What do James Garner, Gene Hackman, Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon and Reese Witherspoon have in common?
Two things. First, if I were to list my 20 favorite actors and 20 favorite actresses, every one of those names would appear. Second, they all appeared in my least-favorite movie of all-time.
Couldn't wait to go see "Twilight" 10 years ago. Surely, with such a talented cast, this was sure to be a hit. I'd call it a swing and a miss but that would be giving it too much credit for effort.
I seem to remember it being something of a murder mystery, except that I didn't care who did it because the writers didn't bother to develop the characters enough to make any of them likable or despicable. Let them all go to jail for all I cared.
Forecasting a football team's prospects also requires more than just looking at names on a roster and deciding which team has the best names. In sports, some names blend together so well they form championship teams against all odds. The 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers come to mind. Others are stocked with talented names, from the coach to the last name on the bench, yet they fail to win the prize. The 2004 U.S. Olympic basketball team comes to mind.
Through the remainder of the Big 12 football schedule, we will find out where this Kansas team lies on that '88 Dodgers-to-'04 Olympians spectrum. My guess is it leans more toward the '88 Dodgers, which is why I haven't budged from my 8-4 preseason prediction.
On paper, the Colorado, Kansas State and even Nebraska games look like victories and the Oklahoma, Texas, even Texas Tech and Missouri games look like losses. That formula would compute to a 7-5 record.
Yet, with Todd Reesing having that magic quality of bringing out the best in players, the guess here is KU will win the games it should and upset one of the four teams ranked in the top seven in the nation.
Kansas 38, Colorado 28: My second premonition of the season - the first was forecasting a three-touchdown Week 1 for Dezmon Briscoe - foretells a garbage-time touchdown for the Buffs, which spoils the bet for those wagering on KU.
Texas A&M 31, Kansas State 30: What happens when a horrendous offense goes up against a Charmin-soft defense? The home team wins.
Missouri 41, Oklahoma State 31: Chase Daniel has thrown 15 touchdown passes and has been intercepted once in 156 passes.
Oklahoma 35, Texas 31: The winning quarterback emerges as a strong Heisman Trophy contender to Mizzou's Chase Daniel and Texas Tech's Graham Harrell. Reesing's case for the Heisman can be made in the next two weeks after this weekend.
Baylor 24, Iowa State 21: Freshman dual-threat quarterback Robert Griffin has thrown seven touchdown passes without being intercepted, has rushed for seven touchdowns and has produced 1,267 yards in total offense. Not bad considering he's the least talked-about quarterback in the conference.
Vanderbilt 30, Mississippi State 21: It's still possible to win football games with a running game and a good defense. Vandy has made it all the way to a No. 13 national ranking by throwing the ball 88 times and passing it 207 times.
Congratulations to Chip English of Towanda, who was the Week 6 winner in the Kream Keegan contest. Holmes predicted all six winners and was the closest to the combined points of the K-State/Texas Tech game on Saturday (The two teams combined for 86 points; he guessed 77 total points). Will you be this week's winner? Sign up using the entry form below.
(The contest is currently closed. Good luck to all who entered.)