Beonard’s Losers — 2009, Week 8

This week’s predictions

I’m not very good at this, am I?  Halloween Party preparation (yes, I know it’s a week early, you’ll get over it) has kept me busy this week.  Next week I promise I’ll record the show, and maybe even have another blog post or two.

So let’s talk football.  Holy crap, did you know Purdue can actually play a full 60 minutes of football?  That hasn’t happened in a while, nor has a win against a ranked team.  Yay!  Also, I think Michigan State could pull off the upset against Iowa, but the past two weeks I’ve thought Iowa would lose and both times they’ve proved me wrong.  Maybe they’re a better team than I give them credit for?

In a manner similar to Iowa’s perennial owning of Penn State, I really wanted to pick BC over Notre Dame.  I just can’t see it happening this year, even though it would bring me much joy.

Aaaaand finally, TCU is undefeated, but they don’t have any wins against teams that I would call “good.”  BYU will get the upset, and I don’t even think it will be all that close.

Beonard’s Losers — 2009, Week 7

This week’s show (no recording this week, too busy with this)

I’m not even going to talk about Purdue football anymore.  As of this writing, we are just under 20 days from the start of basketball season.  I have to admit, though, it did warm my heart to see that IU lost so spectacularly.  I wasn’t as pleased with Michigan losing, although I’m normally not opposed to the idea.  I picked Iowa to be upset again this week, in the hopes that the Badgers will be a bit kinder to me.  I said earlier this season that Iowa isn’t as good as they seem to be, and I stand by that, although I’m quickly being made to look the fool.

On a happier note, I’ve discovered a Big Ten blog called “First and Big Ten“.  It’s been a great insight into the other teams around the conference, and a valuable reference when it comes time to write my Beonard’s Losers scripts.

Beonard’s Losers — 2009, week 6

This week’s show.

I’m rather proud of myself. For the first time in a long time I got the script for Beonard’s Losers written by Sunday night.  That’s a good thing, since I’ve included a Thursday game into the mix this time.  Of course, being done ahead of time doesn’t really help if I don’t record it until Thursday evening.  Oh well, baby steps.

At this point, I’d normally talk some about last week’s games.  I’m not sure I can bring myself to do that in a way that would still leave this post family-friendly.  Purdue played one of the most awful games of football I’ve ever had the misfortune to watch.  It was an absolute travesty, and it’s not the first time this season that my beloved Boilers have folded.  I hate to place the blame on a coach that’s been in charge a full 5 games, but there’s clearly some problems in the program.  There’s talent on the field, we’ve seen it (just never for an entire game).  Our big problems are mental errors, and at some point you have to say “well the coach just doesn’t have them well prepared.”  I wanted to say that Purdue will beat Minnesota this weekend.  I think they’re certainly capable of it, but I can no longer pick them to win until they’ve shown that they can.  Is it basketball season yet?

Beonard’s Losers — 2009, Week 4

This week’s show.

This time of the year can be a bit annoying.  Indiana fans seem to forget they have a lousy football team.  Granted, Purdue stinks on ice this year, but let’s look at IU. A game barely won against a 1-AA opponent, a game barely won by virtue of a lucky fumble recovery, and a game won against a team with a suspended starting quarterback.  As I told my mother-in-law earlier this week “let me know when you play a real team.”  IU fans, enjoy this now, and we’ll talk again in November.

Of course, the obnoxiousness of IU fans is magnified by the dismal performance of Purdue on Saturday.  That’s not intended to take anything away from Northern Illinois, they played a great game, but Purdue couldn’t be bothered to show up.  I mean, wow, what a really terrible game to watch.  It hurts all the more because it is the only game I missed in Week 3.  Perfect weeks are a bit hard to come by, and never seem to happen in conference play.

It is some consolation that I’m not the only one who didn’t have a perfect week.  Michigan State lost in South Bend for the first time in 16 years, Minnesota let California’s 4-game road slide come to an end, and USC had their annual inexplicable loss to an unranked team.

Beonard’s Losers, Week 3

This weeks show (with unshakable cold goodness)

A few big wins last week have shaken up the college football scene.  Who would have seen Houston upending top-5 Oklahoma State?  For the Big Ten conference, this week had several opportunities to regain some of the respect it used to have.  It didn’t go as well perhaps as commissioner Jim Delaney would have liked, but there were some good games.  Purdue nearly upset Oregon in Eugene, Michigan defeated Notre Dame, Indiana managed to not lose to Western Michigan, Iowa dismantled Iowa State (I thought that game would be much closer).  On the other hand, Ohio State lost to USC (but in a quality game that bodes well for the rest of the season), Wisconsin took two overtimes to beat Fresno State, and Michigan State lost to an underrated Central Michigan squad.

So while the Big Ten at least managed to avoid any big embarrassments, there’s still plenty of football to be played, including this week’s games.

Technical notes: recorded with a headset this weekend, the audio quality is way better.  But the show doesn’t sound that great, due to my cold. Which is also why it is being posted less than an hour before the first games kickoff.  Sorries.

Beonard’s Losers – week 1

Finally, college football season is upon us.  With the recent cool weather here in Hometown, Indiana, it feels long overdue.  I kinda lost interest toward the end of last season, what with my team losing a lot and there being other things that I need to do.  So it’s been a while since I’ve been in character.  I feel a little rusty.

Astute fans will notice that I left out Towson at Northwestern.  Although I normally cover all the Big Ten games, that one just seemed far too inconsequential.  Of course, if Towson wins, then I’ll feel like an idiot.  In exchange, though, I did do Oregon at Boise State and Alabama at Virginia Tech.  Both of those games should be eminently watchable.

It should be noted that www.leonardslosers.com has been shut down.  The domain name still exists, but it does not appear to point to an available host.  This is truly a sad occasion for me. I grew up listening the the Leonard’s Losers broadcasts, and I recall being quite upset when I missed one.  I didn’t watch much football, but the voice and the humorous descriptions of teams and stadiums always entertained me.  Now that the authentic Leonard is gone (indeed, the original Leonard died ten years ago), I feel I should carry on the legacy, even if poorly.

So with that being said, here’s the link to this week’s rundown.  The MP3 is also available from that page.