Faith Hill jumps off Titans bandwagon
Where’s the faith, Faith?
For the first time since she began picking NFL games in The Tennessean at the start of the 2009 season, country artist Faith Hill has picked against her hometown Titans.
Hill had picked the Titans to win their past 27 consecutive games before her surprise choice of the Jaguars this Sunday at LP Field. The newspaper runs her picks along with those of columnists David Climer and Joe Biddle and beat writers Jim Wyatt and John Glennon on Thursdays.
Just last week Hill picked the Titans at Houston while all four of the other panelists chose the Texans. The Texans won 20-0.
Efforts to reach Hill via her New York publicist were unsuccessful.
At best Hill’s choice this week is a curious one. Yes, the Titans are mired in a four-game losing streak, but they beat the Jaguars in Jacksonville 30-3 on Oct. 10. And it looks increasingly like quarterback Kerry Collins will return to the lineup after missing the past few games with a calf injury.
Hill went 171-86 last season, beating all of The Tennessean cognoscenti despite picking the Titans to win 16 in a row. According to Tennessean sports editor Larry Taft the week’s games are e-mailed to Hill’s publicist on Mondays and returned to the sports department via e-mail on Wednesdays.
“I don’t have a clue as to why (she picked the Jaguars),” Taft told Sportsinthe615. “We never ask.
“But it adds a lot of oomph for us to have her picks. It has an impact for us.”
Taft said as far as he knows Hill makes the picks herself, and he believes she takes it seriously.
“She’s very competitive,” Taft said. “She’s always interested in how she did the week before.”
We’ll see if the Franklin resident and country star knows something the others don’t. Hill is in last place this season with a 99-73 mark. Wyatt leads at 109-63. He’s picking the Titans.