Yogi Berra, one of my favorite philosophers, once observed, “Predictions are difficult, especially when they are about the future.” Now that 2012 is in the past, let’s look back and see how I did with my Twelve-for-Twelve predictions.
First, the hits:
1 Economy improves slowly – Hopeful signs in housing, jobs and consumer confidence
2 Meryl Streep wins an Oscar for her Margaret Thatcher role- A no brainer
3 Obama wins – Let’s hope gridlock gives way and Washington gets things done in 2013
4 Instability in Arab World – Frightening forecasts for 2013 & beyond
5 Weather is huge – Record cold in Europe; warm winter in US; severe droughts in US Mid-West; terrible flooding in Africa; unprecedented Super Storm Sandy. What does Mother Nature hold for 2013?
6 Red Sox fire Bobby Valentine- Another no brainer
Now, the misses:
7 Packers win the Super Bowl – What an irony. My team, the NY Giants, won.
8 Tiger Woods wins a major – He came close. But that only counts in horseshoes & hand grenades.
9 Ron Paul starts a third party – A miss in 2012. Third party in 2016?
Finally, either “Too Close to Call”, or “Above My Pay Grade” to judge:
10 Civil War in Iraq – Unrest & violence continue. But, a Civil War?
11 Newt Gingrich – Man of the Year – Almost
12 Throw the bums out – Mixed results