Contest results revealed! And much, much more!
First off, a slow clap and a wave of the foam finger to Jeff of One Man's Junk (Wax) for taking the top prize in the Bowl Pick 'em Contest. It was a very closely contested race, and the top two finishers actually didn't pick the correct winner (grr) in the title game. Let's just say it had a bit of a Jeopardy feel to it. Jeff joins hiflew (Belk champ) in the winner's circle and will receive a 2015 Topps Series 1 blaster for his troubles. The runner-up was reader Brandon who will receive a big old bag full of cards of the team/player of his choice. And finally, in the worst place was hiflew, proving that lightning can sometimes strike twice... but it's probably going to be fatal one of these days. (Please note that Unabashed Interest would have had the worst entry, but he did not make a selection for the championship game.)
The loser of the big game was Oregon, which was truly disappointing. I didn't have a huge reaction to it in the moment, but unfortunately I think this is going to be one of those slow burn things that I stew over for years. National championship contention can be a fickle thing in college sports, and the Ducks could easily never have another opportunity in my lifetime. They could also be in it next season, but who knows? All I know is that it flat out sucks, as a fan.
And now it's back to baseball, with the last of the 2005 Sweet Spot packs that I purchased a couple of months back.
29 - Manny Ramirez - It's Mr. Baseball, Manny himself! Hooray?
54 - Roger Clemens Platinum 32/99 - Well, Hall of Fame selections are still fresh in everyone's mind, and Clemens hasn't seen a sudden surge in popularity. It makes me wonder what would have happened if he had taken the Andy Pettitte/Jason Giambi route all along and been more forthcoming all along. I guess that's not in his nature, though. (Does anyone collect this guy?)
85 - Curt Schilling - Again, not the nicest guy in the world. People seem to be holding a variety of things against him, including his his lackluster years with the Phillies. And his "bloody" sock. And his craaaaaazy ideas. (And maybe that video game he financed that went down the toilet?)
30 - Paul Konerko - A baseball facial hair look that didn't end with the '90s.
22 - Derek Lowe - We saw him in a previous pack. I guess this is a small set.