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Originally Published: October 9, 2006
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

A word or two --- or, I guess, about 1,000 -- about predictions. Some fans with way too much time on their hands who insist on littering my inbox with snarky to downright obnoxious hate mail seem to believe that by simple virtue of making a prediction on a game or series,

a) you take the whole exercise seriously b) you are "not giving the other team proper respect," or c) you're saying the other team "has no chance"

Now, I typically cut more slack to lobotomy survivors, but yeesh ... I'm ...

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