I was accused on a forum the other day of not sticking my neck out by making predictions. Even though I had, and shared their location (more on that later), this person’s statement disturbed me. Was this an attempt to discredit me? Or is this something people use to assign authority?
I’d like to think that people know better.
Anything can happen in soccer. And while predictions may be fun and all, people like that will point to an incorrect prediction and say: “You don’t know anything”.
If my goal is to share my understanding and experience, what good does that do?
I see this all the time where people spout off predictions then either show the ones they got right as proof they’re an authority, or are then pointed to as idiots for getting it wrong. Again, anything can happen – that’s why the games are played.
On a similar note. You may have heard Klinsmann’s comments criticizing US Soccer:
The US is the only country in the world where the pyramid is upside down.
Well Klinsmann had to hold his mouth shut until the US lost for the same reasons. It’s just stupid to try and predict singular events and use that as your foundation for credibility. Who does that?
I will admit I’ve been guilty of making some (when it’s an upset) to close friends and then saying I’m a prophet. But that is not the platform I run on! Nor should it be anyones. Those friends have seen me caress a ball. They’ve seen me coach. They’ve heard and read much of what I know over the years.
In any case, for others who think predictions make or break authority. Have at it.
Here’s my 2010 World Cup bracket ranking:
And good luck to all the gamblers out there! You’ll need it.