Every season seems to catch us by surprise. Young players reach stardom before we can even say their name.  Injuries derail players and teams.  Age finally catches up with veterans.  Some “risers” never rise.  And Cinderella teams give us something to root for.

So what will be this year’s surprises? 

Here are 50, count ‘em, 50 bold predictions that will grab our attention in 2011.

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