It’s that time of the week again. Every Wednesday, I post this comprehensive guide highlighting some of the notable unprophetic and wrong predictions and other observations that are relevant to the previous week’s sports news. Let’s begin.
BEST OF THE WEEK
NFL DRAFT FLASHBACK- TROY AIKMAN
Coming out of UCLA in 1989, QB Troy Aikman was the player who most experts believed was most worthy of the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft. That number one pick belonged to the Dallas Cowboys, who had finished the 1988 season with a 3-13 record with Steve Pelluer as the Quarterback. After the season, new owner Jerry Jones fired legendary coach Tom Landry and hired Jimmy Johnson. When the Cowboys used their first pick on Aikman, mostly everyone agreed that it was the right thing to do. However, Al Carter of the Houston Chronicle did not. Here are some excerpts from a column Carter wrote the night after the draft:
“The Cowboys blew it.”
“In going for the quick fix, the worst team in pro football probably did nothing more than secure itself a future of slow pain. The aches of Aikmania may soon have Cowboy hypochondriacs begging for a good, old-fashioned case of Pellueritis.”
“Was drafting Troy Aikman the best way for a 3-13 football team to expeditiously rebuild itself? Ask just about anyone in the Cowboy watch zone the question and you’ll get, at best, a shrug. Or, in an intense moment, maybe a yawn.”
“Aikman hasn’t provoked comparisons to John Elway or Terry Bradshaw even from close relatives. But public emotions called this shot. So desperate were glory-starved Cowboys’ fans for an heir to Roger Staubach, even the Tom Landry braintrust considered it a necessity to grab something – anything – quarterbackish.”
“Had the Cowboys been able to live with Steve Pelluer, they could have drafted Tony Mandarich. No one yawns over Mandarich, a 310-pound tackle who resembles Anthony Munoz and will now complement running backs in Green Bay.”
Note: Tony Mandarich turned out to be one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.
“The Cowboys cowed to the rabble and took Aikman, who, his new employers hope, will work his way up to starter sometime before Mandarich and [New York Jets running back Blair] Thomas are inducted at Canton. Aikman, you see, doesn’t have the job yet.”
“Forgotten, too, is the fact that the Cowboys still have a 1-8 shot of a top two spot in the coming supplemental draft, which includes two quarterbacks comparable to Aikman: Miami’s Steve Walsh and Washington State’s Timm Rosenbach.”
“The Cowboys, better than anyone, should know better than to slap history in the face.”
Aikman did start his entire rookie season and the Cowboys went 1-15. However, Aikman along with assets eventually obtained through the draft picks acquired from the infamous lobsided Herschel Walker trade, eventually helped the Cowboys become a 1990s dynasty, winning three Super Bowls. Aikman, himself, made six pro bowls and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
DREW DOUGHTY UNDERESTIMATES THE VEGAS KNIGHTS
In late December, after the Los Angeles Kings lost to the Vegas Golden Knights, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said “there’s no way they’re going to be a better team than us by the end of the season.” Tuesday night, the Golden Knights closed out a four game sweep of the Kings in the first round of the NHL Playoffs.
ESPN PERSONALITY SARCASTICALLY PREDICTS SIXERS ASCENSION
The Philadelphia 76ers took a lot of criticism throughout their rebuilding “process” during the last 4-5 years. However, this season, it seems to have all come together. Philadelphia won 52 games this year, and finished 3rd in the Eastern Conference.
One of the aforementioned critics apparently was ESPN personality Adnan Virk, who, back in November 2014, while filling in Keith Olbermann on the show Olbermann, amazingly, in a thick sarcastic tone, described what would be the result of the Sixers rebuild. Have a listen:
— Ham Sinkie (@HamSinkie) April 13, 2018
CHARLES BARKLEY’S 2017-18 NBA PREDICTIONS: NOT SO GREAT
Friday morning, the official NBA on TNT twitter account had a little fun with Inside the NBA host Charles Barkley, posting a video clip of all of his preseason NBA predictions. Barkley was not quite on point. Check it out:
How did Chuck's 2017-18 @NBA predictions pan out?
Roll the tape. 😂 pic.twitter.com/iMbBHWuLW8
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 13, 2018
BEST OF THE REST
- In March, when Wide Receiver Allen Hurns signed a three year contract with the Cowboys, he tweeted “not sure what number I’ll be rocking yet but that 88 is all Dez.” Well, Turns can now have that number if he wants because the Cowboys released Dez Bryant Friday afternoon.
- The official ESPN NBA Twitter Account executed a classic jinx on LeBron James and the Cavs before Sunday’s first round NBA Playoff opener between Cleveland and Indiana. The account tweeted:
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 15, 2018
The Pacers destroyed the Cavs 98-80.
- Veteran NBA writer Chris Sheridan boldly predicted that the Sixers would sweep the Heat in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Heat won Game 2 Monday night to even the series at one.
- Monday night, when the New York Mets were up 6-1 over the Washington Nationals in the 8th Inning, Kevin Burkhardt tweeted “the Mets are making a STATEMENT.” The Nats proceeded to score 6 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Mets 8-6.
- On April 14, 2011, Fox Sports’ Doug Gottlieb, then with ESPN, tweeted this:
Chris Singleton will be a more effective pro than Kemba. He is as close to a Bruce Bowen as there has been in the college game in 10 years
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) April 14, 2011
- On April 14, 2017, veteran NBA analyst Ric Bucher tweeted this:
Addressing that on Mad Dog today. SXM 82, 6-9p ET. Short answer: despite the dumpster fire that NYK proved to be, still ahead of the 76ers. https://t.co/fwthpROYTh
— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) April 14, 2017
- On April 17, 2010, then Sports Illustrated NFL writer Greg Bedard tweeted this:
- Skip Bayless thinks that the Thunder will beat the Sixers for the NBA Title.
- On The Herd with Colin Cowherd, former Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson predicted that the Spurs would beat the Warriors in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs, and that the Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge is going to dominate the series. The Warriors currently lead the series 2-0.
- Fox Sports’ Jason McIntyre thinks that if former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is picked in the Top 5 of the NFL Draft, “he is going to be a flop.”
- On The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday morning, ESPN draft guru Todd McShay said he believes that the New York Giants will draft Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the number 2 pick.
- Kudos to Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald who, back in December, astutely guaranteed at least one bench clearing brawl between the Yankees and the Red Sox this season, and was off on the exact date of the brawl (it happened on April 11) by one day.
— Steve Buckley (@BuckinBoston) April 12, 2018
Fred Segal is an attorney from West Palm Beach, FL. He operates the popular Freezing Cold Takes twitter account (@OldTakesExposed) which highlights, among other things, hilarious unprophetic and inaccurate takes and predictions.