Ball do not lie, because the saying goes, however these manufactured from crystal apparently do not at all times fall below that heading.
My batting common hardly reached a Corridor of Fame stage on this endeavor of prognostication one 12 months in the past, hitting (if barely) on the Patriots successful the Tremendous Bowl, but largely misfiring in all places else — together with the Knicks and the Mets making the playoffs, the Yankees lacking out totally, the Cubs repeating as World Collection champions and so forth.
Right here we’re once more now, one other 12 months passed by and one other with numerous prospects forward.
The previous 12 months began strongly with a 25-point comeback within the Tremendous Bowl, with 2017 highlighted all through by the intersection of sports activities with politics and numerous social points dominating our headlines regularly.
The 12 months additionally featured an sudden rebirth season by the Yankees, horrible step-back years from the Mets and the Giants and nonetheless additional rounds of the dysfunction and turnover which have engulfed the Knicks for practically 20 years.
Here’s a enjoyable (hopefully!) stab at what to anticipate on the native and nationwide sports activities panorama in 2018:
Not less than we have reverted to staging the school soccer semis on Jan. 1 after a few years inexplicably enjoying them on New 12 months’s Eve, the one evening of the 12 months that no one is residence to look at them.
Anyway, Alabama and Oklahoma will meet within the championship recreation on Jan. eight in Atlanta, with Heisman winner Baker Mayfield planting the OU flag on the 50-yard line after the Sooners outshoot the Crimson Sabans for the title.
In a decent 2-1 resolution for the Rangers over Buffalo within the NHL’s Winter Basic at Citi Subject, Blueshirts diehard Matt Harvey someway suffers what the puck heads prefer to name an upper-body damage.
Lastly clearing some muddle from the poll, Chipper, Jim Thome, Vlad Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman and Edgar Martinez all get voted into the Baseball Corridor of Fame this month, the primary five-member class elected by the BBWAA for the reason that inaugural Babe Ruth-led group of 1936.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens nudge ever nearer, nevertheless, perhaps even garnering greater than 60 of the mandatory 75 % of their sixth of 10 potential cracks at enshrinement.
Sure, Joe Morgan is getting awfully nervous.
(For the document, I voted for all however Hoffman of these seven, plus Curt Schilling, Larry Walker, Crime Canine McGriff and Jeff Kent).
It will likely be Case Keenum — you learn that proper — and the hometown Vikings dealing with Massive Ben, AB and the Steelers, with Pittsburgh successful its document seventh Tremendous Bowl title.
Justin Timberlake is also again doing the halftime present, albeit with no wardrobe malfunctions this time round.
You need me to get into The Slam Dunk contest once more?
Pit previous winners like Jordan and Spud and Dominique and — in a nod to each the Knicks and the Star Wars franchise — Kenny “Sky” Walker, towards one another.
The IOC suspended Russia’s staff from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for systematic doping.
That should not forestall them, although, from hacking the figure-skating vote.
Shortsightedly, the NHL additionally will not be sending its gamers to the video games for the primary time since 1998. However hey, at the least Arizona faces Edmonton on Feb. 17!
Followers come out by the 1000’s in Tampa for the curiosity of watching Aaron Choose and massive offseason addition Giancarlo Stanton crush balls over Dale Mabry Freeway in batting observe.
Followers come out by the tens in Port St. Lucie for the curiosity of watching large offseason addition Anthony Swarzak throw dwell batting observe.
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Accurately, Chris Mullin and St. John’s will face Patrick Ewing and Georgetown at MSG within the Massive East Match. I really like the ’80s.
Jeff Gillooly tries in any method he can to assist Margot Robbie of the terrific “I, Tonya” win Greatest Actress on the Oscars. (Put on shin guards, Meryl).
The Mets nonetheless have Harvey, Syndergaard, Matz, Wheeler and deGrom — to not point out Cespedes, Conforto and possibly even Tebow — shrouded in bubble wrap.
For a small donation, the Wilpons would possibly even allow you to get right into a spring-training recreation.
The debuts of Aaron Boone and Mickey Callaway make this the primary time in 25 years that each native groups will open the season with new managers (1992, Buck Showalter and Jeff Torborg). Sure, these had been the times.
It is principally been a enjoyable begin, particularly at a rejuvenated MSG. However sorry, KP and the Knicks is not going to make the NBA playoffs.
Then once more, I picked them to qualify AND to win a spherical below since-departed Phil and Carmelo on this column one 12 months in the past, so what do I do know?
Tiger again in rivalry on Sunday on the Masters, cannot ask for greater than that.
All three native groups make the NHL playoffs out of the wild and deep Metro Division, the primary time since 2007.
Commerce deadline reacquisition Stefan Matteau, nets the OT winner for the Devils, to oust the Rangers within the first spherical.
Garth Snow’s Islanders get struck by Lightning once more, however hey, area information!
Neglect any pending smokescreens by Gettleman, heretofore often known as G-Man. The G-Males’s reward for this disastrous season would be the drafting of Eli Manning’s successor at quarterback, Josh Rosen.
The Jets, in the meantime, aren’t joshing once they hand McCown a brand new deal by means of 2020. They hope Christian Hackenberg lastly shall be prepared by then to take a snap in an precise recreation.
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My sawces inform me a hawse owned by New Yawk’s former Numbah One will win the Kentucky Derby.
Here is hoping it is named Sir Chewbacca, my favourite all-time @MikeFrancesaNY “Mike-ism.” (Aside from Pita Physique, that’s).
The Cavaliers acquire the No. 1 total decide within the NBA draft lottery from the Nets’ by way of Boston from final summer time’s Kyrie Irving commerce.
What, you thought the fallout from the Garnett-Pierce fiasco was over in Brooklyn?
An enlargement staff, the Vegas Golden Knights — no, that is actually a factor — will practically win the Stanley Cup of their inaugural season, dropping to the Columbus Blue Jackets within the Finals.
Additionally, it’s going to be the Warriors once more over the LeBrons on the NBA facet. Rinse, repeat.
The World Cup will happen with out the disappointing Individuals (plus no Italy, no Netherlands, no Chile and no Ghana, for that matter).
A few of us will nonetheless watch, however when you thought the bulk did not care earlier than…
The Islanders lastly get a shovel within the floor at Belmont, and simply as necessary, they get their homegrown thoroughbred, John Tavares, inked to a brand new megadeal.
Briefly considered writing he’d find yourself on the Rangers, however even I am not that merciless. Or loopy.
Derek Jeter fires Donnie Baseball in Miami and hires A-Rod as his new supervisor.
(Probably not, simply checking to see who’s nonetheless studying).
After JD and the Straight Shot excursions by means of Montana, Jim Dolan runs into an previous good friend on the middle-of-nowhere Triangle Tavern.
Phil Jackson proposes a little-known trapezoid scheme as a treatment for the Knicks’ offensive woes and Dolan brings again the Zen Grasp for 4 years and $75 million.
Gary Sanchez defeats Choose, Stanton and Greg Hen in an all-Yankees model of the Dwelling Run Derby.
The East-leading Yanks get eight members on the AL All-Star squad, and Cashman continues to be trying so as to add extra on the commerce deadline.
The Mets are literally doing positive at midseason and have remained within the playoff hunt with wholesome starters Syndergaard and deGrom named to the NL facet, together with rising shortstop Amed Rosario.
Then, they commerce a still-inconsistent Matt Harvey to the Yankees.
Would not it, three days later, Harvey tosses a no-hitter for his childhood staff at Fenway Park.
NFL preseason resumes, and the beat writers protecting it nonetheless tweet out each mundane play they see in observe and within the pretend video games.
Third 12 months in a row on this column, and never letting it go till I get outcomes.
Coming off a misplaced season, Odell Beckham Jr. continues to be a contract holdout. I admittedly is likely to be the one one left, however I might nonetheless pay the man.
On the primary Sunday evening of the brand new season, Eli Manning’s preliminary go is picked off by, you guessed it, new Cowboys cornerback Eli Apple.
Twitter and speak radio instantly name for Rosen. Apple retweets it.
Regardless of Stanton being on the DL since late-August, Choose reaches 59 residence runs with three video games to play.
However Boone retains him on the bench to relaxation up for the postseason, which means Roger Maris’ AL/franchise document* stays protected.
The Mets end a much-improved 84-78, however miss out on the NL wild card. The Wilpons are actually sweating now about having to pay these pitchers quickly.
Choose, the lock for AL MVP, is outplayed by Jose Altuve once more in a playoff sequence, however the reloaded Yanks get again to the World Collection for the primary time since 2009…
…the place they’re denied the 28th championship in staff historical past by the Colorado Rockies.
After falling brief within the playoffs for the 12th time, Henrik Lundqvist nonetheless has three years and $20 million left on his contract as the brand new season commences.
The Patrick Ewing/MSG profession comparisons are just about cemented now.
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Having lastly reset their luxurious tax quantity, the Yanks signal Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Clayton Kershaw, LeBron James, Leo DiCaprio, Rihanna and Jay Z to contracts totaling about $four billion.
Sandy Alderson, in the meantime, reveals the Mets once more are hoping a seventh-inning reliever and a utility infielder shake out of the offseason tree, maybe after the Winter Conferences.
One other NFL season comes and goes with no playoff berth for the Jets (eight straight years) or the Giants (six in seven).
Nevertheless it’s nearly Christmas — and time for my predictions! — once more.
Lastly, A-Rod and J-Lo announce their engagement.
Personally, I nonetheless desire A-Lo over J-Rod as their tabloid identifier.
Comfortable New 12 months, everybody.