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Bold Predictions for 2020

Alas, it's been a great decade around here. So, what will be ahead of us as we start a brand new decade?

Here are a few bold predictions to stuff your stockings with.

- The University of Maine hockey team will play in the Hockey East semifinals

Now before you call me crazy or too optimistic, the Black Bears have one of the best goaltenders in Hockey East in Jeremy Swayman. Should UMaine find some offensive consistency over the second half of the season, and take care of business against the bottom rung of the league, they'll be in the mix.

But, should that happen, a message to Ken Ralph: No contract extensions please.

- The Celtics will represent the Eastern Conference in the 2020 NBA Finals

I just have a strong, positive feeling about this group of Celtics. Now that Kyrie Irving is in Brooklyn, the Celtics look more like the Celtics of the 2017-18 playoffs, except now you have two superstars in Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker in the mix.

Before you say "what about Philadelphia and Milwaukee," those teams are certainly beatable.

Yes, Milwaukee is running away with the No. 1 seed in the East early, but the Celts did beat them earlier this season. Yes, the Celts are 0-2 against Philly, but I'm still not sold on the Sixers' backcourt. And sorry, Bob Cimbollek, but you need good, quality guards to win championships.

And a message to Celtics Twitter: Whenever they lose a game, put the "Trade Hawyard for a center" hot takes to bed.

- The Patriots will play the Saints on Super Sunday

Death. Taxes. The Patriots getting it together in January. Three things that are a given in the 21st century.

All Brady's Bunch needs to do is take care of business in the final week of the season - it's the Dolphins at home, so they obviously will - and they'll be the No. 2 seed in the AFC. I also have a strong feeling the Ravens will lose before the AFC Championship Game. Lamar Jackson is talented but not postseason tested. January football is a whole different ball of wax.

After watching the Saints take apart the Colts on Monday night, it's hard to fathom anyone in the NFC, except maybe Seattle, taking them down. This world deserves one Brady-Brees Super Bowl before they both hang it up.

- Tiger Woods will win another major

Love him or hate him, golf is more exciting to watch when Tiger is on the prowl. And I'm going to go with the U.S. Open in June at Winged Foot in New York.

There are many things that Tiger does outside the ropes that I don't necessarily agree with, but when he's atop the leaderboard, the sport's ratings skyrocket.

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