have been a lot more supportive of the action.

    The Tech athletic program and the university are going to be in disarray over this for a while.

    The stink that is coming off ESPN is not lost on them either. Craig James has ruined his kid’s reputation (I really doubt even SMU would want him as a transfer now), probably killed his own career, and got a coach he hated fired, and the network allowed him to do it.

    You watch. I got $20 that ESPN quietly offs James sometime in the next 6-8 months. Any takers?

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