NFL PUNDITS MAKING PREDICTIONS THAT WILL LOOK FOOLISH IN JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS
September 4 2012
New York, NY – Every year about this time fans, players, and pundits gear up for the NFL season. Every year everyone involved makes predictions as to the eventual outcome of the season, predicting the surprises and the disappointments of the season going in.
Generally speaking, those predictions end up being either flawed or just flat out wrong, just because of the nature of the game. With huge diversity inside the game and so many unpredictable things happening every week in what most consider the most dynamic sport in the world, predicting is inherently flawed yet people keep trying.
This year is no different with pundits from across the spectrum picking surprises and expected winners from every division in the league. In the end, some of them will be right and some will be totally wrong because, well, it’s impossible to see the future even for people who are highly paid pundits for major news outlets.
“I think the Ravens reach the Super Bowl not on the strength of their defense, but on the arm of Joe Flacco, the legs of Ray Rice and a wide-open offense,” said pundit Ron Jaworski.
“In my mind, Houston would have made it to the Super Bowl last year had Matt Schaub been healthy, so I'm going to step out on a sturdy limb with the Texans to win it all this season,” said Chris Mortenson, another analyst.
Both those teams are in the same conference so it is impossible for them to even face each other in the Super Bowl.
Just about every other team has been predicted as a potential winner or the big game, aside from Oakland. No one is picking Oakland.
“It’s really hard to predict anything like this in a league as complex and diverse as the NFL but clearly people get paid a whole lot to try. It’s really amazing that they are able to get paid as much as I assume they do after being wrong so consistently. I mean that wouldn’t happen in any other job but I guess predicting the future of football isn’t like any other job in the world,” said Scrape TV Sports analyst Mark Marvins. “That is aside from picking winners in other sports like hockey or basketball. It’s actually almost exactly like those jobs, one could say they are almost the same jobs aside from some of the details. They really are in fact, it’s just the sport itself that is different.”
Analysts in other sports tend to not get paid as much as ones for the NFL because more people like football.
“I hate to make predictions in general because I don’t really like to be wrong and you are usually wrong when you make predictions without having travelled into the future, though I guess in that case they wouldn’t really be predictions at all. Kind of risk free that kind of thing provided you perfect time travel because otherwise that whole thing could be pretty dangerous,” continued Marvins. “So that said I think I’ll pick the Texans over Green Bay. I don’t really have any reason to do that other than they are two teams in different conferences. Hopefully I’m right.”
Additionally, no one is picking Cleveland, Tampa Bay, or Jacksonville.
Alexi Orton, Sports Correspondent