Greetings and welcome to another edition of Swami the Magazine. This week the staff at StM HQ said they wanted to see what happens when we pit the greatest players from the respective schools against one another to see who pulls out the week. The Swami thought this was a brilliant idea. Now please note, the GOAT of each school is kind of a subjective selection, so if there are any that you disagree with, please send your angry e-mails to The Guru.
So without further ado, it’s time for…
Mike Rozier vs. Bronko Nagurski
There’s a running back battle worth watching. Fittingly this match-up could be one of the best games of the weekend. Nebraska 34-31
Mike Singletary vs. Barry Sanders
These guys actually faced each other in the pros and were amazing. But the Super Bowl shuffle is the trump card here. Baylor 45-17
Archie Manning vs. Darren McFadden
Run DMC couldn’t hold a candle to old noodle-legs Manning. Ole Miss 28-24
Troy Aikman vs. Marcus Allen
A classic rivalry and a classic tandem. Have to give the edge to the golden boy though. UCLA 33-28
Tedy Bruschi vs. Larry Wilson
The current generation may not be familiar, but Larry Wilson is a Hall of Famer. That being said, the boys in the desert will take this. Arizona 31-27
J.J. Watt vs. Shonn Greene
Watt? You are Greene with Envy. Ok, enough Fantasy Football team names. Watt is the Terminator. Wisconsin 35-14
Peyton Manning vs. Kellen Winslow
Upset alert!! You just can’t convince me to pick against Peyton. Tennessee 30-28
Billy Sims vs. Gale Sayers
Here’s where I take liberties. Sayers is the better player, but I can’t pick the suddenly competitive Jayhawks over the Sooners. Oklahoma 34-24
Joe Montana vs. Elvis Dumervil
Can you pick against a guy they named a state after? His name is Joe MONTANA! Notre Dame 30-26
Deion Sanders vs. Doug Flutie
If Deion was playing defense that night, Flutie’s Hail Mary would have been picked off. Just sayin’. Florida State 28-17
Calvin Johnson vs. The Bye Week
Calvin Wins. And Tech wins the Coastal Division!!
The Guru’s Take
The shine has begun to wear off the Guru’s season lately (though the early-season level would have been impossible to continue, even for the Guru). This week, though, there is a chance to bring some anti-magic to the Golden Domers and the Guru will leap at that chance. Notre Dame was not as good as its 6-0 start made it seem. It is also not as bad as its current slump. However, turnovers have been a problem, and Louisville excels at forcing them. Plus the Cardinals have had an extra week to prepare. Irish are at home, but the Redbirds won’t be cowed. Expect multiple interceptions from Golson and the Louisville D to lead their team to a hard-fought victory. Louisville 27, Domers 21
Swami The Public Service Announcement
I thought I would do a little service for the next generation. Have you ever wondered what sport your child should play as they grow up? Here’s a potential tie-breaker if you are really struggling with the question. How does the math play out:
- J.J. Watt signed a 6 year, $100 million dollar contract. If he gets a career ending injury tomorrow he will make $51.8 million dollars.
- Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13 year, $325 million dollar contract. If he gets a career ending injury tomorrow he will make $325 million dollars.