Jason Whitlock is a writer who perplexes me. He usually banters on and on about race ssues, and usually gives a good bum-licking to the Patriots whenever he gets chance. But since he is a Naptown native, I try to find something to like about him. Well, he finally seems to have given me something to work with.
In his first "NFL Truths" article for FoxSports.com, he writes a few things that will surprise anyone who has read the man's work. First off, about the Pats:
I think the Patriots are going to take a big step back this year. There's going to be a hangover from that Super Bowl loss and their 18-0 run.
The last month of the 2007 season, the Patriots were mentally drained, and they weren't a great team. The team we saw at the end of last season is the team we will see this season. The Pats are still tired.
They'll win 10 games and lose in the first round of the playoffs.
Amazing, isn't it? Someone finally recognizing that the Pats might actually have a post-Super Bowl-loss hangover? Like pretty much every other team in that position? No way! It's amazing to think that teams can change over the course of a season(Kind of like the 06 Colts), with one OK team becoming a champion and a prematurely-crowned Champion falling short.
Then, Whitlock decides to give some love to everyone's favorite new Wolverine to wear the Speed Blue and White, Mike Hart:
I loved running back Mike Hart when he was at Michigan. A sixth-round pick for the Colts, Hart will be the steal of the draft.
Hart fell to the sixth because he ran a 4.6 40-yard dash. He runs faster on the field because he runs decisively and with purpose. A fast guy who doesn't know where to go runs slower than Hart.
Hart won't beat out Joseph Addai. But Hart will be a starter in this league before the end of his career. He reminds me of Michael Turner, LaDainian Tomlinson's old backup.
Once again, he proves that he does in fact have a brain by actually watching the DAMN GAME and seeing that Hart is special - despite his measurables. Good job Jason, keep it going. And keep it going he does, by listing as his #1 truth this fact, which will make us all very happy:
Right now, I like the Colts to win the Super Bowl.
I know it's not a sexy prediction. It's just what I really think. Tony Dungy is going to christen Lucas Oil Stadium with a Super Bowl champion and then immediately retire.
Of course I hope the latter prediction does not hold true, but I can not believe a media head is allowed to even say Colts and Super Bowl in the same sentence.
Overall, this is an excellent article almost throughout, even including the love he throws the way of my could-have-been Alma Mater, Ball State. He says they are stacked and figure to be this year's Boise State. Awesome, and I wish the Cards all the luck in the world as they beat some Big 12 "powerhouse" in a BCS bowl.
Check the article out at FoxSports. It's worth the read.