Saturday, 19 April 2014

NFL Newshound - 19/4/14

It's been a busy offseason here at Pickwatch, and soon you'll be able to see the fruits of those labors as we move to a new interface that allows you to pick against the experts and win cash prizes. We'll also be ensuring you can display the expert pick tables in more intuitive and interactive ways.

But for now, here's installment one of a series we'll be continuing throughout the year - Newshound. This is where we take a look at the murky world of NFL 'journalism' and keep track of media analysis for future reference. We'll also be pointing out the stupidest of the barrel-load of stupidity that regularly spews forth from NFL players and coaches.

Spotted some hypocrisy? Let us know here.

Character Issues


Yesterday former Bucs G.M. and new ESPN talking head Mark Dominik decided to take a few shots at Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater, claiming that their draft stock is falling. In particular, we enjoyed his quotes on Bridgewater:

"Something that scouts internally, we talked about it in Tampa with Teddy Bridgewater last year. Is he really the premiere quarterback? I like the young man, I think he’s a quality individual, he’s got character and leadership and those things. But this is a quarterback, and you’re judged by what quarterback you draft, and I think Teddy Bridgewater might not have all the pieces you’re looking for."

That's fine and we totally understand the dynamic that means Dominik has to answer questions about top ranked QB prospects. The problem is, of course, that occasionally we're going to question exactly what makes the man who put together an atrocious 28-52 record during his stint as a G.M. qualified to make such assertions.

In this particular case, we can't help but revisit Dominik's quotes on his own QB pick, Josh Freeman:

"I walked up on the pre-game down on the field and I was amazed at his size, his delivery, his arm strength -- all the pre-game stuff," Dominik said. "You're sitting there going, 'Wow, this guy has got a lot of talent.' There were certain questions you just couldn't answer. And as we have walked through him from the start of draft preparation to taking him with our first pick this year, he continued to check the boxes of the things that were important to us."

Presumably character wasn't an issue with Freeman... oh wait.


So you'll forgive us for not taking Mark Dominik's opinion of a) what constitutes 'good character' and b) what to look for in a franchise QB, very seriously.



Best Buddy



Rotoworld have their own take on Dominik's opinion that Manziel could fall to the back end of the first round in this year's draft. 


"Dominik's thoughts are particularly interesting because he was GMing in the NFL as recently as this past January, and it's probably a safe bet that he still talks to a lot of people around the league."  


We're sure he does, but if we were current NFL G.M.'s we would think twice about accepting a call from him...



Hot Source


Mike Florio of PFT, Saturday April 5th: "On Friday, the Titans cut running back Chris Johnson. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Johnson currently is expected to pick his next team by the middle of next week."


"Given the extended availability of Johnson via trade and the protracted stretch of time in which it was inevitable he’d be cut, interested teams have had plenty of time to do their work and come to a conclusion as to level of interest and financial commitment."


Mike Florio of PFT, Monday April 14th: "When the Titans cut running back Chris Johnson, the initial expectation was that he’d sign by the middle of last week. He didn't."


That 'initial expectation' consisted entirely of one guy's guess, with little or no fact to back up those opinions. We're guessing Florio probably thought he could rely on a big-name free agent being a hot commodity, and attempted to bolster the reputation of his 'Rumor Mill' with a freebie prediction.


But that's not all. We admire Florio, if only for his absolute determination to try and shoehorn a sense of I know better than you' into every article. Here's


"It remains unclear which teams are talking to Johnson, but there’s a good chance that the teams talking to Johnson are insisting on discretion."


Ah. We see. those conniving sorts in front offices are trying to pull a fast one over our erstwhile correspondent! As you say Mike, it's impossible to link a player to his eventual destination in these circumstances, so why even try? I mean... wait... what's that?


PFT April 5th: "It’s still unclear where he will land, although the strongest link appears to be to the Jets."


April 16th: Chris Johnson signs with the Jets


This is so contradictory, we can't work out whether to applaud or condemn Florio's haphazard guesswork, but he certainly proves the old adage about a wall and enough of a brown substance.



Story Of My Life


From ESPNJackson said Friday that a call from Eagles coach Chip Kelly to inform him of his release was a "one direction" conversation.


Now all we can wonder is who is Chip's favourite OD'er? Probably not Louis, judging by this clip. And in case you're wondering, it was as a result of this tackle by Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor in a charity match.


Chances are you're laughing now. And rightly so.



Bulletin Bored



We love it when NFL players talk about doubters/haters etc, particularly when there doesn't appear to be anyone questioning a team or player's ability. An example you say? Step forward Reggie Wayne of the Colts, as per our friend Marc Sessler of NFL.com:


Wayne spoke repeatedly of his "naysayers," telling the group: "It's you guys. You guys motivate me."


A cursory glance at google reveals almost universal praise for Wayne, his exceptionally quick recovery time, and the positive impact his return will have on the Colts as a team.


But yeah sure Reggie, you stick that up on your fridge door. Or whatever people do with bulletin board material these days. Do people still use bulletin boards?



Could Care More



Few things irk us - as professional pedants - more than the adoption of 'could care less' as a term used to indicate someone in fact couldn't care less about something.


It's really very simple. Saying that you could care less indicates that you actually care about something, and that you could perhaps care a little bit less, perhaps for your own sanity. There's definitely some wiggle room there in your amount of caring.


Saying that you couldn't care less would tell us that you currently care the absolute minimum it is possible to care about something. There's nothing left to not give. Or something. You get the point.


Says Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on Doug Gottlieb's CBS Radio slot:


"...right now, I really can care less who I play for"


We don't even know where to begin with this head-scratcher. Is he authorizing himself to care less, because he currently cares too much?



Sub-Standard


We always enjoy the Daily Mail's attempts to get to grip with American Football. Or anything apart from immigration and pointless celebrities, in fact. The hilarious combination of journalists with zero intrinsic knowledge of the game, and a desire to steal other peoples' work and pump out as many stories as humanly possible in a 24hr period, often leads to a host of mistakes.


Having said that, even we were surprised (ok, we weren't actually surprised) by this gem in a cringeworthy comparison of Premier League vs NFL teams that we noticed from last season, compiled to help British fans pick a team to follow. It's tenuous stuff at the best of times, but we can't help but wondering if the sub-editor was being a bit of a dick that day.


(Comparing Sunderland to the Jets) "Paolo Di Canio has brought in 14 new faces at Sudnerland, while the Miami Dolphins spent big in free agency"


"Coach Rex Ryan is a tinder box and and a sub-editor's dream"


Check out the full monstrosity here.


We'll be back next week, and throughout the offseason. We'll also be moving to our 'new' site in the next few weeks that will allow you to make your own picks against those of our panel of experts. If you find something that you think we should use in here, let us know by email or in the comments section below*.


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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Pickwatch Profiles: Deion Sanders

Continuing our offseason profiling of the NFL's TV experts, here's a look at arguably NFL Networks biggest personality, Deion Sanders. For years Deion polarized opinions on the field, and he is no less controversial now that his career has ended. This may go down like a lead balloon, but we're not exactly huge fans of his...

The look:

'Donald Trump circa 1996' seems to be Deion's fashion rule. Even at his most garish - see the all-corduroy monstrosity he wore for this year's Super Bowl - Deion nearly always abides by the Trump's philosophy of braces, waistcoat, a contrast collar and a suit that is about a size too large for him. 

Why is this? I can only think that Deion, standing 6' 1", believes himself to be a giant amongst puny human weaklings and is unable to ask for his real size. Deion always sets this ensemble off with his trademark ear-to-ear smile and an earring that says 'I'm considerably richer than you are'. Which he is, in fairness.


What he does:

Intelligent foil to Michael Irvin's nonsensical ramblings, Deion is a man who clearly revels in his relevance to today's stars, and his platform at NFL Network allows him as much access as possible to the younger generation. Sanders is almost exclusively featured on NFL Gameday to provide gravitas, which as an NFL Hall of Famer he unquestionably does bring.

Sanders's 'Primetime' nickname is used by NFL Network to highlight key plays during his 'Let's go Primetime' slot at the end of NFL Gameday Final on Sundays. As a bona-fide legend, a two-sport athlete and one of the best to ever play the DB position, Sanders commands respect when talking about big plays and NFLN propagate this legacy by highlighting Deion-esque plays during their highlight shows. These include anything where a player runs fast or holds the ball up while entering the end zone.

He also appears on selected draft days during the NFL combine - see 'Working with the Pros' below - and made a bizarre attempt to become a reality TV star over the last few years. These, however, are not his most controversial off-field pursuits. 

Sanders has also invested considerable time and money into 'Prime U', a Dallas area prep school with a noticeably mixed-message that promotes athletics as 'the hook' but seeks to build it's students into 'dreamers and CEO's'. Deion's words, not mine. The school fired Sanders in 2013 citing him as 'unfit to work with children' after two alleged assaults on staff members.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

Ok let's start with the strengths: He definitely isn't a film guru, but much like in his heyday as a player, he simply avoids commenting on those things that he doesn't feel comfortable with (tackling) and concentrates on the plays on which his voice carries the most weight. Seems generally electrified by big plays, particularly punt and kick returns, and is a much needed defensive voice in an NFL landscape that cherishes offence above all else.

Sanders the broadcaster is the definition of 'polished former-pro' and it's easy to imagine the ex-players lining up to attend broadcasting training camps being shown videos of Deion in full flow. Charismatic and verbose, he is a rarity in modern NFL broadcasting in that his opinions rarely seem contrived or designed to provoke argument, instead you can get a sense that Sanders has a genuine passion for his subject matter. It's a refreshing change from the endless line of players who don't seem to know what they're saying until it comes out of their mouth, and who then have to spend the next 2 minutes defending their oratory genocide.

That's what Deion does well, but there is another side to Sanders, a ruthless self-promoting streak that overrides every action both on screen and off. In many ways, this is no different to any other media personality working in the NFL, but at some point, Sanders appears to have bought into the idea that he is a Messiah-figure in the context of both football and life. His interest in the lives of young players has progressed from a healthy mentor to a few kids who needed his guidance, to a man determined to extend his influence as far as possible.

Taken in isolation, such issues would seem extraneous to Sanders the broadcaster, but there can be no doubt that over the years his role as a 'mentor' has often led to a pretty huge conflict of interest. Remember when Michael Crabtree held out until late October in 2009? Sanders regularly politicked for Crabtree during an unseemly half-season, and that episode prompted Roger Goodell - probably the only man Sanders considers himself answerable to beyond you-know-who - to privately tell him to tone down his promotion of those players he had a relationship with.

But the problem is that now that cat is out of the bag we can't know when Sanders is giving an opinion in an unbiased manner, or because the player(s) involved are one of his selected cabal of players who have been granted an audience with Neon Deion. 

Tellingly, we know about this because Sanders couldn't simply help people and keep quiet, he bragged on TV about his text messages to current players, he was embroiled in the Dez Bryant suspension during the latter's college career, and had a strangely manipulative and controlling relationship with WVU prospect Noel Devine. What has been revealed in glimpses each time, is that Deion the smiling politician on our screens every Sunday, is not Deion Sanders. It is Primetime, a polished product that simply ignores these facts and dismisses them when challenged.

Of course, Sanders isn't the first or last TV talking head to have a vested interest in those he comments on, but he is the first to be caught on tape blackmailing the prep school he helped set up and threatening 'I'm going to get more money or else it won't be a school -- period'.

Just let that sink in for a second.

Ok so here's the theory: Everything, the endorsements, the prep school, the kids, the NFL mentoring stuff, the TV gig... it's all just a brand. It's all Primetime, and while there may be some incidental benefit to those whose babies Sanders kisses on his ego-driven quest, the overall aim is simply the continued gainful employment and money-making of one Mr D. Sanders. He revels in his ability to schmooze with the important and good, and the only way to do that is not only talk about football, but to promote his name as if he is the second coming.

It's not his only weakness - we mentioned the lack of film study - but it's been many years since I could watch a Sanders broadcast and feel that anything he said was not, when all was said and done, rooted in his desire to make money and be more powerful. We rightly question the off-screen antics of Sapp, Sharper, Irvin et al when they are accused of misdemeanours, yet Deion is never questioned, never investigated and rarely questioned as more disturbing revelations come from 'Prime Prep'.

Clearly, if you believed it was all about the kids, you hadn't read the name of his school.


Working with the pros

Sanders has always had a solid relationship with Rich Eisen, and in many ways that pairing has been the bedrock of NFL Network programming for almost a decade now. There have been additions to the team, people have left, but through it all Deion has been teflon - nothing ever seems to stick. As such, he has been an ever-present at NFLN since his retirement in 2006.

Deion often seems to be above what little back and forth goes on between the Gameday analysts, usually asserting himself in a way that suggests his opinion is more valuable than those of his colleagues. In reality, this is Sanders the pro at work. When he's on screen, all eyes are on him, and watching him wait for Irvin to finish jabbering is like watching a Praying Mantis slowly poise itself ready to launch an unstoppable attack on it's prey. It's both compelling and, in a strange way, uncomfortable. 

Watching him interact with Mike Mayock at the combine is like watching a car crash as Deion simply dismisses the 265th pick in the 1981 draft, and uses his own criteria (speed, amount player likes or has referenced Mr D Sanders in interviews) to judge prospects. Watching film is for guys like Mike Mayock. Alpha males like Deion don't need tape, they are tape. They MAKE tape. Or something. You can sense too, Deion's slight distaste for the effeminate Mayock in all interactions. No thigh slaps for you Mike, don't want you getting the wrong idea (even though he's happily married with kids). No, Deion is firmly in the T.O. bracket when it comes to anyone who is slightly camp.

That's what makes Deion so compelling though. Even his detractors must admit that there is something disconcertingly watchable in how he interacts with those around him, rarely showing deference or acknowledging their views unless they coincide with his own. It's almost as if the entire set has been built with Sanders front center, and the broadcast team is unsure of whether they should pull up Deion on his opinions. It's not that he spouts anything particularly crazy (see Bayless, S.) but it's very obvious to anyone watching that Deion doesn't embrace the challenge of verbal disagreements. Again, Sanders is the alpha male, using physical strength to intimidate those weaker than him, while being enough of a wordsmith to make more physically imposing people wary of a confrontation.

One of Sanders's more shameful moments, you may remember, occurred when Bears QB Jay Cutler was injured against Green Bay in the NFC title game two years ago. Deion annihilated Cutler (who required ACL surgery as a result of the injury) live on TV, questioned his heart for not playing on and repeatedly using the same phrase: 'It doesn't matter what the reality is, it is the perception that matters'.

You can't help wondering whether that phrase may have cropped up for Deion before. 

Off the Field

See above. A complete liability whose  only interests are (in order):

1: Himself
2: Money

Has cheated on his (super hot) wife with a girl Pacman Jones introduced him to. Note to all: Never allow yourself to get in a situation where Pacman Jones is the man fixing you up with a girl, in the same way you shouldn't let Vince Young near your financial affairs or get Brett Favre to advise you on when to take early retirement. 


Overall

Here at Pickwatch we try to be impartial as much as is humanly possible. That said, Deion Sanders the broadcaster is inextricably linked to the guy who is actively involved in a whole host of off-field pursuits that color his broadcasting image. It's a shame, because Sanders is clearly personable in isolation, but the double standards that applied to Deion the player really don't make sense any more. He doesn't bring anything to the table that another personality could not bring, so why ignore the mounting evidence that Sanders is... well... a borderline loon who may try to strangle you in a Senator's office, no less?

The mind boggles as to why Sanders is still considered untouchable, and I guess, as Deion often tells us, the thing that will define him is not anyone's opinions, but the truth.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Pickwatch Profiles: Rich Eisen

In the first of a new series for the offseason, Pickwatch takes the TV experts to task and breaks down the strengths and many, many weaknesses of NFL media analysts. First up is one of the men who holds the whole thing together, NFL Network's prime time host Rich Eisen.

The look:

Can you imagine Rich Eisen in a T-shirt? No, because this is a man born with a quasi-presidential style that leaves no room for smart-casual in the wardrobe. I like to imagine Eisen's wardrobe as a vast spectrum of color, with shirts ranging all the way from brilliant white to pale blue. Even when running his now ubiquitous 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Eisen - in a self-depreciating manner - insists on wearing a suit, even when NFL Network shoehorn (literally) an Under Armour endorsement in.

What he does:

Eisen isn't there to offer you his own football opinions - more on that later - and it's a good job too, as he is often tasked with controlling the biggest egos in sports, ie: the NFL's prime time broadcasting crews. There is a notable gap between Eisen and any of his fellow anchors at NFLN since Fran Charles left to front the MLB's in-house coverage two years ago.

When Warren Sapp is spouting barely credible rubbish with a vaguely shocked face like he's having a cattle prod inserted into a place nobody wants to see, it is Rich who must step in and guide the conversation to the warm, embracing tones of Marshall Faulk. Ditto when tasked with one of Michael Irvin's Bill Cosby impressions (you know, the ones where he seems to lose all motor skills?), it's Rich's job to keep the conversation flowing.

There's something slightly off with NFLN's pre-game analysis, and if anything one of the slight problems is that they are somehow too prepared. Never shy to show some candid production meeting shots, you get the feeling that every analyst on the panel has an internal clock counting down in their head as a result of the show's script being drilled into them beforehand. That's all well and good, but it's too polished and doesn't leave any room for an ad-hoc discussion on the merits of individual players in a balanced manner. Eisen is one of the casualties of this high pressure approach to gameday broadcasts, as he is shunted aside for an ESPN-esque shoutathon.

Rich also hosts his own podcasts on NFL.com and there we see a different style to him. It's still hard to envisage him recording in anything other than a dress shirt and comfy slacks, but in these less-constrained settings we see hints of Eisen the journalist, offering football opinions in a way that he would never be able to on air with Deion & co.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

Eisen's humor is - although exclusively 'white guy in his 40s' - a bonus that has carried NFL Network through some rough times. It can wear a little thin on the podcast, where the celebrity guests often seem like the only guys in on the joke, but overall it's a good character trait in a leading man like Eisen, particularly given that he spends every day surrounded by football cliches - again, more on that later - and the 24/7 seriousness of the modern NFL.

He's also an orator, never afraid to stretch his vocabulary and challenge the viewer (or even his guests) by using the fabled 'big words' that make Willie McGinest and Heath Evans glaze over and look nonplussed. A charming interviewer, he adapts to every situation the network asks him to cover, but he is at his best when working the pro-bowl or doing interviews with his favorite players such as Maurice Jones-Drew. MJD and some other players have built up genuine relationships with Eisen and that comes across in those settings wonderfully. No seriously, wonderfully.

It's hard to fault Eisen for not standing up for the common man in the battle against the NFL's faceless corporate business side, but it's hard not to get the impression that he has come up short when the game most needed him to press say, Roger Goodell or Jerry Jones when he gets them one on one. In the end, you're left with the feeling that the reason Big Roger calls on Rich for the exclusive interviews is simply because he'll give the veneer of a proper Q&A, without any follow up questions or disagreement.

What makes this perhaps more acute is that many times on his podcast, or on Twitter, Eisen has expressed a passionate voice that is more in tune with fans on many issues. He spends a lot of time with guys who played in an era of headhunting, 'dings' and 'stingers', so it's no surprise to find him railing against the emasculation of defensive players in the modern era. Similarly, he is first on the scene when a huge call goes wrong and isn't afraid to challenge the rulebook. 

The only time Eisen seemed to genuinely question any off-field direction when working on NFL Network, was during the referee strike in 2012. Even then, he bit his tongue, but that exasperation with the pursuit of dollars over the integrity of the game reflects the feelings of many fans, and it would be nice to see Eisen use that passion to push the owners and executives when they are making 'business' decisions.

If Rich has anything to do with the NFL Network Thursday Night Football broadcasts in a production capacity, he also needs a stern lecture for allowing the propagation of such inane banter as the Deion Sanders CD's, the Mooch bobble heads etc to infect their post-game shows. It might sound churlish, but here's why it's terrible: In a TV landscape where 2 minutes is an age, the Gameday crew often spend that amount of time joking about how much money Deion used to earn, or how Michael Irvin wore the number 88... or blah blah blah. Nobody cares. That's two minutes where I'd rather have heard from a guy who has just won a game, because often that's the only time you'll get anything remotely noteworthy from most pro footballers.

Working with the pros

Eisen has, as mentioned, one of the harder jobs in football in that he is regularly tasked with taming the egos of people who consider themselves above (in no particular order) the law, polite manners, allowing others to finish speaking, and generally not being an idiot. We've made it clear a few times in a Lucille Bluth-esque way that Pickwatch doesn't really care for Warren Sapp, but from all appearances Eisen genuinely seems to enjoy the camaraderie of the Gameday crew and is not afraid to join in the banter.

Sometimes this can border on the sycophantic, as he indulges the idiosyncrasies of men like Deion Sanders as if the show would implode if 'Prime' didn't get his own way. You'd like to see him sometimes step in and show that nobody, no matter how big a personality, is bigger than the broadcast, or challenge some of the sillier views that come out of his panel, but in the end Rich seems just a bit too much of a company man to bring that kind of autonomous, ad-libbed discussion into play.

Off the Field

Eisen's social media presence is something of an enigma. He'll post inane stats with first-glance 'wow' factor - such as the fact that Russell Wilson's passing yards in his two games at the Metlife equal Seattle's area code - but generally this is a fan doing something he loves. It's a cliché to say it, but you do get the sense that he is awestruck by the fact that he gets to do his job, and some of the pictures of more candid moments behind the scenes really reflect that. 

He's not shy of retweeting or engaging with fans off camera, although it seems to be a tendency of his to only truly have a back & forth with true 'celebrities', particularly when they have worked on his favorite TV shows. Still, it's good that he often gets involved in those conversations, or lets you see the other side of the NFL, something to be commended in a league bereft of connection with fans in many ways.

Overall

If you dislike Rich Eisen you're probably a bit of an idiot. The guy stands out as an effortless professional, in a world where everyone is coached how to act professionally. He's also funny, reliable and an ever-present in our football lives over the last decade that will one day mark him down as a legend of TV broadcasting.

Is he perfect? Well no, but is he preferable to the loud-mouthed opinions of some hosts on rival channels? Yeah definitely. He commands the type of everyman appeal that only comes with age and experience, making the NFL Network execs look pretty savvy for making him the face of the league's network in 2003. Eisen has blossomed into the yardstick for sports presenting, affable but professional, sombre when called upon, but with the passion of ten drunk guys in a bar. Yep, no matter what his flaws, Rich is one of the best, and surely has another 15 years left at the very top of the game if he so chooses.

Let's hope he does, because you'll miss him when he's gone.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Pickwatch Top 3 in 2013 Correctly Pick Super Bowl Result

Wow. Well did you see that coming?

You can hardly blame anyone who thought that even if the Seahawks would win, the Broncos would put up a lot of points. Most of the predictions this week had a margin of 4-6pts, so anyone who claims they were all over a Broncos shut-out is most likely lying. If they're not, they're probably just guessing, because there wasn't a shred of evidence that suggested Peyton Manning and the Broncos would put up 8 points in the entire game.

On the other hand, there was a groundswell of Seahawks support from the outset. As early as Tuesday last week we had Seattle pegged as favorites, according to the 20 or so analysts who had picked by that point. The Broncos slowly began to assume the favorite tag as media week began, leading to 57% of experts finally going with Denver at kick-off time.

Most importantly though - and those of you following us on twitter will know already - all three of our top experts in 2013 (John Halpin, Gregg Rosenthal and Prediction Machine) went with the Seahawks. This isn't the first time, and it won't be the last time that following the best experts works out a lot better than simply going with the majority. Many of you have been in touch over the season to say just how much Pickwatch helps you make the right decisions week-in, week-out, so it was nice to highlight that in the biggest game of all.

Our final standings are now available above, incorporating both regular season and playoff data. Let us know if there are any other things you'd like to see in the comments. We try to read and respond to everybody who takes the time to contribute.

It's been a great season for us here at Pickwatch, we've enjoyed hearing from our readers and fans across the world. All of the feedback and suggestions have been noted (trust me, it's a big-ass file...) and I can guarantee next year the site will have 100x as many features presented in a much clearer way. You'll be able to interact with the data any way you see fit to get the best results for whichever game you're picking.

Our next focus is the NFL draft in May. We'll be gathering scouting reports, mock drafts and other analysis to build an ongoing draft compendium, giving you a chance to see who knows their Russell Wilson's from their Vernon Gholston's.

That's all for now, but follow us on Twitter for the latest on our new projects, and if you have any suggestions at all for our upgraded site, let us know!


Monday, 20 January 2014

Pickwatch Super Bowl Picks

Well it's the morning after the night before, or rather it's the afternoon after the night... you get the idea. Time has passed.

I just wanted to update you on what we have planned for Super Bowl week. With 2 weeks to prepare (5 of which I will actually spend in the beautiful city of Amsterdam in Holland) we'll be bringing you some cool stats relating to all the expert Super Bowl picks we can find.
Richard Sherman. Possibly.

Top of the list is to use our database to bring you situational stats for Denver and Seattle this season. We'll be showing who has picked the Seahawks and Broncos well, who has predicted their upsets, how many times they have picked them, and of course, all of the usual trends and analysis you might expect.

We'll also be updating our table with Super Bowl picks from tomorrow evening. They may be thin on the ground, but we'll cover everyone we can, including those experts who aren't usually featured in Pickwatch.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read our work, it means a lot.

Shaun