Where I was wrong ... and right ... in preseason picks
Posted: Wednesday January 3, 2007 1:59PM; Updated: Thursday January 4, 2007 12:40AM
Last year I instituted a new gimmick designated to save me work, uh, I mean designed to bring some added insight into our area of expertise. And that was to print, in my end of season rankings, the record I had predicted for each team in August for the preseason Football Edition of Sports Illustrated. This is also a device designed to provide serious rippers more accurate ammunition.
So call this self-flagellation, Volume II, a practice that will continue until the Humane Society calls a halt:
Their loss to the Panthers didn't affect their ranking, which was the way I treated all these meaningless end-of-season contests. Do you really want to know where they figured in August? OK, 6-10 and last in the division, strictly from habit, but I want to hear the name of one person who foresaw the glories that arrived.
I picked every NFC East team to go 9-7. This was the way I honestly worked it out ... I wasn't trying to be cute, really. And what this got me was one noser (Dallas) and two teams off by only one game, Eagles and Giants, plus a total misfire on the Redskins, who went kerplop! The good part is that three teams from the division were selected by me to reach the playoffs. The bad part was that Philly was not one of them.