You may remember a few days ago, when we reminded you that sometimes editors don’t make the best decisions.
However, sometimes those botched editorial field goals aren’t SO wide right.
Such is the case with the “Look at Us!” Sports Illustrated pulled today in the “1” spot on their Web site.
The headline? “Dr. Z: Giants Will Win”
Seriously Paul? You’re really are putting your money on the Giants? I mean, sure they are on a hot streak and Eli’s playing well, but you are going to pick against the team that’s 18-0?
Give me a break.
This is a ploy to pull in readers via “Did you see what they’re saying over at SI?”
Furthermore, Z’s main reason for picking the Giants is that he didn’t trust his instincts and pick the Jets over the Colts in Super Bowl III almost 40 years ago:
I had a feeling about the Jets, not a strong one, but Joe Namath working against that strong side rotating zone? Gee, he’d never had trouble with it before. Could it be that … ? Do I have the courage to … ? Nah, I’ll pick the Colts to win, but by under the spread. That’ll make everyone happy. So I did and it made no one happy, least of all me when the Jets scored the biggest upset in Supe history. Who was happy? Leonard Shecter of the Post. He picked the Jets. I kicked myself for the coward I was. No longer. Today, I am a man.
(Funny story, actually. Remember that U.S.-Soviet Union hockey game in the 1980 Olympic games? I had a hunch the United States would prevail, but I just didn’t feel like telling anyone.)
Basically, Dr. Z says the Patriots will lose because A) the Giants are more confident and B) the Pats have looked beatable lately.
A) I think winning every regular season game might give a team a touch of confidence — just a smidge — and B) Which game was it the Pats actually lost? Must have missed that one.
If a writer gave me some real reasons the Giants are going to win the Super Bowl closer to the game (Belichick out of sweatshirts, Brady stabbed by Moynahan, Harrison caught shooting up for the 8th time, etc.), I’d be all ears. But saying the Giants are going to win this stage in the game is just a sad attempt at drawing attention to yourself.
Kind of like comparing weekly football picks with a model, I guess.