Why not put some stuff out there and see if it sticks in ’08. I’ll hit the expected, the unexpected and the crazy.
January 2008 – The Celtics continue to roll through the regular season and finish January with an amazing 14-1 record. The Red Sox acquire Johan Santana from the Twins for Coco, Lester and two minor leaguers. The Pats whip the Jags and Colts at Gillette on their way to the Super Bowl
February 2008 – The Pats win the Super Bowl over the Cowboys 48-10, Tom Brady wins the NFL MVP as well as Super Bowl MVP. The Celtics continue to dominate the NBA going an 12-1 losing in double overtime to Phoenix in their only loss.
March-April 2008 – The C’s end their regular season at 73-9 beating the Bulls single season record wins record and are still not the favorite to win the NBA Finals. The Bruins fail to make the playoffs, again, prompting outrage from the remaining 8 fans. The Red Sox, despite having half the team sick with Asian flu, manage to sweep in Tokyo and run off 12 straight wins to start the season. The team is boosted by Curt Schilling showing up to camp at 200 pounds and pitching like a Cy Young candidate instead of an old man.
May-June 2008 – The Celtics push the NBA Finals to a seventh game and win their 17th Championship against a heavily favored Spurs team. Kevin Garnett is named league MVP and Ray Allen who averaged 30 points a game gets the Finals MVP. The Pats let go of Dante Stallworth and draft James Laurinaitis (LB Ohio State and son of former WWF Road Warrior Animal) with their top 8 pick. The Red Sox now with a 10 game lead in the AL East are encouraged by the incredible rookie season being put on by Jacoby Ellsbury who has solidified the lead off spot in the line up and played an amazing center field.
July 2008 – The Red Sox send Youk, Lowell, Pedroia, Ellsbury, Manny, Tek and the surprising JD Drew (.330 12HR 24Doubles 76 RBI) to the All Star game along with pitchers Schilling, Beckett, Pablemania and Oaky-Doakie. Santana who’s having a fantastic first season for the Sox is left off the team and Francona is chastised in the media for the decision.
August 2008 – Following a draft day deal that sent back up quarterback Matt Cassell to Detroit for a 6th round pick, Matt Gutierrez shines in the Patriots preseason games. Randy Moss, having signed a four year extension in the off season is psyched up for the coming year and “wants a ring for every year of the contract.” The Red Sox continue to roll and have a comfortable lead in the AL East and are on pace to finish with over 100 wins.
September – October 2008 – The Sox finish the regular season with 103 wins and are set to play the Indians in the ALDS as the Tigers face off against the Angels. The Sox are pushed to five games by the Indians but win the 5th game in a nine inning shut out by Josh Beckett. The Sox then catch fire and sweep the Tigers on route to sweeping the Dodgers in the World Series. The Pats have won their first 8 games extending their regular season winning streak to 26 games.
November 2008 – The Celtics open the season with 7 straight wins and the Patriots haven’t lost a game all season. Josh Beckett gets his Cy Young award and Manny is named MVP. Boston is now the most hated sports region in the country and ESPN has officially renamed it Titletown despite the fact that the Bruins have yet to win a Stanley Cup since 1972.
December 2008 – The Patriots lose a heartbreaker in Miami and finish the season at 15-1. The Red Sox exercise the option on Manny’s contract and are in talks with the city of Boston for a complete renovation of Fenway Park in which a third deck will be added and the capacity will be raised by 10,000. The Celtics are picking up where they left off and show no signs of letting up.
Crazy talk? Maybe. But hey, this is my fantasy and following our great 2007, it could happen.