Here comes 2014 and who knows what?

January 4, 2014

There are many reasons being a sports journalist is one of the coolest jobs on the planet.

Sure, we get paid to see games others have to buy a ticket for (albeit we also have to see the games others WOULDN’T bother to buy a ticket for).

And of course the free food in hospitality rooms (especially the edible swank provided by the GHS booster clubs) is right there at the top of any highlight list.

But perhaps the best part is you never know what’s going to be the next big story. That said, let’s take a look at some of the things that COULD happen in 2014. I make no guarantees, but those of you who know me best already know that about me.

Mack Brown becomes the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. In the press conference following his first game, when the first question is directed at Tony Romo, Mack grabs the microphone and says, “Uh, let me answer that question for Tony.”

Aledo’s Tim Buchanan replaces Brown as head football coach at UT and wins a national championship, with his team scoring more points than any college team ever has. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, seeing this, offers Buchanan the Dallas head coaching job. The ever-sharp Buchanan says he’d rather not go back to coaching high school ball. Art Briles takes the Cowboys coaching job instead, and Mack takes over at Baylor, going 12-1 in his first season (2015) with the lone loss coming to UT.

Leta Andrews leads the Granbury Lady Pirates to the state basketball tournament. While some say it’s a great time for the history-making coach to call it a career, she thoughtfully looks at her record and calculates that at her current pace, she could reach 2,000 wins if she coaches until she’s 95.

The Lipan Lady Indians win the Class A Division II state basketball championship. Nothing unique about that really, just a magnificent achievement, and one item on this list that has a great chance of actually happening.

The Granbury Pirates win a bidistrict football game. As a result, political turmoil envelops the city as a special election is held and Scotty Pugh is pushed to become co-mayor. In all fairness, current mayor Nin Hulett keeps his job. And after all, Scotty does still have to coach the football team.

Beach volleyball is added as a new high school sport by the University Interscholastic League. In typical UIL fashion, however, it is designated as a winter sport because officials say the spring sports slate is already too full, and fall is out of the question because football coaches insist their players already have enough distractions.

The Alabama Crimson Tide wins the first college football playoff to claim its fourth national championship in six seasons. Again, nothing unique about this, but the second thing on this list that has a good chance of actually happening.

In the strangest basketball game ever played, the Dallas Mavericks defeat Oklahoma City 44-43. The low score isn’t the oddest part. Neither is the fact that EVERY point was a free throw and neither team made a field goal. The REALLY unbelievable part is the Mavericks beat OKC.

And finally, the Texas Rangers win their first World Series. Yu Darvish pitches a perfect game in the seventh contest at The Ballpark in Arlington, only the second such feat in World Series history. Rangers manager Ron Washington, in his press conference, sums up the historic moment with a simple, “That’s the way baseball go.”

Like I said, you never know what’s going to happen, but it’s almost always interesting.

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