2010 Predictions Sure To Fail

Steve O Speak

Happy New Year everyone! 2009 has come to a close and we have seen the Florida Gators, Pittsburgh Steelers, North Carolina Tar Heels, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Yankees all raised trophies in 2009. Who will be the teams that follow them in 2010?

NCAAF:  Well this one is nice because I have a 50/50 chance of getting my pick right. I think the Alabama Crimson Tide will beat Texas to be this year’s National Champions and continue the dominance of the SEC.

NFL:  Indianapolis Colts. Yes they have their first loss, but I’m not sure if Manning and the Colts will get another one. The Colts have the defense and the quarterback (not to mention a host of other weapons) to be the last team standing in February.

NCAAB:  There are 10 teams right now that I could honestly think could be cutting down the nets in March (actually April). I’ll go with the Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas has some top notch experience balanced with some young players. I also like Kansas’s depth and inside-outside talent.

NHL:  Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens might have a tougher road this year with improved New Jersey and Washington teams this year. But at the end of the day they still have Crosby and Malkin and in any 7 game series I’m going to bet on those two.

NBA:  Cleveland Cavaliers. This could be the year for Lebron and the Cavs. They will have to get past Boston in the East (and Orlando), and will probably face the Lakers in the Finals, but I like the Cavs chances this year. And I think they will make a run this season.

MLB:  Atlanta Braves. This is by far the hardest sport to predict, not only has the season not started yet, but the offseason is still well under way. While the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies are all excellent choices, I like what the Braves have done this offseason. While I think they need another bat (or two), they have the prospects to make a move. In addition, they will get help from their farm system in another way as Jason Heyward seems poised to head to the big leagues. Heyward could be one of the bats they need, and if he is I think the Braves can make a run this season.

So what do you think? What picks will be right and where was I way off?

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