I absolutely guarantee a Buffalo Bills world championship at the end of the 2009 season (2010 Super Bowl).
How can I say this with all the other teams that appear so much more likely, when it's not a given the Bills will even make the playoffs or even beat their 7-9 record of the past three seasons?
Will Terrell Owens set a new touchdown reception record? Will Trent Edwards, with the help of TO, end up the highest-rated passer in the league? Will the draft-reinforced defense resemble the great Bills defenses under Bruce Smith and Cornelius Bennett? Will a sleeper emerge, an undrafted free agent perhaps, to becomes the next marquee player?
Any of this could happen, or none of it. It doesn't matter.
This is why the Bills will win this year.
The first African-American President was elected since the last Super Bowl. The conventional wisdom of economics and finance is no longer operative. Every headline we've had in the US and the world is outside of tradition, of history, of the norm, of the old order.
There are demonstrations in the streets of Tehran saying death to the Ayatollah.
They are actually building the Bass Pro Shop in downtown Buffalo.
There are no operative norms left in the nation or the world—and all of that sets up the perfect storm to make the Bills world champions.