I’m reminded today of this blog’s mission statement, as first told by a dismissive commenter two or three jobs ago and set down as gospel in my introduction to SI last summer: “Laugh about things, and stop wishing you won state when you were 30 years younger.”
SI.com wraps its preseason college football coverage every year with the Crystal Ball, an annual tradition that involves assorted staffers gathering data, weighing stats and instincts, and making handfuls of grandiose predictions that will all look extremely silly in just a few short weeks. Nowhere is this highlighted more potently than in last year’s edition. Remember that time three of us, including yours truly, tabbed LSU as the flop team of 2011? Wasn’t that neat?