Arbitrary thoughts and predictions for the new year
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
In honor of the approaching NFL playoffs, the following prognostications read like an NFL injury report – probable, questionable, doubtful, and out:
Probable (75 percent)
• The Green Bay Packers repeating as Super Bowl champs: Only two possible roadblocks looming – New Orleans and San Francisco. The lone AFC opponent capable of hanging with them in Super Bowl XLVI is Baltimore – on a good day, if they’re lucky. Beware of the Saints and Niners, though.
• Tiger Woods winning a couple of tournaments, including a major: Several golfers, including Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson, Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer, have caught up to Eldrick. But that’s my point. They’re now on even ground. Look for Woods to make a statement by winning either the U.S. or British Open, and another PGA event or two along the way.
• Losing your fantasy football championship, again: And your money, by less than a fractional point, because a quarterback took a knee and ran out the clock instead of handing the ball to your running back one more time.
Questionable (50 percent)
• The Broncos shopping for a new quarterback in 2012: John Elway has sent mixed signals about Tim Tebow’s future. He likes the way Tebow runs and extends plays, but he cringes when his QB is called upon to be a pocket passer. Forget the draft. It’s either Tebow or Matt Flynn of the Packers calling signals for the Broncos next year. Rebuilding is now out of the equation.
• Picking a clear-cut NBA champion: Too many teams capable with a strike-shortened season. I’ll offer up this matchup – Bulls and Thunder in the Finals. Derrick Rose is the real deal. So is Kevin Durant.
• The fashion style of various people at the local gym nowadays: Young guys wearing wool hats, sweatpants and sweatshirts while they work out? Makes me sweat just looking at them, so I leave the gym early about 50 percent of the time.
Doubtful (25 percent)
• Nuggets and Avalanche advancing past the first round of the playoffs: I think they’ll each make the playoffs this spring, and both are definitely on the upswing. Not quite ready to make playoff noise just yet.
• Colorado Rockies winning the World Series: The sharps in Vegas have them at 50 to 1, which is an insult considering teams like the Cubs, Nationals and Blue Jays are listed at better odds. The same odds makers have the Rox at 25 to 1 to win the pennant.
• U.S. women’s soccer not striking gold at the Summer Olympics in London: It would take a small miracle for Abby, Hope and the girls not to redeem themselves after their World Cup collapse.
Out (0 percent)
• Drew Brees playing for anyone other than the Saints next season: Brees will become an unrestricted free agent, but you would have to be “out of your mind” to picture him playing anyplace other than New Orleans, where he is the epitome of loyalty.
• Iran returning our drone: Again, not happening. Did we really ask for it back?
• Getting through 2012 without a major scandal in sport: Zero percent. Just counting the days into the New Year before the first story breaks, sadly.
Jeff Sauer is a longtime western Colorado resident and former Roaring Fork Valley resident. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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