T. Boone’s line on UGA-OSU: Cowboys by 363 points

I’ve picked Georgia to lose to Oklahoma State by 10 points. T. Boone Pickens, who has more money than Arthur Blank and I put together, likes Georgia to lose by 363 points.

When I read T. Boone’s “predicted” score of 387-24 in a post by Terrance Harris on Fanhouse — thanks to observant reader Dink for the tip — my first thought was that the oil wildcatter has obviously been scouting Willie Martinez. But after reading Dave Sittler’s original column in the Tulsa World, I’m not sure this was an actual prediction. Sittler used the word “requested,” which is a bit different.

Example: I would like to request that Mr. Pickens give me 165 million bucks, but I’m not predicting he will.

T. Boone is 81. (He and the fourth Mrs. Pickens traveled to Athens in 2007 when OSU lost to the Bulldogs. Both Boone — his pals drop the “T” — and Madeleine spent some time in the press box. They seemed nice.) Three years ago the oilman gave the OSU athletics department $165 million. The refurbished edifice Georgia will enter on Sept. 5 is, you’ll be shocked to discover, named Boone Pickens Stadium.

TBP is already on record as believing his Cowboys will enter their regular season finale against Oklahoma unbeaten. Sittler quotes Pickens thusly: “I know I stuck my neck out in that Tulsa World column when I said we’re going to be 11-0. And I still believe that’s what we’re going to be, but it’s going to be tough getting there. We have to beat Georgia first if we’re going to be 11-0, so I think we’re going to win that game.

You’ll also be shocked to know I have some experience being on the wrong end of a projected blowout. I picked the Rams to beat the Patriots 42-3 in Super Bowl XXXVI, and the Patriots not only beat my 39-point spread but won the doggone game. So now I’m thinking T. Boone might have jinxed his ‘Boys. And, since I’ve also picked OSU, jinxed me.

Great, I say. Just great. Give a guy $3 billion and he thinks he owns the world.

(Oh, and here’s another column on T. Boone, this by Jenni Carlson of the Oklahoman. If her name rings a bell, there’s a reason. Her column provoked the infamous Mike Gundy rant, for which we should all be eternally grateful.)

278 comments Add your comment

Mark Bradley

August 21st, 2009
5:13 am

dufferdawg

August 21st, 2009
5:23 am

if someone wrote a blog…and no one responded…was it every really written?!

dufferdawg

August 21st, 2009
5:28 am

OSU won’t be able to score a ton of points like everyone thinks…Ga is going to use the 3 yards and a cloud of one dollar bills (I heard that is what the field was lined with) offense !

RobertNAtl

August 21st, 2009
5:48 am

C. Strickland

August 21st, 2009
6:26 am

I’m happy with a fifth!

Bill

August 21st, 2009
6:45 am

Wow. That would be an 0-2 start for the dawgs.

jp

August 21st, 2009
6:52 am

low blow on Willie Martinez.

Spike

August 21st, 2009
6:55 am

Blah, blah, blah. We heard the same talk about Boise State in 2005 and Okie State two years ago. How did that work out? Oh, by the way, what is CMR road record? Dawgs by 14.

Oily Feathered Friends

August 21st, 2009
6:55 am

Does anybody else think oil spills/accidents are funny??

JB

August 21st, 2009
7:04 am

Dawgs will shock the world in Stillwater. Nobody, and i mean nobody has given them a chance.
Dawgs win 35-24……….Okie St. defense is like our scout team. Dawgs will score at will. Georgia will double team Dez and bring heat. Ol line for them sucks and Dawgs will take advantage. load up on the Vegas and win some easy money. It won’t be close.

Warren Peace

August 21st, 2009
7:05 am

First windmills all over the Plains, now OSU by 363 points. Could Mr. Pickens mind be slipping a bit.

Gordon

August 21st, 2009
7:07 am

It’s actually 373 points, Mark (397 – 24). I would hate for someone to lose a bet because of poor arithmetic.

dawgstephen

August 21st, 2009
7:09 am

WAIT WAIT!!!! Mark Bradley did you say YOU have picked OK State too??

Thank you.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

poopdawg

August 21st, 2009
7:15 am

Mark i will take the points and place a hairy million on that , yes sir . Win or lose it will be a battle. It is not a must win game , just keep florida out of the sec champ game and keep the cowboys within 362 pts and i’m a happy man

Topp Dogg

August 21st, 2009
7:20 am

Im a man! Im forty!

MFM

August 21st, 2009
7:21 am

I’ll take “Funny Looking Windmills” for $165 million T-Boone….and the Dawgs by two scores.

Love the Retro Falcons Uniforms!

August 21st, 2009
7:22 am

I’m a Tech fan, but I’m with the dawgs on this one…31-20. T. Boone, T. Boone, Shlalalalalalalalalala T. Boone.

Top Dawg

August 21st, 2009
7:23 am

Love the Willie Martinez comment – sad, but true. Oh for missed opportunity of hiring John Chavis last season………………………………………..

BullDawg Rick

August 21st, 2009
7:29 am

When great things are expected of the Dawgs, we seem to disappoint.. When not much is expected, & we’re flying under the radar, we suprise folks & have a much better season… Dawgs go to Stillwater & pull out the W!!! 31 – 20

Nativebird

August 21st, 2009
7:38 am

Asking Boone Pickens to predict a football score is like asking Arthur Blank to run a football team; both should leave it to the professionals.

chazzo

August 21st, 2009
7:39 am

Boone Pickens: the Steinbrenner of college football. He is proof that all the money in the world doesn’t make you right.

Habersham Dawg

August 21st, 2009
7:42 am

20th. Also, when a billionaire predicts a winner in a college football game, and he’s not able to buy off the other team, I’m just saying, I like UGA’s chances.

Jack Schitt

August 21st, 2009
7:44 am

Bradly, I knew you were a numbnuts when you predicted UT to go 4-8 this year. But at least I thought you had better command of the English language. Guess you are a numbnuts there too.
“T. Boone Pickens, who has more money than Arthur Blank and I put together” It should be “more money than Arthur Blank and ME”….why don’t you take some time off and come back in early January so you can write about UT’s BCS game. While you are off, you might want to study the English language…NUMBNUTS!!!

OrlandoDawg

August 21st, 2009
7:45 am

I simulated the game on NCAA 2010 last night and OSU took us 33-30 in OT. Should I be happy with that?

Smarty

August 21st, 2009
7:45 am

Over-rated DC’s : John Chavis, Mickey Andrews, Will Muschamp, B. Van Gorder.

Eddie

August 21st, 2009
7:47 am

“I’ve picked Georgia to lose to Oklahoma State by 10 points. T. Boone Pickens, who has more money than Arthur Blank and I put together, likes Georgia to lose by 363 points.”

That’s “Arthur Blank and ME.”

Can’t count AND used poor grammar. Whatta a sportswriter!

Jim

August 21st, 2009
7:49 am

Now do you believe me when I tell you Mr. Bradley is really Terrence Moore.

Lilburn Dawg

August 21st, 2009
7:49 am

I’ll take that spread any day…….how much does he want to bet????

Jack

August 21st, 2009
7:54 am

Another undeserved cheap shot at Willie Martinez from someone who doesn’t know the half the Xs and Os of Martinez

Adunk

August 21st, 2009
7:55 am

Your “logic” in today’s paper is confusing…UGA will lose to Okie St, but beat Arkansas…who will then beat the Pokes in the Cotton Bowl?

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

August 21st, 2009
7:56 am

With his money, he is able to buy UGA off

Dangerous

August 21st, 2009
8:01 am

The thought that Okl St D is going to be so much better is just crazy. Yeah, Gary Gibbs came to GA and turned Donnan’s D around from like 80 or 90 something the previous year to the high teens or 20 something the next year, but he had talent and depth to work with. Okl St has a little talent but no depth and a gutted secondary. I just don’t see it! My prediction is that GA’s D is going to be suffocating and the O is going to shuffle in all those linemen and pound the ball to eat up clock. They will get yards in the air as well. I’ll take GA -6 to win the game by at least 10 pts and T BOONE should do the same and get back some of his money.

Gen Neyland

August 21st, 2009
8:01 am

Dear T.Boone Pickens, I’d like you to meet Ted Turner. Ted won a boat race once by using the power harnessed from the wind. Together, maybe ya’ll could pair up to become the next ‘Wild and crazy guys’. And on your prediction of the UGA -OK ST game, T. Boone, lay off the Peyote Buttons. Your pal, Gen Neyland

ForTheRecord

August 21st, 2009
8:02 am

For those saying it is not a must win game are crazy. Losing the opening game tends to lead to mediocrity or worse. It might be OK to lose a close game against an elite team like UF, OU, TEX or USC but lose to a middle of pack Big 12 team certainly will show that the Dawgs are middle of the pack or worse in the more rugged SEC. Lose to OSU and we could certainly be in danger with South Carolina, Vandy, Kentucky and Tennessee. Win this game…and we likely beat all four of these others and are top tier with the LSU, Ala., and UF.

leland

August 21st, 2009
8:02 am

Dear Mr. MB–congrats on being first. And note that Jack Schitt is full of it as far as grammar is concerned and likewise Eddie. Your pal, Leland

BIG UGLIES WIN GAMES!!!

August 21st, 2009
8:08 am

If OSU has 397 yards of total O I will be surprised!! CWM say what you will(funny how no one said anything bad about him in 2007) and Rennie will not let it happen…Just think how good Rennie will be this year with Geno and Jeff in the middle of that line…He will be scary good….

Jack Schitt

August 21st, 2009
8:09 am

leland….you are obviously a MORON like Bradley. You are obviously a UGA graduate since you don’t know correct use of “I” and “me”. You and Bradley should get together, drink some PBR, and talk about “dem dogs”. Both of you are numbnuts!

Top Dawg

August 21st, 2009
8:09 am

Guys: MB’s grammar is correct. His math may be a little shaky, but MB has it right when he writes “I”, not “me.”

ozzfest

August 21st, 2009
8:13 am

I wish I could get close enough after the game to stuff my $100 ticket down Boone’s throat.

I attend 8-10 UGA games every year for the last 25 years, I can assure you Oklahoma State has NO chance of winning this game. Joe Cox is going to slice the Cowboys to pieces with a precise short passing game, then bury them with a couple of bombs to AJ and TK.

Pee-Pee on Pistol Pete.

yellow fuzz

August 21st, 2009
8:15 am

georgia will be 0-3 when they finally win against Arizona State. BANK on it!

georgia will be 5-6 when Tech ends their pathetic season. The only bowl game you azzholes will see for a while is the g-day bowl in the spring. Losers.

Grammar Lesson

August 21st, 2009
8:17 am

Uh, guys, his grammar was correct in that sentence, so don’t get too excited or you are the ones looking foolish. Here we go:

The reason it is correct to say, “…who has more money than Arthur Blank and I put together” as opposed to “me,” is because “than” signals that this portion of the sentence is functioning as an adverbial dependent clause within the larger relative clause describing Pickens. As such, this clause has as its subject “Arthur Blank and I” and an understood “do” as its verb. In other words, the full thought of the sentence is:
“T. Boone Pickens, who has more money than Arthur Blank and I [do] put together, likes Georgia to lose by 363 points.” If you used the objective pronoun “me” instead of the subjective “I,” you see how incorrect that is.
Sure, most of us would say, “He has more money than me,” but that is wrong; it should be “than I.” Just because most of us don’t speak that way doesn’t make it wrong.
Similarly, people often end sentences with prepositional phrases, and they usually confuse who and whom when asking questions whose verbs take direct objects, such as, “Whom did Pickens pick to win the game?”
Now before you call me a Tech fan, I’m a UGA History Major, class of 06, and I love football and dislike Mark Bradley.

See, they actually enforced proper grammar when we wrote papers at my fine Alma Mater, and I don’t want ignorant Dawg fans sullying our reputation.

coach joe

August 21st, 2009
8:19 am

ut bcs ha ha ha ha

Dangerous

August 21st, 2009
8:20 am

A missed opportunity on hiring Chavis? Are you smoking crack. He could not stop a 3rd string QB at UCLA last year. You want him to come here and p-r-e-v-e-n-t GA from winning. On second thought, does Cutcliff come with the package?

red5.ws

August 21st, 2009
8:22 am

Another jab at Willie, probably based on the Alabama, Florida, and Ga. Tech games from last year. Might want to take a look at how the offense and special teams faired on those games as well. Not to mention the penalties on both sides. Anyone blaming Willie is not doing their homework.

Osalami with Cheese - Smoltzie's alter ego

August 21st, 2009
8:23 am

I like the guy at the end of the video… he’s trying not to laugh.

truth

August 21st, 2009
8:25 am

ACC 6-4 vs “rugged” sec 2008

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Dangerous

August 21st, 2009
8:27 am

Yellow Fuzz the DAWGS are going to spank that ass and you can BANK on that. Johnson will have a coronary as he’s ripping a Tech player’s head off!

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 21st, 2009
8:36 am

Fleabags start the season getting blown out, and finish the season getting blown out.

6-6 for the mutts.

Combined two scores 114 to 21.

PMC

August 21st, 2009
8:38 am

somebodys been huffing natural gas.