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On 2014-01-01 13:39, slowkneenuh wrote:
New England Patriots Super Bowl XLVIII Winner, NFL Champion!


Hardly. It's the Seahawks all the way. Smile But I agree that the Super Bowl will probably be a New England/Seattle match-up. Historically the teams are even in face-to-face matchups- each has won eight games out of sixteen played against each other. Seattle won the last meeting in 2012. And New England has had some notable chokes in recent Super Bowls. Remember the Giants?

Lobo- not to be a nitpicker- but a point spread is not a prediction any more than the over/under reflects the actual total score that bookmakers foresee. (Both numbers are simply created in the hope that they will balance out the betting for both teams.)

Come on, commit yourself. Who is going to win the games you mentioned.?
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On 2014-01-01 15:49, mastermindreader wrote:
Lobo- not to be a nitpicker- but a point spread is not a prediction any more than the over/under reflects the actual total score that bookmakers foresee. (Both numbers are simply created in the hope that they will balance out the betting for both teams.)

MMR - not to be a nitpicker - but a point spread (and an over/under) is a prediction. It's not a prediction of the score that bookmakers foresee; it is a prediction of the betting public's 50/50 winning margin. Both numbers are occasionally adjusted when the bookmakers' prediction of the betting public's proclivities proves to be amiss.
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On 2014-01-01 13:39, slowkneenuh wrote:
New England Patriots Super Bowl XLVIII Winner, NFL Champion!


Hardly. It's the Seahawks all the way. Smile But I agree that the Super Bowl will probably be a New England/Seattle match-up. Historically the teams are even in face-to-face matchups- each has won eight games out of sixteen played against each other. Seattle won the last meeting in 2012. And New England has had some notable chokes in recent Super Bowls. Remember the Giants?

Lobo- not to be a nitpicker- but a point spread is not a prediction any more than the over/under reflects the actual total score that bookmakers foresee. (Both numbers are simply created in the hope that they will balance out the betting for both teams.)

Come on, commit yourself. Who is going to win the games you mentioned.?


Win the games?! I'm just concerned with who's going to cover!
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Lobo- not to be a nitpicker- but a point spread is not a prediction any more than the over/under reflects the actual total score that bookmakers foresee. (Both numbers are simply created in the hope that they will balance out the betting for both teams.)

MMR - not to be a nitpicker - but a point spread (and an over/under) is a prediction. It's not a prediction of the score that bookmakers foresee; it is a prediction of the betting public's 50/50 winning margin. Both numbers are occasionally adjusted when the bookmakers' prediction of the betting public's proclivities proves to be amiss.


In mentalism that's technically a two-way out and not a prediction. The question is WHO will win the game. Yes, you are making a prediction but in fact you are giving a choice of options which are frequently adjusted to keep things even as betting trends change in the days leading up to the game.

I did like Lobo's admission, though, that he's not really concerned with who's going to win, but who's going to cover. This is also where a bit of hedging can come in handy.

Personally, I don't think anyone does predictions as wonderfully as Criswell did. From his book, Criswell Predicts! From Now Until the Year 2000:

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The Destruction Of Denver, Colorado

I predict that this catastrophe will take place during the tourist season and the fun-loving people in the amusement zone will suddenly find their day of pleasure turned into one of horror. A roller coaster will rise and sway, throwing cars and occupants to the ground below. A Ferris wheel will collapse and carry many children to untimely deaths. A penny arcade will become a dungeon of doom, a canopy of a merry-go-round will plunge down upon its most innocent riders. I predict only silence will reign where there was once laughter and gaiety. The citizenry of this Colorado city will find themselves enveloped in a jelly-like substance that was once brick, concrete, steel and lumber. They will be unable to escape for it will be impossible to cut through or tear this substance. Although soft and pliable it will still retain the strength and weight formerly possessed. I predict in the outskirts the conditions will not be as serious but fleeing people will find themselves mired in roadways and hardly able to move.

I predict that scientists from all over the world will be called upon to help but no one will be able to offer relief for they will not be able to conquer this terrible force, this mysterious force from outer space. Gradually, as conditions ease survivors will be evacuated but this will become a dead city and will never again be reborn. I predict this unfortunate community will be a victim of elements beyond our control and will always be remembered until the end of time. I predict the name of the city will be Denver, Colorado. The date: June 9, 1989.

The Great Drought And Flood

I predict that in the year 1977 the face of the earth will be completely changed. Rain will not fall for a period of ten months. I predict that our great lakes will become beds of sand and rivers will slow down to a trickle. … The results of this drought will be catastrophic. I predict starvation, disease, insanity and death on an unprecedented scale. Hospitals will be overburdened and the death rate will be so high that the dead will remain unburied for weeks at a time. This will be known as the era of the black death, the twentieth-century black death. I predict that New York City will become a ghost town with industry at a standstill, for power will go dead, subways will be emptied and out of service, and the entire transportation system of this once steaming metropolis will be totally crippled. The populace will leave by the thousands in their search for water. The nation’s highways will be filled with helpless, struggling people.

In the great Midwest, I predict that the dust bowl of Kansas will be the death trap for countless humans and animals. Farms, fields and homesteads will be covered by mountains of sand and dust and no form of life can exist.

Meteor Destroys London

London, England, will be the target of this heartless killer from outer space. The meteor will strike in a heavily populated sector of London and will hit with unprecedented force, rocking the earth for hundreds of miles and slightly shifting the position of the earth. Shocks will be felt as far away as Paris, Lisbon, Denmark, Australia, India, China, South Africa, South America, and Washington, D.C. I predict that the once proud city of London will be a tomb of death. Entire slum areas will be completely wiped out. Date: October 18, 1988.

Men Become Cannibals

I predict an outburst of cannibalism that will terrorize the population of one of the industrial sites in the state of Pennsylvania—Pittsburgh. Mass mournings will be held for the victims. A smile will be unknown. The fate of this city of Pittsburgh will never be forgotten… Date: November 28 to December 21, 1980.

Interplanetary

Las Vegas, Nevada, March 10, 1990: The very first Interplanetary Convention will be held in the new Convention Center on the famed Strip with colony citizens of Mars, Venus, Neptune and the Moon in full representation; Governor Sawyer will make the opening welcome address

The End of the World

The end of the world, it is written in Criswell Predicts, will take place Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999. That day, every point on earth will be covered by a black rainbow—not just any black rainbow, mind you, but “a jet-black rainbow; an ebony rainbow; a black rainbow which will signify the coming suffocation of our world. This black rainbow will seemingly bring about, through some mysterious force beyond our comprehension, a lack of oxygen. It will draw the oxygen from our atmosphere, as a huge snake encircling the world and feeding upon the oxygen which we need to exist. Hour after hour, it will grow worse. And we will grow weaker. It is through this that we will be so weakened that when the final end arrives, we will go silently, we will go gasping for breath, and then there will be only silence on the earth.”


As to the last prediction he stated that he didn't really card because he would be dead by then anyway.

And he was right!
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I agree with Mastermindreader that the Seahawks will be triumphant.

As for my own 2014 prediction: You will meet a tall, dark stranger ....
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Predicting who will cover offers no more of an out than predicting who will win. Generally less, in fact. It's easy to pick a favorite to win, but I need, for instance, Stanford to win by a touchdown or more.
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Gaurdians of the Galaxy - Biggest money maker of the year in movies



Could be. But I predict that it will neither win nor be nominated for any major awards and will get tepid reviews.

As will most of the other films scheduled for release in 2014:

http://www.movieinsider.com/movies/-/2014/
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Predicting who will cover offers no more of an out than predicting who will win. Generally less, in fact. It's easy to pick a favorite to win, but I need, for instance, Stanford to win by a touchdown or more.


I agree. I just said I liked your answer. But I'll settle for you committing yourself to a simple prediction, now, of which teams will advance to the Super Bowl, for example, and who will win.
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I'm still trying figure out why you (apparently) thought picking the right team to win was more of a prediction than picking the right team to cover.

I'm leaning Denver over Seattle in the Super Bowl, but of course I'll wait to see what the Thought Dial says.
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Alas, despite my Canadian heritage, I'm not a hockey fan. :o
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I'm still trying figure out why you (apparently) thought picking the right team to win was more of a prediction than picking the right team to cover.

I'm leaning Denver over Seattle in the Super Bowl, but of course I'll wait to see what the Thought Dial says.


I'm a showman, Lobo, predicting the winner is far more direct than a mathematically-based educated guess of the correct point spread.

But if Slim's Thought Dial picks Denver, Seattle will be the sure bet. Smile

Denver will need to do better, though, then they did in their only game (preseason) against Seattle this year, which they lost 40 to 10.
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Alas, despite my Canadian heritage, I'm not a hockey fan. :o


OMG. It's true! America is a cult! Call the de-programmers!
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Alas, despite my Canadian heritage, I'm not a hockey fan. :o


OMG. It's true! America is a cult! Call the de-programmers!


Not all of us! I'll take a shot:

Gold Medal: Canada
Silver Medal: Russia
Bronze Medal: USA
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Alas, despite my Canadian heritage, I'm not a hockey fan. :o


OMG. It's true! America is a cult! Call the de-programmers!


Not all of us! I'll take a shot:

Gold Medal: Canada
Silver Medal: Russia
Bronze Medal: USA


Not a bad call. I'm worried about Canada's goaltending. Could be these three in any order. Of course the Swedes may have a thing or two to say about it.
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I predict this year I will come to America to meet some friends here and perform.

And we will make the worldwide news. Smile
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