GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 10: Antonio Callaway #81 of the Florida Gators makes a catch for a touchdown during a game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Florida beat writer suspends himself over terrible Kentucky pick

That's an interesting approach.

Normally it's the players making headlines for getting suspended for making boneheaded decisions. This time it's Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi who is also a college football beat writer for all of the major teams in the state —- Florida State, Florida and Miami most notably. He makes his picks for those teams every week on whether they'll win or not.

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He actually thought that Kentucky would break a 29-year drought against Florida last Saturday and was he wrong big time. The Gators manhandled the Wildcats 45-7 and could have blanked them if they didn't put the backup players in at the end. To avoid being a hypocrite, Bianchi decided he would suspend himself for a week to punish himself for such a terrible pick.

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From his article in the Sun Sentinel:

"It's also why I'm going to penalize myself for the inane prediction that Kentucky would upset UF. When college athletes do something stupid, I often write they should be suspended for a week so they can sit on the bench and think about what they have done.

I don't want to be a hypocrite, and this is why I'm self-imposing a one-week suspension on picking football games. This is going to be  tough because I've been making weekly pigskin predictions for 25 years. In short, I have become a football-picking junkie."

That's probably a smart decision. And one Florida fans might appreciate with that ridiculous upset pick.


[h/t Sun Sentinel]