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The Michigan Daily - SportsWednesday - January 5, - 5B

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Bob Hunt is not a football player. Actually,

he's not much of an athlete

whatsoever. But he is a wannabe soccer hooligan who likes

to go on road

trips. As a football writer for The Michigan Daily, Bob will travel to each
Michigan road game and chronicle his experiences.

+ There was really no more fitting place to end
"On the Road" than in Los Angeles, where it
takes you at least an hour to get anywhere because
you have to sit in traffic. No matter what your
opinion is of Los Angeles, one thing that no one
can disagree with is that
there is no place like J
it. It's like you're
in one gigantic
theme park or
something.
Southern
California
(or at least
Los Angeles and
Orange County)
should really be
its own country.
Then at least Arnold
could be president!
- On my first big night out, I was told to head to
Prey, which a friend of mine heard was "the hot-
ness on Thursday nights." I mean, Lindsey Lohan
has been seen there, so it had to be trendy, right?
What I was not told is that unless you are willing
to buy two bottles of Cristal, plan on sitting in the
line solely created to make the place look popular.
The biggest celebrity seen outside there that night

Bob faces off in a Bull Riding contest with a Texas student at Saddle Ranch in Hollywood.

was Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny, who celebrated
not being traded by showing off his World Series
ring from two seasons ago.
- After an hour in line at Prey, I headed to
Saddle Ranch - a bar on the Hollywood Sun-
set Strip, which, ironically, was the place to be
for Michigan faithful. Upon seeing its mechani-
cal bull, I knew that I had to challenge a Long-
horn for bull-riding supremacy. A friend of mine
and I went around the entire bar looking for an
opponent, and we found Stephanie from Austin.
I went first and got the surrounding crowd riled
up as they started a chant of "The Victors." I was
declared the winner, but, supposedly, had ani
easier ride. But that's what you get for being the
crowd favorite.
- Everyone I met from Texas the entire trip
could not have been nicer, enough to forget the
180-plus hate e-mails I have received from Aus-
tin because of a column I wrote back in Decem-
ber. But is it just me, or do Texas accents sound
sweet and innocent on girls yet hickish on guys?
Just asking.
- I rang in my 2005 at Level 3, this club in
the Kodak Theatre mall complex in Hollywood.
I don't really care for clubbing, since it seems

like you just burn a hole in your pocket between
cover and drinks (and this is everywhere, not just
L.A.) - not to mention the $20 spent to have me
dance with a pole.
- By far the most underrated thing in Los
Angeles is its fast food. One must when visiting
Los Angeles is In-N-Out Burger, which doesn't
mess around with its simple menu and fresh
ingredients. If there is a better quick food place
in America, I haven't been there. But it makes
me wonder, how does such a health conscious
area have the best fast food?
- Although I didn't like the idea of Texas play-
ing in the Rose Bowl, Michigan and Texas made
for one of the best college football games ever.
The many students who decided not to make the
trip missed out on the fun of the Texas football
experience, which is unlike anything in the Big
Ten. I'm not saying it's better, but it was great
to see. While tradition was put aside, the experi-
ence was for the ages.
Bob Hunt would like to thank everyone who
helped him make On the Road possible, and he
wishes he could mention y'all. He can be reached
at bobhunt@umich.edu.

Bob dances his New Year's Eve away.

STAFF PICKS
Predictions against the
spread for the bowl season
New Orleans BowI: North Texas vs. Southern Miss. (-4.5)
Champs Sports Bowl: Georgia Tech (-5) vs. Syracuse
GMAC Bowl: Memphis vs. Bowling Green (-4.5)
Fort Worth Bowl: Cincinnati (-1.5) vs. Marshall
Las Vegas Bowl: Wyoming vs. UCLA (-12)
Hawaii Bowl: UAB vs. Hawaii (-3)
MPC Computers Bowl: Fresno State vs. Virginia (;55)
Motor City Bowl: Toledo (-3) vs. Connecticut
Independence Bowl: Iowa State vs. Miami (Ohio) (-3)
Insight Bowl: Oregon State (-3.5) vs. Notre Dame
Houston Bowl: Colorado (-3) vs. UTEP
Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State (-1.5) vs. Ohio State
Continental Tire Bowl: North Carolina (-3) vs. Boston College
Emerald Bowl: New Mexico (-2.5) vs. Navy
Holiday Bowl: California (-11) vs. Texas Tech
Silicon Valley Bowl: Northern Illinois (-1) vs. Troy
Music City Bowl: Alabama (-3) vs. Minnesota
Sun Bowl: Purdue (-7) vs. Arizona State
Liberty Bowl: Louisville (-14) vs. Boise State
Peach Bowl: Miami (-2.5) vs. Florida
Outback Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Georgia (-7)
Cotton Bowl: Texas A&M (-3) vs. Tennessee
Gator Bowl: Florida State (-8) vs. West Virginia
Capital One Bowl: LSU (-7) vs. Iowa
Rose Bowl: Michigan vs. Texas (-6)
Fiesta Bowl: Utah (-16.5) vs. Pittsburgh
Sugar Bowl: Auburn (-6.5) vs, Virginia Tech
Orange Bowl: Southern Cal (-3) vs. Oklahoma
Best Bet
Bowl record (best bet)
Season record (best bet)

Chris
Burke

Gennaro
Filice

Bob
Hunt

Sharadi
Mattu

Rose BonlI, footbail tan
and North Dakota native

North Texas:
Georgia Tech
Bowling Green
Marshall
Wyoming
Hawaii
Virginia
Connecticut
Miami (OH)
Oregon State
Colorado
Oklahoma State
Boston College
New Mexico
California
Troy
Minnesota
Arizona State
Louisville
Miami
Georgia
Texas A&M
Florida State
Iowa
Texas
Pittsburgh
Auburn
Oklahoma
Pittsburgh
13-15 (0-1)
104106-5 (8.6)

Southern Miss.
Georgia Tech
Bowling Green
Marshall
UCLA
UAB
Virginia
Toledo
Miami (OH)
Oregon State
UTEP
Oklahoma State
Boston College
Navy
California
Troy
Alabama
Arizona State
Boise State
Florida
Georgia
Texas A&M
Florida State
LSU
Tex as
Pittsburgh
Auburn
Southern Cal
Georgia
10-18 (0-1)
101-105(7-7)

Southern Miss.
Georgia Tech
Memphis
Marshall
UCLA
Hawaii
Virginia
Toledo
Iowa State
Oregon State
Colorado
Ohio State
Boston College
Navy
Texas Tech
Northern Illinois
Alabama
Arizona State
Louisville
Miami
Georgia
Tennessee
West Virginia
Iowa
Michigan
Pittsburgh
Auburn
Southern Cal
Hawaii
17-11(1-0)
1051055 (9-5)

Southern Miss.
Syracuse
Bowling Green
Marshall
UCLA
Hawaii
Fresno State
Toledo
Miami (OH)
Oregon State
UTEP
Ohio State
North Carolina
Navy
Texas Tech
Northern Illinois
Alabama
Purdue
Louisville
Florida
Georgia
Tennessee
West Virginia
Iowa
Michigan
Pittsburgh
Virginia Tech
Southern Cal
Pittsburgh
14-14(0-1)

North Texas
Georgia Tech
Memphis
Cincinnati
UCLA
Hawaii
Virginia
Connecticut
Miami (OH)'
Notre Dame
Colorado
Oklahoma State
Boston College
Navy
Texas Tech
Northern Illinois
Minnesota
Purdue
Boise State
Miami
Wisconsin
Texas A&M
Florida State
LSU
Texas
Pittsburgh
Virginia Tech
Southern Cal
UCLA
16-12(0-1)

Michigan loses,
but gives Mattu
staffpicks title
Michigan may have
dropped the Rose Bowl
(the game, not the woman
making staff picks) in
heartbreaking fashion,
but the fact that the
Wolverines stuck within
striking distance of Texas
was good enough to
clinch a season title for
Sharad Mattu. The staff
picks outcome was still
in doubt heading into
that game after Georgia
giftwrapped a touchdown
for Wisconsin, allowing
the Badgers to cover the
spread - and costing all
the Daily writers a win.
Speaking of losing
games, Gennaro Filice
launched a furious assault
on last place, dropping 27
out of 24 games on one
streak. Making it worse
was that his hometown
Cal team got smoked by
Texas Tech.
Bob Hunt made a surpris-
ing run, finishing in third
after spending the major-
ity of the season deep in
last place. Hunt was ridi-
culed all season for his
less-than-stellar picking,
but thundered ahead to
sit atop both Chris Burke
and Filice. He was also
the only writer to get his
best bet, Hawaii, and to
pick Iowa State, whom
he picked solely because
his cousins go to school
there. Just goes to show
you how much picking
games is luck anyway.

11496-5 (96) 113-95-5 (8.6)

Shazor unclear on
By Gennaro Flilce a similar dec
Daily Sports Editor senior season
"Make th
PASADENA, Calif. - Following Michigan's 38- Make the dec
37 loss to Texas, redshirt junior strong safety Ernest "A guy lik
Shazor talked about how it felt to walk off the field after been here fo'
not being able to stop Texas on the game's final drive. tion. MaybeI
"It's a part of the game," Shazor said. "It comes with for Ern."
the territory. It's a bad feeling, but BRINGING TI
you live to fight another day. We'll be struggled th
back here." memory, itd
Unbeknownst to Shazor, he'd just more defens
backed himself into a question that Bowl's Defe
has been buzzing around Ann Arbor highs with 1
for a few months. loss.
"Will you be back here?" a writer quickly uttered. For mostc
"I'm not sure right now," Shazor said. "I've just gotta defense, play

going pro
cision last year before coming back for his
r, offered some advice to Ernest Shazor:
& best decision for you and your family.
cision that you won't regret.
ke Ernest, his stock is high right now. He's
iur years. You don't know his family situa-
going to the NFL might be the best thing
*HE WOOD: Although the Michigan defense
rough one of its toughest games in recent
did have at least one bright spot. Sopho-
ive end LaMarr Woodley earned the Rose
nsive Player of the Game, recording game
1 tackles (nine solo) and four tackles for
of the year, Michigan has utilized a 3-4
ying Woodley at outside linebacker. But on

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