Predictions, any given Sunday

Robert Jeter

Originally published on the Cape Gazette’s website

By Robert Jeter

October 13, 2017

I would argue that for a substantial amount of Americans, fall Sundays after 1 p.m. are earmarked for watching football. Last week, due to my wonderful dog, I was up at 6 a.m. and turned on the TV. Much to my surprise, there was already live coverage of the day’s upcoming games. I like to think I am passionate about football, and I am very blessed to be a passionate Philadelphia Eagles fan, but I am not passionate enough to start soaking in NFL coverage at 6 a.m. As I watched the analysts and former players talk about matchups and eventually make predictions, I found myself thinking about similarities to investing and the stock market.

So much time and effort is devoted to pre-game analysis, and I can tell you from firsthand experience how much weight my friends put on their opinions, as I get text messages every Sunday about which channel predicted the Eagles losing. No matter what the experts predict, or how good the hall of famers were in their heyday, their predictions mean very little to the end result of 60 minutes played between two teams.

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