What is an expert?
Someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely has accorded authority and status by their peers or the public in a specific well-distinguished domain.
Pretty self-explanatory, right?
So here’s my question: How can one be considered an expert, if he or she is generally wrong? Shouldn’t factual oversight, propensity to advance one’s personal agenda and overwrought chest-puffing be detrimental to one’s status as an objective observer?
Not if you work for ESPN. Instead, the “Worldwide Leader” prefers to jam hubris, catchy one-liners and general “holier-than-thou” interaction down our throats on a weekly basis. Watching “NFL Countdown” is like watching a pack of turkeys bloat and posture for mating season.
This week’s egregious display of blowhardery was no different, as it seems the folks at ESPN save their most ridiculous antics for the post-season. Take a peek at the “NFL Expert Picks” for this past weekend, and the NFL Countdown picks.
Coming out of wild-card weekend, only two of those “NFL Experts” were over .500 in the playoffs. In the divisional round, one of those clowns even went 0-4. Not to mention that every single one of them picked the Patriots over the Jets. Need I remind you of what the final score was?
ESPN has done a great job of making the lead-up and post-game analysis more important than the game itself. Special thanks to the NFL, who decided to let the Jets and Pats play even though ESPN had already picked a winner.
Beef Supreme is Editor-in-Chief of the Idiocratic Post.