It’s that time again: time for your Friday afternoon delusion. This week it’s courtesy of Detroit running back (and only good player on the team) Kevin Smith, who confidently predicts the Lions will make the playoffs.
I’ll type that again so you’re sure it’s no typo. Kevin Smith says the Lions will make the playoffs in 2009. And what’s worse is that it isn’t even his most unbelievable statement, since he follows that up by saying, “We weren’t far off last year.”
This foolproof prediction comes from Smith’s blog, which is actually pretty great compared to most athletes’ blogs when it comes to giving you inside stuff. But I can’t let it slide when he writes things like this:
I won’t make a prediction about how many games we’re going to win, but I will say this: We will definitely make the playoffs this season.
Believe it or not we weren’t far off last year. Almost every game we could have won, we were one play or one player short. Except for Tennessee on Thanksgiving, they just came out and beat us to sleep. They manhandled us, but nobody else did.
I know Matthew Stafford is a golden god and everything, but unless the NFL expands the playoffs to, oh, 32 teams, I’m not putting much stock in Smith’s optimism.
And as PRO FOOTBALL TALK points out, Jon Kitna predicted before the 2007 season that the Lions would win 10 games. It’s two years later, and they’re still three wins short.