23 Out Of 23 ESPN Pundits Picked The Blue Jays Over The Rangers In ALDS
The main problem I have with this panel of ESPN baseball experts? Jerry Crasnick refuses to remove his top hat, even though he's sitting in the front row. Unbelievably rude.
The Toronto Blue Jays are locked in a 4-all battle with the Texas Rangers at this moment in Game 2 of the ALDS, as the contest swings into extra innings at the Rogers Centre. Toronto is in danger of falling into an 0-2 manhole with a loss here, a result that would go a long way toward serving a lot of people a very big helping of steaming crow. (UPDATE: Texas wins 6-4, takes 2-0 lead in best-of-five series).
Not the least among those: this ESPN panel of baseball experts. Unless my eyes deceive me, 23 out of 23 pundits chose the Blue Jays in this series. Let's take a look at who they are:
Wow. Even ESPN's Doug Glanville, who played for the Rangers, picked the Blue Jays.
When the day is over the series could conceivably be tied 1-1. But that's not even the point here. Let's break it down.
-- I interviewed Buster Olney in 2012 after a similar ESPN panel overwhelmingly chose the Cardinals, and then the Tigers, over San Francisco in the playoffs. Olney assured me that it wasn't an example of group think, but that all the pundits truly thought that the Giants didn't have what it took. (The interview was between the NLCS and World Series). That really speaks to credibility, doesn't it?
-- There really is an east coast bias. San Francisco or Texas can't beat our mighty teams from King's Landing! Click on the link above and you'll see that very few pundits picked the Astros in the ALDS, either.
-- How can you get 23 people to agree on anything? I'll bet that at least two of then think that angels are real, and that the moon is a planet.
-- ESPN pundits take themselves WAY to seriously. Imagine being so afraid of being wrong that out of fear you can't pick the Rangers, because their team batting average is 4 points lower than the Jays. It doesn't even matter if Toronto comes back and wins this series -- this is such an embarrassing example of group think, that all 23 of these people should be forced to fast on crackers until Nov. 2 and write on their iPads 1,000 times: "It's only sports. I am not curing cancer."
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