Showing posts from November, 2013

Hobbitcore's College Football Corner (Week 14: RIVALRY WEEK)

That's right, ladies in gentlemen, it's the second MOOOST WONDERFUL WEEEEEK OF THE YEEEAR! (next to Bowl Week, which is slowly approaching) So, let's not waste any time!

Last Week
Overall: 2-3
Upsets: 1-3

Overall: 51-19
Upsets: 11-10

12:00pm -- #2 Florida State @ Florida -- ESPN

This is easily my favorite season in Gator history. And it's not getting any better today. FSU is favored by 28.5 and I would take them with the spread in a heartbeat. If they don't hang at least half a hundred on the Gators, the Buckeyes should play for the national title.

Hobbitcore sez: Florida State

12:00pm -- #3 Ohio State @ Michigan -- ABC

On paper, this one looks like a blowout too but I'm not sure the Buckeyes are the world-beaters everyone thinks they are and the Big House is always rocking for the biggest game of the year. This one could be closer than the experts think, at least for a while. I'm not ready to wake up the Upset Hobbit but he did mumble something about &…

Hobbitcore's College Football Corner (Week 13)

Another week, another upset or two I wish I had pulled the trigger on. And another embarrassing Canes loss. This has been a bit of a rough week for me and I've been pretty busy so I'm sure glad it's Saturday and I know I can't let my four or five adoring fans down!

Last Week
Overall: 2-2
Upsets: 1-1

Overall: 49-16
Upsets: 10-7

3:30pm -- #12 Texas A&M @ #22 LSU -- CBS (UPSET ALERT)

This is a really tough pick. Two high powered offenses facing inconsistent defenses. LSU is 31-2 at home in the last five years (and favored by 5, surprisingly) but Johnny Manziel is undefeated on the road in his career. It's heart v. head again--Upset Hobbit's heart is telling him Johnny Football will go out with something to prove in the Heisman race and break out to lead his team to victory but his head is saying that LSU is just too tough at home and too balanced on offense for A&M's defense. We've been going head way too often. This week, we're going hear…

Hobbitcore's College Football Corner (Week 12)

So, inevitably there comes a day when you just look stupid. For me, that day happened twice: last Thursday and last Saturday. It's funny because I used to take a lot more risks. A few years ago I probably would have picked Baylor and Stanford. Maybe I need to do some soul-searching and start taking more risks on this thing. Let's see what happens...

Last Week
Overall: 1-3
Upsets: N/A

Overall: 47-14
Upsets: 9-6

3:30pm -- #25 Georgia @ #7 Auburn -- CBS (UPSET ALERT)

The Upset Hobbit seems convinced that this will be a better game than it might seem with Georgia slowly returning to full strength. The key, obviously, will be Georgia's ability to defend Auburn's running game but there are other things to watch for as well. Upset Hobbit will be looking to see who makes the most mistakes, specifically who turns the ball over. A big part of the success of Auburn's running game is their ability to make big plays downfield when the defense starts to creep up. But Nick M…

I Never Thought I'd Want to High-Five a Teacher For Yelling at a Student, and I Was Right

So there's a video that's in the process of going viral right now and I'd like to say a word or two about it. I found it on Upworthy, which is pretty much the most prominent launchpad for liberal viral media. Here's the link to the post on Upworthy:

And here's the video itself:

SHAME IS NOT A TEACHING TOOL. SHAME IS NOT A TEACHING TOOL. SHAME IS NOT A TEACHING TOOL. I'll say it until I'm blue in the face. This made me sick to my stomach. For starters, did it ever occur to this woman that women (particularly women who don't look the way women are "supposed" to look--e.g. with an outward appearance that gives off some impression of queerness) are at least comparably open and vulnerable to oppression and persecution as are people of color? "You can change your hair" is a piss poor argument against people who are outwar…

Everything You Need to Know About Misogyny In One Blog Post

So there's this article that seems to be making its rounds around the internets at the moment by this unbearable douchebag by the name of "Roger Sterling, Jr." entitled "Why Girls Should Not Cut Their Hair Short." The article is written for a [sarcasm]seemingly very nuanced and classy[/sarcasm] blog called "Total Frat Move" where Mr. Sterling is a regular contributor. If the title of the article doesn't already have your blood boiling, stay tuned. It gets so much worse. (And I get that it seems a little petty to reprimand some random blogger but the sentiments he expresses are symptomatic of a much more comprehensive cultural problem we have in our society with patriarchy and body image and this article is a good excuse to talk about it.)

I guess I shouldn't be particularly surprised or outraged at what spews out of the fingertips of a guy who thinks he's a character on Mad Men--or at least the illegitimate son of one (this is his avatar …

Hobbitcore's College Football Corner (Week 11--THURSDAY EDITION)

So I've really been trying to avoid covering Thursday games this year because, frankly, as you've seen, it's hard enough to get this thing done by Saturday morning. This week, however, it was unavoidable as the two biggest games of the week are BOTH Thursday night games--one of them a matchup of two top ten teams and the other a meeting of two top five teams. Not including these would kinda defeat the purpose of this column so I'm coming at you early this week because I love you all and want you to be happy (or something).

ALSO THIS WEEK: I will be tweeting LIVE from the Miami/Virginia Tech game at Sun Life Stadium

Last Week
Overall: 4-0
Upsets: 0-1

Overall: 46-11
Upsets: 9-6


7:30pm -- #10 Oklahoma @ #6 Baylor -- FOX SPORTS 1

Baylor has been mighty impressive so far this year, averaging nearly 64 points PER GAME. But they still have yet to play a team with anything resembling a pulse and will now spend the next five weeks in the states of Oklahoma and Texa…

nineinchnails Mix CD

So at the very last minute an old friend of mine who works at the BB&T Center was able to snag me an extra ticket to see the almighty NIИ live in concert. It was my first time ever seeing NIИ live and it definitely did not disappoint. I'll have a full review up soon but for now, I was inspired to craft this sweet mix CD of 20th century NIИ songs (their 21st century material doesn't really do it for me). Enjoy!

1. Pinion
2. Wish
3. Mr. Self Destruct
4. Somewhat Damaged
5. The Day the World Went Away
6. Heresy
7. March of the Pigs
8. Something I Can Never Have (Still)
9. The Frail
10. The Wretched
11. We're In This Together
12. The Fragile
13. Just Like You Imagined
14. Dead Souls
15. Head Like a Hole
16. Terrible Lie
17. Hurt

Hobbitcore's College Football Corner (Week 10)

Had my worst week of the year last year. The games are getting harder and harder to predict, as they almost always do at this time of the year.

Last Week
Overall: 2-3
Upsets: 0-1

Overall: 42-11
Upsets: 9-5

3:30pm -- #21 Michigan @ #22 Michigan State -- ABC

This is one of those fascinating matchups where one team (Michigan) has a solid offense but no defense and the other team (MSU) has a great defense but no offense. I love these matchups because not only will it be interesting to see Michigan's offense take on Sparty's D but I love watching the other side of the ball to see who can screw up least. What makes this even more difficult to pick is that while I feel confident that Sparty's D is better than Michigan's offense, I also feel confident that the Spartan offense is significantly worse than the Wolverines' defense. At the end of the day, I think MSU's defense makes enough plays on a mistake-prone Michigan offense to put their own offense in good enoug…