Sports forecasts aren’t worth the paper they’re written on: which is why we’re publishing these online. But are the Browns set for a spectacular improvement?
The problem with predictions in this space is that they are comically flawed.
Six months ago, we proclaimed with great certainty the Patriots and Seahawks would meet in the Super Bowl, apparently oblivious to Seattle’s obvious decline. We also assured readers that Aaron Rodgers and JJ Watt would be the NFL’s top offensive and defensive players – a thought made preposterous by mid-season. Eyes undoubtedly rolled when we said the Oakland Raiders were the team we were “most looking forward to watching” and the Dallas Cowboys would win the NFC East. The fact we thought the New York Giants would be a playoff team should be a screaming siren to stop reading this piece right now.
- Kaepernick completes 2016 pledge to donate $1m to charities
- Celebrities including Usher, TI and Serena Williams matched donations
- Gifts earmarked for charities serving oppressed communities
Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback whose refusal to stand during the national anthem in protest at social injustice helped kick off a new age of athlete activism, said on Wednesday that he’s completed his pledge to donate $1m to organizations serving oppressed communities in the United States.
In a final 10-day push to reach the million-dollar goal, Kaepernick had issued a challenge to his friends from the worlds of sports and entertainment to donate $10,000 to a cause of their choice, which he then matched with another $10,000.
The sharp divisions of the Trump era were laid bare in rural North Carolina when a rumor circulated that the high school football team would be forced to kneel for the Star-Spangled Banner
“I am so pissed this morning,” began a soon-to-be viral Facebook post. “KIPP Gaston College prep is trying to make my granddaughter kneel for the national anthem at the football game Friday night.”
It was the tail end of September 2017, past the midway point of the most politically charged year since the last one, and President Trump had just ignited a national controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. In an act of Twitter jujitsu, Trump turned Colin Kaepernick’s protest against social injustice into a referendum on patriotism, the military and the flag, opening the latest front in his ongoing culture war.