Happy New Year!

Since we're kicking off 2007 in style, how about some sports predictions and observations for the upcoming year...

Appalachian State will become the first team to three-peat in the Division-1AA football playoffs.

Tom O'Brien and Butch Davis will get both the Wolfpack and the Tar Heels to a bowl game...of course with 32 bowl games, that might not be saying much.

Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks will be a preseason Top 20 team, but still not quite good enough to win the SEC East.

The Tar Heels are loaded in hoops and Roy's boys will cut down the nets....at the ACC Tournament, but not at the Final Four in Atlanta.

Tiger Woods will create a new fashion statement by winning a green jacket at Augusta in April and follow that up with a neon-blue blazer in May at Quail Hollow.

The Panthers won't be picked by any national publications to make it to the Super Bowl...and this time they will be right.

Bernie Bickerstaff will be out as Head Coach of the Bobcats.

Finally, Tony Stewart will be back in the Chase, and he will also be back as the 2007 Nextel Cup Champion.

Happy New Year, and you can sleep on that one.