The talk in late September was that the BlogDog was washed up.
After finishing 2007 on an 0-2 skid, he opened 2008 a mediocre 2-2.
But as the great ones always seem to do, Norm raised his game when things looked bleak.
First, he picked an underdog Navy team to beat Air Force at Falcon Stadium by nine. Navy won by six.
Then he took Air Force to beat San Diego State. Norm’s score: 31-17. Actual score: 35-10.
He followed those up by picking Air Force to beat UNLV and New Mexico in close ones. Check and check.
Talk about going from the dog house (no offense, buddy) to the penthouse. Norm is rolling, having hit four picks in a row, and his spirits are high. As those who followed the blog last season know, The BlogDog digs rap music. And when I walked into the living room tonight I found him nodding along to Kanye West’s “The Good Life.” (Lyrics adjusted for Norm)
It’s the good life, better than the life I live,
When I thought that I was gonna go cra-zay.
And now the BlogWife ain’t the only girl callin’ me bay-bay.
And if you feelin’ me now, then put your paws up to the sky. …
Nothing wrong with cranking some rap to get fired up. But did the BlogDog get too fired up? Listen closely in the video below and you can hear some growling before his final pick. And, I’ve got to admit, Norm was very noncommittal.
Now, typically, Norm makes his pick by choosing between a mini-replica Air Force helmet and the mini-replica helmet of the opponent the Falcons are facing that week (best of five). But because I only have helmets of Mountain West Conference teams, I had to come up with something different.
For the Navy game I had Norm pick between a plane and a boat (and that worked). So today I went shopping in search of a toy tank (attention accountants – is that a write-off?). Anyway, Norm went to the plane first, then the tank, then the tank and then the plane. His fifth and deciding pick (which you can watch in the video below) was hard to decipher as Norm pulled a move that can be described as akin to a political flip-flop (though this, more accurately, was a flip-flop-flip). He went to the tank but didn’t quite commit, then went to the plane. I thought he was going to grab the plane but then he went back to the tank and settled on it.
So here’s how I think Norm sees this game playing out: It’s back and forth and Air Force scores late in regulation to tie it at 17. Both teams kick field goals in the first overtime session. Army stops Air Force in the second session and then scores to win it, 26-20.
Norm’s Pick: Army 26, Air Force 20 (2OT)
Norm’s 2008 Season Record: 6-2
Norm’s Overall Record: 14-7
(Note: If the video doesn’t load the first time you click on it, click on it again and it should come up in a new window).