Maryville, Alcoa, Ensworth and Webb to repeat in 14
By Stump Martin and the crew
The New Year is time for resolutions and predictions for most of us who cover the sports world.
Although I'm not about making resolutions that might be broken before the spring thaw, predictions are fun to make.
Many times we have looked back at our fearless predictions and had a good laugh from how smart we were not.
Some of these predictions could actually wrong before you pick up your paper this week.
So, without further adieu here's the predictions of the TNVarsity.com/Stump On Sports staff on what we believe (well maybe not totally believe) will happen in 2014.
The Denver Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers for the XLVIII Super Bowl championship in 12-degree temperatures at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Seattle Seahawks vs. the Broncos would be the reasonable pick, but predictions are rarely reasonable.
In 2014, the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans both have winning records and the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys finally get playoff wins.
Jerome Bettis (Pittsburg Steelers), Tim Brown (Oakland Raiders), Marvin Harrison Indianapolis Colts, Derrick Brooks (Tamp Bay Buccaneers), Charles Haley (Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers) and Tony Dungy (Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts)are voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Maryville (6A) and Alcoa (3A), Ensworth (D-II AA) and Webb School of Knoxville (D-II A) will all repeat as TSSAA state champions.
East Hamilton head coach Ted Gatewood will likely turn to sophomore QB Nick Woods to lead the Canes resurgence. His father was a star QB with the Chattanooga Mocs and his brother's Zach and Jeremy were signal callers at Ooltewah.
Coach Tracy Malone's East Ridge Pioneers and Jason Fitzgerald's Hixson Wildcats are set for a strong year in 6-AA. Nevertheless, look out for Coach Brian Gwynn's Brainerd squad. The Panthers won three of their last four games with victories over Howard, Central and a Hixson team that made it all the way to the quarterfinals before losing to Knox Catholic 14-13.
Coach Ralph Potter and McCallie will break Baylor's win streak at Finley Stadium in front of the largest crowd ever for the "Battle of the Buttondowns. Both teams return talented QBs in Baylor senior Nick Tiano and McCallie junior Javaughn Craig.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat will win another NBA championship.
The Atlanta Braves, with Dan Uggla in the lineup, will win the National League East and lose to the Dodgers in the playoffs.
The Cardinals will beat the Dodgers and face the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, where St. Louis will win the Series in seven games.
Brian McCann will hit more than 30 home runs and drive in 80-plus runs for New York as he leads the Yankees into the playoffs.
Auburn will defeat Florida State for the BCS National title, but the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes play for the crown in 2015.
Russ Huesman and the Chattanooga Mocs will win the Southern Conference and make it to the semifinals before losing to North Dakota State. Chattanooga will also get to host a playoff game at Finley Stadium.
The Georgia Bulldogs go 8-4, the Tennessee Vols 6-6, the Alabama Crimson Tide goes 12-0 and Auburn 11-1 in 2014 NCAA football.
Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Craig Biggio, three baseball players I covered while a sportswriter, are elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Frank Thomas, Mike Mussina and Jack Morris fall short.
Tony Stewart wins Daytona 500 … Jimmy Johnson joins the late Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty as the only NASCAR drivers to win seven Cup championships.
Michael Vick will start at quarterback for some NFL team next season and it won't be the Philadelphia Eagles.
Former Tennessee Vols/Chattanooga Mocs QB, B.J. Coleman, will make it onto a roster of an NFL team.
Ronda Rousey will remain the UFC United States Bantamweight champion.
Ringgold Rob (Stump On Sports reporter)
1. The Tennessee Vols football team will continue to struggle with another 5-7 record.
2. Tiger Woods will win another major golf tournament.
3. The Chattanooga Mocs will win the Southern Conference in football and make the playoffs.
4. Atlanta Braves play for the National League pennant and lose to Dodgers in six games.
5. Matthew Crownover (Clemson) will be named as the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year.
Finally: McCallie's varsity baseball team will sweep Baylor for the second consecutive season.
Dr. Stats Scott Herpst (Stump on Sports reporter)
1. If quarterback Brett Hundley returns, look for Jim Mora's UCLA Bruins to be the sleeper team that finds its way into one of the coveted four slots for the first college football playoff in NCAA Division I history.
2. The Houston Texans will draft Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the first pick of the NFL draft in May. Johnny Manziel will be selected in the first 12 picks.
3. Former Baylor School standout Harris English will have a huge season on the PGA Tour with a minimum of three victories, including his first major.
4. And finally, the Detroit Tigers will win the 2014 World Series, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.
"Part Time" Tyler Hayes (Stump On Sports reporter)
1. Tennessee will go 8-4 next year and make a bowl game.
2. The Atlanta Braves will make it to the World Series but lose in 6 games.
3. There will be three Chattanooga area high school football teams win state championships.
4. Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos) will break his own NFL records and win his third Super Bowl and surpass his brother Eli to shut up the critics who keep bringing up Peyton's little brother having more Super Bowl rings.
5. The Chattanooga Mocs will make it to at least the FCS Semifinals.
Finally, Stump On Sports Late Nite will celebrate the start of the TV show's 30th year covering youth, high sports in the Chattanooga area.
Oh, and Auburn will repeat as National Champions.
Rusty Parkhill (Stump On Sports reporter)
1. The state of Alabama will produce another national title in NCAA football.
2. Tony Stewart rebounds from injury and wins the Sprint Cup.
3. Dorial Green-Beckham of Missouri wins the Heisman.
4. Tennessee will be bowl eligible for the first time since Phil Fulmer left.
5. Kentucky wins its ninth NCAA basketball championship.
Redzone Ron Hall (Stump On Sports reporter)
1. Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl in blowout over New England.
2. Once again, Tennessee Volunteers football doesn't post a winning record.
3. Chattanooga Mocs football reaches the National Semifinals.
4. Pittsburg win the World Series over the Detroit Tigers.