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30 December 2012

13 in '13

The Canessa Commentary

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- 

So it'll be 2013 in just a few hours.

And I saw something similar on -- so I decided to do a piece on 13 things to expect in 2013. Here's my list -- what's yours? Feel free to share yours in the comments section.

1. Supreme Court will make same-sex marriage legal in America

By a vote of 5-4, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule to make same-sex marriage legal here. Voting against the measure will be Justices Sam Alito, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice John Roberts. Roberts, however, will write a separate dissent.

2. The New York Knicks get to the NBA finals

They'll be there -- but they won't win it. It'll be their first trip to the Finals since 1999.

3. Gun-control measure will pass, with major breakthroughs for those mentally ill

It may not be an all-out assault-weapons ban, like the one from the 1990s, but some measure of gun control will pass -- and President Obama will sign it into law. The measure will have sweeping reforms on how those with mental-health issues are treated, as well. It'll be the most comprehensive mental-health reform in the nation's history.

4. Chris Christie wins second term with very little effort

Let's face it, folks ... no one -- not even Cory Booker -- could beat Christie. Christie's second-term victory will be substantially larger than the 3.6 percent victory Christie had over former Gov. Jon S. Corzine. This time, it could easily approach being a 9-percent victory.

The campaign has the possibility of being clean by way of the candidates, but expect a seriously negative campaign from the special interests, especially the New Jersey Education Association, the members of which detest the mere mention of Christie's name.

5. The NHL returns -- slightly

The NHL lockout will end, and there will be a 48-game, in-conference only schedule. The Devils and Rangers will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals again.

6. More states will legalize small quantities of marijuana

It happened in 2012, so expect more states to approve, via referendum, legalizing small quantities of marijuana. Also, expect the 2012 states to legalize the sale of marijuana, too.

7. GOP distances itself from the far-far-right

If the election proved anything in 2012 it's that the far-far-right is beyond out of step with the realities of a modern world. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are no dummies -- and in 2013, expect them to gravitate away from the likes of Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Party wing. They've got no other choice, really, if they ever expect to recapture the White House.

8. Christie and Hillary

Expect we'll learn, three years from the next election, that both Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton will run for president (despite Christie already running for a new term as Jersey gov). Could there be a more epic matchup of two party darlings?

9. Gary Bettman out as NHL commissioner

The owners in the NHL will see that despite doing some good things in his tenure, that three lockouts are just too much for a league that struggles for popularity in this country. This will be Bettman's last year as commissioner of the league. I'd love to see him replaced by John Davidson, but since he's a logical choice to replace Bettman, it won't happen.

10. 'Homeland' ends

The phenomenon known as Showtime's "Homeland" will come to an end in 2013, with Nicholas Brody setting off a nuclear bomb in America from a remote location in Canada. He'll survive, as will Carrie -- and they'll live happily ever after in Ontario.

11. Bloomberg exits -- never to be heard from again

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's term ends in 2013 -- and with it, he'll disappear into the sunset, hopefully never to be heard from again.

12. Benedict starts Tweeting -- and he says something stupid

His holiness Benedict XVI is slated to begin using Twitter in 2013, and there's no doubt in this writer's mind he'll say something controversial -- and stupid. Ah the joys of Twitter.

13. The Jets prepare to play in the Met-Life Super Bowl

While the Super Bowl in East Rutherford isn't technically until 2014, I get this sense somehow, some way, the Jets will be in it -- and playing on their home field. Call me nuts. Go ahead.


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