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Atlanta Dan 08-29-2007 06:44 PM

ESPN Predictions
 
ESPN has its "expert picks" up

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/previe...ory?id=2984130

Merrill Hoge picks the Steelers to win the division and a few others give the Black & Gold a wildcard, but not a lot of love otherwise

Of the 16 "experts" nobody picks Indy to win the AFC, let alone repeat. Most pick the Pats.

Theismann (he got canned - why is he still even on the ESPN site?) picks the Ravens to win it all.:dang:

The Duke 08-29-2007 06:56 PM

Re: ESPN Predictions
 
Wow, Pasquarelli thinks is possible for Woodley to be DROY, we are on the map people, the media hasn't forgotten us :tt02:. That said, if Woodley was a starter and continued to play like he has all summer then I could see him being crowned:king: DROY. He's definitely making some eyes open outside steeler nation, I think even Madden mentioned something about him in the eagles game, although it was maybe a remark about how he's wearing Joey's old number :dang:

Stillers33 08-29-2007 06:59 PM

Re: ESPN Predictions
 
Nice atleast they say we're making the playoffs

Crushzilla 08-29-2007 08:48 PM

Re: ESPN Predictions
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Stillers33 (Post 285526)
Nice atleast they say we're making the playoffs

Nah. You have it all wrong, my friend. Its when they say we WON'T make the playoffs that we blow up.

Ya. Surprised to see the love from Len, but he's a moron, so I don't know what to think. My head is spinning.

delhess 08-29-2007 09:28 PM

Re: ESPN Predictions
 
it's preseason guys, this is like trying to predict the stock market or the weather. it's a calculated guess. (except new england, that's a lock)

fansince'76 08-29-2007 09:32 PM

Re: ESPN Predictions
 
ESPN slobbing the Pats' collective knob? What else is new?

Livinginthe past 08-30-2007 01:53 AM

Re: ESPN Predictions
 
I have no idea where all this ridiculous media enthusiasm for the Patriots has come from!

Just because they have been the most consistent postseason performers in recent history, have had an exceptional (on paper thus far) offseason in terms of adding talent, have managed to keep their coaching team intact for the first time in what seems like years.....just because of all these crazy, subjective things.....its absolutely no reason to make them the clear favorite to win it all.

I think there needs to be some type of investigation into this baseless homerism.

Heads must roll.

Atlanta Dan 08-30-2007 02:53 AM

Re: ESPN Predictions
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Livinginthe past (Post 285613)
I have no idea where all this ridiculous media enthusiasm for the Patriots has come from!

Just because they have been the most consistent postseason performers in recent history, have had an exceptional (on paper thus far) offseason in terms of adding talent, have managed to keep their coaching team intact for the first time in what seems like years.....just because of all these crazy, subjective things.....its absolutely no reason to make them the clear favorite to win it all.

I think there needs to be some type of investigation into this baseless homerism.

Heads must roll.

LITP - Nothing lasts forever

Livinginthe past 08-30-2007 04:04 AM

Re: ESPN Predictions
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Atlanta Dan (Post 285618)
LITP - Nothing lasts forever

Well, that sounds kinda deep.

Not sure if it is though.

Let me think on it.

Atlanta Dan 08-30-2007 09:13 AM

Re: ESPN Predictions
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Livinginthe past (Post 285621)
Well, that sounds kinda deep.

Not sure if it is though.

Let me think on it.

I will elaborate with a reference to another veteran NFL team that was a media darling in an earlier era.

Coming off 4 SB wins in 6 years in 1980 the Steelers were regarded as being as talented as ever going into the 1980 season. Of course, that team went 8-8 that year and started to break up shortly thereafter. During that season, I specifically recall a Monday night loss to the Raiders (who won the SB that season) in which the Steelers coughed up an early lead as Plunkett torched the secondary. At some point in the second half of that game I recall Cosell intoning that nothing lasts forever.

With regard to the Pats, the offense has upgraded but the loss last January to the Colts was not due to an inability to score, it was due to the collapse of an aging defense. Thomas has been added at LB but players such as Vrabel and Bruschci are well into their twilight years.

My point is that past performance is no guarantee of future results and the knee jerk SB pick of a Patriots team that has some definite age by so many pundits seems to ignore the problems on D that IMO have not been fixed. The Pats are good but I do not see them as so much better than the rest of the league that they are such an overwhelming favorite to win among the ESPN "experts." The 60s Packers, 70s Steelers, 80s 49ers, and 90s Cowboys all fell off - Belichick is a great coach but he cannot stop the ineveitable cycle of decline.


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