All-Haiku Bowl Results, 2009

Okay, okay, it is 2010 at this point, but the results are headlines as 2009 because they match with the 2009 predictions made in 2009 for the 2009 season. Also, the results are not all-haiku, just the predictions were. A more accurate title would be “Results for the All-Haiku Predictions made in 2009″.

Before the bowl games commenced for this past college football season, I made some predictions. Here, for your reading enjoyment, is the tally of those predictions. Note that the results are not in haiku form, in contrast to the predictions.


Here is the list (correct predictions in green, incorrect in red):

Fresno State over Wyoming

UCF over Rutgers

Southern Miss over Middle Tennessee

Oregon St. over BYU

Utah over Cal

Nevada over SMU

Ohio over Marshall

Pitt over UNC

BC over USC

Kentucky over Clemson

Georgia over Texas A&M

UCLA over Temple

Miami over Wisconsin

Bowling Green over Idaho

Arizona over Nebraska

Houston over Air Force

Stanford over Oklahoma

Navy over Missouri

Iowa State over Minnesota

VT over Tennessee

Northwestern over Auburn

PSU over LSU

WVU over FSU

Oregon over Ohio State

Florida over Cincinnati

NIU over USF

UConn over South Carolina

OK St. over Ole Miss

Arkansas over East Carolina

Texas Tech over MSU

Boise St. over TCU

Iowa over Georgia Tech

CMU over Troy

Texas over Alabama

And here are the results of the various forecasting methodologies (see last year’s results for description of the methodologies) (also, use the word methodologies if you want to sound important; methods would work just as well and is shorter) :

  • Some Blog Site picks were 15-19 (better than last year!)
  • CBS120 picks were 19-15
  • HTW was 20-14 for the official Home Team Wins (HTW)
  • HTW was 11-23 for the Geographical Home Team (GHT)
  • Isaacson-Tarbell Postulate (ITP) was 20-14 if using HTW
  • ITP was 16-18 if using GHT

I won’t analyze the results as much as I did last year, mainly because I had more time and more sleep last year. But it was a bad year for GHT; last year it was by far the best method. Just goes to show that college ball isn’t as uniform and well-behaved as the NFL. Of course, by well-behaved, I mean the predictability of the statistics and games, not the manners of the players themselves.

Thoughts on the season’s results

  1. What more does Boise St. have to do? They should be ranked second, not fourth, in the season-end polls. Texas didn’t prove they’re the second-best team in the country; they just proved they’re not the best. Boise St. had better get a top-5 pre-season ranking because they deserve the same presumption of excellence that any other big-name school (of which they are now one) would get.
  2. Texas did not get a fair deal in the championship game with Colt McCoy taken out on the first drive. That is what happens during football sometimes, but it still felt like I was swindled. I was all set to watch the two Heisman candidates battle it out, and I didn’t get to do so.
  3. I don’t personally know Nick Saban, but his expression and demeanor after the Gatorade bath really made me think that he is not friendly. Your team is about to win the championship, your players just dumped a cooler full of beverage on you to celebrate, and all you do is scowl? Maybe his all-business attitude helps him win, but he is the face of Alabama football and he needs to remember to help out the PR department a bit. Yes, winning a national championship is great PR. All I’m saying is that my main memory from the game is the expression on his face and how unhappy it looked. It was so out of place.


Since the strength of the conference has something to do with the results, I thought I would tally each conference’s bowl game record for the 2009 (and the first bit of 2010) season.

  • ACC: 3-4
  • Big 10: 4-3
  • Big 12: 4-4
  • Big East: 4-2
  • Independent: 1-0
  • MAC: 1-4
  • MW: 4-1
  • PAC10: 2-5
  • SEC: 6-4
  • Sun Belt: 1-1
  • USA: 2-4
  • WAC: 2-2

So the best conference was the Mt. West and the worst was the MAC. Perhaps you could say that the SEC was the best because they had ten teams go to bowls. Or you could say the SEC was just the most popular conference.

If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.

Genesis 4:7

Family Conversations, Part 6

Alpha is a good sleeper, which means that sometimes he is not the easiest child to awaken. A side effect of that is that he is not ready for breakfast when he awakes. Beta, on the other hand, usually asks to eat breakfast as soon as he is awake.

One morning, I could tell by Alpha’s expression and body language that he was not in the mood for breakfast. That, and the fact that he refused my initial offer of cereal and yogurt. Since we had some unusual leftovers in the fridge, I thought I would try to pique his interest in eating breakfast.
I: How about a bear breakfast?
Alpha: What?
What do bears eat?
(giving Alpha a serving of smoked salmon, which he likes) Yep, and salmon are fish. What else do bears eat?
(serving a small dish of blackberries) Yep, and you’re having blackberries.
Blackberries and salmon would be very yummy for a bear.
So you’re having a bear breakfast.
Beta (running from the kitchen, through the dining room, and into the living room while waving his hands in the air): Ahhh! Run for your lives!!! There’s a bear in my house! There’s a bear in my house!

Never a dull moment here, folks.

Another day, I was finishing my meal and Beta was already done and making up a game. I don’t know exactly what kind of game, but I think it was related to football. He came in from the living room and announced the teams: he would be one team and I would be the other team. Then he announced the names.

You’ll be the Princess Buddy Mermaid team. I’ll be the Silver Rock Monster Bullet Grumpy Bear team.

I see where I stand. And apparently they’re never to young to start smack talk.

They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed them, He ordered these to be served as well.

Mark 8:7

Green Like Solanine

On New Year’s Eve, my wife went grocery shopping and came home with steaks for dinner.

Steaks are always welcome, but they were raw at that point, so I asked how she was going to cook them.

Either boiled or fried” was the response.

Boiled? Ugh. No thanks. I’m sure it would make the meat safe to eat, but that’s just not right. Save the boiling for hot dogs. Although . . . I usually just microwave those.

Fried? Maybe, but a steak deserves better than that.

Alright,” I said, “I’ll grill them.” You know it’s bad when I volunteer to cook. But steak is a treat, and I was home because of the holiday, so why not?

In this weather? It’s snowing out there!

It’s not so bad. Besides, the grill will keep me warm.

Here is what grilling on New Year’s Eve in the Midwest looks like:

grill with steak, asparagus, and mushrooms on  a snowy day

While I was grilling, my wife was making the potatoes. Rather, she was trying to make the potatoes. She had a bag of potatoes, and the bag claimed that all one needed to do was microwave the bag and the potatoes would be cooked.

However, after being microwaved and put into a bowl to be mashed, the potatoes looked like this:

bowl of poisonous green potatoes

My wife knew that potatoes are not supposed to be green. Thanks to the internet, she confirmed that green potatoes are very bad.

So she threw them out and considered calling the company to complain about their attempted poisoning bad potatoes.

The best part about the meal was when the kids sat down to dinner and Alpha exclaimed “Steak! I love steak!” Get ‘em started young.

The second-best part was that there was a steak or two left over. A breakfast later during the holiday consisted of steak and eggs.

So they poured it out for the men to eat. And as they were eating of the stew, they cried out and said, “O man of God, there is death in the pot.” And they were unable to eat.

2 Kings 4:40

Big Ten Logo Update

Breaking news, just in from the Big Ten headquarters in Park Ridge, Illinois :

With the upcoming addition of a twelfth team, the Big Ten conference has released a new logo. Since the old logo incorporated the number “11″ inside the text “BigTen”, that logo was no longer relevant to the expanded conference.

The new logo retains the look and feel of the previous logo, emphasizing the history of the Big Ten while at the same time subtly showing the progress the conference has made in growing to twelve members.

Old Logo

Old Big Ten logo for eleven teams

New Logo

New Big Ten logo for twelve teams

And they drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

Acts 1:26

X-Men: Rivals, the Plan

X-Men Rivals / Wolverine title

Here is another scene from the unreleased Wolverine movie (click on the image to see a full-size version) :

X-Men Rivals / Wolverine comic

Here is the text, in case your browser has trouble with images:
Wolverine : Tebownium has been neutralized
Wolverine : But with some help fro the Big College Superhero . . .
(narrator): The big-game ray will affect the enemy’s throat muscles,
(narrator): causing them to tighten.
Puddles : You mean he will choke?
Wolverine : Exactly!

You may also want to see the previous episode of X-Men Rivals.

They will all respond and say to you,’Even you have been made weak as we,You have become like us.

Isaiah 14:10

Finding Joy Friday, December 2009 Edition

Finding Joy Friday

In cooperation with LaanyKidsMom, here is my entry for this week.

Where did I find joy this week?
The start of Christmas

One of the signs that I am on Christmas break is that my wife makes a hearty breakfast for us all.

platter filled with breakfast food of pancakes, sausage, and bacon

That brought me joy on Christmas Eve morning. Not pictured are the scrambled eggs and the oranges. Yes, there are both blueberry pancakes and chocolate-chip pancakes. No, that wasn’t my plate – that was the serving plate.

What else?

We opened our presents.

presents under a Christmas tree

I enjoyed the presents that I got, but it was even more fun watching the kids open their presents and seeing their genuine smiles.

What else?

Our church’s Christmas Eve candlelight service

people singing by candlelight in a churchpeople singing by candlelight in a church

Only the last few carols were sung by candlelight. The first 50 or so minutes of songs and readings were done by normal incandescent light. How can you not like a service full of Christmas carols? Not just Christmas songs, but real carols that are all hymn-y and stuff.

One more

Why Christmas?

small ceramic Nativity scene on a wood background

God became man and dwelt among us. The joy comes not from knowing what He did or how He did it; the joy comes from knowing why He did it and that He did it for me.

Have a Merry and Joyful Christmas!

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;

Luke 2:10

Caution: Teething in Progress

Gamma has 4 teeth now, and he has learned how to use them. Maybe it’s 4 and a half.

picture of baby's first four teeth

Here is his pacifier. Or rather, here is a pacifier that used to be his but is now in the trash.

pacifier that has been bitten apart
pacifier that has been sliced by teeth

Pop Quiz!

This teeth-shredded pacifier is :

  1. Evidence that silicone pacifiers are better than latex pacifiers.
  2. Evidence that old pacifiers should be discarded and not handed down to the next child.
  3. A very good reason why the weaning process should start when the child gets teeth.
  4. All of the above.

Time’s up. Hand in your answer using the comments form, please.

Blessed be the LORD, Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth.

Psalm 124:6