Goz’s Top 5 Bold National Sports Predictions for 2018
The 2017 season sports calendar only has a few days left to go. It's time to start trying to predict what will happen in national sports in 2018.
1-Pittsburgh Steelers Win Super Bowl 52 In Minnesota, Ben Roethlisberger retires.
I wrote back in September that Ben Roethlisberger would win the league MVP and help the Steelers get to the AFC title game. We have too many recent examples of playing considering retirement and ending their careers with a Super Bowl Win (Elway, Strahan, Bettis, Lewis). I believe the Steelers get revenge on the Patriots in the AFC Title game and take out the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 52 in Minnesota.
2- The Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and New York Jets all draft a quarterback during the 2018 NFL Draft.
Every draft expert believes this draft is loaded with potentially great quarterbacks. As of now all three New York NFL teams have a future need at the position. Jets and Bills starters Josh McCown and Tyrod Taylor are likely to leave the franchise. Eli Manning has just one year left on his deal and is likely to not be a part of the Giants' future. The Bills and Giants are more likely to have the rookie quarterback (Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen) compete for the starting job in camp rather than the Jets who will draft a quarterback as a back up and sign one in the off season (Kirk Cousins and Baker Mayfield gets Jets fans excited)
3- The Oklahoma City Thunder Make a Run All The Way To the Western Conference Final
Am I biased to my guy Carmelo Anthony? Maybe! However I truly believe the Thunder will be the team no NBA team wants to play come playoff time. This is the same Thunder team that took the Golden State Warriors to a 3-1 defect in the 2016 Western Conference Finals. The Thunder have beaten the Warriors by double digits this season. The Rockets are on a win streak but when it matters most, the talent of George, Westbrook and Anthony will be too much for any time. If the Thunder get the 2, 3, 6, or 7 seed they will be poised to make a run all the way to the Conference Final.
4- Floyd Mayweather fights in the UFC... sort of.
This time last year, people were laughing about the suggestion that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor would ever fight one another. Sure enough it happened last August. I laughed earlier this month when Mayweather suggested the UFC offered this amount of money for a deal I predict that Mayweather sees a huge amount of money come his way in an offer, the UFC becomes desperate for a money making super star and signs to box rather than an MMA fight as a part of the company.
5- Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton Chase 62 Home Runs. One gets it!
Last season then Miami Marlin and now New York Yankee Giancarlo Stanton said he believes sixty one home runs to be the true single season home run record. Now that Judge and Stanton are on the same team, the home runs are likely to be flying out of the ball park at a record pace with the 2018 New York Yankees. Once June hits, the media will hype up the home run chase between teammates Judge and Stanton in similar fashion to McGuire and Sosa. Judge finishes 2018 with 55 home runs while on the final day of the regular season, Stanton belts number sixty two!
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