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Predictions gone wrong

Jay Fitzpatrick | Thursday, September 4, 2008

As a senior, it’s understandable that I would want – and likely get – classes that don’t start early. Unfortunately, I have an 8:30 and a 9:30.

Although that isn’t ideal, it does have one great advantage: I get to listen to the best radio show on God’s green Earth: Mike and Mike in the Morning.

This is not because I whole-heartedly agree with everything Mike Golic – himself a former Domer – says about sports, and especially about Notre Dame. It’s because the two have great banter together and act like they were lifelong friends.

It’s also because of the permanent segments that define the show.

Any fan of the show knows about the Sheets of Integrity: the guys’ version of a March Madness bracket. The classic arguments about one [bracket] vs. many and their wagers on the outcome are an annual event that I look forward to almost as much as the NCAA Tournament.

For those who don’t watch the show, here are some examples of recent terms of the bet. One year Golic won the bracket, and Mike Greenberg (Greeny) had to dress as the Leprechaun for the pair’s live broadcast from the Backer before the USC game. This past season, Greeny won and Golic had to face professional eaters in a competitive boneless wing-eating contest. (He lost that too).

But my favorite segment is one that is sure to return to prevalence soon: NFL Predictions Sure to Go Wrong. In honor of my favorite radio pair, here are my Predictions Sure to Go Wrong:

uBrady Quinn will have the same number of touchdowns as Darius Walker. That’s not to say that D-Walk finds a permanent spot in the Texans lineup, unlikely since he is back on the practice squad. Instead, Derek Anderson will continue to lead a high-flying Cleveland Browns offense and Quinn will again spend a year on the bench with no meaningful downs.

uHouston will get the first winning season of its franchise. The Texans finally dropped the sacktastic David Carr and have a solid defense with former No. 1 pick Mario Williams. The only thing that stopped that from happening last season was injuries, to their first two running backs (Ahman Green and Ron Dayne) and star receiver Andre Johnson. Expect big things out of Houston this season.

uTom Brady and the high-flying Patriots return to Earth this season and have a pedestrian year: only 40 touchdown passes from the New England signal caller. Teams started to figure out the Pats at the end of last season, and yet they still won 18 games. Unless teams are able to blitz constantly and still cover Randy Moss and Wes Welker like the Giants did in the Super Bowl, the Pats will still dominate the league.

Maybe my guesses aren’t as good as my radio icons, but they probably have the same good chance of being wrong.