Freezing Cold Takes dedicates itself to taking a look at all of those proclamations and predictions that have gone wrong over the years as a way to have a laugh about the unpredictability of sports and hold analysts and experts accountable. But what would the coldest of takes gone horribly, horribly wrong be without just a few that turn out to be brilliant strokes of genius?

Here are our choices for the “Cold Take Honor Roll” of 2016, those people who stood above the rest in their ability to pontificate and prognosticate. And if you are one of the lucky ones to earn this elite status, enjoy it, because you never know when you might make it to the regular edition of Freezing Cold Takes.

Ken Carman

Not only did the Cleveland sports radio personality nail his Finals prediction of Cavs over Warriors in seven games, he nailed the exact number of Cavaliers victories in the regular season!

Jeff J. 

Did you know the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to those Cavaliers by the way? At least one person called that shot…

Matt Williamson

The NFL writer at The Score listed Dallas Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott as a long-shot candidate for NFL MVP before the season began. When you read his reasoning why, it sounds exactly like how the Cowboys season has played out:

A rookie running back winning the MVP? With a rookie quarterback probably starting about half the season before a quickly aging, injury-riddled quarterback returns to finish up the campaign, the Cowboys are going to ride Elliott.

Better yet, they are going to ride Elliott behind what is now by far the best offensive line in the NFL. With La’el Collins more experienced, this could be an even better blocking unit in 2016…which is frightening. Not only is Elliott going to get a ton of carries to ease the burden on both his quarterback and a defense that is rather devoid of talent, but he should also see an awful lot of safe, short targets from either Dak Prescott or Tony Romo.

Elliott almost seems like a lock for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, and it isn’t far-fetched to envision him leading all running backs in combined yards from scrimmage. If Dallas, with one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, can win the soft NFC East and Elliott goes over 2,000 combined rushing and receiving yards, the youngster could have a very valid case for the MVP.

Steve Palazzolo

All the way back in May at least one writer was on board the Washington Huskies bandwagon as a CFP sleeper team.

* It’s also worth noting here the college football world furrowing their collective brows at Portland State coach Bruce Barnum for saying he’d put his mortgage on the Huskies winning it all this year. Partial credit to Barnum because they made the playoff, but it’s still a long way to go to get on the full honor roll.

Bud Elliott

When Louisville announced it was joining the Atlantic Coast Conference beginning in 2014, Tomahawk Nation’s Bud Elliott essentially predicted the Cardinals’ ACC record for their first three years.

Matt Fortuna

This man knows a valuable truism in sports – never bet against the Tess Effect. Notre Dame-Texas did indeed go two overtimes, and it was a classic game that produced some truly cold takes as well!

Allen Kenney

Speaking of Texas Longhorn football games, some props are due for Athlon Sports’ Allen Kenney. Kenney’s prediction that Oklahoma would beat Texas 45-40 in October’s Red River Rivalry game was dead on point.

Royce Young

ESPN NBA writer Royce Young deserves bonus points for throwing out an old LeBron James reference after the OKC Thunder lost Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals that turned out to correctly predict Dion Waiters’ future.

Chris Simms

Not all “bold predictions” are created equal, but the former NFL QB and son of Phil Simms saying Tom Savage would start for the Texans at some point this season back in August certainly qualified in light of Brock Osweiler’s megadeal. It took until Week 16, but it finally happened.

Skip Bayless

Now, when you make a zillion “BOLD PREDICTIONS” for your made-for-TV fake sports debate shows, eventually one of them is going to be right just by the laws of probability. Still though, even we have to give credit to Skip Bayless for getting the Warriors winning 73 games.

Will Manso

Back in April, local Miami sports anchor (WPLG Channel 10) Will Manso predicted the Miami Marlins’ exact record this season:

Marlins season prediction: 79-83 and 3rd place in the NL East.

*The Marlins actually finished in 3rd place at 79-82 as one scheduled September game was cancelled and never made up because of the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez.

Jared Carrabis

Just about everyone was down on Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello after his awful 2015 season when he went 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA. Barstool Sports’ Carrabis, however, was a believer in “Pretty Ricky”…

About Matt Yoder

Award winning sportswriter at The Comeback and Awful Announcing. The biggest cat in the whole wide world.