Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Summer Olympic Medal Count 2012

July 28, 2012

Here is the prediction at CNN: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/27/how-to-predict-olympic-medal-totals/

…here are our final predictions:

1. China (102 medals), 2. United States (100), 3. Russia (71), 4. UK (57), 5. Australia (43), 6. France (39), 7. Germany (36), 8. South Korea (31), 9. Cuba (29), 10. Brazil (28), 11. Ukraine (28), 12. Italy (27), 13. Japan (27), 14. Belarus (19), 15. Spain (19).

Predictions for Major League Soccer Season 2012

March 10, 2012

Here they are: http://www.mlssoccer.com/blog/post/2012/03/10/armchair-analyst-lets-just-get-these-out-there

Western Conference
Real Salt Lake

Eastern Conference
Houston Dynamo

Supporters’ Shield
RSL

MLS Cup
Seattle Sounders

US Open Cup
Chicago Fire

MVP
Fredy Montero

Golden Boot
Chris Wondolowski

Defender of the Year
Geoff Cameron

Rookie of the Year
Luis Silva

Coach of the Year
Martin Rennie

And the most important question… will another forward come out of the blue and rack up double-digit goals? Wondolowski and Dom Oduro have done so in the last two seasons. This year’s version will be… Tommy “Disco” Heinemann.

Really, Really Bold Soccer Predictions

January 3, 2010

I’ll give this guy 1 out of 5. No more. (Luis Bueno for Sports Illustrated on January 1, 2010).

1. Chelsea will win its first Champions League title.

2. An African team will reach the World Cup final.

3. The three best players last season in Major League Soccer each will score a goal in the World Cup. Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Landon Donovan and David Beckham.
4. MLS will crown another new champion.
5. South Africa will put on a memorable and safe show.
See the article BuenoFiveBoldPredictions.

A Global Forecast For Soccer…

December 24, 2009

A new book by Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanski makes some daring soccer predictions, based on an economics analysis. The book is called “Soccernomics” and is at Amazon.com here (at least, it was in 2009).Among the predictions:

1) The US, Japan, Australia, Turkey – and even Iraq – are destined to become the kings of soccer.

2) England will never win the World Cup again (because it is a small country).

3) The US is likely to win the World Cup before an African nation does (despite the rapid rise of the sport in Africa).

I find these predictions astounding, and in my view, very likely wrong.

Full World Cup Group Predictions

December 5, 2009

We’ll know in a few months…

See the blog by Martin Rogers on December 14, 2009: World Cup groupsYahoo! Sports .

Game 1 World Cup, 2010 England-USA

December 5, 2009

The big loser? No, not the U.S., which stands a fair chance of at least grabbing second place in their group — and advance to the second round — if it can bounce back from the mauling it probably will receive from England in its opening game on June 12 in Rustenberg, near Johannesburg.

By Grahame L. Jones December 4, 2009 | 12:39 p.m

Los Angeles Times

Grahame L. Jones soccer predictions

September 5, 2009

September 5, 2009 LA Times, Grahame L. Jones:

US “unlikely” to secure a place in 2010 world cup by Wednesday September 9.

Mexico loss to Honduras on Wednesday September 9: “highly unlikely”.

Likely by September 6, 2009: mathematical elimination of El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago.