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2024 sports activities want checklist: USWNT, Ohtani, wholesome Aaron Rodgers Acquire US

The flip of any 12 months is at all times a stylish time for some crystal-ball gazing, sports activities included.

Nevertheless it’s much more enjoyable to speak about what we might most prefer to see on the gridiron, diamond, hardwood and past than what we predict will truly occur — and if this author was any good at betting large on daring sporting predictions, I would be doing that for a residing as an alternative of this.

So right here we’re then, with the FOX Sports activities Insider 2024 Want Listing. If all these items go down, it isn’t a assure we’ll all be glad — sports activities fandom is a fickle and difficult factor — however we could have been resoundingly entertained.

Extra arguments, not much less

Florida State followers may disagree, however conjecture, controversy and downright anger over the choices of a committee are an integral a part of what retains faculty soccer buzzing with such passionate fervor. You assume increasing to 12 groups will settle all of the debates? Not even shut; in reality, count on to see a complete lot extra of them, particularly over the ultimate few spots. Be sincere now, would you’ve gotten it some other method?

A particular Tremendous Bowl — once more

We’re being spoiled. No actually, we’re. Within the final seven Tremendous Bowls, we’ve seen the best comeback of all time, Tom Brady winning an historic seventh ring, Patrick Mahomes spearheading one thrilling fightback and surviving another nail-biter, plus a Rams-Bengals showdown that isn’t remembered as fondly as it should. It wasn’t always like this. For much of its history, the biggest game of all was often a drab affair, usually one-sided. Long may this trend continue.

A healthy Aaron Rodgers

Love him or hate him, not many people have the sheer power of personality to have been one of the NFL’s biggest stories, even in a season that ended after four snaps. Rodgers never fails to give us something to talk about — but when he’s actually, you know, playing, it’s that much better.

The New York Jets have sold their soul to Aaron Rodgers

The New York Jets have sold their soul to Aaron Rodgers

A USWNT bounceback

The 2023 Women’s World Cup was one of the most exciting sports events of the year — period. But the performance of the United States was the most disappointing thing about it. The USWNT needs a revival — and in Emma Hayes it has an esteemed new coach to try to spark one. The Olympics in Paris is a giant opportunity for the group to remind us of its potential for dominance, but beware, the international field is getting stronger.

[Emma Hayes has already won over USWNT: ‘Emma will take us there’]

Ding, ding, dinger

Let’s wish for Shohei Ohtani to knock it out of the park after moving to the Los Angeles Dodgers, both literally and figuratively. With only his batting to focus on — apart from counting all that (future) money — could the Japanese superstar put together an MLB tilt of 60 homers or more? At risk of stating the blindingly obvious, he’s a once-in-a-lifetime talent, and even if you find the Dodgers and their extravagant wealth irksome, chances are you’ll be rooting for this guy.

The Cowboys show rolls onward

The Dallas Cowboys are incredibly consistent at one thing and one thing only. Being inconsistent. Even when Dak Prescott puts together a metronomic and mightily accomplished season like this, you never know whether to trust the Cowboys or not. Is that a source of frustration for Jerry Jones and the team’s ever-hungry fans? Yes. Is it all part of what keeps Dallas as football’s most intriguing team for everyone else? You bet.

A Berhalter boost

About six years ago, former USA men’s head coach Bruce Arena stated that he expected the national team, by the time this country hosts the World Cup in 2026, to be a contender to win it. No one is being so bold these days, and the priority for head coach Gregg Berhalter in 2024 is to get his team playing confidently with the big show two years away. This year’s biggest test will come in the Copa América, against a stacked field of South America’s best talent.

USMNT’s best lineup for the 2024 Copa América

USMNT's best lineup for the 2024 Copa América

[2024 Copa América: Predicting the USMNT’s 23-man roster]

Some victories, please

When extraordinary streaks continue, either good or bad, it draws us in, which is why the Detroit Pistons are the NBA team everyone is currently paying attention to. Heading into the New Year, they’ll have a fresh start after ending a 29-game losing streak on Saturday. The Pistons’ record-setting skid was both statistically unfeasible and flat-out gory. But enough was enough. There are some promising young players, including Cade Cunningham, on the Pistons roster. Let’s hope the sporting gods bestow a few wins upon them. Quickly.

[Detroit Pistons losing streak: Tracking NBA consecutive loss record, lines]

A heavyweight boxing boss

Boxing has gone nearly 24 years without an undisputed heavyweight champion, the last being Lennox Lewis. The coming year should produce another one at last, but as this is boxing, you can never be too sure. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are scheduled to fight for all the marbles in Saudi Arabia next month. This is a slightly oversimplified request, but let’s just hope the darn thing actually goes ahead, after a long delay and a proposed December matchup fell apart at the negotiating table.

A five-ringed circus

It has been a long, long time since the Olympic Games took place in its normal sense. The 2020 Tokyo Games were rescheduled to 2021 and both that event, and the Winter Games in Beijing in 2022, were unrecognizable from what we’ve come to expect. Paris is poised to put on a spectacular show and should give a reminder that for a short window every few years, the Olympics still holds a special kind of magic.

The beefed-up Big Ten

There isn’t enough space here to unpack everything that’s happening with college football, and yes, we’re not blind to the fact that there are schools that have suffered through realignment as well as those who will benefit. But it’s hard not to look at the beefed-up Big Ten, with its new arrivals and elimination of divisions, and not get excited. With a West Coast influx on the way, here’s wishing that it lives up to the hype. It’s hard to imagine that it won’t.

Martin Rogers is a columnist for FOX Sports and the author of the FOX Sports Insider newsletter. Follow him on Twitter @MRogersFOX and subscribe to the each day e-newsletter.

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