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Sports Illustrated 2016 World Champs: Houston Astros

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That's right, SI has moved up their timetable. And they say the time is now.

Carlos Correa celebrates after hitting his second home run of the game in the ALDS Game 4 against the eventual-champion Royals
Carlos Correa celebrates after hitting his second home run of the game in the ALDS Game 4 against the eventual-champion Royals
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Everybody breathe.  This isn't a drill, but we don't have to wet ourselves in the process.  There are months and months to go before this kind of thing can even conceivably become real.

Still, this is fun:


Sports Illustrated famously predicted that your Houston Astros would win the 2017 World Series way back in 2014 and generated quite a buzz at the time - and not just with Astros fans.  That piece focused more on highlighting the scorched earth rebuilding the Astros were doing, and pointing out ways that it was brilliant and likely to work, more than it did on making a serious prediction...but nonetheless, the Astros went on to return to the postseason in 2015 much sooner than anyone expected, and that article gained a lot of street credibility as an apparantely legitimate prediction piece.

Now, Sports Illustrated has moved the timeline up a year.  There are a series of four regional covers (featuring the Mets, Cubs, Astros, and Giants) but only one of the four proclaims "This Year Is The Year!" in big bold letters.

And that would be the cover featuring your Houston Astros.