From “The Decision” to Butler’s near-upset of Duke for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. 2010 was rife with drama.
Can 2011 top it? From Michael Vick to Cliff Lee to Armando Galarraga, the previous year showed us how impossible it is to predict the future.
But there are definitely some storylines that we already know we’ll be paying close attention to.
It's become a question of when, not if, the Nuggets will move 'Melo. His clear preference is to join the New York Knicks, but the team may not have the pieces to make Denver an acceptable offer. If so, will someone take a chance on 'renting' the superstar, or will he agree to an extension with the New Jersey Nets?
The Cardinals can't let the face of their franchise hit free agency, can they? Well, Pujols is reportedly looking for 'A-Rod money' and if that's the case, the Cardinals might have a hard time finding enough cash to keep him. If Pujols reaches free agency, we could have the 'Winter of Pujols' a year after the 'Summer of LeBron.'
The 2011 season isn't in jeopardy, but if progress isn't made this year the league could face its second work stoppage in less than a decade. The NHLPA has a new executive director in place and is determined not to be bullied this time around.
If Luck declares, he's a likely number one. But the Heisman Trophy winner's talent and energy is undeniable. There's no shortage of teams looking for quarterbacks, but will Newton's stock drop because of all the negative publicity?
We hope for this every year, but it seems like progress is starting to be made thanks to efforts by folks like Mark Cuban. It won't be implemented this year, but we might finally see a long-term plan develop.
This fight has been talked about forever, but numerous obstacles including Mayweather's legal problems have gotten in the way. There's a ton of money on the line here though, so there's still a solid chance these two face off in 2011.
After a rocky start to the season the Miami Heat seem to have figured things out ... at least against bad teams. Still, they're the clear second-best team in the Eastern Conference behind the Boston Celtics. How good will they be by June? Will it matter if the Lakers or Mavs get their act together?
Jim Miller and Tom Shales haven't released a single advanced copy of their new book 'Those Guys Have All the Fun' which promises to reveal plenty of juicy tidbits about life at ESPN. The authors interviewed hundreds of ESPN employees and industry insiders to put together their book, and ESPN appears to be shaking in its boots. Supposedly one ESPN TV personality lost his/her contract extension because of something revealed in the book.
There have been recent indications that an NFL lockout might be avoidable, but right now a deal isn't close. If the NFLPA will agree to an 18-game season, this could be over sooner than later. If not, it's going to get messy.
No American sport has ever been more popular than the NFL is right now. If the 2011 season goes up in flames, sports fans will not still for long.
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