Tom Jackson wasn’t alone in picking the New York Jets to lose to the New England Patriots on Sunday. Oddsmakers installed the Pats as 9.5-point favorites and nearly everyone on the morning pregame shows was predicting Tom Brady(notes) and company would advance to the AFC championship.
But in his postgame interview with ESPN, Jets linebacker Bart Scott(notes) singled out Jackson, who picked the Pats to win 30-10, as someone the team proved wrong. One day later, the ESPN analyst took to the radio to defend his pick, insisting that he only predicted New England would win big because it’d motivate the Jets. “It was done pre-meditated,” he told “Mike and Mike in the Morning.”
Uh, all right.
Here’s Scott’s excellent postgame rant, in case you’ve forgotten: