As one of my running themes this month in looking back at the decade has been how absolutely unpredictable most of it would have been in December 1999, I approach the new decade modestly: Today's SN column -- the last edition at SN for 2009 -- is dedicated to predictions for 2010 only. (UPDATE: Just been informed that I am indeed filing a column tomorrow, so call it the *second-to-last* edition for 2009.)
Let's start with the biggie: Tiger will win two majors, and by the US Open, the "redemption" meme will be full throttle (it's what sports media has wanted to embrace all along, and it's why Tiger's hibernation was ill-advised).
But why stop there?
*LeBron will join Dwyane Wade in Miami. (Oh, and he won't win the NBA title in 2009.) Chris Bosh will go to the Knicks.
*Neither the Colts nor the Saints will make the Super Bowl.
*Brett Favre will be playing in the NFL in September 2010.
*Tim Tebow will be drafted in the top half of the 1st round of the NFL Draft -- NOT by the Jags.
*John Wall will be college hoops Player of the Year, but Kentucky will lose to Kansas in the title game.
*The Yankees will beat the Phillies in the World Series (again). Roy Halladay wins NL Cy.
*Boise State will beat Ohio State for the college football national title.*
* - I think I like this last one the most (as a sidebar, 1-loss Florida -- its only loss coming at Alabama -- will beat then-unbeaten Alabama in the SEC title game, but despite intense lobbying, won't be able to get past unbeaten Boise and unbeaten Ohio State in the BCS rankings. Florida will play Alabama in a rubber-match Sugar Bowl that will get higher ratings than the national-title game.) Oh, and Boise QB Kellen Moore will win the Heisman, with OSU QB Terrelle Pryor coming in 2nd. (That might flip-flop... too many Heisman voters love their unbeaten Ohio State QBs... see Troy Smith.)
I'd love to hear your predictions for 2010 in the Comments. I will be writing tomorrow, on New Year's Day and all weekend, if you want to drop by.
Complete SN column here. More later.