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Football Picks, Oct. 6, 2018….updated 10-7-18

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-10-2018


Alabama vs Arkansas…..What has happened to Arkansas?….Bama big time on this one..Roll Tide    Bama wins, 65 – 31   W

Arizona vs California….ok, Arizona gets back in the win column this week…Go Cats Arizona wins 24 – 17     W

Wisconsin vs Nebraska….Nebraska may win one this year, but not this week…Go Badgers   Wisconsin wins  41 – 24    W

New Mexico vs UNLV….both teams lost qb last week….I pick the Lobos and their third string who has played more than their first stringer….Go Lobos Lobos win 50 – 14    W

New Mexico State vs Liberty…..Liberty made a believer out of me last week….Go Aggies but Liberty wins this one….   NMSU wins   49 – 41   W

Texas Tech is idle this week…

Upset special:

Texas A&M vs Kentucky….A & M is favored by about 6 points and playing at A & M where they have the 12th man, they need 13 this week….I’m picking Kentucky..ok, so I did not do so good on the upset, but it took A & M into overtime to win it…Texas A & M wins 20 – 14    L

This week 5 W – 1 L     Season totals  27 W – 11 L

Football Picks, Sept 29, 2018 updated 9/30/18

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 24-09-2018


Alabama vs Louisiana-Lafayette….Bama by several points to be determined by Saban….lol….I did not say that to be mean but it may be very close to the truth….It was as I said….Bama gets a W

Arizona vs Southern California….I would love to pick Arizona, but I have to go with Southern Cal….14 points or so I reckon….Sou Cal get the W

Wisconsin has the week off

New Mexico University vs Liberty….I’m thinking the Lobos will come back even stronger this week…..Lobo’s by 10….so, Lobo’s lose by 10…..big L

New Mexico State has the week off…

Texas Tech vs West Virginia….West Virginia looks very good this week and I believe they could beat Tech. W Va is only favored by 5, so I’m going with Texas Tech by 3….So much for that upset….another big L

upset special this week…..

Nebraska vs Purdue…..Nebraska wins their first game this year….ok, so I was wrong….Nebraska loses another….a big L

Record 2 W – 3 L   season 22 W – 10 L

College Football Picks Sept 22, 2018 updated Sept 23, 2018

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 18-09-2018


Getting a little more interesting and the picks are a little harder in most cases….

Alabama vs Texas A & M…..Bama squeaks by, say 21 points….oops, Bama won by 22…..anyway another W

Arizona vs Oregon State…..what in the world is going on at Arizona..Az by slim margin, ok, looks like the Az of old…Az 35 – Oregon St 14    a W

New Mexico gets to rest up this week

New Mexico  State vs UTEP…..ok, NMSU gets first win as they feel they have found a qb in a freshman…hope so NMSU wins it first game…..a W

Oklahoma State vs Texas Tech….Ok St favored by 2 touchdown….I would like to go with Tech, but I don’t think they can beat the Cowboys this year…ok, so I was wrong Tech can win  41 – 17    so, a big L

Wisconsin vs Iowa….Ok, BYU snuck up on the Badgers…Wisconsin is now fully awake and beat the Hawkeyes …good game, Wisc wins…..W

Upset special: Washington State vs Southern Cal…..Wash St by 3…another big oops..but they almost pulled off the upset……L

2nd upset special: Kentucky vs Mississippi State…Kentucky by a touchdown even as my heart says no way….but I’m thinking its Kentucky this game…ok, I got this upset right…Kentucky 28 – MS St 7…..W

Record this week….5 W – 2 L

Record for the year…20 W – 7 L

Secret Government Agency Closes National Solar Observatory

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 13-09-2018


Albuquerque Journal, Thursday September 13, 2018 reports the following. I also checked the internet and they have several articles regarding the closure but with no additional information available.

On Thursday, September 7, 2018 the folks employed at the National Solar Observatory was closed by a government agency and had the employees  evacuate the area. A nearby post office was also told to close and it was also evacuated. None of the people were told what was happening to cause the closure and they were not told how long the closure would last. They said “due to unforeseen circumstances”  due to some security issues and would have no further comments at this time. The FBI is on site, but they are not the agency that closed it, and no one is saying which agency was responsible for the closure.

This place has been operating since 1947, involved in solar research. The operator of the facility is The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy is addressing a security issue and decided to temporarily vacate the facility.

In another article, which I did not fully explore, there seem to be some solar flares that are raising some eyebrows and I wondered if that could be a part of it….yet, that is what they do: Study solar flares, etc…Soooo, what’s going on? Could the agency that closed the place be the “MEN IN BLACK?” Just saying……


Sept 15, 2018 Football Game Picks…updated 9/17

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 11-09-2018


Well, it is time for the games to get tougher as conferences games get started….And leading off:

Alabama vs Mississippi….Bama picked by 22 points. I think it will be closer to 14, but anyway, Bama wins….Big win for Bama……W for me

Arizona vs Southern Utah…Az will surely win this one….I’m pickin’ um. A big win for Arizona….W for me

Texas Tech vs Houston….Houston is tough, Tech is a 1 1/2 point favorite and I also believe Tech will beat them. Big win for Tech….W for me

Wisconsin vs BYU….Wisconsin wins but BYU is playing pretty good ball this year but not good enough to beat the Badgers.  Big win for BYU  …L for me

New Mexico vs New Mexico State….NM is favored by 7 but they will win by 21….gasp…yep, 21  Big win for New Mexico…W for me

extra games:

Ohio State vs TCU…..Ohio State by 14…another W for me

Liberty vs Norfolk State….Liberty by 7….New Mexico plays Liberty Sept 29th…Postponed

Record    4 W and 1 l    Season  15W – 5L

Serena 2 …Umpires 0

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-09-2018


Well, it looks like Serna is gonna win …..again. Do you remember a few months ago when she did not like a umpire’s call that she went over to the chair and told him just where she was gonna stick that ball…And she looked like she meant it. So I reckon these umpires better shape up when calling Serena’s games. She looks like she is fully capable to handle most of the umpires and to place that ball exactly where she said she would put it……I guess I better watch about doing a lot of talking or get prepared to take  one of those balls myself….reckon?

Football Picks, Sept 8, 2018…update 9/9/18

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 04-09-2018


Week 2

Alabama vs Arkansas State….Bama by a bunch …Bama by 50 points W

Arizona vs Houston…..Arizona by 7 * upset….Houston by 27 points L

New Mexico vs Wisconsin….Wisconsin by er, uh, several points Wisc by 31 W

NMSU vs Utah State….Utah St wins the bowl rematch Ut St by 47 W

Texas Tech vs Lamar…Tech by a bunch Texas Tech by 77 W

Oklahoma vs UCLA….Oklahoma by about 14 or so* extra pick Okla by 28 W

BYU vs California….BYU in a close one* extra pick Cal by 3 L

Record 5 – 2 this week …..for season  11 – 4

Football picks….Sept 1, 2018 updated Sept 2, 2018

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 27-08-2018


Alabama over Louisville….. 30 – 7   Alabama by 37

Arizona over BYU…. 24 – 14   BYU by 5    *a loss

Minnesota over NMSU…35 – 14 Minn by 36

New Mexico over Incarnate Word..35 – 10  New Mexico by 32

Texas Tech over Mississippi….21 – 17  Miss by 20   *a loss

Wisconsin over W Kentucky…40 – 14    Wisc by 31

*Upset special….Hawaii over Navy….24 – 14  Hawaii by 18

Boise State over Troy….30 – 17   Boise State by 36

Ok….let’s see how it goes. It seemed like a long wait from 2017 til now, but the season will fly by. I hope you folks will come by each week to check on our record. Right now my record is pretty good…we will see come Monday…

Sept 2, 2018  ok so my record is 6 win – 2 loss and I got my upset special correct.





College Football Picks…2018

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-08-2018


Ok, I did not do football picks last year and I don’t know why, but I think I will again this year….six teams all year and probably two more random picks that have peaked my interest for various reasons. The six every week will be:

Alabama….State of my birth and the first team I ever followed. Bart Starr was one of my heroes. Probably I’ll have a W after Bama all season as I don’t see any one on the schedule that I think can beat them this year.

Arizona….My daughter and her family live in Tucson and my grand daughter is a graduate of U of A and works in the U of A Cancer Center.

New Mexico….Albuquerque is where I live. I’m a Lobo fan….Win or lose, I’m a fan. They do the best they can with what they have and play a pretty good brand of ball while they are at it.

New Mexico State….I went to school at NMSU-Carlsbad and there are three or four of my family who are graduates or attendees of NMSU main campus.

Texas Tech….A good school close to Carlsbad and in years past I attended many games in Lubbock and a lot of the students from Eastern New Mexico chose to go to school there. A good school…

Wisconsin….Yeah, I know….but I have a son who lives up in the colder climate of Madison and I hope it warms him some to know his old Papa is rooting for the Badgers. He likes football but his real passion is basketball and is a season ticket holder.

Every week several schools perks us up so I will be picking schools here and there to also pick.  For Sept 1st I am choosing Boise State – Troy and Hawaii – Navy…..

I’ll have all the picks on the site in the next couple of days….

Grandparents Again…..

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-08-2018


Well, we are grandparents again….We have had this dang squirrel running around in our yard for weeks. I have tried everything to get rid of him….Well, come to find out, it’s a her…This morning five or six little squirrels were running all around our yard…and yes, they were cute…but I went to Home Depot and bought a trap anyway. Now, if I can catch them, I need to figure out where to dump them. I wonder if the zoo area would be ok? We have a park down the street, but that’s too close. I don’t know, maybe down along the river. But there, they would probably die of thirst…..I don’t know yet, first I have to trap the little suckers……