Tying up the loose ends from a previous post where I noted that The Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins counted her losing Hoyas Cagers before they hatched, I ended that post with a prediction of my own of the eight teams I thought would be in the Final Four for both the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournament. Those guesses were:
Men: Georgetown, Xavier, West Virginia, Duke
Women: Connecticut, Tennessee, Stanford, Nebraska
The teams in bold, as you will notice, are the teams that actually made it to Indianapolis (men) and San Antonio (women). This means out of the eight teams, I predicted four correctly. I could mention that out of the one hundred and twenty-eight possible bracket teams I could have chosen from, I predicted four correctly…but why quibble.
Now I apologize as I do not have Sally Jenkins’s predictions for either Final Four, but courtesy of another fine web page over at Mahalo.com, I see that of the ten experts mentioned (such as Dick Vitale, Gary Parrish, and Greg Anthony), only two (Dick Vitale, Gregg Doyel) correctly predicted two teams to make it to the men’s Final Four. Three prognosticators correctly identified one team and five laid goose eggs (uh…that means they got zero right).
I guess this means I’ll have to go back to my day job as a software tester as I will never make it as a sports columnist since being able to predict the outcome of events is not a job prerequisite for these experts.
But to be fair, if sports columnists could accurately predict the winners of a sporting event, don’t you think they would be in Las Vegas laying down money rather than interviewing sweaty men in humid locker rooms?