While I wish LLP the best of the luck and am not trying to rag on him, his departure today reminded me of the prediction by Tim McCormick that LLP would be "the best UM pg since Rumeal Robinson". Is this the worst sports prediction you have ever heard?
I've established the following criteria to define a "sports prediction":
1. The person making the prediction must be a talking-head who is paid by a medium to analyze sports.
2. The prediction being made must be one that is unique to the person making it. While predicting Ryan Leaf would be a good NFL qb is an all time terrible decision, you can't really fault Mel Kiper for saying so because EVERYONE thought Leaf would be a good qb.
3. The person making the prediction must not suffer from dementia. I don't wan't Lou Holtz's outlandish ND predictions taking up the whole list.
4. The person making the prediction must actually believe what he is predicting and not just saying it for the sake of argument/to make compelling tv.
Off the top of my head, here are the all-time worst sports predictions I can think of (in no particular order):
1. "LLP will be the greatest UM pg since Rumeal Robinson" - Tim McCormick
2. "Ron Pawlus will fin 4 heismans" - Beano Cook
3. "Oregon State is our preseason #1 team" - SI
4. "Michigan will make the Alamo Bowl in 2008" - Brian Cook (just kidding)
What other terrible predictions would you guys put on this list?