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Randy Hollis: How the 2013 sports world could, should unfold

Published: Saturday, Dec. 29 2012 9:45 p.m. MST

Well, another year and has come and gone, and we often wonder where the time went.

Doesn't it seem like it was only yesterday that the New York Giants were gearing up to knock off the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, and that the Utah Jazz were gunning to get into the 2012 NBA playoffs?

Now, another National Football League season has already come and gone, for the most part. And the Jazz are trying to figure out how to get themselves squared away to hopefully make a run at another postseason berth in the new year.

Yes, time certainly flies when you're having fun — and even when you're not, it seems. So before too much more of it passes, let's peer into our crystal basketball and see what might transpire in the coming year.

Indeed, here's what could and, in some cases, should happen in the sports world in 2013:

January: Notre Dame springs a surprising upset over favored Alabama in the BCS championship game, 24-21, giving the Fighting Irish their first national title since the 1988 season. Afterward, 'Bama coach Nick Saban has precisely the same stunned look on his face that he did the day Utah trounced his Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl in 2009.

February: Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos turn back the Green Bay Packers, 27-24, to give Manning his second Super Bowl championship. His little brother, Eli, sends out a Tweet saying, "Congrats, y'all, and 'specially to Peyton. Ya know, big bro, I gotta coupla them there rings myself." ... To the surprise of absolutely no one, Lone Peak repeats as 5A boys basketball champ, and coach Quincy Lewis is mentioned as a candidate for several collegiate coaching jobs that might soon be available — especially since he's already proven he's capable of doing great things with collegiate-caliber players.?

March: For the second consecutive season, BYU is the only in-state school to qualify for the NCAA men's basketball tournament. But after notching a first-round win, the Cougars' reward is a second-round matchup with Duke, where coveted recruit Jabari Parker chose to play next season after spurning BYU's scholarship offer. And despite a valiant effort, not even somebody named Jimmer could've saved the Cougars in this matchup between "Saints and Devils."

April: The Jazz stagger into the NBA playoffs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Their 41-41 regular-season record gives the Jazz the unenviable task of facing the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the opening round of the playoffs. Utah manages to win Game 3 at home on a buzzer-beating 3 by Randy Foye, but is soon eliminated from postseason play after a 4-1 series setback to Kevin Durant and those fellas from OKC.

May: Real Salt Lake, with a rebuilt roster filled with several new faces who are in their first year with the franchise, improves its record to 2-2-8 — yes, two wins, two losses and eight ties. Without a winner or a loser in eight of their first 12 matches, a shootout never looked so good.

June: The Tour de France is canceled after it is determined that every cyclist entered in this year's race has used some form of banned performance-enhancing drugs at some point during his career. Somewhere in Texas, Lance Armstrong is seen smiling smugly.

July: Alex Rodriguez is released by the New York Yankees after batting just .181 with six home runs and 18 RBIs through the first three months of the season. Thus, Barry Bonds' tainted career home run record appears safe from A-Rod, another admitted steroids abuser who, unlike Bonds, is at least somewhat likable once in awhile.

August: Bronco Mendenhall begins BYU's fall football camp with six quarterbacks on his roster, and he promises that none of them will be forced to endure the same fate of James Lark, who didn't get to start a single game in his collegiate career until the regular-season finale of his senior season. Of course, this will only be possible if at least a couple of them are willing to play safety instead.

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