As someone who covers sports for a living, the question I’m asked the most often, by far, is: Who do I think will win (fill in the game) this weekend?
Almost never am I asked who I want to win the game.
There is a difference, you understand.
When I don’t give the desired answer I usually catch hell and get accused of being a hater.
Last Saturday, for example, I thought Texas A&M would defeat the Gators. I thought playing at home in the school’s first ever SEC game would give the Aggies the edge. Besides, having watched the Gators’ sluggish performance in the season-opening victory against a clearly outmanned opponent didn’t inspire me to have much confidence in the Gators.
I also predicted the Vikings to beat the Jaguars. While I’d seen some encouraging signs in the preseason, I didn’t think the Jaguars, who haven’t had a winning record in four years, were a good bet to win a road game with a new coaching staff and a young quarterback coming off of a miserable season.,
Florida won 20-17. I was wrong? I was also happy.
The Jaguars lost 26-23 in overtime. I was correct. I was also sad.
For the record, I’d rather see the teams popular with Northeast Florida fans – Gators, Seminoles, Bulldogs, Jaguars, etc. – post victories. To be candid, it’s good for business. Besides, most of my dearest friends are diehard Gator and Jaguar fans. My youngest son in an FSU graduate and is rearing three little Seminoles.
So, ask me the right question and you’ll likely be happier with my answer.