Thursday, October 28, 2010
We're Number ... 4?
The PSAC announced its preseason coaches poll today, with Gannon tabbed #4. What exactly does that mean? Absolutely nothing. Seriously. You're better off guessing what Cleve Wright's going to eat for lunch on Aug. 25 of next year. (My money's on Spaghettio's.)
Let's take a look at what the experts said about our Golden Knights last year. First, the Knights were among "others receiving votes" in the 2009-10 NABC preseason Top 25. Even more comical was the predicted finish of the PSAC West last year. The coaches forecasted: IUP (which was a no-brainer), Cal, Gannon, Slippery Rock, Mercyhurst, Edinboro, Clarion, and Lock Haven (an other no-brainer in part because their coach is a no-brainer). Cal and Slippery Rock didn't even make the playoffs while Clarion surged to second place.
Here's my predicted finish for how the West will be won this season. My methodology is simple: IUP is first, Lock Haven is last, and everyone else will be picked at random. Let's look after the season and see if my technique is more accurate than the PSAC coaches. I'm actually going to write names of the 6 remaining schools on scrap paper and pick them out of a Gannon hat. Here goes:
7. Slippery Rock
8. Lock Haven
So when Gannon comes in second, I'm sure someone will say, "Ha ha! You thought they were going to miss the playoffs!" I'll blame my hat.