I hate to go Anquan Boldin on you for the final Pickin' & Grinnin' column of the NFL season, but I'm a little annoyed that now that we’re at the big game – the Super Bowl – all of a sudden everybody wants to hear everybody else’s predictions for the game.
You'll find Hollywood types who actually have public relations representatives who send their star’s Super Bowl prediction to any media out that will print it.
Why? Because apparently you, the American public, care about their predictions.
And why do you care? That I do not know.
I don’t want to speak for all the licensed NFL games pickers who have been picking games all season, but personally, I feel like I am being cheated on.
I mean, who was there, picking 16 games a week for you? Who was there every week, for 17 weeks plus the playoffs, not even receiving one week off during the regular season like every NFL team does, missing out on quality family time for you? Who was there, actually researching the Detroit Lions in order to confidently predict a Lions loss for you?
Me, that’s who.
So read who Jessica Alba is picking if you want. Or Bill Clinton. Or Kermit the Frog. But remember, I am the only one who, for 260-something games this season, has been missing on just about half of his predictions – all for you. I guess being loyally mediocre isn't what it used to be.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (-7): You would think that with two weeks before the big game, I would be better prepared to make this prediction. However, I have been too busy preparing for the end of the world in the event that the Cardinals – yes, the Chicago/St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals! – win the Super Bowl. I have not finished packing yet, so I am taking Pittsburgh, taking the points and taking my chances on not being caught with my underwear not in the suitcase. Pick: Steelers 23-14.
Conference championship games: 2-0 (1.000) overall, 1-1 (.500) vs. the spread. Season: 163-102-1 (.615) overall, 127-122-4 (.510) vs. the spread.