Super Bowl 2011: Which Experts' Preseason Super Bowl Picks Look Most Idiotic?

Trae ThompsonSenior Analyst IJanuary 27, 2011

Super Bowl 2011: Which Experts' Preseason Super Bowl Picks Look Most Idiotic?

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 26:  A view of Cowboys Stadium at night on January 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  North Texas will host Super Bowl XLV  between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington,
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    I admire anyone who will call their shots.

    But I thought it was be fun to dig back in the vault, search through various websites (both well-known and random) and check out some Super Bowl predictions made before the season.

    Most weren't far off, and others went with the normal, boring picks.

    Whatever happened to taking risks, and being bold? 

    Let's go look back at 10 different predictions I found. Some of the comments I saw will give you a good laugh, too:

10. Gene Wojciechowski, ESPN.com: Indianapolis Over New Orleans

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  A fan of the Indianapolis Colts supports his team against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    We all saw how both teams barely had a run game this year, and the Seahawks exposed the Saints' porous defense in the playoffs.

    I did have to mention what Wojciechowski wrote about the Bengals in his preview.

    "I'll pick the Bengals to win this division when Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens take vows of silence," he said.

    Hilarious.

9. Anthony Stalter, Scoresreport.com: Green Bay Defeats Baltimore

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Matt Wilhelm #57 of the Green Bay Packers looks on while taking on the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    "(My cohort here at The Scores Report and huge Green Bay fan John Paulsen just spit his White Russian all over his computer screen reading that projection or wet himself…or both.)," Stalter wrote.

    I have no idea what a White Russian is, or what's in it. I'll give him credit, though, for getting one team right. The other just couldn't hold onto a lead when it mattered.

8. Adam Schein, FOXSports.com: Green Bay Beats Indianapolis

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers smiles while taking on the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Had to point out Schein's prediction on the Eagles: "Expect Kevin Kolb to have a very good first year, DeSean Jackson to become a star and both Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy to break out."

    Almost, almost. Another certain quarterback kind of dominated in place of Kolb.

7. Don Banks, Sports Illustrated: Baltimore Over Green Bay

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15:  Linebacker Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after a play against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregor
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    What's so frustrating about the Ravens is that all the pieces were in place for them to be here in Arlington, Texas, for the big game.

6. Dave Goldberg, AOL Fanhouse: Green Bay Tops Baltimore, 32-31

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Cullen Jenkins #77 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a sack of quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears in the first half in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo
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    Check out what Goldberg had to say about the New York Jets in his preview:

    "One team I'm not picking is the Jets, even with Darrelle Revis back, a predictable development -- guys who hold out usually show up the last week. The Revis holdout never bothered me in regards to the Jets' fortunes as much as:

    1. They're weak at the most critical position in football: Owner.

    2. Mark Sanchez is in his second year and still is making rookie (well, second-year) mistakes at QB.

    3. They made it to the AFC title game last season but wouldn't even have made the playoffs if the Colts hadn't tanked a game to them in the 14th week."

    Wonder if he regrets that part? 

5. Men's Fitness: New England Beats New Orleans

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots stands on the field during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa
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    The men's health magazine turned to CBS Sports analyst Gus Johnson, who really went out on a limb with his picks.

    "This year is going to mark the return of the Pats," Johnson wrote.

    "They've got an incredible future Hall of Fame quarterback and a future Hall of Fame wide receiver [Randy Moss]. These guys are focused—they're not going to be messing around."

    Until they played the Jets in the playoffs.

4. Whatifsports.com: Green Bay Over San Diego

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    I just don't get the Chargers hype that people had. Turns out their division rivals, Kansas City, were a bit more talented, and have lots more potential.

3. Totalsports.com: New England Patriots Beat The Saints

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots stands on the field during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa
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    They had the Patriots beating the Colts in the AFC Championship and Saints taking down the Giants in the NFC Championship. Pretty risky picking.

2. Yahoo Sports: Baltimore And Colts Picked Winners

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens jogs off the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Get
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    Doug Farrar had the Ravens defeating Green Bay, while Chris Chase had the Colts beating the Cowboys on Yahoo's Shutdown Corner Blog.

    There were a variety of categories in which they gave predictions, but I did notice one section called "Most Overrated Player."

    Chase's choice: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

1. Jerome Bettis, Sports Illustrated: San Diego Beats Green Bay

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    DENVER - JANUARY 02:  Running back Darren Sproles #43 of the San Diego Chargers rushes against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 33-28.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Gett
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    I love The Bus, but he had San Diego beating New England in the AFC Championship and Green Bay defeating Dallas (we know how the Cowboys' season unfolded). And then there's his Super Bowl pick.

    No, no, no. It's just really bad.

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