I did a lot of blogging about sports last year. One of the best things about the #bloglife is that it allows you to go back and relive the ups and downs of last year.
Off the top of my head, we saw the Patriots win another Superbowl, and we saw the emergence of the Golden State Warriors as a force to be reckoned with for a long time in the NBA. The KC Royals got their World Series win, and Rhonda Rousey finally got knocked out so we can finally stop talking about her. Floyd Maywether beat Pacquiao in the most hyped fight ever. I think we also had a triple crown winner in American Pharroh for the first time in a while. I’ll also remember that 2015 was the rise of Jordan Spieth, and Jason Day in the Golf world. Quite a performance those dudes put on this year.
From a local ATL sports perspective:
The Hawks had the best team they’ve had in 35 years, and still didn’t manage to get to the finals (and won’t because of Cleveland, Golden State and San Antonio standing in the way). The Braves were the 2nd worst team in baseball, and it sucked watching them all year. The Falcons started out one of the hottest teams in football and then promptly missed the playoffs. The UGA Bulldogs still can’t seem to win the big game, losing to Alabama,Tennessee, and Florida which eventually cost Richt his job. But things are actually looking up for the Dawgs. We hired Kirby Smart, and we held on to Jacob Eason who’s the most hyped high school QB in a long time. The Braves almost traded their entire roster to dump contracts and load up on prospects for the 2017-2018 seasons in the new stadium. Those teams are going to be absolutely loaded with great pitchers. We just have to make it through this next season, and then things will start to turn. The Falcons are the only team that seems to be stuck in limbo– with a wishy-washy new head coach in Dan Quinn, and a mediocre QB in Matt Ryan (who regressed tremendously this year) who can’t seem to win you big games.At the end of the day, sports are what’s keeping me going, and it looks like the UGA Bulldogs, and Atlanta Braves may seriously be contending for championships in 2017-2018. Unfortunately, that means we have to get through another tough sports year for ATLiens. We’ll have to see how it shakes out, but in 2016 we’re looking at:
2016 ATL Sports Predictions
- ATL Hawks 4th place (2nd round playoff knockout)
- ATL Braves 5th place NL East, and botom 6 team in the MLB (missing playoffs)
- ATL Falcons: another 8-8 season missing the playoffs & NFC wildcard by one game
- UGA Bulldogs: 9-3 3rd place in the SEC East (finish 19th in the nation after winning another irrelevant bowl game)
This will be shockingly accurate when we review these predictions a year from today. Just you wait and see. I’ll be back to do a “where I was right” and “where I was wrong” blog.
2016 National Sports Predictions:
- NFL Superbowl Champ: Pittsburgh Steelers
- NCAA Champ: Alabama (football) Oklahoma (basketball)
- MLB Champ: Chicago Cubs
- NBA Champ: San Antonio Spurs