Top 20 Bold Sports Predictions for 2016

We are only a few days into 2016, but even those of us who are unable to see deep into the future can already tell that the year is going to be filled with intriguing and possibly even historic storylines. It will take a lot to match all that took place throughout 2015. Who could have possibly guessed, on January 1 of last year, that the “Deflategate” scandal and the controversy that was the Seattle Seahawks not running the football at the one-yard line would make for international headlines roughly six weeks into 2015? Those stories were just from one organization, the National Football League!

We already know that history will be made in 2016 due to the fact that National Basketball Association royalty Kobe Bryant has announced that he will retire as an active professional player following the current season. Will Bryant be joined by any other sports legends who are beloved by millions of fans? One NFL quarterback who is undeniably in the twilight of his career may have to see the writing on the wall and realize that his playing days are, in fact, over come February. Then again, that man may be able to ride off into the sunset with the Lombardi Trophy in his hand.

20 The WWE Will Monopolize the Pro Wrestling World 


19 Arsenal Will Win the Premier League 


18 Andrew Luck Will Land a Historic Contract 

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17 New York Mets Will Not Make the Playoffs 

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16 There Will Be No Triple Crown Winner 

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15 Tom Brady and the New England Patriots Will Win Everything 

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14 Stanley Cup Television Ratings Will Be Shockingly Low 

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13 Katie Ledecky Will Become a Household Name 

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12 Cristiano Ronaldo Will Announce His Future Move to MLS 

11 Kobe Bryant Will Take 50 Shots in His NBA Finale 

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

10 Johnny Manziel Will Start an NFL Game 

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9 Michigan Football Will Compete For a National Championship 

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8 Chicago Cubs Will Win The World Series 

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7 Ronda Rousey Will Defeat Holly Holm 

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6 The Downfall of Serena Williams Will Be Quick 

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5 USA Basketball Will Dominate, Mike Krzyzewski Will Retire 

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

4 Tiger Woods Won't Play in a Major 

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3 Barcelona Will Repeat as Best Club in the World 


2 LeBron Will Bring Cleveland a Title 

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1 Peyton Manning Won't Retire 

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It has to be noted that all bets are off if Manning and the Denver Broncos go on to win the Super Bowl in February. Assuming that the Broncos do come up short, however, it would not at all be surprising to learn that Manning, who has given no indication that he wants to retire after his team's next defeat, will try to give it a go in 2016. Manning may, however, be dragged kicking and screaming into retirement if doctors and/or family members press him to walk away because of long-term health problems. As long as he can get medical clearance and he isn't holding the Lombardi Trophy in February, Manning will have at least one more run in the tank.

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Top 20 Bold Sports Predictions for 2016