Stanley's Stinkers Maddens the Midwest
Stanley's Stinkers, a nationally syndicated college football show, picks two Michigan teams to lose this week. As a good-faith gesture, he has promised to sing the Michigan Fight Song live on air if the Wolverines beat Notre Dame.
"I didn't realize that I had actually picked both Michigan State and Michigan to lose in the same weekend," Reese said from his home in Huntsville, Alabama. "Both teams play tough games and, looking at the stats, I made my best prediction. I just didn't know it would draw the fire it has already."
After playing the show on Wednesday morning, one of the affiliate stations in Michigan contacted the host and, in good nature, issued a challenge.
"I think they said I would get grilled if BOTH teams actually won," Reese recalls. "That kind of started the ball rolling. Now, I guess I have to sing the Michigan Fight Song if the Wolverines pull off the upset."
According to the show, which can be heard across the country, Reese predicted Michigan State to lose to Oregon and Michigan to stink against Notre Dame among the other picks.
"I have 40 games on my slate; ten are featured on the radio show. I feel pretty good about my chances and I feel confident that I won't be singing on the air anytime soon," the laughable announcer boasts.
"Last year, when I picked Auburn to upset Alabama in the Iron Bowl, I had to change my cell phone number and quit answering emails," he continues. "I, of course, was right about my Iron Bowl pick but I still took a lot of heat. I should have made the offer to sing last year and maybe I could have kept my number."
Stanley's Stinkers predicts loses by Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt this week as well as Texas, Memphis and The Citadel.
The show can be heard on a number or radio stations across the South and Midwest and also appears in several newspapers. There is also a podcast and a blog available on the Stanley's Stinkers website for those who can't get the program locally.
"I'll do my duty and sing if I have to," Reese promises. "But, I'll make sure I have some really good background music to drown out the voice.”