Colin Cowherd fancies himself a betting expert, sharing his “Blazin’ 5” NFL picks at the end of each week. Hopefully you haven’t been taking his advice. The Fox Sports personality hasn’t had a winning week yet, falling to 12-19-1 on the year after a dreadful Week 6, going 1-4 against the spread with his lone victory coming in Baltimore’s win over the Chargers (the Ravens easily covered as 2.5-point home favorites).
As documented by Twitter user Chris Hanes, Cowherd’s picks have gotten progressively worse through the years, culminating in his disastrous 2021. Cowherd’s slump has been a running joke on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, where celebrity prognosticator Chris Jericho continues to wipe the floor with Cowherd, beating him on a weekly basis while picking teams seemingly at random with no research whatsoever. Followers on social media are demanding accountability from Cowherd, whose cold streak dates back to last season, when he limped to a 3-7 record over his final two weeks.
Fans can lash out at Cowherd all they want, but don’t count on him losing sleep over it. The reality is, even the most successful bettors against the spread are only right about half the time, which explains why a pro wrestler with next to no knowledge of football can hit on more picks than a seasoned vet like Cowherd. Certainly, we can identify trends and other breadcrumbs that might steer us in the right direction, but in the harsh, unforgiving world of sports betting, being informed is only half the battle.
Is Coward a fraud? Some may hold that opinion, but at least he’s brave enough to put his picks on the record, risking the embarrassment and scrutiny that comes from being wrong more often than not.