Predicting the future is hard. Just ask Harold Camping who had the faithful and the gullible buying canned food and bottled water back in May. At least people don’t place friendly wagers on the end of the world.
And that’s what makes predicting sports harder than Armageddon.
Everyone has an opinion and are absolutely sure they’ve got the winning horse. As one of my close friends tells me, the word “should” needs to be left out of sports conversations.
For example, the Miami Heat "should" have won the NBA championship; the U.S. Women’s Soccer team "should" have beat Japan for the World’s Cup title; and I "should" have run the ball in for the game-winning touchdown during the 1997 Turkey Bowl but instead elected to throw a pass which was ultimately intercepted. Dumb.
Thus, any attempt at foreseeing how the 2011-12 Miami Dolphins will fare just days after the NFL lockout was lifted, with an incomplete roster and a flurry of free-agent activity, should be taken with a grain of salt.
But I promise any guesses I make will be backed by facts I spent minutes Googling.