Many of us lived in January, which was affected by this soggy COVID, but at least we are playing sports.
Last year was a relatively normal sporting year and there were many surprises. Did anyone expect the Atlanta Braves to win the World Series? How about Milwaukee Bucks winning the NBA title? Tampa Bay Bacchus grabbing the Super Bowl? OK, the deal between Tom Brady and Lucifer is a lifetime deal, so it should have been expected.
The 2022 calendar year should also offer spectacular moments. Here are some predictions:
Both Forty-niners and Raiders will be in the postseason
Both can win and enter the playoffs on Sunday — the 49ers against the Rams and the Raiders against the Chargers.
The 49ers dominate Los Angeles, just as Disney dominates the Star Wars franchise. As David Lombardi pointed out in the athletics, “It’s been 1,104 days since the 49ers lost to the Rams.” Yes, the San Francisco won five straight wins against their rivals, but it didn’t end in the 18th week. Hmm.
This could be Jimmy Galapolo’s last regular season match and he will have the opportunity to write his last chapter. Will he be the “Slipping Jimmy” of “Better Call Saul” or will he be the hero of the flea jaws?
Prediction: A slow touchdown from Galapolo to George Kittle will result in a go-ahead score, and Nick Bosa will dismiss Matthew Stafford to freeze the victory. Stafford may look like a 12-win quarterback, but he still has that Lions DNA.
Technically, the Raiders may no longer be a Bay Area team, but Silver and Black Mojo still live everywhere in Northern California.
Raiders always seem to find a way to lose important games. But they play the Chargers, who fit in the same mold. You need to give something, right?
Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr will be an unlimited free agent in 2023, and his days as a Raiders could end.
My prediction: Carr throws a slow touchdown to Hunter Renflow, and the Chargers miss a field goal in the last few seconds.
However, the good atmosphere doesn’t last long as the 49ers and Raiders are eliminated in the playoffs Wild Card Round.
Clay returns slowly, but helps the Warriors run deep in the playoffs.
As the Warriors host the Cavaliers at Chase Center, the long-awaited moment will come on Sunday when starguard Klay Thompson will return to court.
It will be Thompson’s first game since June 13, 2019, when the Warriors were still playing at Oracle. Warrior fans haven’t seen Thompson on the court since Thompson tore the anterior cruciate ligament and left Game 6 of the 2019 Finals.
Prediction: Don’t expect too much on Sunday. Introducing Thompson, the first jumper, the first steel encounters a standing ovation, but he only plays for a limited time.
But in the long run, Thompson will help solidify the Warriors as a candidate for the NBA title. Don’t be surprised to see Thompson leading a defensive effort to bring the team back to the NBA Finals at the Warriors-Sands Western Conference Finals.
Giants won’t win 107 games
This may be the “natural” part of the column, but some fans may expect too much after that historic season.
Losing Buster Posey to retirement has the spillover effect of having a defense behind the plate, calling the pitching staff and providing a stable bat. Despite some growth pain from Joey Bart, the Giants have enough depth (Farhan’s specialty) to stay in the race throughout the season.
Good news? The Dodgers won’t win 100 games either. Los Angeles doesn’t want to be crucified with extravagant taxes, and spending this offseason is already declining.
Third, the Padres will not be a major minor next season under the new skipper Bob Melvin. The Dodgers, Giants and Padres will beat each other throughout the season, leaving only two in the postseason.
A’s attendance plummets
Most other predictions were positive, but I don’t think it will work either in the A field or off this season.
Prediction: When the lockout is over and A’s fans are even more dissatisfied, Oakland trades off top pitchers Sean Manaea and Chris Bassitt.
The new stadium’s Howard Terminal project continues to stagnate, and President David Caval remains smaller than John Cleese of the Cobra Kai.
Kaval eventually helped sell the franchise to Alan Garner, the fictional character of “The Hangover.” Alan Garner will soon move the franchise to Las Vegas and change the team name to Wolfpack.
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