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Entering Gator Country

For the huge game I made a pot of chili, and because of the immense importance of tonight's contest -- the pageantry of it all -- I eschewed canned beans and made beans from scratch. [Wailing offstage: "He's talking about beans again!!"] But to make my beans from scratch I first had to make a giant vat of chicken stock, because there is no way that I could cook my Gator beans in canned chicken broth, not with what's at stake. This is for all the marbles. No shortcuts. We're going to leave it all out on the field, or, in my case, the stovetop.

Now you may wonder: Did I think, as I stood there over my four burners tending my stock, my beans and my chili, plus a skillet of bacon, that perhaps i should have bought a live chicken and sacrificed it for good luck and to ratchet up the authenticity of the chicken stock? And the answer is, do you think I'm some kind of lunatic? Storebought drumsticks are fine. Let's keep this in perspective.

[Update: Offspring showing no interest in game despite repeated declarations that "This is your heritage." Apparently they do not understand that they carry Gator blood, that this is more important than stuff like homework, that they need to honor the memory of their father's hardscrabble upbringing, when the only way he could afford a comic book was either by fetching discarded soda bottles from the underbrush and turning them in for the three cent deposit or going to the Gator game and selling Cokes for a five-cent-per-Coke profit. And they wonder why, when I see a soda, I begin to weep.]

I'd write more but I need to find my Gator shirt and then pay attention to the pregame festivitiies.

My prediction: Florida 35, Ohio State 24.

[Note: I vow on my honor to keep that prediction intact and not alter it with my blogging software.]

[Though you can see how that could be tempting.]

Talked to the Achenbro, and he has two key words for everyone to remember: Percy Harvin.

And yes, if the Gators win, they'll be the first school to own the trophy in two major sports (basketball, football in the case of the Gators) since M.I.T.'s fabled perfecta in 1903 in chess and rock/paper/scissors.

Go Gators!!!!!!

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 8, 2007; 7:09 PM ET
 
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This is the true meaning of chaos theory. All over America fans are washing or not washing team t/sweatshirts, socks, underwear (gotta have those lucky shorts!) and cooking ritualistic meals.

Just 1 fan east of Duluth putting on the wrong t-shirt means his team will lose! The humanity!

Posted by: dbG | January 8, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

i am making my first pot of bean soup tomorrow


Oh the irony of it all....

Sorry Joel it is the Buckeye's all the way...in a big blowout 42-14

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 8, 2007 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Imagine what Joel will be like when Princeton plays for all the marbles in... the marbles championship.

Posted by: TBG | January 8, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

In THIS household the TV is tuned to the Lady Tar Heels versus the Lady Cavaliers. The Lady Cavaliers are having a rough night. Current score: UNC 37, UVA 19

Posted by: Slyness | January 8, 2007 7:46 PM | Report abuse

tonight's menu

Pizza,wings and pretzels with a crazy dip

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 8, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

"For the huge game i made . . ."

Joel, go ahead and give yourself an uppercase I -- you're worth it.

Posted by: Tom fan | January 8, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Wait -- this piece is peppered with little i's.
Is that some sort of literary device?

Posted by: Tom fan | January 8, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Our house is often tuned to a Tivo version of a Tarheel basketball victory of some sort.

Most men are ashamed when they are caught watching porn. My husband tries to quickly change show when we're out of town or gone for a while from the house and come home to find him watching UNC beat Dook from last spring.

Posted by: TBG | January 8, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I think Joel's chili is also peppered with little i's.

That's what makes it taste so good--and see so well.

Posted by: TBG | January 8, 2007 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Lord, have mercy, beans and chicken stock from scratch. Since I do not live under a rock, I have some vague idea of how serious this game is, but as a cook now I really know. Enjoy your chili, and GO GATORS!

Posted by: LTL | January 8, 2007 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Should the Gators win tonight, I suppose the chanpionships would technically be in two different years at least (2006 Men's NCAA Basketball, 2007 BCS Football).

Ohio State's a good team, so you AchenGatorBoys don't need to start puffing your chests out, preening like new roosters, and strutting about like Mick Jagger during "Satisfaction".

In the interest of my health, I will only chew my fingernails during the course of the game.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 8, 2007 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Should the Gators win tonight, I suppose the chanpionships would technically be in two different years at least (2006 Men's NCAA Basketball, 2007 BCS Football).

Ohio State's a good team, so you AchenGatorBoys don't need to start puffing your chests out, preening like new roosters, and strutting about like Mick Jagger during "Satisfaction" quite yet.

In the interest of my health, I will only chew my fingernails during the course of the game.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 8, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Should the Gators win tonight, I suppose the chanpionships would technically be in two different years at least (2006 Men's NCAA Basketball, 2007 BCS Football).

Ohio State's a good team, so you AchenGatorBoys don't need to start puffing your chests out, preening like new roosters, and strutting about like Mick Jagger during "Satisfaction" quite yet.

In the interest of my health, I will only chew my fingernails during the course of the game.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 8, 2007 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Whoops. Sorry for the triple entendre thingy.

I'm still having problems posting, dontcha know.

Now, to the couch - there's no time to lose.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 8, 2007 8:03 PM | Report abuse

TBG, Joel will say it was good luck to use the lower case letters. Look for a joke along the lines of "the i's have it".

bc

Posted by: bc | January 8, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I guess I'll be the lone Boodler rooting for Ohio State. Not because I went to OSU (I didn't), or that I live in Ohio (I do), but because I met Jim Tressel when he was coaching for YSU (where I sometimes went to school) and he's a really nice guy in person.

"beans, beans, the magical fruit,
the more you eat, the more you toot"

You wanna try some real man-food, I made my fried greens today in the hopes of burning out some rogue microbes.

(2) Hungarian hot peppers
(1) Onion
(1) Head of garlic
(1/2 lb.) Frozen collard greens or spinach

Chop, dump into skillet, add oil, simmer for 20 minutes and serve with lots of bread and butter and beer on the side.

It didn't cure my flu, but I am able to breathe again. Not looking forward to the "exit strategy" tomorrow (fire in, fire out, if you know what I mean), but it was good eatin' and the rest will be for lunch tomorrow.

Posted by: martooni | January 8, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Reposting from previous Kit, moments ago:

Important story coming across at ABC News tonight, Brian Ross reporting, about threat to Niger oil fields.

Summary at this website. If American and European firms forced to withdraw from the fifth largest oil fields in Niger, several consequences projected to happen. Price of barrel of oil shoots up, as do prices at the pump, Chinese oil extraction companies move in. (Note: keep eyes on West Africa.)

http://inbrief.threatswatch.org/2007/01/mend-threatening-attacks-on-ni/

ABC coverage here:

http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/01/nigerian_terror.html

Posted by: Loomis | January 8, 2007 08:04 PM

Posted by: Loomis | January 8, 2007 8:07 PM | Report abuse

If we all ate more bean soup, the Chinese could have all the oil and it wouldn't matter.

Imagine... instead of pulling up to a gas station and saying "Fill'er up", you could say "Pull my finger".

Posted by: martooni | January 8, 2007 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Joel,
Don't go messin' with MIT. You forgot to mention their world-wide domination of the ultimate sport: Ultimate Frisbee!

Posted by: Maggie O'D | January 8, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

And Weingarten's STILL on hiatus...

*L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 8, 2007 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Was that an "O" I heard during the National Anthem

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 8, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Joel, your enthusiasm is positively infectious. It's almost like the Academy Awards! But with less cleavage! (Although I do understand about the offspring bit. Around my house the excitement of my legal dependents about anything is inversely proportional to my own.)

Posted by: RD Padouk | January 8, 2007 8:22 PM | Report abuse

For those of you not watching football, basketball or anything else, here's a way to spend your time and pretend it's not fake summer outside....

http://www.popularfront.com/snowdays/

Posted by: TBG | January 8, 2007 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Ouch.

Posted by: RD Padouk | January 8, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Not an immaculate start.

Posted by: Achenbach | January 8, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was interesting.

Ohio State up 7-0 after exactly 16 seconds off the clock.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 8, 2007 8:37 PM | Report abuse

TBG... pardon the pun, but that was very cool.

We had a few of the real ones fall down here today, but they melted as soon as they hit the daffodils.

Posted by: martooni | January 8, 2007 8:37 PM | Report abuse

WOW

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 8, 2007 8:38 PM | Report abuse

O-H-!

Posted by: Maggie O'D | January 8, 2007 8:41 PM | Report abuse

O-H-!

Posted by: Maggie O'D | January 8, 2007 8:43 PM | Report abuse

GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL

Oh. Sorry. You get the idea.

Posted by: RD Padouk | January 8, 2007 8:44 PM | Report abuse

O.H.!

Posted by: Maggie O'D | January 8, 2007 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Like a hot knife through butter. I actually am thinking this may be a blowout by the Gators. We may lay 50 on this lame Big 10 team.

Posted by: Achenbach | January 8, 2007 8:46 PM | Report abuse

SCC: Sorry, sorry, and sorry.

Posted by: Maggie O'D | January 8, 2007 8:52 PM | Report abuse

TBG - that's really a cute website. Way better than watching these silly commercials.

Posted by: RD Padouk | January 8, 2007 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Lets, see, a touchdown every five minutes, hmm...carry the five - yeah 50 points is within reason.

Posted by: RD Padouk | January 8, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

"Cloudy mind equals slow feet"??? So THAT'S my problem!!!!

14-7 at the quarter. Hmm. Multiply by four...56 to 28? Looks like Joel mighta been low. But I bet the chili is being eagerly slurped at his house. Too bad about the girls denying themselves their precious heritage, however. Every family has these little tragedies. (Mine is children who for some strange reason refuse to leave home. But that's another story.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 8, 2007 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Real Ohio State team found tied up and gagged in warehouse while imposter team enjoys limelight.

Posted by: Achenbach | January 8, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

so we're talking about college football, right? And beans (?)

Posted by: Yoki | January 8, 2007 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Just put the game on to see how it was going. I'll hope the 'Gators win because of Joel, but otherwise, I wouldn't care. However, where did those teams get their helmets? The FL team looks like they're wearing giant oranges on their heads and Ohio players seem to have a planetarium motif going. Jeez, really unattractive. Yeah, I know, typical girly comment, but still...

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | January 8, 2007 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Just put the game on to see how it was going. I'll hope the 'Gators win because of Joel, but otherwise, I wouldn't care. However, where did those teams get their helmets? The FL team looks like they're wearing giant oranges on their heads and Ohio players seem to have a planetarium motif going. Jeez, really unattractive. Yeah, I know, typical girly comment, but still...

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | January 8, 2007 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Umm ... not interested in football (covering head). Like Bad Sneakers, I turned on the game just to see, since y'all seem so excited about it. She's right, the colors (I mean, blue and ORANGE?) and the stars on the helmets are a hoot.

Posted by: Wheezy | January 8, 2007 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting tired of that Rock-'Em Sock-'Em Robot Dodge Ram commercial. It doesn't make much sense to me.

Changing the subject, today is not only Stephen Hawking's birthday but it is also Elvis's. He would have turned 72 today. I wonder what he'd be doing today.

It's also my uncle's birthday. He's 92.

Posted by: pj | January 8, 2007 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Beauty mark patches such as those used in the 17th century after being scarred with smallpox.

Posted by: RD Padouk | January 8, 2007 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting tired of that Rock-'Em Sock-'Em Robot Dodge Ram commercial. It doesn't make much sense to me.

Changing the subject, today is not only Stephen Hawking's birthday but it is also Elvis's. He would have turned 72 today. I wonder what he'd be doing today.

It's also my uncle's birthday. He's 92.

Posted by: pj | January 8, 2007 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Logging off. Blog too slow. Internet probably clogged by OSU fans calling their bookies in desperation.

Posted by: RD Padouk | January 8, 2007 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the dupe. Slow moving page.

Posted by: pj | January 8, 2007 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Buckeyes players get little stars on their helmets every time they get better than a D in class or, during the huddle, succeed in nifty turn of phrase.

Oh yes this is lookin' good.

Posted by: Achenbach | January 8, 2007 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Man, can they call this game now?

Posted by: pj | January 8, 2007 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Stars for 'good' grades, just like first grade! You can't be serious, Joel? The Gators are ahead because they want to get the game over with so they can get out of those awful uniforms. The Ohio coach isn't looking like a rocket scientist, going for it on fourth down on your own 29, he deserves to be down by 20.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | January 8, 2007 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Game plan for second half:

Rock'em Sock'em Robot finally beats the daylights out of Dodge Ram.

Emmitt runs on field and shows new Dancing With the Stars moves.

Troy Smith returns Heisman.

Seriously, it's early, but in the Achenbach family we've already made the historic transition from mere celebration to regreting the failure to place a huge bet on the Gators. Achenbro claims he actually bet everything I own on this but I don't think that will hold up in court.

Posted by: Achenbach | January 8, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

One of the complaints against a real play-off for college is pushing the season too long. Like a full week after New Year's isn't pushing it.

We need an eight game playoff with the four major bowls as the first round. Heck, come up with eight bowls a week earlier and you have a 16 team field. Then two more weekends of college ball and you have a real champion. The BCS only works when there are two and only two undefeated Division I teams. Anything else is a travesty.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 8, 2007 10:30 PM | Report abuse

actually the stars are buckeyes.

I was watching a game ealier in the year with my 83 year old mother(yea a family of crazed sports nuts) and neither of us knew what a buckeye was.So I googled it,

It is an tree,the horse chestnut tree

they are playing like trees now

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 8, 2007 10:32 PM | Report abuse

How many of the players are actually from Florida and Ohio, respectively? Seems to me it should be framed as a pro game, not much to do with universities and therefore education, or the state the institution is located in, leading to the conclusion, so what?

Nebraska may be a case where the UN team really does represent the state because it's the biggest thing around, but that translates into a university letting itself be turned into a supplier of TV shows.

Posted by: LTL-CA | January 8, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Time to roll out Big Ron and turn on his favorite record, "Goodbye, Columbus..."

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 8, 2007 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Not only is Prof. Hawking 65 today, but he announced in the Guardian that he is planning to take flight.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2007/01/08/nhawking08.xml

Posted by: Yoki | January 8, 2007 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I want the Rock-EmiSock-Em Robot to punch out a Blockbuster store. Or a mailbox.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 8, 2007 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey, gang! Over on the QVC Home Shopping Channel they're selling holographic commemorative coins from the Morgan Mint!

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 8, 2007 10:43 PM | Report abuse

TBG, added 5 flakes (you knew I was flaky anyway), search by wilbrod*.

Mudge, I hate to bring it up, but a little thongastic blue bottomed freedom just might help change your children's minds about staying home.

Next step: opening an in-home nudist camp and requiring the kids to do their own laundry etc.

Posted by: Wilbrod | January 8, 2007 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I love it when a guy loses his helmet and keeps playing full tilt. Reminds me of the days when we played with a leather helmet and no faceguard. It really hasn't been "football" since they started allowing fancy helmets and faceguards and chinstraps and mouthguards and kneepads and elbow pads and all that sissy stuff.

Posted by: Achenbach | January 8, 2007 10:51 PM | Report abuse

They ALREADY do their own laundry, as well as their own cooking. Mostly, they never come out of their rooms (caves) when they're home, so I could lounge around in all my blue-bottomed glory all day and they'd never know it.

Actually, my daughter is joining the Navy next week (she doesn't yet know when she's actually leaving for boot camp, but it's soon). I asked her if it was "our" Navy she was joining, not that it mattered much to me one way or the other. She replied that as far as she knew, she thought it was ours, but she'd check next time she talked to the recruiter. I tried to talk her into joining the French Foreign Legion, but she'd never heard of them, so declined.

Now, if I can get my son to join the ranks of the gainfully employed...

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 8, 2007 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Agreed about Everett, Joel, but he was just imitating Jeremy Shockey from the Iggles-Giants game. Shockey has the better hairdo, however, and seemed to actually enjoy being bareheaded while being tackled.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 8, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

GWE, Joel is posting too fast for me. No umbrage re Irsays. Wish I could be there for Ravens/Colts. We are a building a stately pleasure dome without an NFL promise of a Super Bowl which is unacceptable. We have gone from Indiananoplace to a player in other sports/convention events (e.g., NCAA final four) but I wish we had insisted on a Super Bowl as a condition.

Growing up in the sixties, Johnny Unitas was so "establishment" I didn't like him (loved the Jets victory in the Super Bowl). Now that I am older, he was something to be admired. Loved the Bert Jones Colts; never will forget that crazy playoff game with the Raiders; sort of their last great game in Baltimore.

Posted by: bill everything | January 8, 2007 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Joel forgot to mention the fire ants that infested the old-time football fields.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | January 8, 2007 11:10 PM | Report abuse

hey bill
Yea that was a great game...i think the only playoff game to go to double overtime.

I am looking forward to the game saturday,but the weather is supposed to be in the 60's for January.

I guess i am eating crow for my earlier prediction.

Hey joel got any good crow recipes?
Caw caw

Posted by: greenwithenvy | January 8, 2007 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Name the six schools that have won both a football and basketball national title. I don't mean in the same year. No one's done that, not even close (until...well, still too soon to call it...). But six have championships in both sports. Name them. No cheating. Only six. A couple are very surprising.

Posted by: Achenbach | January 8, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I hate college football rules. That ball shoulda been spotted on the 5-yard line.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 8, 2007 11:20 PM | Report abuse

1) Bennington
2) Johns-Hopkins
3) Ball State
4) Culinary Institute of America
5) Rhode Island School of Design
6) SUNY-86th and West River Drive

How'd I do?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 8, 2007 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, wait. That was a list of the Emily Dickenson Haiku Championship three-peaters.

My bad.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 8, 2007 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Joel were searching the Google to learn more about that vocational school in Gainesville.

Posted by: bill everything | January 8, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Looks as if your prediction was too generous to OSU - unless they score 10 more points really soon.

Posted by: Wheezy | January 8, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow, finally got back onto the computer after my oldest bogarted it to do "homework". Since when do kids do homework via IM, anyway? Hmph.

Joel, you may commence your celebratory Mick Jagger rooster stut and tailfeather shake at your convenience.

Gotta admit it was nice that the Gator players seemed genuinely happy for their kicker who'd honked a significant percentage of his figgies this season after he sank a couple of 40+ yarders. Of course, when your winning big, it's all good.

I made a tackle one time after losing a helmet back in the day (in a practice of all things), took a helmet in the mouth, darn near lost a tooth. It nearly broke clean in half, and is still somewhat askew.

The Buckeyes look tight, and the Gators looked pissed and like they had something to prove, especially after that opening kickoff. Now they're relaxed and having fun, and it's all downhill from here in the 4th quarter.

Congrats, Joel and all you Gator fans.

Remember, you're only granted clemency to be insufferable for about a week or so. See Duke basketball fans regarding abuse of this clemency.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 8, 2007 11:32 PM | Report abuse

It's not over yet but I'm liking our chances. Ohio State didn't show up. The only downside is the realization that it has been 10 full years since the Gators won their first national title, and seems like only four or five years ago. Where'd the years go??

Posted by: Achenbach | January 8, 2007 11:36 PM | Report abuse

My try:

1) UC-Santa Cruz Banana Slugs
2) Harvey Mudd Stags
3) Hollins Whatevers
4) Canton Jaynes
5) Achen Bloggers
6) Yello Jackets

For the record, Georgia Tech won a football national championship and went to the Final Four in 1990. Close, but no cigar.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 8, 2007 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Joel, is there any chili left?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 8, 2007 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh, never mind. I'm in my jammies; don't feel like getting dressed to drive over there.

Wonder if there's any Triskits in the kitchen?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 8, 2007 11:43 PM | Report abuse

I woke my husband up (he is in front of the TV) and he submits:
OSU
Florida
Michigan State
Maryland
Duke
NC State

Posted by: nellie | January 8, 2007 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Off the top of my head, I'd guess that UCLA, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Michigan have won both football & men's b-ball championships. Oh, yeah, I think Maryland's done that, too ;>)

How many did I get right?

bc

Posted by: bc | January 8, 2007 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Slyness, I was watching UVA-UNC too! Can't say the rout was a shocker, though.

Posted by: Dooley | January 8, 2007 11:49 PM | Report abuse

RD, do you listen to Car Talk? Someone from Harvey Mudd correctly answered their Puzzler last week.

My guesses:

Michigan
Ohio State
Michigan State
UCLA
Columbia(?)
CCNY(?)

Posted by: pj | January 8, 2007 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the very idea of Duke winning a football national championship! LOL!

Um, I wonder if Army or Navy's done it? Wisconsin? Hmmm.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 8, 2007 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Go Boise State!

Posted by: Dooley | January 8, 2007 11:55 PM | Report abuse

This is one of those times when I hate living in California --- everyone else is sleeping!

Posted by: nellie | January 8, 2007 11:56 PM | Report abuse

I would also congratulate anyone who to FL and the points (7, IIRC).

Speaking of which, game's over.

Well done, Gatorpeople.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 8, 2007 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Joel! Gators rule! Wow, that was an amazing game.

Posted by: Aloha | January 9, 2007 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Oklahoma win both? Ugh, I'm off to bed.

Posted by: pj | January 9, 2007 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations Joel, that was one amazing game. And, I don't even like football.

Posted by: Aloha | January 9, 2007 12:01 AM | Report abuse

When I told the Achenbro that no other school had held the title simultaneously in basketball and football, he said, "Well, someone had to do it, and it might as well be me and you."

Good night folks... A great game and would have been even better had we played the Ohio State of November instead of these imposters.

Go Gators!!!

Posted by: Achenbach | January 9, 2007 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Oklahoma win both? Ugh, I'm off to bed.

Congrats to you and all your fellow Gators, Joel!! That was quite a thumpin.'

Posted by: pj | January 9, 2007 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Don't wait for Joel to answer the trivia question, folks. I think it could be awhile before he gets back inside the house and puts his clothes back on.

G'night, all.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 9, 2007 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Uh-oh. One of our nuclear (or nuculer, as you wish) submarine captains just lost his job and pension. Seems his nuke, the USS Newport News, accidentally hit the stern of a Japanese supertanker in or near the Straits of Hormuz. Nobody hurt, no fuel spilt. But the Navy takes a dim view of guys who ding up our boats like that, especially the nukes.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | January 9, 2007 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Global warming, shrub in the White House, Iraq in the toilet, congress under Iraq, Elvis is dead, and kit & boodle talk football? No wonder the IED problem still hasn't been solved.

Posted by: Aslan365 | January 9, 2007 12:05 AM | Report abuse

One last - I just heard that Ohio State may fire coach Tressel and hire (Gator Coach) Urban's brother, Oscar.

He's been a Wiener every where he's been.

Ba dump, bump.

Don't forget to tip your waiters and waitresses, everybody.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 9, 2007 12:12 AM | Report abuse

10 schools. Not six. See, rumors fly on crazy nights like this. Hold on, getting the list:

Florida
Michigan
Ohio State
Syracuse
Arkansas
Maryland (!)
UCLA
Stanford
Michigan State
California

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/sports/colleges/16237791.htm

Posted by: Achenbach | January 9, 2007 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Go Gators! Even you underestimated them with your score prediction. For shame.

Posted by: smkeditor | January 9, 2007 1:07 AM | Report abuse

How did a team go about becoming national champion" in football in 1926? In basketball in 1942? I would be very surprised if there were national tournaments, or if people voting for the top teams were able to witness more than a handful of them.
Anyhow, it looks like 3 for California, 2 for Michigan, and one each for some other states.
I wonder what the league table for number of Nobel or other top academic/scientific prizes earned for work done at the university looks like, and ditto for prizes won by people who got their bachelors degree there. That would give weight to some of the more amateur teams -- last weekend Cal Tech ended a 207-game basketball losing streak over 11 years; next target is a 245-game losing streak in the local conference.

(Why are some leagues called conferences?)

Posted by: LTL-CA | January 9, 2007 2:05 AM | Report abuse

congrats on the gator win!

and if a certain so-cal team hadn't beaten a certain other so-cal team...
;-}

Posted by: L.A. lurker | January 9, 2007 3:06 AM | Report abuse

Ohhhhhhhh...
I'm boodlin' nekkid, and I don't care!
I'm boodlin' nekkid, and I don't care!
I'm boodlin' nekkid, and I don't care!
My observing run is done!

Not that we ever observed anything. We never even managed to open the dome. Chased from the mountain each night by freezing fog (can you call it ground fog at the top of a mountain?).

Tomorrow, we finish packing equipment and cleaning the messes we made (not much left to do), then we head down to Hilo. We weren't sure, when we booked our flights, how much work we would have to do after the run. Turns out, it was only about 4 hours. So, we are stuck with having to spend two unnecessary days in Hawaii, at sea level, drinking drinks with little umbrellas, eating fine sashimi and other good stuff. It would be a lot better if my family were here, I admit, but maybe I can do some anticipatory Christmas/Hannukah shopping (plus, I have one person left for this year. Oh, the shame). For dining in Hilo, I HIGHLY recommend the Hilo Bay Café, which appears to be just part of a crummy outdoor-mall food court. Also, Miyo's, right next to a wretched karaoke bar. GRRREAT food at both places, less expensive at Miyo's.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 9, 2007 3:10 AM | Report abuse

both my alma maters made the championship list. just had to share.

sci-tim, congrats on finishing the gig. have fun with the rest of your stay.

Posted by: L.A. lurker | January 9, 2007 3:23 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, my friends. I'm up early, and reading the Achenblog. And I'm sure all is right with the world, that is JA's world because of the win last night in football. That is the first thing one notices when tuning into the Washpost page. Congratulations, Joel, and to your team.

Morning, Mudge, and all.

Will try and walk just a bit this morning. It is cold, the balmy days of summer gone. I haven't walked in awhile, so I will go slow this morning. I am really looking forward to it, although I will wait for light. Pat, hope to have a sky report for you.

Please forgive my whining yesterday, and my indulgence of friendship. A lot has been going on here, and in other places that has impacted me and my community. The killing of the minister's wife, and then the sentencing of her husband, which many of us here don't understand. Of course, none of this is your responsibility and has absolutely nothing to do with you.

I do enjoy my visits here, and it is because of your "smartness and ability to broach any subject". I learn and that is exactly what I am suppose to do. And if I bring a "coloring book mentality to the table" that surely is not your fault. Forgive me if I offended anyone. It certainly was not my intention.

It's a new year, and here I am attempting to start out with the old year. Bad on me. And besides, it is not about me, anyway. God through Christ bestows his gifts and blessings on us for one reason, and that is to build up his kingdom, and to love one another as He(Christ) loved us.

If I love you, I want good things for you. I mean you no harm, and want only to bless you. Have a good day, my friends. May the blessings of God impact your lives mightly, and may you all come to know that God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Posted by: Cassandra S | January 9, 2007 5:16 AM | Report abuse

I watched the game with my 9 year old son. Whenever I got up to get a beer, more salsa, dip..., when I came back, I noticed my son had changed the channel to pro wrestling.

I'm ashamed to admit it, but my son prefers wrestling over football.
Where did I go wrong?

Posted by: Pat | January 9, 2007 5:20 AM | Report abuse

Hi Cassandra!

Posted by: Pat | January 9, 2007 5:23 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, Pat & Cassandra, and everybody else when you wake up--

Congratulations, Joel, on the success of your beans strategy. There are going to be some very happy people at my office today.

Pat, thank you again for creating and sharing Boodlepop. I had a lot of fun playing with it this weekend and I've almost got the questionnaire responses loaded into a spreadsheet, which I will get online sometime soon.

Posted by: kbertocci | January 9, 2007 6:33 AM | Report abuse

Although this has become a "double venti" morning, it was worth it to watch that game. I haven't enjoyed college football this much since the days of Coach James and the Huskies. And I hope the Achenbach Offspring eventually appreciate the deep and profound cultural significance of this historic event.

Posted by: RD Padouk | January 9, 2007 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Morning, Cassandra! Hey everybody!

Frost looks like a young snow, as my father used to say. But I'm going to walk here in a bit anyway.

Congrats to the Gaters. Their quarterback is a local kid of whom we are very proud. His high school team won the state championship for the umpteenth time in a row back before Christmas. Outstanding football players, the Leak brothers.

Wish I liked football.

Posted by: Slyness | January 9, 2007 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Re. Mudge's 12:03 AM: Uncle Sam may trust you with the keys, but he takes a mighty dim view when you dent a fender, especially on one of the expensive rides.

bc

Posted by: bc | January 9, 2007 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Good Morning, Cassandra!

bc

Posted by: bc | January 9, 2007 8:24 AM | Report abuse

RIP Iwao Takamoto. He created Scooby-Doo, Astro from the Jetsons, Mutley, etc.

Posted by: Error Flynn | January 9, 2007 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Ruh-roh... *SIGH*

RIP, Iwao.

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2007 8:42 AM | Report abuse

GO GATORS!

Posted by: orton | January 9, 2007 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Have very little time to boodle these days, so just a quick drive-by this morning.

Joel, great win by the Gators. I almost changed the channel after the first Ohio State touchdown, thinking they would be the author of the blowout. Wow am glad I didn't.

Cassandra, let me add my voice to those asking you to stay. You add a thoughtfulness that would be missed greatly. And believe me you're not the only one who feels they have little to offer to some of the discussions!

TBG, found your card among the detritus in my purse. I'll be in touch.

Martooni, you have to issue humor warnings! I almost snorted yogurt on my screen yesterday thanks to you.

mo, loved your "user" stories, especially the Username phool. Sad to say, I believe I may have created a story or two myself over the years. I shall try to do better. Although Raj at Verizon on-line help who had the typing speed (and accuracy) of a chimpanzee typing with his toes deserved what he got.

Posted by: Raysmom | January 9, 2007 8:47 AM | Report abuse

New kit. You'll never guess what it's about.

Posted by: Achenbach | January 9, 2007 8:51 AM | Report abuse

The Hokey Pokey?

bc

Posted by: bc | January 9, 2007 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Good to see you, Raysmom!! *waving*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | January 9, 2007 8:56 AM | Report abuse

It's been so busy at work and home that I can only squeak in a quick quip here and there. Very sorry, but the only thing that I know 'bout Gators is what I learned when I was stationed in the Coast Guard in Miami. I lived in Homestead, Fl., and occasionally, gators would saunter out of the nearby drainage ditches and sun themselves right in the middle of your very own residential street.

So, unless you * wanted * your kids or pets eaten, you'd hop in your car, drive over to the gator and yell, "Go, Gator. Go home. Go on, go tell you mother she's looking for you." You didn't yell, "Go GatorS" unless there was more than one. They knew their grammar rules, ya know, no matter WHAT color their helmet was.

And, if you just walked up to a gator and yelled "Go, Gator(s)" with nothing between you and the gator but your thong .... well, like, hilarity would not ensue, unless you were the gator.

Posted by: Don from I-270 | January 9, 2007 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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