With 2016 winding down and 2017 about to begin we have three options:
- Think about 2016 some more.
- Think about how 2017 will go.
- Drink until we think it is 2007 again.
As tempting as the other options are, I’m going to go with option #2. 2017 has the potential to be an excellent year in Boston sports, but also has the potential to be a dud. So let’s talk about how each team’s 2016-2017/2017 seasons will end.
New England Patriots:
Best-case scenario: The Patriots are your 2016-2017 Super Bowl champions. At 13-2 the Patriots have the inside track at locking up home-field advantage. To go with that, their biggest threat in the AFC, the Raiders, just lost their quarterback in Derek Carr. A fifth super bowl for TB12 is well within reach.
What to expect: What do you think? The Patriots have been the best team in the league from Week 1 until now. I see no reason why that will change come playoff time. They have little-to-no competition in the AFC, Brady is red-hot, and the defense is firing on all cylinders. The Patriots look good to win title number five.
Best-case scenario: If things break the Celtics way early on in 2017, they could make it to the Eastern Conference finals where they would inevitably lose to the Cavaliers. As I wrote earlier, I don’t believe the Celtics can make it past that giant.
What to expect: I actually expect this exact thing to happen. The Celtics currently sit at 3rd place in the conference behind just the Cavs and Raptors. while I don’t think they can over throw LeBron’s team, I do think they finally have the talent to become the brides maids in the East.
Best-case scenario: Unless the Bruins make some big moves to begin the calendar year, the deepest they can make it this year is the second round of the playoffs.
What to expect: Expect the Bruins to make the first round of the playoffs, but no further. By no means to the Bruins have the talent of one of the elite teams in the NHL this year. To make matters worse for them, it appears as if Claude Julien is no longer useful as a coach. I expect him to be replace come season’s end.
Boston Red Sox:
Best-case scenario: With the addition of Chris Sale to the Sox starting rotation, they could well win their 4th world series since 2004.
What to expect: Once again I have to be the bearer of bad news. I sadly believe that the Sox will make it to the World Series but fall to the Chicago Cubs. Even though the Red Sox now have an incredible rotation around Price, Sale, and Porcello to go with the excellent young bats of Betts, Bogaerts, Bradley Jr., and Benintendi I don’t think they’ll have what it takes to make it through the buzzsaw known as the Cubs.
New England Revolution:
Best-case scenario: If the Revs play at their best they can make it to the Eastern Conference playoffs, but likely no further.
What to expect: Thanks to Revolution being one of the more wealthy clubs in the MLS they should be able to afford to make a couple moves to improve the roster and make the playoffs. However, they likely won’t be able to improve the roster enough to do any better than that. Expect an early exit from the playoffs this year for the Revs, unless they listen to my advice….
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