Let's take a look into the future:
Cellular telephones will be transplanted into human brains, giving users the instant access they frequently crave.
"American Idol" will become the method used to elect the president.
The City League will finally overtake northeast Kansas to earn its first Class 6A boys soccer championship since 1995.
That last one seems pretty far-fetched, doesn't it?
Well, maybe not. The team with the best shot this season is Northwest. Last year, the Grizzlies reached the 6A semifinals, ultimately finishing third after going undefeated in the City League.
They return nearly everyone from that team and have a wealth of experience, so they likely represent the best hope for the league and Wichita area.
"We're past due for somebody in this area... to win a state title," Northwest coach Bobby Bribiesca said. "I don't think we're there yet. We're still working out some options. But we're going to give it our best shot and work hard at it."
According to Bribiesca, who enters his 31st season as coach at Northwest, the reason Kansas City-area schools win nearly every large-class soccer championship is because of their depth.
Wichita teams may be able to match the abilities of a KC school's top two or three players, but northeast Kansas teams don't lose much when they substitute.
Those bench players, Bribiesca said, also must be willing to play less when more experienced players are ahead of them.
"The hardest part when working with high school kids, when you have so much depth, is trying to keep them happy with playing time," Bribiesca said. "Everybody wants to play and they're so good that you have to give them playing time. You have to decide who are your top 11 players, then keep the other guys happy."
If Northwest can overcome those obstacles, its depth could be the element that takes them from third place to first.
The Grizzlies are stacked at every position, starting at forward, where Austin Clifton and Broc Cramer give them two prolific scorers. Both were All-Metro performers last season and have superior playmaking abilities that may be watched more closely by opponents.
"That's good and bad," Bribiesca said of their postseason accolades. "It's good for them to put on their resume, but it's bad because now they're going to be marked players."
On defense, Austin Barnes and Jake Carter are the linchpins of a group anchored by goalkeeper Jonathan Lane. Northwest's powerful offense might give fewer opportunities to the opposition, but the Grizzlies are confident in Carter's ability to stop them.
A large group of seniors with varied talents and experience in the state semifinals may not add up to a championship for Northwest. But as outlandish as it may seem, one day the long streak will likely end and a Wichita team will win it all.
"I'm always comparing Wichita to the eastern part of the state, Kansas City and those schools," Bribiesca said. "They have so many good athletes. When they sub, they hardly miss a beat. I'd like to think I'm right with them now."