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NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a risk with his national-anthem protest against injustice in the U.S. Now other athletes are joining him, as are countless other Americans who want to overturn the status quo. Their courage can make all the difference.

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Silver, who writes The New York Times' popular FiveThirtyEight blog, makes his living by predicting events. Oftentimes, he's right, like he was during the 2012 presidential election when he correctly forecast how every state would vote. But even experts are wrong occasionally.

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The statistician extraordinaire has correctly predicted presidential elections, baseball games and football rankings, which is why his Super Bowl picks warrant a close look.

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