Between packing for next semester and restoring posts on the site, it’s tough to find enough time to write. I have the rest of the week to publish before classes begin again, so my goal is to have most of the site restored along with some new posts. Two of these are going to be published hand in hand, about what I got right and what I got wrong last year. I made a lot of bold statements, plenty of which made me look smart and plenty that made me look stupid. Here are the ones that made me look…well, dumb.
Browns will not win a game during Josh Gordon‘s suspension
Oops. I was extremely pessimistic on the Browns entering the season, and plenty of my concerns were legitimate. Once All-Pro Center Alex Mack went down with an injury, the team could not recover, losing their final five games and six of the last seven. Turns out, they won six games without Josh Gordon compared to just one while he was after his reinstatement. Brian Hoyer impressed early on, keeping Johnny Manziel on the pine for longer than fans expected. My rationale behind this started with a pair of rookie running backs and a below average quarterback. Teamed with subpar receivers, this made me think the defense would be on the field for a long time. Instead, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West formed a solid rushing tandem that allowed for a pleasant surprise from Hoyer. I made a bold prediction and I whiffed.
Some Minor MLB Awards
At least I got most of the larger ones right, so I’m not too pissed about whiffing on the NL Rookie of the Year and the awards on tiers below that. There are worse things to get wrong. See above. And below.
My Crazy NBA Draft Preview
I went a bit overboard, then Ari and I went overboard together. Okay, maybe more than a bit, but it’s always fun to play with the Trade Machine. Too bad not a single one of my trades mentioned Kevin Love otherwise I could have pretended I was psychic or something like that. I also expected the Cavs to pick Jabari Parker over Andrew Wiggins, which was a really silly mistake in hindsight. Maybe I’ll get it right this year. Probably not.
My IBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot Compared to the BBWAA Results
Granted, I did include all possible inductees on my ballot, so I don’t consider that a huge whiff. However, I expected more traction for players such as Jeff Bagwell, Jeff Kent, and
Jeff Fred McGriff. I blame the 1994 strike for the exclusions of McGriff, Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Kenny Lofton, but I also blame myself for thinking these players had better cases than they do. That doesn’t mean I don’t think they are HOFers, but rather that I shouldn’t be surprised over the duration of candidacy.
My NFL Against the Spread Picks on Big Red Sports Talk
Every single week Steven and I picked NFL games head-to-head, he beat me. A few times, it was by just one game, but there were weeks where he wiped the floor with me. I had to buy Steven a lot of pizzas last semester and my parents were none to pleased upon seeing all of the “Papa John’s” on my credit card bill. Lucky for me, now that Steven has graduated and joined the labor force, I will not have to worry about losing to him anymore. Hopefully my next co-host is not as good at picking games.
I can’t complain over what I got wrong in 2014 because my only real losses were paid for in pizza. I’m glad I looked bad about the Browns because it means they won games. I’d rather look foolish covering a 7-9 football team than be right in covering a winless squad, even if some of you find that hard to believe. I’ll make plenty more predictions in 2015, so be on the lookout and keep me honest.