Finding Mudville: 2013 Predictions
If any of you saw how I picked football winners this past fall you know I stink at this. But here are my sports predictions for 2013.
Iíll start with the 2012 BCS National Championship Game on Monday between top ranked Notre Dame and SEC champ Alabama. Iím going with the Irish.
Iíve been told that I am a baseball guy who knows nothing about football, and that I should leave football to those who spend all their free time watching football. They may have a point, but half the fun is seeing where I go wrong.
I say the Irish defense stymies Bamaís offense and Notre Dame wins a low scoring game, 17-13.
In Super Bowl XLVII Iím picking Falcons and Seahawks in the NFC title game, given they donít meet earlier in the brackets. As much as I dislike Pete Carroll, heís got that team scoring points. Iím loyal to the Falcons but theyíve got to win a playoff game first.
In the AFC, I like Baltimore and Denver, though you canít count out New England. I canít pick against Peyton Manning, but I see Baltimore as the dark horse winner.
So Ö Seattle and Baltimore in the Super Bowl and nobody will watch outside Seattle and Baltimore.
There will be no NHL hockey played in 2013 and nobody will care.
I wonít watch any college basketball until March, and who can figure out a 64-team tournament bracket that has 70 teams? Picking an NCAA is a crap shoot.
Still, Iím a Midwest boy when it comes to basketball and the Butler Bulldogs will find a way to crack the Final Four. So will Duke, and Indiana.
North Carolina will fall early in the tournament.
I like Indiana to win the NCAA national championship but Iím not feeling real confident in my choice.
In 2013 the Houston Astros move to the American League West division and will promptly take up residence in the divisional cellar where they will remain for the rest of this decade.
The Los Angeles Angels will not win their division or advance far into the playoffs. The New York Yankees will fade to fourth in the AL East behind Toronto and Tampa. I like Detroit in the AL Central again and to run the gauntlet through the playoffs and the World Series.
In the National League the Cardinals, Giants, Reds and Braves will all make the post season and again the Braves will depart early and St. Louis and San Francisco will battle it out for the NL crown.
I like the Giants repeating because of pitching and the fact that San Francisco is a brutal place for a visiting team to play come late October. Giants repeat as World Series champs. †
The SEC will regret raiding the Big 12 and old Southwest Conference because Texas A&M and Johnny Football are going to run through the SEC like Sherman through Atlanta.
I donít care who wins the ACC championship but it wonít be Clemson or Georgia Tech. Iíll go with Florida State, but Iím curious about Notre Dameís relationship with the conference.
I see the Aggies and Georgia playing for the SEC championship with the winner meeting Ohio State and Urban Meyer in the BCS Championship game this time next year.
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