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False sports prophets

Remember when that 24 hour sports channel actually aired sports? Now it seems like all variations of the network are just hours of programming dedicated to talking and speculation about sports.
The format is a simple one. Get a sports writer or two, throw in former athletes and let them argue about what a team should do or who they think will win the next big game.
Viewers watch those programs like mindless zombies and regurgitate the speculation as if they came up with it on their own. They strut like they are sports insiders with exclusive information.
There’s one problem with this formula. No one ever does follow up or keeps a record of how accurate those “in-the-know” really are.
Even on the rare occasion when someone is called out on a poor prediction, the violator laughs it off and explains why he/she would have been right if events had unfolded as expected. Well, everyone is always right when things work out exactly the way we planned.
My favorite is when a writer or analyst makes some wild prediction that has .01 percent of a chance of happening. Then when said thing doesn’t happen, they still have a job.
Therein lies the problem. Since this is the sports section, let’s use a sports metaphor. If a major league baseball hitter was successful only one out of 10 times, he would soon lose his job. How then can these sports snobs keep their jobs?
Just like one of the famous sports writers, I will now answer my own question.
They keep their jobs because of ratings not accuracy. Much like current news networks, viewers tune in to get entertainment, not facts. Two writers arguing over Lebron’s Twitter account is more entertaining than a rundown of American League RBI leaders.
I’m not trying to tell you to stop watching these programs. I’m just asking you to acknowledge the fact that these guys just pull things out of thin air and try to convince you they know what they’re talking about.
On a totally unrelated note, make sure to checkout my prediction for the winner of the STP 500 at Martinsville which just happens to be found below this column. You can bet the farm on it because I’m a sports writer so I must know what I’m talking about.

Note: Travis picked Carl Edwards to win the Sprint Cup race.

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