Everyone knows that bloggers are enormous homers. We’ve chosen to write about our favorite team because we love them. We are, therefore, completely incapable of being objective, and cannot pick against them under any circumstances at all. Right, guys? Guys…?
- Mark Newgent at the Examiner talks to his counterpart at the New York Examiner, ultimately predicts a 17-10 Redskins loss. Redskins: 0-1.
- Rich Tandler correctly notes that “predicting NFL games is folly,” bravely soldiers on to make a prediction anyhow, with the Giants winning 24-17. Redskins: 0-2.
- The Fifth Down blog at the New York Times talks to four Redskins bloggers to get their predictions and offers one of its own. The final tally is three for the Skins, two for the Giants (although only one Redskins blogger crossed over; the other Giants vote came from The Fifth Down editor). Redskins: 3-4.
- Mark at The Om Field probably has the most honest approach, offering a heart pick (Redskins by 3) and a head pick (Giants by a touchdown). We’ll score that as one of each, so Redskins: 4-5.
So, of eight Redskins bloggers (and one Giants blogger) who made predictions, only four think the team is going to win. Here’s the thing, though: according to the DC Sports Bog (welcome back, Steinberg!), those are the four who are the most OPTIMISTIC about the team’s chances.
“Season openers set a big standard for the team,” Chris Cooley said last year after the dramatic season-opening win over the Dolphins. The thought would seem to make sense, and to be sure, we’ll all pass plenty of judgment tonight. But the thing is, the numbers don’t really back Cooley up, at least not recently. Quite the contrary, actually.
Which leaves the newly-educated fan in quite a quandary.
I’m not usually much for making predictions — like Rich Tandler, I tend to think that it’s an exercise in frustration more than anything else — but I was put on the spot last night and came up with Redskins 24, Giants 21, which I’ll stand by. I just hope I’m not dooming the rest of the season by rooting for the win tonight.