The Bleacher Report Jinx: Predictions That Have Gone Terribly Wrong

Ben GibsonSenior Analyst IApril 18, 2009

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 23:  Charles Thomas #3 and Michael Washington #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks sit dejected on the bench in the final minutes against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2nd round of the East Regional of the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at RBC Center March 23, 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina. North Carolina defeated Arkansas 108-77.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

If you watch sports long enough, you start to have traditions.

You believe that standing in a certain area or wearing a certain article of clothing can makes things happen on the court or on the field.

It’s okay, you can admit it.

We all know it’s not true…I have absolutely zero impact on the outcome of any sporting game.

Unless I went on the field and tackled somebody my role is to pretty much be an observer and claim that I saw an upset coming.

That’s what I have tried to do for nearly nine months here at the Bleacher Report, report the big news in Virginia and the ACC as well as try to make some predictions along the way. 

Now that I have reached my 100th article here on B/R, I now know the truth.

I am a hack.

I started looking back at all my articles. The ones I liked that no one ever read or ones that were lucky enough to get amazing amounts of reads and comments.

Whether 10 people or 1000 people read it though, every article seemed to have a common theme.

A Ben Gibson article is a jinx you simply cannot ignore.

If athletes believed in superstitions, they probably would not want me writing about them.

So for my 100th article, I thought I would give you a small view at the careers I helped destroy in my short time here as well as the predictions that went horribly wrong.

Well first there was the Virginia’s coaching search for a men’s basketball coach where I did a series of articles examining potential candidates. 

I went through five names, and I could have done 50 before I ever came close to the right answer on that one. 

Sorry Tony Bennett, nothing personal.

I will begin making terrible predictions about you soon enough.

At least I wasn’t the only one way off in the coaching search.

I’m looking at you Jerry Ratcliffe

Then there was golf, a sport I love to watch and sometimes I would profile players who I thought had a good chance of winning a particular tournament.

First there was Lorena Ochoa attempting to win her third straight major in 2008, she finished third.

Not bad but definitely not a win.

Then I talked about Paula Creamer being in great position to win the U.S. Women’s Open just one shot off the lead entering the final round. 

She proceeded to shoot 78 and fall to a sixth place finish.

I also openly wondered if Adam Scottwould break through at the 2008 PGA Championship and claim his first major. 

He missed the cut.


Then there was my great conspiracy following Billy Gillispie’s removal from the University of Kentucky.

I had it all planned out.  Billy Donovan leaves Florida for Kentucky and he is replaced by his former all-star assistant and Virginia Commonwealth coach Anthony Grant.

Then as soon as the story broke, Florida officially announced Donovan was not leaving.

My story was obsolete in the course of an hour.

Then there was Arkansas basketball.

The Razorbacks were riding high this year after beating both Texas and Oklahoma.

They were nationally ranked and as the poll indicated, many thought they were ready for postseason glory.

Well they were...until I took notice of them.

To be fair, I wrote my article warning people to wait until they captured a road game or two before they jumped on the bandwagon but boy the spoke fell off that wheel faster than anyone could have imagined.

Arkansas went on to lose 15 of its final 17 games of the season.

Sorry Razorback fans, I will lay off next year.

I also predicted that Virginia had officially popped Maryland’s bubble when they beat the Terrapins in the regular season finale for both teams.

Turns out Maryland had to prove me wrong and beat Wake Forest to insure itself a spot in the Big Dance.

Bubble officially restored.

You’re welcome Maryland fans.

Yes, I even jinxed my beloved Cavaliers.

I wrote an article on freshman phenom Sylven Landesberg, calling him the best freshman in the country. Even though he went on to win the ACC Rookie of the Year award, it was a rough finish after I wrote that article. 

Landesberg ended the season shooting 10-of-31 from the field after the article, including a woeful 0-for-6 performance on the road against Clemson.

After averaging over 17 PPG before the article was written Landesberg averaged 10 PPG afterwards.

Granted I don’t think my article nor the less than 200 people who read it exactly added pressure to him or anything, but we all know the numbers do not lie.

I predicted Virginia’s Sean Singletary would be a pleasant surprise in the NBA and although he did see action in 37 games last season as a rookie he ended the year playing in the NBDL with the Sioux Fall Skyforce.

I predicted Virginia Commonwealth would bust some bracketsin the Big Dance and although they made it out of the CAA and came within a point of UCLA they still were not successful.

So you see 100 articles down and so many more chances to be wrong still remain.

I live in hopes that one day I may actually be correct about something sports related.

Hopefully you will be there to see it. 

Thanks for reading!


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