What to look for in sports in 2020

Antelope Valley Press - - Sports - By TIM DAHLBERG

Pre­dic­tions aren’t for the faint of heart, as any­one who has ever given money to a book­maker can at­test. Strange things can hap­pen, which is a big rea­son why they still play games. Still, with ev­ery new year comes the hope that this might be the year some of them come true. With that in mind, let’s be­gin. There’s a new decade dawn­ing and, who knows, these things might ac­tu­ally hap­pen in 2020: BRADY RE­TIRES: Tom Brady an­nounces his re­tire­ment mid­sea­son, shock­ing New Eng­land fans who as­sumed he would play un­til he was el­i­gi­ble for Medi­care.

Pre­dic­tions aren’t for the faint of heart, as any­one who has ever given money to a book­maker can at­test. Strange things can hap­pen, which is a big rea­son why they still play games.

Still, with ev­ery new year comes the hope that this might be the year some of them come true.

With that in mind, let’s be­gin. There’s a new decade dawn­ing and, who knows, these things might ac­tu­ally hap­pen in 2020:

BRADY RE­TIRES: Tom Brady an­nounces his re­tire­ment mid­sea­son, shock­ing New Eng­land fans who as­sumed he would play un­til he was el­i­gi­ble for Medi­care. An emo­tional Bill Belichick strug­gles af­ter­ward to find the right words to honor the quar­ter­back who won six Su­per Bowls and made the Pa­tri­ots the dy­nasty of the early 2000s.

“Right now we’re just wor­ried about get­ting ready for the Ben­gals,” Belichick said.

OLYMPIC GLORY: Usain Bolt comes out of re­tire­ment for the Olympics in Tokyo, and odd­s­mak­ers quickly make him the fa­vorite to win an­other three gold medals in the speed events. In­stead, Bolt de­cides to com­pete in skate­board­ing and be­comes the first to land a 720 Gazelle Flip as he takes gold in the new­est Olympic sport. In re­lated news, Michael Phelps an­nounces plans to com­pete in break danc­ing in the 2024 games in Paris.

STEAL­ING AWAY: The Hous­ton Astros stum­ble early in the sea­son, with hit­ters swing­ing wildly at pitches they don’t rec­og­nize. Des­per­ate for con­tact, they de­vise a sys­tem of tin cans con­nected by string to re­lay sig­nals from cen­ter field to the dugout. The Astros im­me­di­ately go on a 15-game win­ning streak, then is­sue a state­ment blam­ing ir­re­spon­si­ble re­port­ing by the fake me­dia for the team’s early strug­gles.

DODGERS DE­LIGHT: Tired of los­ing be­cause their lineup is full of strike­out marks, the Dodgers sign a trio of con­tact hit­ters to play the out­field. The strat­egy fal­ters on open­ing day when man­ager Dave Roberts calls for a hit and run and no one can re­mem­ber ex­actly what that means.

FREE AGENT FUN: Ger­rit Cole is un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously booed af­ter fail­ing to make it out of the sec­ond in­ning in his de­but at Yan­kee Sta­dium, where one young fan holds a sign say­ing “Yan­kee fan this morn­ing. Not a Yan­kee fan any­more.” An­thony Ren­don, mean­while, strug­gles to adapt to the Ana­heim life­style, com­plain­ing that he can’t take his kids to the gro­cery store any more be­cause he keeps run­ning into Mickey Mouse and Don­ald Duck.

HALL OF FAME: Barry Bonds fi­nally gets elected to the Hall of Fame, boosted by the sup­port of a new wave of an­a­lyt­ics-driven base­ball writ­ers who say his over­whelm­ing num­bers can’t be ig­nored any longer. In par­tic­u­lar, they cite his dom­i­nance (.845, ad­justed for cap size) in the emerg­ing cat­e­gory of su­per­star play­ers who used both the cream and the clear (SPCCA).

BEAST MODE II: Mar­shawn Lynch gets the ball this time, scor­ing from the 1-yard line as time ex­pires to give the Seat­tle Sea­hawks a 21-20 vic­tory over the Pa­tri­ots in the Su­per Bowl. Af­ter­ward, Lynch said his beef with the me­dia was all a mis­un­der­stand­ing and be­gins re­gal­ing re­porters with sto­ries about his ca­reer, be­gin­ning with his first touch­down run as a 9-year-old in Pop Warner foot­ball.

DRAFT DAY: LSU’s Joe Bur­row is the No. 1 pick, and he is greeted with big cheers by the three ex­tremely hun­gover Ben­gals fans in at­ten­dance.

Associated Press

RE­TIR­ING? Mi­ami Dol­phins de­fen­sive end Trent Har­ris, right, sacks New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady in the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game on Sun­day in Foxbor­ough, Mass.

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