As a fan of multiple sports, I look to each year with my wants and dreams. Sports are a distraction from the rest of the world. Here is my top 10 wants for 2013.
1. More focus on the student part of student athletes.
Missy Franklin surprised the world by wanting to remain amateur. It would be great to watch more sports have that want. Men’s college basketball would be easier to follow if the players stayed for a degree. It would also be more helpful for these athletes when they retire to have a second career.
2. Rules for college athletes streamlined.
How great would it be to see less scandals if there is an erasing of student athlete guidelines and reworking of them. There needs to be a way for the money these players create to help them, instead of people sitting behind the desks in front offices.
3. No more pro sport strikes.
It would be nice to not hear players making six and seven figures screaming for more money. There needs to be a way to show that playing the game is for the fans, not for the egos. The fans are the ones short changed by these strikes.
4. Fans making smarter decisions.
It would be nice to not hear about assaults after games. There is no reason to be violent to the fans of the opposing team. Nor is dying for a baseball a way to spend a time of leisure. The news of the game should be all we hear about.
5. Athletes need to make better decisions.
It would be nice if the NBA had the same level of crime as the WNBA. Football is almost a religion in this country and the players are always in the news for violent crimes. I would rather see the aggression on the field of play, not police blotters.
6. Women’s basketball needs more respect.
Pat Head Summitt was said to not be so great because she only coached women. The WNBA and women’s NCAA basketball are hard to find on television. We need to give more credit to those that have played with more heart and less drama.
7. David Cutcliffe needs recognized for his accomplishments.
People know Duke has a football team and it is winning, enough said.
8. Sports can help with diplomacy.
Why not see where we can bring peace to chaos with soccer, golf and those sports. People pay attention and it brings them together. So much better than closed door bickering leading to gunfire.
10. A ninth BCS championship going to the SEC.
What better way to get a real playoff, then to find a way to curb the dominance of the best conference? The 2014 start is only going to still show the dominance of the conference.