Ugh. Colin Cowherd Is (Statistically) The Best Pundit Of 2012.PunditTracker12/20/12 11:45amFiled to: Pundit trackerColin CowherdPunditsYear in ReviewDeadspin 2012Media MeltdownsGamblingMediaAccountabilityEspnPundittrackerNewsRepublishedRoundup27EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Republished with permission from PunditTracker.com. Advertisement Coming into 2012, we expected that our inaugural award for Best Pundit of the Year would likely go to a political pundit. However, as we have reviewed at length, that pundit community turned in an awful election season. There were a few bright spots, including Nate Silver, although we have argued that the performance of the quants has been overhyped by the media. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post merits an honorable mention, as he picked Obama to win the election and nailed the final tally for the House of Representatives. Moreover, Cillizza's prediction that John Kerry would be the new Secretary of State and that Scott Brown would take Kerry's spot in the Senate now looks quite possible (click here for Cillizza's full list of predictions).Turning to finance, our recent recaps of their 2012 prediction lists revealed that none of the financial pundits did particularly well, although Marc Faber and Mario Gabelli deserve credit for their impressive investment picks. Advertisement In the end, we concluded that the Best Pundit of 2012 award should go to a sports pundit, one who has demonstrated terrific game-picking prowess this year.That pundit is Colin Cowherd of ESPN.Here is our aggregate data for Cowherd, who hosts The Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio, since we began tracking him in 2010: Sponsored Calls Graded: 260 Correct Calls: 151Hit Rate: 58% $1 Yield: $1.16 Advertisement Cowherd's "Blazing Five", in which he picks five games each week against the Vegas spread, account for the lion's share of his predictions. Here is his Blazing Five track record by season:SeasonRecordHit Rate$1 yield2010-1143-4251%$1.012011-1254-3759%$1.192012-1349-2170%$1.40Cowherd had an average season in 2010, an excellent one in 2011, and an off-the-charts turn so far this year. For those new to the PunditTracker, the $1 Yield metric is the average payout had you bet $1 (using Vegas odds) on each of the pundit's predictions; we award an A grade to any yield above $1.10. As such, Cowherd's $1.40 yield so far this season (with 70 predictions) is sensational. After going 2-3 in Week 1, he has rattled off 13 consecutive weeks of winning records:WeekRecordWeek 12-3Week 24-1Week 34-1Week 43-2Week 53-2Week 64-1Week 74-1Week 84-1Week 94-1Week 103-2Week 114-1Week 123-2Week 134-1Week 153-2In addition to his weekly picks, we are also tracking Cowherd's full-season predictions for both baseball and football. In baseball, his performance this year was merely average, although he was one of the few who selected the Tigers to make the World Series. Here were his NFL predictions:2012-13 PredictionLikely OutcomePatriots to win AFC EastTrueRavens to win AFC NorthTrueTexans to win AFC SouthTrueBroncos to win AFC WestTrueGiants to win NFC EastTBDPackers to win NFC NorthTrueFalcons to win NFC SouthTruePatriots to win AFCTBDBears to win NFCTBDBears to win Super BowlTBDBills to win more than 7.5 gamesFalseRams to win more than 6 gamesTBDColts to win more than 5.5 gamesTrueSaints to win less than 9.5 gamesTrueLions to win less than 9 gamesTrueThe Bears Super Bowl prediction looks dicey at the moment, but overall, Cowherd's pre-season picks are looking quite strong. Advertisement For a full breakdown of Cowherd's predictions, click here to visit his PunditTracker profile page.PunditTracker's mission is to bring accountability to the prediction industry by cataloging and scoring the predictions of pundits.