Five Predictions for Pacific Northwest Sports Teams in 2012

After a good sports year in 2011, it's time to look forward to the next year and contemplate what may come to pass. With an eye on the future, here are five predictions for some Pacific Northwest sports teams in 2012.

The Portland Timbers will win the MLS Cup

Their second year in the MLS will be the one the Portland Timbers win their first MLS Cup. The Rose City side fell short of the playoffs in 2011, but 2012 will see them not only make the playoffs, but win it all. The changes the league approved for 2012 include having the MLS Cup played on the home pitch of the team with the best record. The Timbers will not win the Supporter's Shield, but will get hot at playoff time and go all the way.

The Oregon Ducks will win a national title

The Oregon Ducks chased away the naysayers who said they couldn't win the big game, taking the Rose Bowl over the Wisconsin Badgers. It was a great game, and something the Ducks will build on next season. Oregon is returning a boatload of talent, along with good recruits. The Ducks will be in the national title game after a great run in 2012, and will be called the number one team in the nation.,

The Vancouver Canucks will win the Stanley Cup in six games

The Canucks lost a heart breaker in Game 7 last time around, but won't be playing in a Game 7 in 2012. That's because they will win it all in six games, hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup for Vancouver and all the fans finally. Roberto Luongo will play standout hockey, shutting out the opponent in the final game. The Sedin twins will score two goals and get three assists each in the Stanley Cup finals.

The Seattle Seahawks will go to the Super Bowl

The Seahawks will find their missing piece, and that's a great quarterback. Tarvaris Jackson will become a decent backup, and Charlie Whitehurst will slip quietly into the night. The defense will continue growing into one of the more feared units in the NFL, and the offensive line will mature. Marshawn Lynch will be back, and garner Super Bowl MVP honors.

The Portland Trail Blazers will make it to the Western Conference finals

The late season for the NBA has turned off many fans, but a great late-season push by the Trail Blazers will get Rip City going and get fans behind the team as they advance to the Western Conference Finals. Will they win? I think they will come up short, but lay the groundwork for making it next season.

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Updated Thursday, Jan 5, 2012