The 2010 Accountability Scoreboard: Wrong about everything!

Oh, woeful me. (AJC photo by Ben Gray; illustration by Mandi Albright)

Oh, woeful me. (Photo by Ben Gray; illustration by Mandi Albright)

The annual Accountability Scoreboard reflects, I’m afraid, a bleak House of Bradley. I was wrong about pretty much everything in 2010. Usually I’m only wrong about most things. A partial recap:

• Wrong about Georgia Tech beating Iowa in the Orange Bowl and beating Georgia in basketball. When your year starts with you being wrong about the same school twice on the night of Jan. 5, you should know you’re in for it. Though I was too stupid to know any such thing.

• Wrong about Texas beating Alabama in the BCS title game. Though I might have been right if not for Mack Brown’s SHOVEL PASS.

• Wrong about the Braves finishing third behind Florida and Philadelphia in the National League East.

• Wrong about Duke getting beat by Louisville in Round 2 of the NCAA tournament. Wrong also about three of my Final Four, being right only about West Virginia.

• Wrong about the Hawks beating Orlando in Round 2 of the NBA playoffs. Possibly the worst prediction ever.

• Wrong about the Celtics beating the Lakers in the NBA finals.

• Wrong about LeBron James staying in Cleveland.

• Wrong about the sun rising in the West. (I just made that up. Though it sounds like something I’d have predicted in Twenty Ten.)

• Wrong about those 8 reasons the Braves wouldn’t squander their division lead. I’d recanted my earlier skepticism, which only served to make me wrong about the same team twice. Yikes.

• Wrong about Georgia, which I had going 9-3, and Tech, which I picked to finish 8-4. Wrong about Auburn being overrated. Wrong about Florida winning the BCS title. (Good grief.) Wrong about some guy from Houston winning the Heisman.

• Wrong about Georgia beating Florida. This was also a recant. The lesson herein: Stick with your original gut feeling unless it involves Orlando losing to the Hawks.

• Wrong — by the scant margin of 40 points — about South Carolina beating Auburn in the SEC title game. Also possibly the worst prediction ever. It’s downright revoltin’ when one year brings two such howlers.

OK, now you’re asking: Did you get anything right? A few things, sort of.

• I tabbed South Carolina as the rising team in the SEC East and had the Gamecocks going 9-3, which they did. But I still had them second to Florida. (I have no idea why I was so high on the Gators. Maybe my jean shorts were too tight.)

• I had Tennessee winning its final four games to finish 6-6, which actually happened. But it was only Tennessee, so who cares?

• And I had the Falcons winning the NFC South, which they surely will, but I had them going 12-4 and they’ll do better than that. I also had them playing for the NFC title — against Dallas in Arlington, Texas.

The Falcons might well wind up in Arlington, but it won’t be for the NFC title game. It’ll be for the  Super Bowl. But that’s not yet a prediction. Because I  don’t want to jinx them just yet, and when you’ve had as lousy a year as I have, you get tired of being wrong. Which means I’m suspending, at least for the remainder of this calendar year, the Accountability Scoreboard tradition of offering a pick for the coming year.

For the record, last year’s look-ahead involved Georgia State’s game at Alabama. I boldly forecast that the Panthers would score — three whole points! They managed seven. Wrong again.

By Mark Bradley

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MattyB

December 26th, 2010
12:27 pm

1st?…Happy Birthday to Me!!

Reggie Ball

December 26th, 2010
12:28 pm

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Reggie Ball

December 26th, 2010
12:28 pm

Reggie Ball

December 26th, 2010
12:28 pm

I still can’t count right!

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Buck Commander

December 26th, 2010
12:38 pm

Snow Anyone? I have more than I need.

jay

December 26th, 2010
12:40 pm

Even a broke clock can be right twice a day. Better luck next year.

dobearsbare

December 26th, 2010
12:41 pm

Eh, don’t be so hard on yourself MB. Only that lady at the Orlando Sentinel predicted abject mediocrity for UGA, and she was roundly excoriated for it at the time. As for Tech, well, 8-4 seemed reasonable, and they were a Josh Nesbitt injury away from doing that or better. BCS Championship — if Colt McCoy plays more than two snaps, you might well have been right about that one, too. That’s a lot of ifs, to be sure, but it’s the nature of the predictions game, and I suspect a lot of people were right no more than you.

D A Double U G

December 26th, 2010
12:44 pm

One thing the Tech fanbase is wrong about, is the assumption that Tech “outplayed” UGA, giving them the coveted Moral Victory 2010 Between the Hedges.

Tech had 500-something yards on 90-something plays. UGA had about the same yards on half the plays.

It doesn not take an idiot to realize that UGA moved the ball at will, while Tech pounded the ball in small, small chunks of 3-4 yard gains up the gut, attacking UGA’s Linebackers. I wouldn’t call that “outplaying”, I would call it “watching film of the S. Carolina/UGA game and coming up with a vanilla gameplan”.

The Techies got their hearts broken when they failed to score, twice, in late possesions due to their “genius” coach abandoning the gameplan that had worked.

Then the Techies will make the argument that they turned the ball over 3 times. Well, so did UGA. I would give this advantage to UGA outplaying Tech because UGA scored 21 points off those 3 turnovers, while Tech scored a big fat ZERO points off those turnovers. Then throw in that UGA failed to convert 4th down twice in the redzone, which basically means UGA turned the ball over 5 times, accounting for a big fat ZERO points for Tech.

UGA won, because they outplayed Tech on offense, and had an equally as bad defense as Tech. This resulted in the score having more points for the Dawgs and less points for the Bees. This is the reason the Governor’s Cup resides in Athens, safe from muggers, carjackers and doorm room invaders in Atlanta.

Nice try Tech, but UGA owns you.

This is the biggest Scoreboard Accountability misreading of the year.

GO DAWGS!!!!!

misterwax

December 26th, 2010
12:44 pm

Hey Reggie Ball, what are you doing for a living these days? ever finish your GT degree… Chan gailey might have a job for you. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

chazzo

December 26th, 2010
12:47 pm

The one thing I was right about was that UGA and Bama had better watch out for Auburn. I took a lot of flack for that one. I did not think they would be playing for #1. I am not exactly happy that I was right. But, hey, I was right about that one thing.

Erik the Bird

December 26th, 2010
12:47 pm

Mark, you should pick the Saints to win this Monday. You ONLY pick the losing teams.

Dirty Jacket

December 26th, 2010
12:52 pm

As I have been saying for quite some time Bradley, you don’t know anything about sports. You spend 95% of your energy thinking of the most dramatic title to your worthless blogs. You, of all people, owe the Internet a lot of credit for having a job. Would anyone hire you to write for their real paper? No. Go away.

SWAT Native

December 26th, 2010
12:55 pm

Mark, you should have been right about the Celtics beating the Lakers in the Finals. And, thanks for not jinxing the Falcons.

Steve

December 26th, 2010
12:56 pm

Look at it this way Mark, had most of that happened, you would be a genius and known as the best sports writer in America!

lanier

December 26th, 2010
1:02 pm

dont even think about posting anything about the falcons

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Big time?? Not

December 26th, 2010
1:02 pm

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes….and $14 specials

Accountabilabuddy

December 26th, 2010
1:07 pm

Tech is downright awful.

Poopdawg

December 26th, 2010
1:16 pm

This Bradley article was too short. I believe you could have enough material for a novel.

Biff Pocoroba

December 26th, 2010
1:16 pm

Mark, please predict that Paull Hewitt will be at Tech for years. Then maybe he will get fired after losing to Fordham tomorrow.

Mark Bradley

December 26th, 2010
1:26 pm

Kudos, MattyB.

Mark Bradley`s Booster

December 26th, 2010
1:29 pm

D A Double U G took the opportunity to use this blog to analyze the UGA GT game rationalizing why GT lost. Obviously he missed the point of Mark`s attempt to give us the opportunity to respond to his making light of his wayward predictions.

Mark, I wish you would reconsider and not suspend your
predictions this year. Everything evens out…you could have a banter year in 2011 and get 99% of them right. I would suggest you not predict anything good about GT basketball or football.

GSU Eagle 91

December 26th, 2010
1:33 pm

I thought Florida would be a BCS title contender as well….and play Oregon…
Who would have seen Cam Newton coming to Auburn and taking that team on his shoulders like he did? Remember how BAD the Auburn offense was last season? One man CAN make a difference…
I also agree about Texas and Bama in the title game. If Colt McCoy had been on the field for 4 quarters the Longhorns might have held the trophy up in the end.
The Braves failed you…They should have won the division but injuries and lack of any situational hitting doomed them. no stolen bases, inability to bunt and bad defense hurt as well….
GT basketball stinks….period….
So..at least you had the gall to post your predictions, Mark…
Keep up the good work…

MightyQuinn

December 26th, 2010
1:35 pm

Its just been a weird year Mark. Nobody has been right about much of anything. I hearby declare that 2010 be stricken from the prognosticating record for all. Thus proclaimeth The Mighty Quinn. So let it be written. So let it be done!

MightyQuinn

December 26th, 2010
1:37 pm

@ Mark Bradley’s Booster: Don’t know if you intentionally said Mark could still have a “banter” year or not, but its a great pun nonetheless!

Mark Bradley

December 26th, 2010
1:37 pm

I’m not suspending predictions for 2011, Booster. Just until then.

Five more days, in other words.

Oh, and speaking of suspensions: Georgia Tech announced that three players will miss the first half of the Independence Bowl for breaking curfew in Shreveport, which has never been done.

Mark Bradley

December 26th, 2010
1:38 pm

I’m not much good at bantering, either, Quinn.

Check the Stats

December 26th, 2010
1:46 pm

Hey GSU Eagle, perhaps you should recheck your stats about Auburn’s offense in 2009. We were 16th in the country last year in total offense, averaging 432 yards a game. Are you thinking of 2008 during the Tony Franklin “experiment?” 2008 was the god awful year.

"Chef" Tim Dix

December 26th, 2010
1:46 pm

Fessing up is good for the soul, Mark.

NCBravesFan

December 26th, 2010
1:50 pm

Well Mark, I guess the optimists among us could argue that 2011 will almost certainly be better for you prognostication-wise. :)

MightyQuinn

December 26th, 2010
1:51 pm

Au contraire, Mark! Us fans love your banter!

Mark Bradley

December 26th, 2010
1:53 pm

Don’t see how it could be worse, NC. Although that’s kind of a prediction in itself.

Mark Bradley

December 26th, 2010
1:53 pm

Thanks, Quinn. You’re mighty kind.

Dawgdad (The Original)

December 26th, 2010
1:59 pm

Mark, the Dogs have failed you all year, so please pick them to go 3-8 next year. I sure hope that turns things around for my Dawgs. Feel free to pick the GT Bees anytime you like. As that great philosopher, George Costanza would advise, say the exact opposite of what you mean.

Mark Bradley

December 26th, 2010
2:00 pm

I’ve thought about the opposite tack, Dawgdad. It’s under consideration.

Mark Bradley`s Booster

December 26th, 2010
2:02 pm

MightyQuinn: Thanks for pointing out the unintended pun.
I was not trying….it just came out that way.
Mark: Good to hear you are just taking a few days off and resting up for “comeback prediction sportswriter” of the year in 2011.
Who are the GT players suspended for the first half of Independence Bowl? Opps..sorry I asked, this blog will be overwelmed with UGA negatives if you answer.

MightyQuinn

December 26th, 2010
2:04 pm

See? Excellent banter! You told the Mighty Quinn he is “mighty” kind! Like the beer commercial: “Brilliant!”

Nesbitt for Heisman

December 26th, 2010
2:04 pm

Bradley, Did you by chance predict Nesbitt for Heisman? This would have been another laugher.

Mark Bradley

December 26th, 2010
2:05 pm

Booster, I realized I’d left it kind of unclear. Thanks to you, I’ve clarified the prediction moratorium.

Anthony Egbuniwe is one player suspended for the first half. Two backup defensive backs also.

Mark Bradley

December 26th, 2010
2:06 pm

I’m forced to confess that the usage of “mighty” was mightily unintentional.

And I did not pick Joshua Nesbitt to win the Heisman. Case Keenum was my choice.

BIRDDAWGONE

December 26th, 2010
2:09 pm

And your not “on the hot seat!” right?

Nesbitt for Heisman

December 26th, 2010
2:10 pm

Instead of the “Summer of George” we could have the year of Bradley…not sure if Cas Keenum may have been more of a laugher. Kind of hard to not make fun of the Nesbitt pogram put forward by the trade schoolers….

Know how you feel

December 26th, 2010
2:12 pm

Great column. Made me chuckle. My crystal ball was also a little cloudy in 2010. I predicted I would hate every one of your columns. You proved me wrong with five days to go.

Skitty Fritty

December 26th, 2010
2:14 pm

Please pick the Dawgs to finish last in the SEC East next year!

Herschel Talker

December 26th, 2010
2:18 pm

MB:

You forgot to mention being wrong about Mark Richt still being able to coach. Your most egregious one of all. The man is a complete clown. Do us all a favor and please write up one on him being successful in 2011 so that it will be guaranteed that he’ll get fired.

HT

Magnolia, Tx Dawg

December 26th, 2010
2:24 pm

Just to help you, Mr. Bradley, I’ll pick the Dawgs to be 2-10 next year and finish last in the SEC East. Now you are free to place them anywhere you want.

UGASlobberknocker

December 26th, 2010
2:25 pm

Dont feel bad, Mark, I picked the Bulldogs to go 12-0 this yr. How dumb was that?

As for next year for the Dawgs,,,good QB, easy Schedule.. Im thinking…12-0.

HE MY BABY DADDY

December 26th, 2010
2:45 pm

MARK,YOU REALLY SHOULDN’T TAKE YOURSELF SOOOO SERIOUSLY………I DON’T!!!

GT-Armchair-QB

December 26th, 2010
2:49 pm

Yeah, whatever.

But your articles are very entertaining, and you don’t sugar-coat anything.

Schultz still has you beat with The Best Title of a Sports Article Award: “The Sonny Side of Things”.

A total classic!