Better late than never…
1. Mumford and Sons upsets Justin Bieber by winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
2. “Filibuster reform” comes to naught as the Senate remains wedded to its traditions.
3. Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir is surprisingly critical…. of George W. Bush.
4. The Duke Blue Devils repeat as NCAA champions.
5. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords survives and returns to Congress.
6. On The Office, Steve Carell’s outgoing Michael Scott is replaced with Gary Cole. (um yeah…. Toby….. I’m going to need you to work this weekend…. yeah….)
7. Sarah Palin’s Alaska will be renewed for a second season. But in true Jersey Shore fashion, SP’s Alaska‘s season two will be filmed in Miami Beach.
8. Not to be outdone, Bravo greenlights Mitt’s Massachusetts. But in true meta, artsy Bravo style, the lead in the show is only a character named “Mitt Romney” played by a different actor every week.
9. Facebook finally jumps the shark.
10. The Hangover 2 (May) is not the highest-grossing comedy of the year. That honor goes Jason Segel’s The Muppets reboot (November). (Hangover 2 can’t possibly be good, right?)
11. Behind strong pitching, the Philadelphia Phillies will beat the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, 4-2.
12. The NFL will play just a 10-game season in 2011 thanks to its labor difficulties. Because of the short season, Brett Favre will come back just one more time…. for the Washington Redskins (aka “Dan Snyder’s overpaid over-the-hill gang”).
13. Exactly one year before the presidential election, Barack Obama’s approval rating stands at 52 percent.
14. Speaking of which, the following are IN: Romney, Palin, Pawlenty, Daniels, Thune, Barbour, Perry, Gary Johnson. OUT: Gingrich, Huckabee, Christie, Huntsman, Paul, Rubio, Bachmann, Pence (can’t split the Indiana vote, you know)
15. Finally, my annual prediction: Fidel Castro will remain alive and Osama bin Laden will remain at large.