*Oh, so, now that we’ve looked at what’s happened in 2013, let’s go ahead and take a look at what’s going to happen next year.

Let’s start off with the stuff in the sporting world.

1.         The Seattle Seahawks win a championship… – The Seahawks are too good and have too much of a home-field advantage not to get to the Superbowl. Once they get there, they’re easily better than anything the AFC can post (a flawed Broncos team and a broken-down Patriots squad aren’t scaring anyone). Of course, all this is dependent on their PE-Defense not losing another member to suspension.

2.         …and the Miami Heat do not. – Sorry, guys. It’s been a good run. Two championships in three years are nice, but either the ascendant Pacers (in the East) or the Thunder, Trailblazers or Warriors out west are going to halt LeBron & Co.’s quest for another ring. Meanwhile, can we just fast-forward the Eastern Conference playoffs to the Pacers-Heat showdown? Thanks.

3.         Major League Baseball gets even more unpredictable – The Pirates making the playoffs? The Red Sox – a year after the worst season they’ve had in ages – storming through the postseason and winning a title? The Seattle Mariners outbidding the Yankees for Robinson Cano? Baseball got all sorts of weird in 2013, and 2014 promises more of the same. The gigantic TV deals inked by franchises has flooded all sorts of money into the game, adding several gripping degrees of crazy to every season. Who knows? This year, the Royals might make the postseason.

4.         The 2014 draft class lives up to the hype – There are at least six potential superstars in this upcoming NBA draft, and all of them should be playing prominent roles in the NBA this time next year. Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart, Dante Exum, Julius Randle and Joel Embiid will make for a remarkable rookie class – and will also make for a gripping NCAA tournament.

5.         The United States has a banner year, internationally – Don’t forget your American flag-draped apparel in 2014. The year begins with the Winter Olympics in Russia – count on the USA leading in medals again, and the inevitable USA-Canada gold medal hockey showdown will be the best theater out there – and is followed by the World Cup in the summer. Sure, the U.S. is in a loaded “group of death” along with Portugal and Germany, but it’s impossible to count the Americans out in this tournament. It’s going to be one patriotic year.