It’s that time of year again. Time to make the least important promises you’ll ever make: New Years Resolutions. What other time can you make a serious commitment that you have no intention to follow through on? Sure, we all make a strong effort for the first week or so, but Resolutions quickly fall by the wayside before February.
I really want to try this year, however. Something in the air has me feeling optimistic, and with that in mind, here’s my top 10 sports resolutions:
1. I won’t spend every gorgeous fall Saturday in front of the tube from 11 AM to 11 PM.
There’s nothing quite like college football. First of all it’s football, so it’s automatically awesome. Secondly, it brings entire cities, states, and regions together in a way that no other event can duplicate. Finally, the season only lasts for three months. Three months of gut-wrenching, topsy-turvy spectacle that enthralls the masses like no other entertainment can.
But dangit, my lawn looks like crap right now and my garage is even worse. Next year, I’m going to put things in perspective and not sacrifice the entirety of my off days to the almighty ESPN.
2. I’m going to diversify.
Growing up in Nebraska, I was raised to believe that college football is the only sport that matters. Because the college football season is so short, I’ve been forced to branch out or risk death from sports deficiency, and now I able to sit and enjoy some NFL, MMA, and even a little bit of basketball. Next year, I’m going to try harder to enjoy baseball for my wife’s sake, and perhaps something on ESPN will catch my eye next summer, and help ease the heartache that is college football’s offseason.
3. I’m not falling for any more hype.
If one indulges in the occasional glance at ESPN, hype is inescapable. We can choose to ignore it, however. Matt Barkley, the Laker’s epic offseason signings, and Chael Sonnen’s mouth ate up a ton of air time in 2012, but all three disappointed. I’m not falling for it in 2013.
4. I’m not doubting LeBron James.
I’m not a huge basketball fan, but the hoopla and vitriol surrounding LeBron was always intriguing to me, especially as he and the Heat made their title run last summer. With every step towards the championship, there was always someone asking when LeBron was gonna choke. Didn’t happen. This is a resolution that that will be pretty easy to keep as the Heat vie for the 2013 title.
5. I won’t forget Tebow.
Tim Tebow has pretty well faded into obscurity in 2012 given his backup role for the New York Jets, but that doesn’t erase what he did in 2011 with the Denver Broncos. Say what you want about his skill set, but if you were to ask any reasonable person to name the best role model in professional sports, they will name Tim Tebow. That beats stats any day.
6. I’m going to play some golf.
I personally regard watching golf as the perfect form of torture, but I don’t really have any good excuse not to play. My buddy keeps bugging me to play with him, and in line with resolution #2, I’m going to make an effort to hit the links next year.
7. I’m going to try out that MMA gym down the street.
Watching UFC is quickly becoming my second great sports passion, partly because it’s so accessible; one does not need any large investment to casually participate. Less than a half mile away from my house, there’s a small MMA gym that offers 30 days of free training. I’m not as fit as I used to be, so next year I’m going to take advantage of those 30 free days and get fit, have some fun, and learn something new.
8. I’m going to watch the Super Bowl this year.
Last year, I was in Germany for the Super Bowl, and though I tried to stay awake, I ended up falling asleep for most of the game, missing the Giant’s epic comeback win. Not gonna happen in 2013.
9. I’m going to teach my son to throw a football.
My son William will be 15 months old when the ball drops in Times Square, so it’s definitely time for him to start learning manly stuff. I bought William a regulation size football for his first birthday, and he’s going to learn to sling it around like Tom Brady before his second.
10. I’m going to make every attempt to watch Jordan Burroughs wrestle
I think the greatest thing about the Olympics is that it makes the world aware of some fantastic athletes in not so popular sports. Simply stating that Jordan Burroughs is a gold medal freestyle wrestler doesn’t do justice to his accomplishment in London last summer. For an American, in his first Olympic games, to dominate his way to the top of the medal stand like Burroughs did is practically unheard of. If I can find a venue to watch Burroughs compete at the national or world level, I’m going to jump on it.
So there you have them, my 10 sports resolutions. Check back next December to find out if I was successful!