It's almost fall and sports and school are about to begin, so the Eagles' "One of These Nights" is a great precursor to those nights that I'll be working for the next nine months.
Like last week I started to look back at last year's fantasy football predictions and see how I did. It wasn't too pretty last week. This past week I wrote my column for running backs. How did I do last year? Lets look:
2012 prediction No. 1: Arian Foster. Actual finish for Foster: Third.
Not bad at all. Foster was a strong pick for anyone who took him as the top back off the board.
2012 prediction No. 2: Ray Rice. Actual finish for Rice: Six.
It wasn't the greatest prediction that Rice would finish this high, but nobody could have predicted Joe Flacco's rise to significance, which I believe led to diminished numbers for Rice.
2012 prediction No. 3: LeSean McCoy. Actual finish for McCoy: 21.
He got injured. It happens. He did average more than 12 points per game when he was healthy, which would move him up the rankings.
2012 prediction No. 4: Maurice Jones-Drew. Actual finish for Jones-Drew: 51.
This also looks real bad for me, but another injury to a player who wasn't really all that injury prone, so I'd chalk it up to bad luck.
2012 prediction No. 5: Matt Forte. Actual finish for Forte: 12.
Expectations were a little too high by me on him returning from an injury.
2012 prediction No. 6: DeMarco Murray. Actual finish for Murray: 27.
Ok. I'll admit, this was a bit of a reach. He did get hurt his rookie season too, so I should have seen this coming.
2012 prediction No. 7: Marshawn Lynch. Actual finish for Lynch: Four.
I didn't give Lynch and the Seahawks enough credit.
2012 prediction No. 8: Jamaal Charles. Actual finish for Charles: Eight.
2012 prediction No. 9: Michael Turner. Actual finish for Turner: 17.
I thought Turner had one more top-10 year in him. I was wrong.
2012 prediction No. 10: Frank Gore. Actual finish for Gore: 10.
That said. At least I predicted Gore's finish right on.
Hey, running back is probably the toughest position from year-to-year to predict due to the physical nature of the position and oft-injuries. I feel like I did pretty well. I got two guys right and three other within five spots of their finish.
I do have a few pictures from the races this past Wednesday:
|The IMCA and Midwest Modified cars head around the final turn before the finish of the second heat last Wednesday.|
|The third heat race began with the cars stacked pretty tight at Thunder Mountain Speedway.|
|Kyle Romans waves to the crowd that he is all right after tipping his car over last Wednesday.|
|Cars lineup to try and restart as fire fighters clean up the last pieces of Romans' car during the feature race.|
|Kevin Smith's tire goes flying along with a bunch of mud after a spin out during the feature race for the sport stocks.|