NFL pre-game shows don't offer much. There's the occasional funny moment. There's an occasional funny moment at a funeral, too, but that doesn't mean it's a good time. Ostensibly, the former NFL coaches and players hired are supposed to have some insight that everyone else does now. Today, however, I officially determined they know nothing more than me.
On CBS's The NFL Today, the panelists were asked to give their "Upset Specials," picks of underdogs they expect to win on Sunday. Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason picked Jacksonville over Tennessee; Shannon Sharpe picked the Jets over New England.
Those are upsets? Going into Sunday's game, Jacksonville (6-5) had a BETTER RECORD than Tennessee (5-6). The Jets and Patriots are tied at 9-2, and currently the Jets hold the tiebreaker. Why not pick 8-3 Chicago over 2-9 Detroit as your upset special? I mean, the game WAS in Detroit. To me, it hardly counts as an upset when the Jaguars post a 17-6 win over a Tennessee team that has The Version of Randy Moss That Doesn't Care and a quarterback who hasn't started regularly in two years (Kerry Collins).
Too many people in America settle for mediocrity. It's too bad the NFL's pre-game studio hosts have settled as well.