A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Thursday, November 28 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-11-28 11:00:12 GMT
Well, it's that time of year again - the obligatory "I'm Thankful for" piece every so-called "journalist" is required to submit to their Editor. TLK is no different. 1. TLK is thankful for the opportunityMore >>
The Line King concludes another year of harshly worded critiques and surprisingly accurate assessments of college football performances. More >>
Thursday, November 21 2013 12:00 PM EST2013-11-21 17:00:32 GMT
(RNN) - College football is a game of emotions. Players are emotional – most actually play for the love of the game, not dreams of an NFL career and a fancy car with giant chrome wheels. CheerleadersMore >>
Friday, November 8 2013 3:25 PM EST2013-11-08 20:25:07 GMT
(RNN) - Well, this is about the fifth weekend of "Game of the Century" match-ups this season and I, for one, am tired of "Games of the Century". "Games of the Century" should be limited to one per century.More >>
How many Games of the Century were there last century? Bunches.More >>
Friday, November 1 2013 12:03 PM EDT2013-11-01 16:03:37 GMT
Week 10 Well, we're officially half-way through the regular College Football season and about 4 months away from pretending to crown a National Champion. Even though a large number of teams are takingMore >>
It's a weak week for college football, but a great one for horse racing. Embrace what's beautiful, everybody.
(RNN) Thank goodness for the SunBelt! I had warned my old editor friend Skeeter Brown that picking nothing but $EC games was a road to ruin and the first week of picks has left me feeling like a Civil War minie-ball is lodged in a lower limb.
I can still function, but at some point ol' Saw Bones will be pulling out his tool of trade and handing me a stick to chew on and that's not a very good feeling. It's sad when you have to rely on SunBelt teams to pick you up off the mat, but they helped me break even and I thank them for that.
Special thanks to Skeeter for editing out last week's Tulane pick, one of the few I got right. But that's the breaks in this business. Word to the wise, Tulane might be a team to watch out for – not to win a ton of games, but Curtis Johnson will have his team playing above their talent level most of the season
This week, I favor all teams that wear purple – in case of a tie (Washington v. LSU), I go with the more attractive cheerleaders.
Saturday, Sept. 8
Georgia State at Tennessee, TBD, PPV
After last week's triumph, Big Orange fans have returned to their usual delusional state of mind. They will see Bill Curry on the sidelines and think they are playing Bammer. And come on Double D, how about tucking in your shirt! This is the $EC, not the fraternity flag football league. Forget this game exists.
Auburn at Mississippi State (-3), Noon ET, ESPN
A noon kick-off the first weekend in September in Starkvegas cannot be good for anyone. I think it qualifies as a level of hell in Dante's Inferno. I'll take the Bulldogs (Maroon is kind of like purple) – guessing that they won't find a way to lose to Barn this year.
East Carolina (+22.5) at South Carolina, 12:21 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Here is another game that could have a number waaaay out of line. SoCar is only 3-5 versus the Pirates the last eight games. I am wearing purple and taking ECU.
Florida at Texas A&M (-1.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Wow, Florida is a road dog to the 12th Man – who have been yell-practicing since last May. I am sure that $EC Death Star homers are all over Florida, so I'll go with the Aggies.
Western Kentucky at Alabama (-40.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Bammer proclaims dominance over the SunBelt – again. The Crimson Tide has played every SB team, with the exception of one … Lots of red uniforms in this game. Take the Tide and get another national championship tattoo.
UTEP (+7.5) at Ole Miss, 7 p.m. ET, FSN
In an attempt to relive its glory years, Old Mississippi re-enacts the 1967 Sun Bowl…oh yeah, they lost that game. Mike Price gets busted for yelling "Roll Tide Roll" in The Grove. Orange and Blue combine to create something similar to purple, so take the Miners.
Washington at LSU (-23.5), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
This is one of only two games worth attending on the ol' Agriculture & Mechanical College's home schedule – look it up. Next week? Idaho. Take the Purple Tigers.
Louisiana-Monroe (+30.5) at Arkansas, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Another case of 4 million Hog fans taking the Hogs and about 10 ULM fans taking the War Birds. Another upper-half SunBelt team getting a ton of points, so take them – and Maroon is almost purple.
Kent State (+7) at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. ET, CSS
Seriously, outside of Old Mississippi what $EC team would only be a 7-point favorite over a MAC school? If you are insane enough to care about this game, take the Golden Flash and hope they don't run in the wrong direction.
Georgia at Missouri (+3.5), 7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN2
I actually drove to Athens and put a "For Sale" sign in Richt's yard; next Monday the moving trucks start showing up. Georgia is like the $EC version of Oklahoma State – just not good enough. Take Mizzou.
Vanderbilt at Northwestern (+3.5), 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Last week, the Vandy fan was oh so close to achieving glory. What excuse are Death Star fans going to have after a Big Ten team stomps an $EC team? Actually, both these teams don't count. Take the purple.
Louisiana-Lafayette at Troy (-3) 8 p.m. ET, No TV
OK, so here is Troy again. My thoughts are nobody cares about this game outside of Pike County, Alabama and Larry Blakeney has NEVER lost a home opener AND that includes games against Marshall, Missouri and Oklahoma State (two were ranked in the Top 25). So ride the Trojans until they break and give the 3 points.
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Friday, December 6 2013 1:35 PM EST2013-12-06 18:35:45 GMT
(RNN) - As the curtain falls on the BCS era, the college football championship picture is, as usual, a colossal mess. But change is in the wind and relief is in sight. Sort of. Next year the championshipMore >>
This will be the last year for the much-criticized Bowl Championship Series, which has produced college football national championship games since 1998. The new College Football Playoff will be just as controversial, but much, much more lucrative. Here's a look at what the future holds.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 12:18 PM EST2013-12-04 17:18:08 GMT
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One year after they were forgotten and looked down upon, Missouri and Auburn provide an intriguing matchup in the SEC Championship Game.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 6:44 PM EST2013-12-03 23:44:02 GMT
Currently both versions of the Tigers are on the outside looking in at the BCS national championship. The question is if either deserves to be there after a win in Atlanta.More >>
Currently both versions of the Tigers are on the outside looking in with undefeated Florida State and Ohio State taking the top two spots in the BCS standings. The question is if either deserves to be replaced in favor of the SEC champion. More >>
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