Most Accurate Preseason Magazine
Today’s Blog is about accuracy. I take great pride in the Accuracy of my predictions in the magazine. I write each of the 120 team previews myself while most of the other magazines have each conference written by a different writer from that conferences area. I put my name on the front of the magazine and my goal each year is to pick every conference perfect. Naturally that is an unreasonable goal but my magazine is the MOST accurate over the past 12 years and it is not really close.
This year, Tim Sullivan who writes for the New York Post was kind enough to write an article on my magazine being the most accurate over the last 12 years. The scores are figured by taking each publication’s forecasting accuracy by comparing the predicted finish with the actual finish of each team in the conference.
In the last 12 years my overall score is 1,683. The closest magazine to me, is Athlon at 1,717. That is a 34 point difference which is almost five touchdowns!!! Keep in mind this chart is similar to Golf scores in that the lower the score the more accurate the magazine.
Recently I have taken home 3 titles in the past six years (2004, 2006, 2008)! In 2004, I had one of my best years and finished with just 125 points which was 8 points better than my closest competitor The Sporting News. In 2006, I again won the title this time by 5 points over Athlon. Two years ago I bagged another title and this time I won by 4 points over Sports Illustrated.
While I consider any year that I do not win the title to be a disappointment, last year I finished 3rd overall which actually increased my 12 year total score lead by 4 points! Will the trend continue in 2010 and see me take home my 4th title in just 7 years?
If you have any questions on the chart or need further explanation please refer to pages 306-307 of this year’s magazine or visit stassen.com
Check back tomorrow to get more information on how to order this year’s magazine and possibly getting your hands on an autographed copy!