Here we are in a brand new year, and the sports world has been turned upside down by the many antics provided by what happened in 2007.
Michael Vick is in jail. Baseball is being swallowed up by numerous steroid scandals. College football continues to make us question why there is no playoff system and Barry Bonds continues to maintain his innocence.
I am not a psychic, by any means, but it is always fun to try to make some bold and insane predictions for this year in sports.
What do I want to see? What do I want to happen, and what do I think is going to happen?
I'll take a gander at some of the sporting events to let you know how I think the pieces will fall together in the New Year.
Let us begin with baseball.
I think it is obvious that baseball is going to rebound its setback from the Mitchell report. There's no telling what kind of punishment will be enforced for illegal substance use. In 2008, I want to see a 100-game suspension for the first offense, a year for the second and a lifetime ban for the third.
I feel like Commissioner Bud Selig should enforce this, and it will help him become something he is not - a man.
In 2008 Bonds will continue on his quest to prove his innocence. He will continue to blame the media and he will do his best to find a baseball team that wants him - which will be no one.
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will continue being dominant forces, and my Houston Astros will be forced to watch the playoffs from home…again.
I boldly predict that Mark Prior and Kerry Wood will suffer an injuries before the regular season begins.
Wow, I really went out on a limb with that one.
Next, let us look at basketball.
The Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks will fight tooth and nail for the top spot…of the NBA Draft.
These teams are so terrible right now; Stevie Wonder could probably make better shots.
Speaking of the Knicks, there is no doubt in my mind that head coach Isaiah Thomas will get fired.
Hasn't New York suffered enough? Their football teams are laughable. Their baseball teams choke when it matters most, and they have to deal with this guy at Madison Square Garden.
On a positive note, the San Antonio Spurs will reign supreme as champions again.
Sure, the Boston Celtics look like an unstoppable force now, but the three-headed monster - Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett - have yet to play threats in the West Division like the Spurs or the Phoenix Suns. They will play, and lose to, both teams in February.
Going out on a limb again, I predict that Kobe Bryant will be the only good thing about the Los Angeles Lakers.
Without Bryant, the Lakers are the Clippers in yellow jerseys.
The Olympics are this year and there are several events in which the Russians will still complain that they are better after the Americans win the Gold.
In 2004, the United States Basketball team won the Bronze Medal. Sure, we got on the podium, but we were looking up at Argentina, who won the Gold.
How could we fall short when we lose to a sport that Americans invented?
It will be a whole different story this summer.
Not only will the U.S. team win, they are going to beat every team by an average margin of 20 points. That's right. I said 20 points. Watch and see people. Just watch and see.
The Americans will dominate in track again.
We have such great runners like Tyson Gay and Jeremy Wariner out to get some gold. Hopefully, they don't pull a Marion Jones on us.
Swimmer Michael Phelps will dominate in swimming. Look what he did at the 2007 World Championships, winning seven gold medals.
The guy already has six from the last Olympics when he was trying to break Mark Spitz's record of seven competing in eight events.
It should be quite the spectacle for the U.S. Olympic team this year.
For the hockey season, I have a bold prediction. No one is going to watch.
I might have been a little harsh, but the sport continues to struggle to find an audience since its strike a few years ago.
I don't expect much from that sport anymore.
In other sports, I can almost guarantee you that Tiger Woods will still be dominant in golf and tennis phenom Roger Federer will break Pete Sampras' Grand Slam titles record.
Both of those predictions fall easily in the category of "duh".
In the world of football, I had the New England Patriots beating the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XLII since before the season began.
It pains me as a Dallas fan to make that prediction and sadly, I still stand by that prediction.
However, it would be great to be wrong.
The Miami Dolphins have sealed the top pick of the draft in April and I am betting with Bill Parcells as the vice president of operations we will see some improvement on that current sad excuse for a team.
I want to see Jessica Simpson away from Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and with New England quarterback so that Brady knows what it's like to have a bad game.
That would be great to see.
The one thing I want the most, which is far from going to happen, is a new system for college football.
You already know where I am going with this, so I am not going to repeat myself.
Every other sport has found a good way to crown a champion, and the morons at the BCS have not figured it out yet.
Finally, I predict that in 2008 there will be very little drama happening in the sports world.
Oh, who am I kidding?
If there were no drama in sports, I would have nothing to gripe about every week.
So, here's to more drama in sports for 2008. That way I can keep my job.
I hope everybody has a Happy New Year.