View Full Version : "Nobody Wins : not one local sportswriter picked the White Sox to win the pennant"

04-06-2006, 12:41 PM
Good little bit in Michael Miner's column in The Reader this week.

I had no idea there was a "Golden Bat" award, and I'd been reading it for years.

http://www.chireader.com/hottype/index.html (http://www.chireader.com)

But once a century it actually is. And that's why it was finally my chance to confer immortality. I would award the BAT to any sportswriter farsighted enough a year ago to pick the Sox to run the table. I'd extol this scrivener in language befitting gods on earth. I'd hand him or her a free pass to Valhalla.
No particular perspicacity was required to pick the Yankees for the 2005 playoffs -- or the Cardinals, Angels, or Braves. Just about everybody did. But a White Sox pick demanded dazzling acuity. Let me give you an idea. A reader forwarded to Hot Type the 2005 predictions made by 19 experts who posted their choices on the ESPN Web site. Only one picked the White Sox to reach the playoffs (though not to accomplish anything once they got there). And absolutely nobody put the Astros in the playoffs. So none of these veteran sports observers correctly guessed either team in the World Series. Let's face it: Neil Tesser's theory about baseball forecasting was one of the fundamental insights of the last century.
But I expected better from the local talent. Surely at least one of our pundits observed the grit and talent of the south-side nine and foresaw the juggernaut.

Ha, that's funny, because I put money down last year because my family was so angry at the Sox that they had given up before the season started.

mrs. hendu
04-06-2006, 06:25 PM
I love it when the Sox are the underdog. I think that motivates more. Higher expectations mean more pressure.

04-06-2006, 07:57 PM
Thome is certainly motivated. He wants that ring.