Archive for the 'Tomfoolery' Category

23
Sep
08

Top Ten* Tuesday: Favorite Things About The Fall (Courtesy of the Amalgamblog Contributors)

Fall began yesterday and we here at the Amalgamblog are looking forward to the new season (at least most of us). Instead of giving you my top ten favorite things about fall, I sent out an e-mail thread to all the contributors to the blog and asked them what they liked about this time of the year. As always, the thread was very entertaining. So in the order of which I received replies, here are thirteen Amalgamblog contributors with their favorite things about the fall (with a few parenthetical sidenotes).

Continue reading ‘Top Ten* Tuesday: Favorite Things About The Fall (Courtesy of the Amalgamblog Contributors)’

19
Sep
08

College Pick’Em: Week Four

Sorry that this one is so late! (Click through to keep reading)

Continue reading ‘College Pick’Em: Week Four’

16
Sep
08

Top Ten Tuesday: Presidential Facial Hair

As the McCain and Obama campaigns go back and forth during this election, one gets the sense that there are some important issues that are not getting the time that they deserve. One important issue that both will likely continue to avoid is this simple fact: It has been 100 years since we last elected a guy with facial hair to the Oval Office. My fellow Americans, this should not be so. So while we dream in vain that McCain will rock the fu manchu or Obama will grow some serious sideburns, let’s look back at the top ten presidents that sported facial hair.

10. Grover Cleveland

Not only is he the only president to share a name with a Sesame Street character, not only is he the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms, not only is he the only president to get married while in office, but Grover Cleveland, our 22nd (and 24th) president, leads off this list with his simple, yet classy mustache.

Continue reading ‘Top Ten Tuesday: Presidential Facial Hair’

13
Sep
08

Great Moments in Procrastination: Church Sign Generator

Earlier this evening as I watched So Cal whip on on Ohio State, I stumbled upon this link on the Relevant website. I can’t believe someone had not thought of this earlier because it’s brilliant. Who doesn’t want to make up their own church sign? I know I do (I’m especially fond of my church sign quote to the left). So, if you want to waste some time check out www.churchsigngenerator.com.

11
Sep
08

Pick’em Week 3

Not a lot of games to pick this week, so I’ll be short and sweet.

(#1 FBS) USC 34, (#5 FBS) Ohio State 17: Ohio State hasn’t exactly impressed; USC has.  Ohio State will likely be without star back Chris Wells; USC is healthy.  Ohio State was supposed to be scary good; USC actually is.  And it’s in the colosseum.

(#2 FBS) Georgia 21, South Carolina 9: After last week’s loss to Vanderbilt, Steve Spurrier must be walking around with visible question marks floating over his head.  So don’t even think about asking him who will be taking snaps on Saturday.  This rivalry has been close over the years, but this is the best Georgia team the Gamecocks will have encountered in a long time.  

Clemson 38, NC State 10: Clemson is looking forward to a statement win.  NC State is looking forward to next year.  

(#23 FCS) Furman 27, Colgate 17: Furman traditionally (and oddly) hasn’t played well up north.  However, they have to be encouraged by last week’s strong defensive performance at Virginia Tech.  They’ll need an identical effort to keep All-Everything back Jordan Scott at bay.  

(#13 FBS) Kansas 34, (#19 FBS) South Florida 27: Everyone keeps waiting for signs of a drop-off for Kansas.  This will be a chance to prove the naysayers wrong.

(#18 FCS) Elon 38, Presbyterian 21: So far Elon hasn’t lived up to its abnormally-high expectations.  They need a quality win before Southern Conference play hits.  PC has played some tough opponents well so far, but the Phoenix pull away late.

Virginia Tech 27, Georgia Tech 24: It’s time to see how Paul Johnson’s Triple Option offense fairs against the ACC, and the Hokie defense could be the toughest of them all.  Trickeration keeps Georgia Tech in the game, and Virginia Tech scores all 27 points with special teams (and maybe an INT return thrown in).  

(#7 FCS) James Madison 45, (#3 FCS) UMass 35: The Minutemen have done little to live up to their high pre-season ranking…neither has James Madison, come to think of it.  However, time has run out to get acts together, and the frenzied home crowd pushes James Madison forward to a win with major playoff implications.

09
Sep
08

Top Ten Tuesday: iPod Commercials

Since Apple is rolling out a new batch of iPods today, we figured that we would look back at the top ten commercials featuring the ubiquitous MP3 player. Now, how do you rank a bunch of commercials that feature pretty much the same concept (though a few on our list break out of the typical silhouette people dancing mode)? It all comes down to a catchy song. Side note: this is not an endorsement of any of these artists. Without further ado, here’s your top ten for this Tuesday.

Continue reading ‘Top Ten Tuesday: iPod Commercials’

04
Sep
08

Week 2 Pick’Em

Almost the weekend again…place your picks in the  comments below!  Also know that you don’t have to pick all of the games.  For example, if you’re only really passionate about the North Greenville-Wingate action this week, then leave your thoughts on that below.

 

On to the picks…

 

(#24 FBS) South Carolina 23, Vanderbilt 21– The Commodores always give South Carolina fits (or just outright beat them), and they got off to a surprisingly good start with a big win over Miami (OH) last week.  The Gamecocks are suspect at best at QB, but their defense should be the difference against the always well-coached, well-prepared Commodores.  I’ll be surprised if it’s not a close one.

 

Clemson 34, (#20 FCS) The Citadel 17– The hopes of Tiger Nation smashed to a million pieces last Saturday night and they’ll be looking to take out some frustration on FCS Citadel.  However, that may be easier said than done; Clemson fans may remember FCS (and underachieving) Furman coming to Death Valley a year ago and playing the then much-more confident Tigers tough for four quarters, shutting down the rushing attack and sacking Harper 5 times.  With Clemson’s even weaker O-Line, this one could make the Tigers sweat a little more than they’d like.  

 

(#13 FCS) Wofford 38, Charleston Southern 14– Wofford got off to a slow start last week, needing a good fourth quarter to pull away from PC.  Chucktown South, on the other hand, got their heads handed to them in Miami.  I expect Wofford to be a hair sharper this week and Charleston Southern to play decently…however, the game’s last-minute move from Charleston to Spartanburg (thanks to Tropical Storm Hanna) will make an already tall task that much more difficult.  

 

Virginia Tech 37, Furman 20– Virginia Tech is overflowing with frustration after a heartbreaking loss to East Carolina, while Furman is feeling plenty confident after a dominating 62-14 victory over D2 Mars Hill.  The Hokies will be looking to take care of business– and lower division teams are usually a great opportunity to do so– but the Paladins aren’t your typical lower division team.  Furman has 5 victories over ACC schools since the I-A/I-AA split and is notorious for scaring I-A/FBS squads (and even getting their coaches fired).  Tech’s stout defense and special teams should counter Furman’s potent offense well, but the Hokie offense gives little reason to believe they can pull too far ahead and this one.  

 

Wingate 27, North Greenville 20– The Crusaders did as well as expected in their 49-10 loss to Liberty last week.  This week they take on Wingate, a better-than-average D2 team, for their home opener.  Wingate will likely continue to ride their 5-game winning streak, but North Greenville gets a boost from the home crowd and keeps it close.

 

(#1 FCS) Appalachian State 48, Jacksonville 9– The Mountaineers came out sloppy against LSU last week, giving many in the FCS ranks reason to believe that this App State team is a bit more vulnerable.  And they probably are.  But Jacksonville isn’t LSU.  

 

(#5 FBS) Florida 45, Miami 13– Take a rivalry with an ugly history, make Florida virtually unstoppable, make Miami a mere shell of its former self, and put it in the Swamp.  I think we all see where this one is going.

 

(#20 FBS) Wake Forest 31, Ole Miss 28– The SEC usually trumps the ACC, and I think Ole Miss may surprise some people this year.  However, they’ll only be able to keep it close; Wake Forest comes away with a late victory.

 

(#8 FBS) West Virginia 35, East Carolina 28– This one is a toss-up.  The media is riding the East Carolina bandwagon after their “upset” of Virginia Tech a week ago, and I do agree that they’re a team to be reckoned with.  But West Virginia is a far better team than Virginia Tech and has a far better offense.  

 

(#3 FCS) Richmond 17, Virginia 13– Upset pick of the week: Richmond has gradually proven themselves to be legitimate National Championship contenders over the last few years, and last week’s convincing win at Elon has me thinking this could be the team to do it.  Couple that with some recent success against ACC foes and we’ve got the makings of yet another FCS-over-bad-ACC “upset.”




The Amalgam is a collective of various writers, photographers, artists, and random people in general. This weblog is a collection of their thoughts on faith, life, the arts, sports, and basically anything else. The views of the writers in the Amalgam do not necessarily represent the views of Concoxions Creative Ministries. But where we disagree with them, we still love them.