|Daily Blog • May 30, 2014|
Today’s blog is about accuracy. I take great pride in the accuracy of my predictions in the magazine. I write each of the 128 team previews myself while most of the other magazines have each conference written by a different writer from that conferences area. I put my name on the front of the magazine and my goal each year is to pick every conference perfect. Naturally that is an unreasonable goal, but my magazine is the MOST accurate over the past 16 years and it is not really close.
This year, Brandon Pertner (@brandonpertner) who my Assistant Editor here and a former radio producer and talk show host was kind enough to write an article on my magazine being the most accurate over the last 16 years. The scores are figured by taking each publication's forecasting accuracy by comparing the predicted finish with the actual finish of each team in the conference.
In the last 16 years my overall score is 2,213. The closest magazine to me is Athlon at 2,262. That is a 49 point difference!! Keep in mind this chart is similar to Golf scores in that the lower the score the more accurate the magazine.
Recently I have taken home 4 single season titles in the past 10 years (2004, 2006, 2008, 2013)! In 2004, I had one of my best years and finished with just 125 points, which was 8 points better than my closest competitor The Sporting News. In 2006, I again won the title this time by 5 points over Athlon. Five years ago I bagged another title and this time I won by 4 points over Sports Illustrated. Last year I actually had my best year ever as I scored a 119 and took home another season title.
Below are my records over the last 3, 5 and 10 years and as you can see I am at the top of the charts in each category.
If you have any questions on the chart or need further explanation please refer to pages 6-7 of this year's magazine or visit stassen.com