OK, its time to start making our predictions for 2012. Here are 3 from me: 1. The Rapids spend the season drifting in and out of the final couple of playoff positions but come up just short. The first year in switching to Pareja's new 4-3-3 scheme causes just enough waves to make us stumble enough to miss the playoffs. This will, of course, reignite the controversy over the decision to withdraw Smith's contract offer. 2. The schedule of the RMC (two games in SLC before the final game in Denver) works against us and FSL retains the Cup again. 3. The Rapids make an unexpectedly deep run in the USOC before being knocked out by a MLS side.