Open Roads

It’s coming to the end of the first week of this month, and I’m flooded with thoughts about the future.  December always zips by.  A brand new year awaits.

It’s not only a brand new year, it’s the beginning of a brand new decade.  I remember when year 2000 came, the thought of being alive at the turn of the century was mind blowing.

We’re now entering the 3rd decade of this 100 years.  There’s so much to look forward to.  There’s so much to see, and so many places to go.  It’s really just amazing.

With 2019 coming to an end, I hope everyone’s year has been everything expected and better.  Now it’s time to take this base we’ve built, and build upon it.  Job changes, financial decisions, decisions regarding love and relationships, yes, we did take on a lot, but we were successful.

Once again, I’ll remind you of that picture with the little green plant growing through the bed of rocks (past article).  That’s what 2019 was, it was a rocky start.  It was high hopes, and a wonderful vision of what could be.  It was a new start on shaky ground.

🔥The door’s open now, the foundation is set, and all we need to do now is blaze this trail forward. 🔥


I tweeted today that I was tired of hearing about how fucked up the pension system is, how retirement for those of us born in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s is doomed, and how corrupt politicians are robbing us.  That may or may not be true, but I look to our elders for help with that.

I also tweeted that each and everyday we not only have an opportunity to create a life for ourselves, but we also have an opportunity to preserve and protect what we find for younger generations.

It would be amazing to know that our older generation didn’t fail us, and they didn’t let the system fall because they preserved what they found for us.

Just thinking out loud.

New year resolutions?  During 2020 I would really like to reestablish or rediscover my sense of self, and achieve a certain level of mental clarity.  Who am I? What have I become?  That’s where I’m starting.

How about you?  What are your plans for 2020?  What would you like to achieve?  What would you like to accomplish?  Remember, it’s not just another new year.  It’s the first year of brand new decade!  In the “Grand Design of Universal Time” that’s really significant.





Table Seven Top 6, NCAA College Football Week 14

Saturday, November 30th, will be the 14th week of the NCAA college football season.  It’s amazing how fast this season has gone, but then again, they always do.  Next week is “Conference Championship Weekend,” but let us not get too far ahead of ourselves.  Welcome to https://noozbuffet.com, and here is our Table Seven Top 6.

TABLE SEVEN TOP 6

  1. (2)OHIO STATE @ (13)MICHIGAN- It’s Ohio State versus Michigan!  Now that the Urban Meyer era is over, the Wolverines can wipe the slate clean and start fresh.  Last week OSU handed Penn State their second loss of the season in a 28-17 defeat.  Michigan beat a decent 7-3 Indiana team 39-14, a great warm up indeed.  Even though Michigan has two loses, it’s still number one versus number two in the Big 10 East.  Buckeye running back J.K. Dobbins now has 1,446 rushing yards, and Ohio State is ranked 7th in overall offense.  Personally, I don’t think Michigan has enough offensively to win this game.  If their defense can keep shit close and force some turnovers like Penn State did, maybe they have a shot?  Nah.  Not this year.
  2. (3)CLEMSON @ SOUTH CAROLINA- The Tigers and the GameCocks kickoff Saturday afternoon at 12 o’clock.  South Carolina is 4-7 overall, and they are coming back this week after losing to Texas A&M 30-6.  Clemson is still rolling strong and boasting that 11-0 record.  Clemson whooped up on a very good Wake Forest team 52-3 in their last action.  Clemson is averaging 46 points per game, and they’re ranked fourth in the country in total yards.  They got it going on, but….I mentioned earlier in the season that I didn’t think Clemson would finish their regular season without a loss.  This might be the week.  South Carolina shocks the world!!!
  3. (12)WISCONSIN @ (10)MINNESOTA- The Badgers are 9-2, and the Golden Gophers are 10-1.  Game time for this Big 10 matchup is 3:30, Saturday afternoon.  Minnesota got themselves caught up in that game against Iowa and lost 19-23, but of course they came back as we expected and beat up on Northwestern 38-22.  This is going to be a tough tough football game.  Action packed and hard hitting.  Both teams possess studs.  Wisconsin’s RB Jonathan Taylor has 1,685 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Minnesota’s WR Tyler Johnson has 66 catches for 1,025 yards and 10 touchdowns.  I think Minnesota has the better QB, but Jack Coan is still very capable of leading his team to victory.  For some reason I think Wisconsin steals this one on the road and gives Minnesota their second loss.
  4. (5)ALABAMA @ (15)AUBURN- Alabama is second in the country in points per game (48.5).  That’s a lot of points, but Auburn plays good defense.  I think it’s safe to safe if Alabama loses this week their playoff hopes are gone out the window.  It’s a must win for the Crimson Tide, while the fifteenth ranked Tigers who are 8-3 overall are pretty much playing spoiler at this point.  How are they ranked 15th with three loses?  Oh well.  I think it’s also worth mentioning Tua Tagovailoa has 33 touchdown passes this season with only 3 interceptions!  Alabama will probably win this game as expected, but Auburn scares me.  It will be close.
  5. TEXAS A&M @ (1)LSU- It’s Kellen Mond, and the 7-4 Aggies against the undefeated Tigers.  Texas A&M is a good football team, but they’re a middle of the pack program right now.  They need to get themselves to the next level, and that means beating the Georgia’s, Clemson’s, and LSU’s of the world.  It would be nice to see them win this game, but that’s not likely.  At least not this season.  LSU QB Joe Burrow is probably the best quarterback in the country this year, and the talent around him is outstanding.  I think LSU is the only team that’s capable of beating Ohio State this year.
  6. (9)OKLAHOMA @ (21)OKLAHOMA STATE- 8 o’clock Saturday night the state of Oklahoma will be rocking when the twenty-one ranked Cowboys play the ninth ranked Sooners.  Oklahoma is 10-1 overall and still has a shot at the playoffs.  With a win this week, and little outside luck, let’s say Michigan beats Ohio State, and Auburn beats Alabama, and they could find themselves in a position they never expected.  Stranger things have happened.  It will definitely not be a sure thing though.  Oklahoma State has won their last four games 💥💥🔥🔥🔥, and RB Chuba Hubbard is doing his thing (1,832 yards, 20 TD’s)!!!  Watchout Oklahoma!

Okay everyone, here are the top six games that will be on our radar this weekend.  I’d like to wish everyone a happy, food-filled Thanksgiving, and may you enjoy all the games this weekend.  This is our last Table Seven Top 6, and there won’t be a Feature Game Analysis this afternoon at 3 o’clock.  Thank you so much for following along this season.  It has definitely been a blast.  We’ll see you all in a couple of weeks for our final Top 7 rankings as we use our secret formula to give you the top seven teams in college football.  Just in time for the playoffs!


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Table Seven Top 6, NCAA College Football Week 13

Hello, and welcome to week 13 of the NCAA college football season.  There are two weeks left before conference championship weekend, so we’re coming to the end of the road here.  It has been a tremendous season, and this weekend won’t be any different.  This is NCAA College Football, and here is our Table Seven Top 6, six games that should be on your radar no matter what!  

  1. (10)Minnesota @ Northwestern- The Golden Gophers head to Illinois to play Northwestern Saturday, at 12 o’clock.  The WIldcats have struggled all season, and things won’t get any easier for them this week.  Expect Minnesota to avenge last week’s heart-breaker loss to Iowa in dramatic fashion.
  2. (8)Penn State @ (2)Ohio State- Penn State is on the road this weekend traveling to Columbus, Ohio to play the number two ranked Buckeyes.  This will be an emotional game for both teams with so much at stake as it is late in the season.  Ohio State should get their 11th win when all is said and done, and frankly, I think Penn State is in for a big surprise.  I’ll leave it at that.
  3. (6)Oregon @ Arizona State- The 5-5 Sun Devils are 14.5 point underdogs at home, and of course they are.  They’re playing Oregon.  The Ducks are playing good football right now.  Last week they beat Arizona 34-6, and they’ll get another win this week, but Arizona State has a lot of fight left.  Jayden Daniels will rally the troops and make it very difficult for the Oregon.
  4. TCU @ Oklahoma- Saturday night at 8 o’clock we’ll get to see the Sooner’s offense in action.  Yes, Oklahoma has the best overall offense in the country, and yes, they’re ranked 9th, and yes, they are 9-1.  I know TCU isn’t having the greatest season, but trust me, they’re not that bad.  Last week they won a close game against Texas Tech, which showed everyone they haven’t given up on themselves.  It’s one step at a time for the Horned Frogs.  Last week’s win put them at .500, and this week they try to get one game above it.  Look out Oklahoma!  Upset Alert is on high!
  5. (7)Utah @ Arizona- Arizona is coming back hopeful this week after getting beat down by Oregon 34-6, but the Utah is rolling with a six game winning streak.  Junior linebacker Devin Lloyd has 100 tackles this season, and Arizona will have a difficult time rushing the football with him lurking around the box.
  6. (25)SMU @ Navy- Navy is good this season, they’re 7-2 in case you didn’t know, but the question is, are they ready for SMU.  Memphis has a very good team (SMU’s only loss), but I think SMU should be undefeated right now.  SMU is one of the better teams in the country, and if Navy expects to stay in this game against the Mustangs, their defense must show up.

    Okay everyone, enjoy the rest of your week, and of course, NCAA College Football Saturday.  Congratulations to the Muhlenberg Mules.  The football team at Muhlenberg College (Division 3) finished their regular season 10-0!  They’re home this weekend, right here in Allentown, Pennsylvania, for their first round playoff game.   

A Whole New World 2

A whole new world has opened up to you because you chose to be honest with yourself.  Welcome.


Has someone said something to you or called you something that hurt you and pushed you into an argument because it wasn’t true?

You’re a racist.

You hate me.

You don’t care about your country.

“There’s a transition taking place from a material world view to a more spiritual world view, and civility is the first thing that goes out the window.  Those holding on to the old world view begin to cling to their obsessions with ever greater ferocity, until their beliefs become an ideology-a system of ideas that are no longer based on truth.  They’re based on the perceived idea that there’s an enemy out there threatening the world, and in such a dire situation, they fell it’s okay to give up on truthful democratic debate and legal procedure.  The political left and right are moving to extremes because each thinks the threat is so great from the other side, that extreme measures need to be taken.  It all self-reinforcing.  When people exaggerate the facts they abandon truth, and then the law of karma kicks in, and each side draws in their opposites, who are lying as well.  They fan each others’s flames.  What’s worse, is that those in the middle, are constantly being accused of being extreme by both sides, so gradually everyone tends to be pushed towards the extreme opposite poles.  The danger lies in this increasing polarization of political thought with more people moving to extremes everyday.  Either side can become violent or despotic.  Those in alignment must find a way to stand up to those in extreme ideologies.”

                                                                                                       –  James Redfield

I’m not asking you to believe this, and you might debate that there’s a transition actually taking place, but ask yourself if this excerpt from James Redfield’s “The Twelfth Insight” resonates true with you.  Some of us are on the other side of this already waiting for you to join.  “Yoohoo, we’re over here!”

 

 

Feature Game Analysis, NCAA College Football week 12

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful morning.  It’s 3 o’clock, and you know what that means.  It’s time for our Feature Game Analysis.  It’s NCAA College Football, and here is our selection.

Feature Game Analysis

Moravian @ Muhlenberg- It’s a Division III, Centennial Conference showdown this weekend, Saturday, November 16th, at Scotty Wood Stadium right here in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00.  The Muhlenberg Mules are a perfect 9-0 and look to finish their regular season schedule with one more win.  The Moravian College Greyhounds are 4-5.

Feature Game Pick

Muhlenberg  Mules 42

Moravian Greyhounds 13

Okay my friends, we’re picking Muhlenberg to win big this week, but as always, we shall see.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Enjoy all the games in all the divisions.

Table Seven Top 6, NCAA College Football Week 12

Alright everybody, welcome to week 12 of the college football season.  Don’t forget, it’s week 12, 13, and 14, and then, it’s conference championship weekend (week 15).  This is https://noozbuffet.com, and here is our Table Seven Top 6.

Table Seven Top 6

  1. (1)OHIO STATE @ RUTGERS- Well what can I say, I love the Buckeyes, and I’m from New Jersey.  The experts are calling this one a blow out, and maybe so, but it’s still agame of interest for me.  Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Do you think the Scarlet Knights can slow down Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins?  He now has 1200 yards on 166 attempts.  That’s 7.2 yards per carry!  Has anyone slowed down J.K. Dobbins?
  2. (9)OKLAHOMA @ (12)BAYLOR- Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm Saturday night, and the 9-0 Baylor Bears are expected to…?  Lose?  Well, they’re underdogs, but we’ll see.  Oklahoma slipped a little in the Top 25 rankings after losing to Kansas State, their only loss of the season, but they’re still ahead of Baylor.  Go figure.  At home Saturday night, Baylor will have something to prove.
  3. (17)MINNESOTA @ (18)IOWA-  After that huge upset win against Penn State last weekend, Minnesota shocked the masses, and continued their win streak to 9 games this season, but Golden Gophers beware.  Iowa is dangerous.  With three losses they’ve pretty much seen their playoff chances fade, but they still have what it takes beat Minnesota looking too far into the future after an emotional win.
  4. (6)GEORGIA @ (11)AUBURN- A classic SEC showdown between Georgia and Auburn is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3:30.  Georgia is 8-1 and ranked 6th nationally, but they still have a firm grip on first place in the East division.  Auburn (7-2) cannot afford another loss, and with a win this week, we’ll see a forgiving voter panel open up and welcome the Tigers back into the top 10 with open arms.
  5. (19)WAKE FOREST @ (5)CLEMSON- With Clemson having a #5 rank and Wake Forest a #19th, it seems like these two teams are worlds apart, but they’re not.  In the ACC Atlantic Division these teams are one and two.  Wake is two games behind Clemson in the conference, but the ball is in Wake’s court this week, meaning they can give the Tigers their first loss by handling their own business.  It will be difficult to win on the road here, but stranger things have happened.
  6. INDIANA @ (4)PENN STATE- I can’t believe Penn State is ranked four after losing to Minnesota last week, but I really can’t believe Indiana only has two loses.  Um, how many people knew Indiana was 7-2 overall?  They’re not even ranked, which makes them this week’s best kept secret.  If the Hoosiers pull off an upset this week, they can move right into a second place tie in the Big 10 East.

It’s only week 12, but once again we see the issue with the college football ranking system.  Don’t ask how a one loss Penn State team gets a #4 ranking, while an undefeated Clemson team keeps slipping and sliding to a #5 national ranking.  I do not know.  If there are other games on your radar we did not number, please write in and let us know.  We love the feedback.  Don’t forget to check back this afternoon at 3 o’clock for our Feature Game Analysis.  Check ya later!!!!

 

NCAA College Football 2019

Hey college football fans, here’s the scoop on how it’s going down for the rest of the 2019 season.  Today is Monday, November 11th, which means week 12 of the NCAA college football season is upon us.

We will continue our coverage (Table Seven Top 6, and the Feature Game Analysis) until week 14.  So, we have three more weeks and then it’s conference championship weekend. 

After week 15, conference championship weekend, we are going to use our special College Football Top 25 Playoff Ranking System, to present our Top 7.  That’s right!  Maybe you forgot, but it’s something we started last season because of all the frustration and confusion heading into Bowl Week.

Basically, we came up with our own way of ranking teams because issues can and will arise come Bowl time.  Usually, it’s a two loss team getting a better ranking than a one loss team or a team that went undefeated that’s the root of it all.

Without revealing our mathematical formula, I will say this; our system ranks first according to record.  So, it doesn’t matter where you end up in the Top 25 rankings, if you’re undefeated you will be at the top of our Top 7 Playoff Ranking System.  Whatever happens next, when for example, if two teams have one loss?  Well, leave that to us, but check in.  Let us know your opinion, and if you agree. 

Alright, I’ll see y’all Thursday morning, November 14th, at 6 o’clock for the Table Seven Top 6.  It’s NCAA college football week 12 coming up!  

Feature Game Follow Up, NCAA College Football Week 11

We called it.  I live in Pennsylvania, and I know there’s a lot of Penn State fans walking around right now with mouths open, but it happened.  This https://noozbuffet.com, and it’s NCAA College Football Week 11.

Feature Game Follow Up

(5)Penn State at (17)Minnesota

Both teams came into this game undefeated (8-0), and only one left that way.  Minnesota shocked the world of college football this weekend with a 31-28 upset win over the number five ranked Penn State Nittany Lions.

If you read the Feature Game Analysis than you already know we picked Minnesota to win this game straight up and cover the 6.5 point spread.  Minnesota was getting 6.5 so they did both.

Table Seven is now 5-4-1 versus the spread, but I gotta tell you something, I was so happy for Minnesota I forgot all about the spread.  The Golden Gophers are now 9-0 overall, and still in first place in the Big 10 West.  With Ohio State’s win over Maryland, the Buckeyes and Minnesota are the only two teams still undefeated in the Big 10.

Minnesota scored first when Tanner Morgan passed to Rashod Bateman for a 66 yard touchdown.  Penn State answered with a 45 yard touchdown run by Journey Brown.

Then it was Chris Autman-Bell’s turn as he caught a 21 yard touchdown pass from Morgan.  Penn State kicked a field goal, and it was a 14-10 score at the end of the first quarter.

The Golden Gophers remained in the lead for the rest of the game until the final whistle blew.  Penn State lead Minnesota in all offensive stat categories, but they lost the turnover battle (3 turnovers).

Minnesota’s QB Tanner Morgan was sensational (18-20, 339 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions).  That’s almost a perfect game.  WR Rashod Bateman was sensational (7 receptions, 203 yards, and 1 touchdown).  After Penn State scored in the first quarter at almost the 11 minute mark, Minnesota’s defense kept them out of the endzone until the final minutes of the third quarter.  That’s a tremendous defensive effort there.

Alright everyone I hoped you enjoyed this game.  It was fantastic.  We’ll see you all back here Thursday morning, November 14th, at 6 am for the Table Seven Top 6.  It’s NCAA College Football Week 12 coming up.