Notre Dame

manginothinnerdays1.jpgThe World’s Worst Prognosticator (that’s me) only managed to go 3-1 last week by not actually prognosticating. Really, it was a totally random finger to the computer screen. And I almost went 4-0 had the coach at Troy not called timeout 3 times in the last 30 seconds of the game to get one more touchdown and the cover.


So I raise my record to a pathetic 6-18. I’m almost disappointed that I couldn’t manage to go 0-4 a third straight week but, again, I actually took myself out of the equation. And the two games that Gabe Kaplan’s Stylist picked that I contemplated doing, I went 0-2 on. So, I might have pulled it off had I tried, but that would have required effort and stuff.

Anyway, it’s pretty clear what to make of what I say. So with that in mind…

Play in traffic. Take candy from strangers. Invest on stock tips found on the Internet. Share a needle with Keith Richards. Go hunting with powerful politicians. Have unprotected sex next time you’re in Estonia.

More bad advice after the jump. And this week, like guys with no stamina, it comes early. (more…)


fuckthisguy.jpgNotre Dame has been BC’s bitch for, well, all of this century as the kids from Chestnut Hill have taken five of the last six from the Irish. So naturally ND responded the only reasonable fashion: they took the Eagles off the schedule. (Oh and Kevin White, now that Tom O’Brien is gone, this might actually prove to have been a pretty bad idea).

While the recent lack of success against our brethren Catholics has been frustrating to say the least, the lingering resentment for Irish fans goes back to the 1993 game. Really, beating Bob Davie and Ty Willingham? Big deal. Spoiling that season? Still stings right here. (more…)

search.jpgThis is going to be totally self-indulgent (like blogging isn’t to begin with). But Kermit the Blog had its Best Day Ever this week.

It wasn’t on traffic. Probably barely broke triple digits for the day. But one of the nice things about WordPress is that is gives you a decent view of the incoming links to your site—where and how people found you. I generally don’t get much traffic from search engines. It’s even a stretch to equate “eight” with “don’t get much” (see screen shot). In web traffic terms “eight” equals “zero.” But some poor bastard found this little corner of the virtual world by searching for “Stan Smagala.” (more…)

oldman.jpgMy dad is a total pain in the ass.

That’s him there. He looks harmless enough, but, if I’m meeting him somewhere, he calls me 7 times in the 10 minutes just prior to confirm exactly where we are getting together. He reminds me over and over to do things that I long since mastered as a quasi-adult. If you’re flying somewhere with him, be prepared to get to the airport between 3 and 4 hours ahead of time. Slightly disconcerting behavior from someone who is literally a rocket scientist.

My dad worked on the both Apollo and the Space Shuttle programs, and did so while holding down his full-time as a professor of aerospace engineering. This is made all the more comical as he is a Luddite of sorts. (more…)

It’s never too early to talk college football. Never.

Even if the calendar say it’s barely summer, fall cannot get here fast enough. So over the next two weeks or so, Kermit the Blog will count down the 10 Easiest Schedules of the 2007 College Football season. We’re aiming for one a day (weekday), but we’re lazy, so it might take longer. Thankfully we’ve got time.


#10 Notre Dame

With two of their first three on the road at Ann Arbor and Happy Valley and a mid-season stretch that includes at UCLA, before coming home to Boston College and USC, the Irish have their traditional cake walk to another undeserved BCS bowl invitation.

Okay, that’s just a teensie bit of sarcasm, but the Irish got abused for their 2006 schedule seemingly because it had all three academies on it, as well as some craptastic North Carolina and Stanford teams.

So there’s likely to be some piling on in 2007 again simply because two of the three academies are on the slate again along with Duke. And Duke is bad (0-12 in 2006). What makes it look even worse is that those are back-to-back-to-back opponents and happen to be at end of the seasons. So if and when it gets to bowl talk, the cupcakes will seem freshly consumed by Weis and Co., and the talk will start again. (more…)