The pain of prognostication

The forecast for the Bears' season ahead looks murky if not melancholy

Updated: September 8, 2010, 11:02 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

Predictions make idiots of us all. Those of us who attempt them are either clueless or lucky or homers -- dumber still to publicly attempt this ritual of team sports without being paid for it or at least have some serious coin at stake.

I treat predictions with about as much gravity as gargling. I think about it for a few seconds, I glance at the schedule, I get a vibe of some sort and that's that. I also spend a second or two considering how my prediction will make me look (homer ...

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