With the year just days away from its end, let’s look at how I did on my 10 Predictions for 2010 from back in January:
1. The USA will advance to the second round of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. – They did. Thank you, Landon Donovan
2. The USA’s game against England will be the highest-rated soccer telecast in American television history. – It wasn’t, but it was close. The Ghana game two weeks later was the third-highest USMNT match ever, though.
3. There will be a brief MLS work stoppage, but the season will begin on time. – Half right. They came up with a collective bargaining agreement at the 10th hour. The season began on time.
4. The USL and the new NASL will agree to live together under the same roof with USSF as referee, just for 2010, before going their separate ways in 2011. – Bingo.
5. Philadelphia Union will make the MLS Cup Playoffs in their first year. – They missed it by 15 points.
6. The Seattle Sounders will win MLS Cup 2010. – Oops. I should have said, “The Seattle Sounders will finally score an MLS Cup Playoff goal, but it will be late in the process.”
7. Tim Tebow will be drafted by an NFL team, but not in the first round. – Half right, though that wasn’t exactly going out on a limb. He probably shouldn’t have been, at least not by Denver, which has a quarterback who’s doing pretty well, thank you.
8. Ryne Sandberg will be managing the Chicago Cubs by year’s end. - Never underestimate the complete ineptitude of Jim Hendry.
9. Ellen Degeneres will be terrible on American Idol, and the show will have its lowest ratings ever. – She was terrible, but I didn’t realize that in its first season, the show only got about half the ratings (or less) it does now, so it couldn’t get its lowest ratings ever It did get its lowest average ratings in six years, though, so I’ll count that as a “got it.”
10. Soccer fans will overreact. It doesn’t matter to what. They just will. – I almost feel guilty taking credit for that one, because it’s the safest bet ever.
So five out of ten (three and two halves), that’s not bad. What do you want me to predict for 2011?