How about we put our fannies on the line and make some predictions not only for the Cubs but other areas.
Kerry Wood will be the closer but Howry and Marmol will get chances especially early as Kerry adjusts to the role.
The Cubs will acquire a leadoff hitter and a starter through trade and take a chance on one in free agency trying to bounce back from injury.
Kevin Hart will be the 5th starter and do very well.
Ryan Dempster will go to the Tigers or Rangers in a trade.
Derrek Lee will be close to 2005 form as he regains power in that wrist.
Alfonso Soriano will flourish in the 5th slot after some grumbling at first.
Sam Fuld will beat out Felix Pie for CF.
Ryan Theriot will have a solid season at SS.
Geovany Soto will be good but not great at catcher both offensively and defensively but more than adequate.
Carlos Zambrano will have his best season ever.
Kosuke Fukudome has a slowish start but overall a very good season.
The league and team MVP will be Aramis Ramirez having his best season of his career.
The Cubs will win 95 games and win the world series.
The Blackhawks will continue their rise and make the playoffs but have an early exit. Kane and Toewes will finish 1 2 in the Rookie voting.
The Bulls will rebound somewhat but have an early playoff demise.
The Bears will draft and sign to upgrade the Offensive line and sign a receiver or 2 in free agency. Rex will resign with them and have a solid 2008 season. They will finish 10-6 and make the playoffs.
LSU wins the National Title
The Patriots don't make the Super Bowl. The Colts do and win.
The Celtics are beaten in the NBA finals.