Every guy in the country knows that they can change the course of any sporting event if they concentrate hard enough and care enough about their team. Go on, ask a guy (by the way, if you are a male and you are not a sports fan, then you are not a guy), he'll tell you. This is why TCU beat Oklahoma on Saturday. It wasn't due to a rebuilding Oklahoma team, or a particularly motivated, underrated TCU team. It was due, pure and simple, to the fact that there are more guys in Texas than there are in Oklahoma, and they cared more and concentrated harder for TCU.
Based on this, and the fact that I'm a Michigan fan stuck in Texas (1 lousy foot shorter, and we win the Rose Bowl), I offer the following predictions for sports this year:
The Detroit Tigers won't have a .500 season. I want them to, and I hope they do, but the realist in me says that there's not enough hope/care in the world to help these guys over the hump. We fans can still name the starting 9 plus the top 3 pitchers and the fireman from the '84 team. We want to see another winner. (Trammell, Whitaker, Lemon, Herndon, Johnson, Gibson, Parrish, Bergman, with Evans as the DH and Morris, Petry, and Wilcox as the top 3 starters Berengeur, and Rozema rounding it out with Willie Hernandez saving them.)
The Red Wings will make the Playoffs, but they won't get past the second round. Age and salary cap have caught up with them. I love watching the guys in red, and I'm glad Hockeytown has had Stevie Yzerman for so long, but they don't have enough in their tank, and not enough goalkeeping.
The Lions will win the NFC North, and make it to the NFC Title Game where they will upset the favored Philadelphia Eagles to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, being the first team to host the Super Bowl at their home stadium. Right. We're prepared for another year of Lions disappointments.
Pistons win the NBA championships and Darko Milicic makes the All-Star team!
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.