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If you ask me, 9-3...and other things.

Today was listed as a day off for me, so I got a chance to get some work done.

One of the tasks assigned me for our preseason football sections is provide a short analysis and prediction on each FIU game. I'm supposed to do the same with the Dolphins. Going game-by-game, considering team matchups, location, point in the season, blah, blah, blah, I came up with FIU going 9-3, 6-2 in the Sun Belt. I went back over each game briefly, reconsidered and decided to stay on 9-3 and 6-2. You'll have to pick up the section smorgasbord to see when I thought the Golden Panthers would fail to get the job done.

No matter what I predict for a team, it's never personal, always business. It's part of what I do. In any sport, I might think a guy's an incredible athlete who'll make the difference for his team but also find him a pompous weenie who I'd like to lock in an outhouse with a weed whacker and a wolf. But if things appear to be aligned that way, I'll pick his team to win. That's part of my job -- tell you what I think is going to happen.

Now, I'm not stupid enough to consider any preseason prediction of mine something to be discussed in the same conversation with Revelations. OK, maybe I am stupid enough, but I'm not arrogant enough for that. So what's your call on this season? And which bowl, if any, do the Golden Panthers reach?

As I apoligized for the late blogs last night (early this a.m.), I apologize to the soccer fans for not getting more soccer on the blog yet. I'll do better in that regard or surrender my Juventus jersey to that netherworld that must have eaten my Real Madrid jersey back around 2004.

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