PM: Picking winners is 99% luck. I don't put in much time on it. I have a memory where, if I see something on paper, I'll remember it. I don't want to say I have a photographic memory, but if I look at a team's depth chart, I'm going to remember it.
SI: So what are your keys to making a preseason Super Bowl pick?
PM: I'm not real fond of these questions, to be honest. Gosh, it's wearing out the gambling thing.
SI: C'mon, the playoffs are just getting going.
PM: All right, in football I look solely for depth. If a team loses a key player, who's his backup? Does it alter the chemistry of the team? For instance, if Marshall Faulk gets hurt, Trung Canidate is backing him up. Canidate is as fast or faster than Faulk. He catches the ball well out of the backfield. He can line up in the slot. So the offense doesn't change even if the Rams lose Faulk, one of the best players in the NFL.
SI: O.K., here's the big one. Who did you pick this year?
PM: The Rams at 6 to 1.