5 Predictions For 2017
With 2017 upon us, many people make resolutions or try to predict what the new year has in store for us. Here at MFST, we are no different! So here is a look at five things that may or may not happen in sports this upcoming year:
5. Ronda Rousey Will Retire
Ronda Rousey spent the first four years of her career dominating MMA and building a platform for women in the sport. She started her career 12-0, with her fights lasting a total of just over 25 minutes combined. Then November 2015 came and knocked Rousey out (figuratively and literally). One swift kick from Holly Holm had everyone questioning Rousey’s future. After taking over a year off, Rousey returned on January 30, to face Amanda Nunes. Rousey was once again defeated and made the joke of many memes. Rousey had hinted at ending her career before this fight, but the loss to Nunes will have been the final straw.
4. Clemson Redeems Themselves Against Alabama
The Clemson Tigers were so close to beating Alabama last year, and they managed to get a rematch this season after they dismantled Ohio State. Clemson had Alabama beat in almost every statistical category last year. They led in 1st downs, passing yards, and rushing yards. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough. This year will be different. This is the college football equivalent of the Warriors-Cavaliers. Alabama had theirs last year, now it is all Clemson’s.
3. UConn Women’s Basketball Get Upset In Tournament
What good are predictions if they aren’t bold? This team has a winning streak of 89 games right now. They have won the last four National Championships. A majority of their victories are by double digits. So how can anyone stop them? Make them play in a do-or-die situation. The big three they had are now gone, and the team only has two senior eligible players. If there is a year that they can be beat, it will be now.
2. Jordan Spieth Wins His Second Masters
Spieth is one of the best in the game when it comes to playing Augusta. He has been in the tournament three times. He has two second place finishes and a green jacket to show for it. Had it not been for a meltdown on the 12th hole last year, he would have claimed back-to-back titles. He will obviously have something to prove this year, and the field will fall victim to him.
1. Russell Westbrook Wins MVP
This is the least bold prediction on the list, but it is more about the way Westbrook will win. The triple-double king is averaging 31.4 PPG, 10.3 APG, and 10.5 RPG. These numbers are very impressive given the fact that the Thunder have played almost half their schedule already. Only one player in NBA history has managed to do it for a whole season, until now. Westbrook will manage to join Oscar Robertson as long as he can remain healthy.
Stay tuned to 2017 to see if these predictions come true!
Malachi David is a contributor at MFST, you can follow him on Twitter: @SportReportMD