Weekend Predictions: Dogs win, Falcons lose, toys devolve

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The great thing about the holidays — aside from stuffing our faces with turkey, ham, dressing, gravy, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, more gravy, side one, side two, side three, all of which go with gravy, five rolls (hmm, what to dip these in?), cranberry sauce because even if you don’t eat it you need a red on the plate, some chips (shut up, they were there), three desserts and a diet Coke, after which even the dog who a few minutes earlier was licking crumbs off of Uncle Bob’s shoes gives you a look of disgust — are Black Friday ads for new toys.

What you probably won't find under the Christmas tree.

What you probably won’t find under the Christmas tree.

I love toys. One day I’m going to tell my wife I need a “study” in my retirement house, but it’s going to be filled with a train set, a race car set, electronic Battleship, an old pinball game, Donkey Kong, and, of course, the Lego Strip Club.

Yes, that’s right, Bambi and Misty are now dancing on plastic block stages 1 and 2. “Citizen Brick” is selling a Lego-like set called, “Foxy Blox. Can’t wait to see what they do with Candy Land and the Play-Doh Fun Factory.

Citizen Brick is not an official Lego product. More like an off-shore bank account. It’s $275. No worries. They’ll take $1 bills.

Now that's an athletic move.

Now that’s an athletic move.

The set comes with four figures, leopard-skin furniture, stage lights, a stripper pole and a gift certificate for one night at the Motel 6 for when you get kicked out of the house.

The set goes on sale Black Friday, which also begins a less depraved college football weekend (transition).

Missouri plays Arkansas Friday to determine the winner of the SEC East (Missouri or Georgia). Georgia and Georgia Tech play Saturday to determine annual in-your-face rights.

Paul Johnson took his first Tech team into Athens in 2008 and won. He’s 0-5 since. We call this a trend.

Tech is pretty good now, which wasn’t the case in September or October. But the Dogs can match the Jackets’ running game. They’re a little bigger. And I doubt Georgia will turn it over like Tech’s most recent victims (14 takeaways in four wins).

Legos change. Not this game. Not this year.

Georgia wins but take Tech and 13.

Rivalry week calls for an old school song

Big Game Week

Auburn at Alabama: Three losses suggest Auburn’s voodoo magic has run its course. That said: Nick, watch the return on missed field goals, just in case the Iron Ball falls down the rabbit hole again. Tide covers 9½.

Close your eyes, Bammy

Florida at Florida State: The Seminoles have trailed five times in the second half, three times in the fourth quarter and last week needed a field goal with three seconds left to beat Boston College. So they’re still undefeated but they’ve dropped in the playoff,  AP and FBI rankings. Another escape but take Florida and 7½.

Don't mess with the commissioner of the Egg Bowl.

Don’t mess with the commissioner of the Egg Bowl.

Arkansas at Missouri: The Razorbacks are facing their eighth ranked opponent of the season. “Our bye is ranked No. 7,” coach Bret Bielema cracked. Funny guy. When you go from 0-13 in the SEC to beating LSU and Ole Miss by a combined scored of 47-0, the welts don’t feel as bad. Mizzou didn’t tumble at Knoxville so Georgia’s hoping it faceplants at home. Could happen. Will happen. Razorbacks win a pick ’em, Dogs win the SEC East.

Mississippi State at Ole Miss: I don’t mean to douse the party in Starkville but has anybody else realized that the three ranked teams the Bulldogs beat early in the SEC season (LSU, Texas A&M, Auburn) are now a combined 10-11 in the conference? Upset alert: Take the 2, and Missy wins the Egg Bowl.

South Carolina at Clemson: There’s a rumor circulating that Dabo Swinney is a candidate for the Florida job. Seems appropriate that rumor will end this week. Hello, Steve Spurrier: Take South Carolina and four, and Dabo loses sixth straight to Steve-o.

Dabo keeps coming back for more

Kentucky at Louisville: Wrong season.

Virginia at Virginia Tech: This is what it has come to for the Hokies: They’re an underdog to Virginia to end the season. At home. Virginia is 0-4 on the road but not sure how many VaTech fans will show up, so: Cavaliers wins, cover 1.

Texas State at Georgia State: The Panthers held Clemson scoreless in the second half, primarily to screw up the cover bets in Las Vegas. That’s no way to make friends here. The other team covers 13½.

Pros and NFC South

This Falcons' T-shirt would have had a much longer shelf life.

This Falcons’ T-shirt would have had a much longer shelf life.

Arizona at Falcons: They’re 4-7 and still in first place. Somewhere, an angel has lost his wings. And then he was dropped in alley. This should illustrate the toxic waste dump that is the NFC South: Tampa Bay (2-9) is two games out of first place but has the worst record in the conference and is one game ahead of the worst in the league. Coach Mike Smith tried to motivate his players with “1-0” T-shirts last week. Then he called time out. Put those in the rag bag. Also this team. Arizona covers 2½.

New England at Green Bay: Welcome to the Super Bowl in Game 12. Tom Brady: 26 TDs, 6 interceptions. Aaron Rodgers: 30 TDs, 3 ints. There’s a whole other world out there Falcons fans. Cheese covers 3.

World gathers for Brady vs. Rodgers

New Orleans at Pittsburgh: It makes absolutely no sense that the Saints would lose three straight home games and then go on the road to beat Pittsburgh. That’s why I’m sure it will happen. We’re way past logic here. Take the 3½ and Saints in an upset.

Washington at Indy: Robert Griffin III (2 TDs, 3 interceptions, 20 sacks, 1 massive ego) has been benched for Colt McCoy. Translation: For as wrong as Mike Shanahan was about a number of things, he was right about at least one. Colts cover 9½.

Accountability scorecard

Last week: 8-5 straight up, 5-8 vs. line.

Season financials (flush it): 112-48 straight up, 71-89 vs. line.

Lilly’s pick: After taking a one-week sabbatical, complete with candles, incense and herbal dog bones, Lilly puts her 7-5 record on the line in the Georgia-Georgia Tech game. Cheese’d pictures of Uga and Buzz were posted. Lilly hesitated, then went left and chose Uga.

Sack Schultz update: Just two weeks left. Joe Bulvid of Holmdel, N.J. went 13-2 last week. Keith11 (screen name) of Georgia leads the overall standings with 144 wins but several are within a few picks. At 132, I need divine intervention.

Lilly's back and she's going with her species this week.

Lilly’s back and she’s going with her species this week.

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123 comments
AJCJ
AJCJ

You posted the wrong week. This is from last year

grh0317
grh0317

Hogs will win.. Could happen, will happen.

Sorry Jeff, it didn't happen. The dogs slip from

from a lofty perch in hog heaven!

DoctorNo
DoctorNo

UGA does not deserve to be in the SEC championship, even if Mizzou could have found a way to lose that game. They would have been the best bet for a good SEC championship game but they cr@pped the bed against two pretty bad teams. Mizzou sucks and will get destroyed in the championship game, but it serves Georgia right. That Mizzou / Arkansas game was an embarrassing display.    

POAD2014
POAD2014

MIZZOU................MIZZOU.......Who is the Big bad SEC? LMAO


CHJackson
CHJackson

Regarding Jeff Schultz's stat regarding the combined records of the three ranked teams MSU has beaten (10-11) I would point out that their combined records against all teams other than MSU, No. ! Alabama, and each other is 20-4 with all four losses being to teams ranked in the top 25 in the current ESPN Power rankings.  Guess you really can make stats say whatever you want them to.


POAD2014
POAD2014

I saw the UGa team Bus Drivers practicing BACKING-UP.......They might get to do it all the way to the DOME again if ArkieSUX actually plays a good game.

semperfi1a
semperfi1a

Schultz ain't seen the ball since kick-off!! Tech wins over Georgia and Florida hires Paul Johnson!! GO GATORS!!

50Concept
50Concept

paul needs to beat georgia again at some point in his career --- tech fans are getting tired of him losing every year

GT71
GT71

Schultz, once again, is trying to be jocose.  Tech can't lose to the leg-humpers.  It's our turn.

Unless Clarke County empties the jail, we WILL run on UGA and a new-found, energetic and willful D will surprise most dog fans...the ones left in the 'stadium of retch' by the end of the game.

Tech - 31

UGAG - 14


But they do have a cute little dog.

Barf, barf.


WDE
WDE

@GT71 " jocose" this Bug 13- of 14 ! See you tomorrow have your bunch there on time ..

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Hey Everybody!!.........hope everyone had a great and safe holiday!.............GO JACKETS!

electric1234
electric1234

I hope the GT pulls it off, I hate the University of Stupidity with passion, and send them to the toilet bowl if they play in any Bowl at all.

WDE
WDE

@electric1234  hey 1234 wow that was original , we hate you right back .

HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

The Tech game will be a warm up for the rental car sponsored bowl game the gawga bullfrogs will be invited to with their soon to be 9-3 season.

SinceVince
SinceVince

playoff season is OVAH after tomorrow for our Dawgs!

WDE
WDE

@SinceVince  you just don't get tried of being wrong do you ? 


Mike
Mike

Tech is a push over, need to start to preparing for Bama.

macrotech
macrotech

@Mike I HOPE that uga shares that attitude...if they do, they'll lose. Of course, YOU'LL be the first to gripe about the pups looking past Tech. Go Tech!!!

50Concept
50Concept

arkansas should upset missouri, ga plays alabama for the title but gets a beadown. alabama 37 ga 23.  fsu beats alabama by 6 for another title.

TideDawg
TideDawg

HuckFinn & Tampgator.....You guys are crossing a line you may wish you never crossed some day.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@TideDawg 


Religious fear does not work on me, but thank you for trying to scare me the bejesus out of me.  And I doubt Jesus was as mean or judgmental and those who say they believe in the religion created after he was long gone.

HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

@TideDawg  There are no lines at all; pretending you're crossing what doesn't exist is rather unuseful if not silly all toghether.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@TampGator1 @TideDawg  I attended an all boys Catholic school for 12 years and we always prayed for a win before the game.  It was not till I was much older did I realize that most of the other teams we played did the same thing.  I think we all would have been better off if we had devoted those prayers to our individual GPA's.


A much bigger issue was that I never had a female teacher till my freshman year in college.  But that discussion does not seem appropriate for this forum but it does explain some of my unfortunate decisions.

HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

Only Jesus can stop the Jackets running game; but they'll still get a first down.

Grant1296
Grant1296

Don't stray too far from the nursing home Tamp..I'm sure the whole staff hopes your feeble old butt wanders out in traffic, never to be seen again...

HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

Missouri       48

Arkansas       31


GA TECH      65

uga                10


The 10 pts that the Jackets permit the Curs from Athens  will be strictly due to .generosity and magnanimity.

Grant1296
Grant1296

Why No Bold Prediction on last weeks Mizzoo game....Topp ????

HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

@Grant1296  Why no win over a sorry gator team that rushed for over 400 yards on your rather porous defense?

odellgtpt
odellgtpt

Dawgs win another close one , but Tech is moving up. Justin Thomas will be a beast all next year. I am still so thankful I chose to attend and graduate from Tech. No matter how the football turns out , that ain't going to change.

RickinWarnerRobins
RickinWarnerRobins

Lilly isn't choosing UGA in that photo, he/she is merely trying to sniff UGA's butt because it smells better than Schultz's picks.

Grant1296
Grant1296

It probably smells a lot better than you too, Nerd Wannabee in Warner Robbins...

Georgia is gonna mud stomp your pitiful Jackets...So will FSU...

Grant1296
Grant1296

Awwwwww...Your funny too Larry...

Don't ever let anyone tell you your not...

HuckFinn1835
HuckFinn1835

Gawga Bullfrog fans are thankful for mediocrity and irrelevancy....the essence of their existence.