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What to look forward to in 2014

2013 was filled with many memorable moments in the world of sports.  It was not a good year for the Buffalo Bills or Sabres, however, the Red Sox won the World Series, so that made up for another crummy year in sports for my favorite teams.  Here are some things to look forward to in 2014 and some wishes I have in the upcoming year.

The year starts off strong with the BCS Championship Game. Look for Auburn to start fast, then FSU will eventually figure out Auburn’s offense and win in a shootout.

In January, Baseball’s Hall of Fame inductees will be announced. Newly eligible Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine will get in.

My Wish: A compromise is struck whereby Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Pete Rose are all inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, under the condition that Cooperstown adds a wing dedicated to the topic of steroid use and gambling in sports.

There’s a new rule for the Pro Bowl: The two leading vote-getters will get to choose their teams (gym class style) with help from a fan and a Hall of Famer.

My Wish: That every all-star game roster was chose this way.

The Super Bowl. I can’t tell you who’ll be in it, but I can tell you that the weather will get more attention than either team since the game will be played in outdoors in New York.

My Wish: That Buffalo was good enough this year to have a shot to play in New York for the Super Bowl.  Here’s to the Bills making the playoffs in 2014, so fantasy football isn’t the only reason I look forward to the football season.

Winter Olympics. The big stories will be Bode Miller, Shaun White, the NHL players, Lindsey Vonn (and Tiger Woods) and Russia’s anti-gay laws.

My Wish: That the U.S. crushes Russia in the medal count.

Pitchers and catchers will start reporting to spring training in February. Soon after, Robinson Cano will report to Seattle, Prince Fielder to Texas, Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees and Kevin Youkilis to Japan.  Then in March…..Baseball Opening Day (Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks) in Sydney. Australia.

My Wish: That all major sports would stop trying to recruit new fans worldwide by taking their show on the road.  This includes you Buffalo.

Also, in March…..NCAA March Madness.  The best tournament in sports.

My Wish: That Syracuse doesn’t make an early exit and that I don’t finish last again in my brackets at work.

The Masters. Will Tiger win his first major in six years?

My Wish: Tiger wins a major.  Any major.

College football’s first season under the new playoff format.

My Wish: It works any better than the current system.

In June, the NBA Finals begin.

My Wish: That any team not named Miami is in it so I don’t get sick of hearing “Three-Peat” and any comparisons to the Chicago Bulls dynasty.

Then in October the World Series begins. Bet on the Red Sox.

My Wish: That I’m actually smart enough to bet on the Red Sox this year.

Happy 2014 everyone!

 

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