LeBron James finally won an NBA Championship ring.
Detroit Tigers’ third baseman Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown for the first time since the 1960s.
Those were just two of the many memorable moments in sports that this past year has given us. As the year 2012 comes to a close, sports fans saw the concept of the “super team” being taken to a whole new level, with the L.A. Dodgers and L.A. Angels spending over $300 million to acquire several high-priced free agents. However, 2013 promises to be just as exciting and invigorating as the past year was, but here are my top ten New Year’s sports resolutions.
- The Texas Rangers will win the 2013 World Series.
Sure, the Rangers had a terrible offseason with the losses of free agents Mike Napoli (to Boston) and Josh Hamilton (to the aforementioned Angels), but nevertheless, this team is still chalk-full of power hitters in Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre, plus their pitching staff (especially guys like Derek Holland and Colby Lewis) is expected to rebound following the inconsistencies and injuries that plagued them in 2012. Topping it off, it looks as if the Rangers are slowly bringing in their younger talents (infielder Jurickson Profar and outfielder Leonys Martin) to help build the club’s success for years to come. The Rangers might have lost of ton of power in Hamilton, but they have the talent to maintain their competitive edge and-hopefully-overcome the supposed advantage that their AL West rival Angels have.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels will fail to deliver in 2013.
The 2012-2013 baseball offseason will be known as the year of the “super team.” In a span of just over a week, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels have spent a combined $300 million on several key free agents. With Zack Grienke joining a great Dodger pitching staff and Josh Hamilton joining Albert Pujols and Mike Trout on the Angels roster, it might look as if the 2013 World Series might be destined to be the Battle of Hollywood.
Unfortunately, it will never happen. Not if all 28 other teams have a say-so.
- There will be an NHL season in 2013.
It’s been a constant struggle to reach an agreement to end the months-long lockout that has cost hockey fans the chance to watch their favorite teams get on the ice and do the things they love, but as Christmastime approaches, I hope that the players and owners find it within their hearts to come to a consensus and end this charade.
- Notre Dame will end the SEC’s dominance and win the BCS National Title.
Alabama has been the dominant college football team for the past couple of years, but have been known to show signs of vulnerability as of late. Meanwhile, the Fighting Irish head into Miami’s Sun Life Stadium with a perfect record and a ferocious defense. The game itself is expected to be a classic, but in the end, the Irish “D” will prevail at just the right time and end the SEC’s domination of the Bowl Championship Series.
- The Miami Heat will NOT repeat as NBA Champions in 2013.
How long can the “Big Three” of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade coexist as one unit? With the sudden rise of the New York Knicks, as well as an embarrassing road loss to the lowly Washington Wizards several weeks ago, Miami has to realize that it will be a much tougher road to a second straight crown.
- The New York Giants will NOT repeat as Super Bowl Champions in 2013.
For the first half of the regular season, it looked as if Eli Manning and Company would own the rest of the league. However the defending Super Bowl champs have been struggling to win games as of late, and, as improbable as this might seem, the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins stand just one game back of the G-Men in the NFC East. With so much parity going on in the NFL, who knows what might happen next.
- The Kansas City Royals will make the playoffs.
This might be the biggest stretch of all time, but with James Shields and Wade Davis joining the pitching staff, the long-suffering Royals and their fans might have something to cheer about for the first time since 1985.
- The Washington Nationals will win the NL pennant.
Like the Texas Rangers of the past three seasons, the Washington Nationals now know exactly what it’s like for them to not “finish the job.” The disappointing implosion in Game Five of the Giants-Nats NLDS will give superstars like Stephen Strasbourg and Ryan Zimmerman the motivation they need to get the job done and bring a pennant to the nation’s capital for the first time in nearly 80 years.
- The Indiana Hoosiers will win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The Hoosiers have had to contend with mediocrity since legendary coach Bobby Knight was fired, but this season has the Hoosiers ranked above Duke and Kentucky as the number one team in the country. With a roster full of talented young players-along with a reinvigorated fanbase-the Hoosiers appear to be on the verge of a magical season.
- The era of “super teams” will come to a crashing end.
How many “superstar” players can coexist on any given club? With Dwight Howard and Steve Nash joining Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers-along with the Miami Heat’s aforementioned “Big Three”-it seems as if sports has devolved into an era where big-name players join up with one franchise simply for the money and not for the love of the game. However, upstart franchises like the Oklahoma City Thunder will prove to the world that just because one team has all the big names doesn’t mean that they’re going to win it all.
Hopefully, a big collapse should teach teams like the Angels and Dodgers a hard lesson-that “buying” a championship will get them nowhere.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: This list is not comprehensive.