After the passing of Paul the Octopus, the realm of clairvoyant animals was headless—a pack without a leader.
Enter Shaheen: a camel from Dubai who has taken Paul’s place as the foremost sports oracle in the animal kingdom with his World Cup selections this month.
Dirty Tackle reports that Shaheen was discovered by Middle Eastern newspaper Gulf News. The site also reports that the camel has hit a smokin' hot streak since the tournament entered the knockout stages.
Overall, Shaheen is 19-of-29 on his World Cup picks, giving him a respectable 66 percent success rate. Almost all of those missed picks were in group play, because Shaheen isn't about the regular season. He shows up in the clutch when it's winning time. The camel correctly predicted seven out of the eight round of 16 knockout games last week.
How does he go about picking? He chews on the back of a sign with the nation’s flag on the front. It’s all very scientific.
Granted, Shaheen is still lagging behind Paul. The late octopus, a legend among prognosticating beasts, selected winners with an 85 percent success rate during the 2010 World Cup. Shaheen, however, is catching fire down the stretch.
Shaheen had Argentina beating Netherlands and most recently selected Messi and Co. to defeat Germany in the World Cup Final on Sunday.
We’ll see if the camel hits on his prediction, but it takes some brass-plated humps to bet against Germany right now.
I roll with Shaheen and the brother Abstract.