By all accounts, the 2011 season was a major disappointment for the Boston Red Sox.
Stories of beer and chicken in the clubhouse have dominated the offseason and spring training thus far.
Instead of looking forward to improving in 2012, players must now defend their actions in the past and answer endless questions about the disastrous collapse in September.
However, this team is not much different than that of the team just one season ago; a team that, coming out of Spring Training, was predicted to win 100 games and run away with the American League East.
There is still a lot of talent on this season's version of the Red Sox and many things fans should still be excited about.
Here are some bold predictions for the upcoming 2012 campaign.