Postseason predictions are a staple of sports pages. Everyone loves them, it seems. Sportswriters like them because, after all, they are in the business of giving out their analysis of upcoming events. Sports media like them because fans gobble them up. Fans like predictions because they provide can’t-miss reading enjoyment.
Think of it: have you ever known any sports fan to read a postseason prediction in a newspaper and give up hope in their team’s fortunes? If the writer picks the fan’s team, he or she gets validation of their hopes. If the writer does not pick the fan’s team, then it creates an “us against the world” feeling. …