College Football Open Thread

Check out this fat lazy bastard from last night:


I had to push him off the damned couch to get him to come to bed. If I hadn’t, as soon as my eyes closed he would be at the damned door bitching to get in.

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    germy says:

    The electoral college is full of good and wise electors?

    Trump has won 290 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232, with Michigan undecided, but Clinton is on pace to win the popular vote by at least 1 million ballots. Trump’s opponents are motivated by the outcome of the popular vote and by their contention that the businessman and reality TV star is unfit to serve as commander in chief.

    Just one elector so far has wavered publicly on supporting Trump.

    Texas Republican Art Sisneros says he has reservations about the president-elect, but not because of the national popular vote. He told The Associated Press he won’t vote for Clinton under any circumstance.

    “As a Christian, I came to the conclusion that Mr. Trump is not biblically qualified for that office,” he said.

    He said he has heard from ecstatic Clinton supporters and even supportive Republicans, but also from outraged Trump backers writing “threatening and vile things.”

    Sisneros signed a state party pledge to support the GOP’s standard-bearer, but that was before Trump was the official nominee. He said one of his options is to resign, allowing the state party to choose another elector.

    Electors are chosen by party officials and are typically the party’s most loyal members. Presidential electors are not required to vote for a particular candidate under the Constitution. Even so, the National Archives says more than 99 percent of electors have voted as pledged throughout the nation’s history.

    Some state laws call for fines against “faithless electors,” while others open them to possible felony charges, although the National Archives says no elector has ever been prosecuted for failing to vote as pledged. In North Carolina, a faithless elector’s vote is canceled, and he or she must immediately resign and be replaced.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Steve is a magnificent beast. Looks to me as though you might want to introduce him to the Furminator. Or at least give him a good currying. Winter is coming and that thick coat is going to mat.

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    Larkspur says:

    I’m sorry, I can’t think about football until I hear an update about Betty Cracker’s spidey bite. I’ve been looking in comments but haven’t found anything yet. Are you doing okay, BC?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I heard she was climbing the walls. Like, literally climbing the walls.

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    John Cole says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: He gets brushed every single day and then rolls around and messes it up.

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    Larkspur says:

    @Amir Khalid: OMG. I just finished my tea and have nothing to splatter on my keyboard. Betty, come down! You should be able to type even faster than before, on, like, four keyboards.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @John Cole:

    Oh, okay. Then he’s he’s just a dick.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Larkspur: Aw, I’m fine! Looks like I won’t develop any Spidey senses or superhuman abilities, alas.

    Just settling in to watch the Gators get trounced by LSU. Maybe we’ll pull off an upset. We’re still in the hunt for SEC East, and someone has to win the right to get crushed by ‘Bama…

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    Larkspur says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I’ll bet he just likes how it makes him look so butch.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Amir Khalid: I think she’s surfing on The Web. Too obvious, I know, but I couldn’t resist.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    She’s commenting a thread or two down.

    (Edit: Tried to link to her comment but messed it up.)

    (Edit edit: And I see she’s settled in here. Glad you’re fine, Betty!)

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    opiejeanne says:

    @John Cole: Steve’s a really big boy.

    The rolling around after being brushed sounds about right. Our Maine Coon Tommy did the same, after begging to be brushed.

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    Larkspur says:

    @Betty Cracker: Oh, thanks! I truly was worried.

    I have friends whose son is a sophomore at ‘Bama and yes he is happy. They visited him last weekend for parents’ weekend and had a great day at the game. It sure is a bunch of airline stops to get from NoCal to his campus.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Tough guy.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Kathleen: Don’t try and spin your way out of that one!

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    ….Gators get trounced by LSU. Maybe we’ll pull off an upset.

    Bruin here; I’ve never been less interested in a SC/UCLA game. This has the potential to be seriously ugly.

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    VFX Lurker says:


    …I love that cat. Thank you for posting this.

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    Larkspur says:

    @Corner Stone: Yeah, Kathleen, we’re keeping our eyes on you. All of our eyes.

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    Shell says:

    All this despair and depression over the past two weeks but its my dog, Katie, who’s been put on Prozac

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    Carolina Dave says:

    Undefeated Citadel blows into Chapel Hill today to face the Tar Heels.

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    MoxieM says:

    He’s like a cat version of my Newfie. People say, “do you brush her?” Um, d’oh, if I didn’t she would have dreadlocks, I promise. (She has some anyway.) Rasta dog.

    Beautiful animal. Man, would I love to have one residing here.

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    LM Alcott says:

    OT, but relating to the pic at the top of the post.

    Long time lurker, first time posting. Hi, everyone!

    The picture above persuaded me to delurk, as well as that event that occurred about 10 days ago. This community has been a lifeline for me for years. First when I was unemployed and looking for work from 2011 to 2013 and then after I got a good job with the state, and was finally able to buy a small house (thanks Obama!)

    In the middle of this campaign my family and I lost our miniature schnauzer to cancer. We went through two chemo treatments but finally had to let her go. We were very clear that we could not have any more companion animals — my hubbie and I are getting along in years and we plan to now be grandparents to our grown kids’ pets in the future.

    As part of the counseling she received to deal with the death of her beloved pet (sweetie was really my daughter’s dog) the counselor suggested we try fostering a pet. It was going to be a way of learning to deal with the loss of a beloved animal and moving on to the next one. I knew nothing of fostering except from this blog. This is where I first heard the term “foster fail.”

    So you can guess what happened. On our third foster cat we met Nikolai, a probably Russian Blue, absolutely gorgeous, and just the sweetest cat. A rescue from the streets and we were nursing him back to health. We were told this week that when he is completely healthy we can keep him. His presence has really helped the whole family get through this debacle we experienced on that Tuesday night. So thank you all for (unconsciously) preparing me to have a foster pet. This cat is a gift from God.

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    James Powell says:

    Spartans and My Beloved Buckeyes tied at the half. Even in a down year, Dantonio gives Meyer fits.

    There’s a light snow. Trying to remember the last time I saw a bona fide snow game.

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    phoebes from highland park says:

    Cole, don’t you dis that magnificent animal!!!! YOU should look half as good. By the way, your house is looking quite beautiful. You and your Dad are doing an excellent job. Just don’t dis the cat…

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Speaking of football, there’s been a lot of draws at the top of the English Premier league this weekend. Tottenham Hotspur are behind 0-1 to West Ham United, from a goal scored against the run of play. If this holds and Chelsea don’t win tomorrow, Liverpool will be level on points and goal difference with Manchester City but still ahead on head-to head result (and alphabetical order, too).

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    Kathleen says:

    @Corner Stone: @Larkspur: Cue Hall & Oats: “Spider Eyes. Are watching you. They see your every move”. I can “weave” 80’s Pop Music into any “thread”!

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    Arclite says:

    It would be awesome if the EC didn’t vote for Trump. Then both Dems and Repubs would be motivated to do away with it.

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    gogol's wife says:

    I’ve been enjoying this song one of my students brought to my attention, “Re: Your Brains.” I’m sure I’m way behind the curve on it, but it’s been giving me some chuckles.

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    Bumper says:

    @LM Alcott: What a wonderful story! Great outcomes for Nikolai and your family. It’s amazing all the effects this blog community can have 😊

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    J R in WV says:


    Really sweet pic of Tommy.

    Going to watch Big-12 football. Go “Eers!

    Some years ago we watched WVU beat Oklahoma soundly, while we were still in the Big East, before the big realignments that led WVU to the Big-12. I wasn’t particularly happy, but it look like it’s working out OK. I miss those Pitt games every year.

    So glad Penn State isn’t ever on our schedule, hoping to never play them in a bowl game either.

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    J R in WV says:

    @LM Alcott:

    Congratulations on the new cat! They are a blessing.

    And welcome to the wrecking crew! Don’t expect them (us) to cut you any slack just because you’re a beginner! Just don’t take any of it too seriously.

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    laura says:

    Big KiKi is Big!
    Havahd just lost to Yale, and the Big Game today will be Cal Stanford. Go Cal Band!
    LM Alcott, sometimes the worst of times and made bearable by the decision to cave into a critter. I got a naughty, sliggtly used weiniedog from the City Shelter when my mother’s dementia crashed our world. The insistant cheerfulness of NOW, always now kept me from profound despair and kicked my ass into the routine of caregiving in ways never before demanded.
    It’s a gift, this creature companionship.

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    JPL says:

    @LM Alcott: Now that you posted, the next step is send Anne a picture.

    Congrats to Mrs Crackers team.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    BULLDOGS! After nine straight defeats, and a 2-7 season, Yale finds a way to win, and away too, which never never happens. A beautifully played game made an old man, my dad, happy. And tomorrow, Newcastle United faces Leeds, and commemorates our beloved mutual player, Gary Speed. HOWAY THE LADS! That is one gorgeous cat.

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    J R in WV says:

    @laura: You’re crazy – – – the big game is Oklahoma at West Virginia, starting in about 10 or 12 minutes.

    And you’re quite right about the dogs and cats… they save us from ourselves, don’t they! There are dog shows on TV this time of year, you get to see all the ridiculous looking dogs that people have bred for. Quite fun in its strange way, for those who like that kind of thing.

    We prefer rescue dogs.

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    eataTREE says:

    Ha, ha.

    – Sooners fans

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