Our good friend Jersey Al has taken umbrage with the many pundits that are apparently climbing on the Packers bandwagon.
Please folks, find another team to be your darling. Nothing good ever comes of this type of wanton behavior. The overwhelming majority of pre-season Super Bowl predictions are, get this, WRONG. And I say this as someone who correctly picked New Orleans last summer as my Super Bowl favorite. So you know what that makes me? Lucky – that’s all. You know what they say about blind squirrels.
This actually all started with the TV talking heads last year. I remember watching an NFL preview show on ESPN and four out of six “Analysts” picked the Packers as a Super Bowl team. Then more TV announcers and analysts climbed on board during the preseason. Sure enough Packers bloggers soon followed with their unbridled optimism.
First of all, to be clear on the fact that I don't jump on bandwagons, I said the Packers were a 10-13 win team last APRIL - well before the preseason swoon of the punditocrity.
As to Al's larger point - I have to say Packer fans are a funny bunch. When no one talks about the Packers its "The national media never gives the Packers any respect!" When the national media is picking them to go to the Super Bowl "Stop talking about the Packers!"
People - it's almost July. Now is the PERFECT time to be talking about the Packers going to the Super Bowl. Every team is undefeated. Training camp is a month away. Before camps come and preseason starts and all the warts and injuries and problems that inevitably come to light (and this will happen in every NFL city, not just Green Bay) take the next month to welcome the attention. Welcome the adulation of the talking heads. It means even less now than it does during the season. Embrace your inner insane-pundit.
My Super Bowl prediction?
Ravens: - 3