2013 Prediction Fails, Our Best Guesses for 2014

People made a lot of really bad predictions in 2013. Not to be left out, the Alicia Menendez Tonight team is jumping into the game for 2014. Here are five 2013 predictions that turned out to be epic fails and our take on what will happen next year.

We’re probably wrong, but that’s half the fun.

5. Alabama will beat Auburn

Almost everyone predicted that the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide would trump No. 5 Auburn.

“Alabama doesn’t need anything special, any magic to take down Auburn and clear the biggest hurdle left before a trip to Pasadena. The Tide are the better team, plain and simple,” wrote Marc Torrence of the Bleacher Report.

But in one of the most epic college football games in history, the opposite happened. With Alabama winning and just a couple of minutes on the clock, Auburn scored a game-tying touchdown. A second touchdown came with just a second on the clock, a botched field goal attempt and an incredible 109-yard run. Goosebumps.

Our 2014 prediction: According to our resident football expert, producer Victoria Moreno, “Considering their starting quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston is returning for another season, Florida State University will most likely return to the BSC title game in 2014. Their opponent is up for grabs. Alabama still has a good shot but there are plenty of contenders to vie for that No. 2 spot.”

4. The Affordable Care Act sign-up process will work

Hah! Lots of politicians, including Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, warned people to expect minor glitches as the site launched.

“We may encounter some bumps when open enrollment begins but we’ll solve them,” Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, one of the main offices charged with developing the exchanges, said during congressional testimony.

No one predicted it would be the complete disaster of a roll-out that actually transpired.

Our 2014 prediction: We’re actually fairly confident the website will work properly in 2014. Things have already improved dramatically and there’s almost no chance they’ll deteriorate to 2013 levels.

3. Beyonce will drop an album in 2014

Music experts everywhere predicted Queen Bey would put out a new album in 2014.

When asked by Hits Daily Double what he was excited about in 2014, Columbia Records chairman Rob Stringer said, “[O]bviously, at some point Beyoncé will put a record out, and when she does it will be monumental. So we’re in really, really good shape.”

So people were surprised when she dropped one with no promotion earlier this month and nearly broke the internet. As our national affairs correspondent Amy Stretten said, “Who runs the world? ‘Yonce!”

Our 2014 prediction: Stretten thinks 2014 will be the year of rising stars. Her picks for who will blow up the internet next? Iggy Azalea, Angel Haze and the Canadian aboriginal DJ crew A Tribe Called Red.

2. Immigration reform will pass in 2013

Immigration reform is something lawmakers keep promising to pass and then failing to deliver. President Obama promised an immigration bill back in 2008 when he was campaigning for president. Senators who pushed for immigration reform this year said they expected legislation to pass by this summer.

“He doesn’t want to drag this out because that’s the way bills get killed,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in April the president’s desire to see reform pass. He and other lawmakers said at the time they expected passage of a bill by June.

To the dismay of DREAMers and reform advocates, no bill – comprehensive or otherwise – has been signed into law.

Our 2014 prediction: Fusion’s immigration editor Ted Hesson warned against getting our hopes up in 2014. He’d “be surprised” if reform passes next year and experts are pointing toward 2016 or beyond as a more likely possibility.

1. The Alicia Menendez Tonight team will win the Mega Millions Jackpot

Our segment producer Ignacio Torres predicted that the Alicia Menendez Tonight team would win the $648 million Mega Millions Jackpot. But a couple of other people – one in California and one in Georgia – got lucky instead. They’ll have to share, but being several hundred million dollars richer isn’t so bad.

Our 2014 prediction: We don’t think we’re going to win a lotto jackpot anytime soon, but we’re not too upset. There are other paths to obscene wealth. “Stick to scratchers,” Torres said. “You have a better probability of winning. I can settle with a few hundred thousand dollars!”

We want to hear from you: What were the worst prediction fails of 2013? What do you think will happen in 2014?

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