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My take on what should, could happen in 2013

January 2, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Notre Dame wins the BCS Championship.

San Francisco wins the Super Bowl.

Some time between the U.S. Open and The Open Championship, Tiger Woods will part ways with his golf instructor and will finish his career going it alone.

Rory McIlroy shoots 66 on Sunday to beat Tiger by one at Augusta National. Phil Mickelson shoots 62 on Sunday to finish two back.

Jim Furyk eliminates some demons and wins the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.

Adam Scott does the same and lifts the Claret Jug at Muirfield.

Bubba Watson proves No. 1 was not a fluke by capturing No. 2, the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club.

The U.S. Open will be great television.

Merion Golf Club has not hosted an Open since 1981, when David Graham won.

People have long thought that Merion Golf Club is too short by today's standards.

It the place where the famous photograph of Ben Hogan hitting a 1-iron on the final hole was taken. He went on to two-putt, tie and then beat Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio in an 18-hole playoff the following day.

It is a par 70 course that will play to 6,846 yards.

It is also the place where Bobby Jones completed his Grand Slam in 1930, winning the U.S. Amateur.

The golf course has the only par 5s on holes 2 and 4 and finishes with a 246-yard par 3 and a 505-yard par 4.

It's going to be good.

As much as I am not a Donald Sterling fan, the Los Angeles Clippers win the NBA Championship. They are really good and not sure if anyone can guard Chris Paul.

The Stanley Cup will be hoisted by ... oops, sorry.

The Pirates will get over the hump end 20 years of futility, but will still miss the playoffs.

I think Clint Hurdle is a gem and Pittsburgh brass needs to keep him for years.

The Washington Nationals capture the World Series, beating the Anaheim Angels.

Steven Strasburg actually pitches in the playoffs and is dominant, along with Bryce Harper.

Instant replay will be a major talking point for everyone but MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. While many will clamor for more replay, Selig will always contend that the human element is more important than a missed sweep tag at second being called correctly.

The Yankees and Red Sox miss the playoffs and are replaced by the Blue Jays and Orioles.

Jadeveon Clowney becomes the first defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy.

Johnny Manziel wins it the following year to step into the same classroom with Archie Griffin.

Chip Kelly will leave Oregon and coach in the NFL and it will be fun to watch. Being a Chargers fan, kinda hoping he stays on the west coast.

David Shaw from Stanford should also get that opportunity.

Kasey Kahne wins Sprint Cup Series.

Don't think Danica Patrick will win a race, but she finishes in top 5 at six Nationwide races and two Sprint Cup races.

Paula Creamer wins eight times on the LPGA Tour.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer retire within weeks of each other.

Brittney Griner leads the Baylor women's basketball team to back-to-back national championships.

Messi continues to climb as the best soccer player in the world. The guy is a stud and, from what I have seen, has no idea what a flop is. Just plays the game hard. High school soccer players should watch and follow.

Tim Tebow leads the Jacksonville Jaguars to the playoffs and a first-round win at the New York Jets.

Our brilliant leaders in Washington, D.C., will stand on both sides of the aisle and claim victory at the last second to another fiscal cliff - a cliff they built from the ground up.

Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr continue to act like Democrats and Republicans and get nothing of substance done.

The Houston Astros change leagues and still stink.

Fewer and fewer people care about boxing.

Six college football teams finish the regular season undefeated and the NCAA puts six coaches in a room and six athletic directors in another room and the play rock, paper scissors until one coach and one AD emerges. Those two teams will then play for the BCS title.

If both are from the same school, they do it again until one school is left.

Jon Gruden stays in the booth.

Someone gives Mike Holmgren another chance.

Adrian Peterson is the NFL MVP. He literally carried Minnesota to the playoffs.

Something is completely wrong if Bruce Arians is not coach of the year.

Would really like to see my Chargers draft Tayvon Austin.

Geno Smith will not be the No. 1 pick, as much as Kansas City needs a quarterback. Alex Smith may end up there because the Chiefs have a brilliant running game and Smith needs that to be successful.

Carolina keeps Ron Rivera as head coach and makes the playoffs.

Bobby Petrino keeps his job.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly proves 2012 was not a fluke.

No sophomore slumps for Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson.

Bret Bielema makes a huge impact at Arkansas.

The Indiana Hoosiers defeat the Florida Gators to cap off March Madness.

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." - Hebrews 13:8

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at mmathison@heraldstaronline.com)

 
 

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