Still strolling through my weathered collection of newspaper articles from 2010 full of predictions and my sights are set on the gridiron.
In April of last year, as the National Football League was gearing up for the draft and baseball was just starting up, the Washington NFL team made headlines by trading with the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire quarterback Donovan McNabb.
Sports columnists love to make to predictions and the scribes at The Washington Post are no different. So, in the wake of the trade, two Post columnists gave their opinions as to what it all would mean.
First up, on April 5, 2010, Michael Wilbon in his column wrote that…
…McNabb is about the best fit around to be the quarterback of the Washington Redskins
and later, Wilbon continues with…
…I think this trade for McNabb and what I presume to be the imminent departure of restricted free agent Campbell, are just what both men and the franchise need.
On the other side is Mike Wise as writes in his column on April 6 that…
[B]efore everyone congratulates the new brain trust for essentially doing what the old brain trust did — procuring some other town’s star instead of developing its own — answer two questions:
Does anyone believe the Washington Redskins are poised to win the Super Bowl next season? What about 2012?
No and no.
If you agree with that assessment and do not live in denial or Ashburn, any well-argued case for acquiring McNabb just went out the window.
Offseason champions again? Of course. That’s how we roll here.
What we have here in these two columnists is Wilbon taking the optimistic route and Wise taking the not-optimistic route.
So let’s proceed to the veridiction (the practice of verifying predictions) and announce that the Washington NFL team finished up the 2010 season with a record of 6-10, which was an improvement over their 2009 record of 4-12. However, McNabb was benched for the last three games of the season by Coach Mike Shanahan in favor of the backup QB Rex Grossman.
That gives us a final result of a split with Wilbon’s upbeat prediction not coming true as McNabb, at least in the head coach’s eyes, was not the best fit, and with Wise’s assessment of a team not ready for prime time (much less playoff time) on the mark.
There is always next April when Washington again will be offseason champions once more.