Once again, I’m slightly behind when it comes to making my resolutions. In 2007, I waited until the end of July to make my sports resolutions, so waiting until the second week of January isn’t so bad for 2008. There are many things that I’m hoping to improve upon as a sports fan this year. Before I get into that, though, let’s look back at how well I did on my 2007 sports resolutions.
2007 sports resolution #1: I will become a bigger NBA fan
This is a resolution that I have definitely kept. I’ve watched more NBA action this season than I have in years, which is pretty impressive considering the less than stellar play of my Chicago Bulls. Now if only the East could play at the level of the West, I would enjoy watching the early games as much as the match-ups that keep me up until one in the morning.
2007 sports resolution #2: I will purchase NHL Center Ice
Not necessary thanks to the wonders of the internet.
2007 sports resolution #3: I will not wish ill upon Chris Carpenter
This one was made easier when I won my fantasy baseball league, thus proving that I am in fact the greatest fantasy GM ever. No thanks to Chris, though.
2007 sports resolution #4: I will create no more than three fantasy football teams
Kept. Three teams were more than enough for me this year.
2007 sports resolutions #5: I will continue to not care about MMA but will continue to watch pro wrestling
Still don’t care about MMA, but really haven’t watched much pro wrestling in months. I still keep track of what’s going on, but truth be told I haven’t watched a full program of either WWE or TNA in months.
2007 sports resolutions #6: I will make it to Yankee Stadium this year
Not so much.
2007 sports resolution #7: I will write more about hockey
I really haven’t done this. Shame on me.
2007 sports resolution #8: I’ll watch a Browns game with the old man
It sure was depressing watching Cleveland throw away the playoffs with a terrible performance in Cincinnati. At least I suffered right next to my father instead of over the phone for that one.
Now that I’ve taken the cliché stroll down memory lane, here are my 2008 sports resolutions.
2008 sports resolutions #1: I will keep my expectations for the Mets low all season long
Until the middle of August of 2007 I kept hope alive that the Mets would wake up and win the NL East and probably the entire National League. We all know how that worked out. I’ll not be fooled again in 2008, even if the Mets finally pull the trigger and bring Johan Santana to Queens. They’re still just too shaky for me to put all of my faith in. Prove me wrong, boys.
2008 sports resolutions #2: I will see the Pittsburgh Penguins live and in person this season
There are plenty of chances for me to do this in the next few months. What makes this even more appealing is the fact that the Pens have recently begun to play like the team I expected to see this season. I also still have yet to see Captain Crosby at an arena. Quite frankly, I think every sports fan should take the opportunity if presented to him and go watch Sidney Crosby in person.
2008 sports resolutions #3: I’ll try my best to watch more MLS
Living in the NY/NJ area means that I have a MLS team right in my backyard. To my credit, I did find myself watching a few matches on TV this past season. I never really thought about making the trek out to the Meadowlands, though, even when what’s-his-face made his “big debut” in the states.
I am a huge soccer fan. I played the game my entire adolescence and I want soccer to grow in popularity here in the United States. My main goal for this resolution is to make it out to at least one game this year.
2008 sports resolutions #4: Take my old man to Yankee Stadium
Luckily for me, dad doesn’t have the internet at home, so he won’t know about this one. Neither one of us has ever been to The House that Ruth Built and time is running out. I’d love for the two of us to watch the Tribe beat the crap out of the Yanks in the Bronx. Could there be a better way to spend a summer evening?
2008 sports resolutions #5: I’m going to get better at golf
My golf game is, for lack of a better word, embarrassing. If I could slice vegetables like I slice my drives I’d have a show on Food Network. My short game is non-existent and, when I actually find the green, my inability to avoid three-putting brings tears to my eye. This is the summer when I finally turn my golf game around. Even if I can’t afford my rent due to taking lessons, I will improve my golf game.
(I’m kidding, sweetheart. Sort of.)