Standing Room Only
Here’s a pickle… what’s the one thing that’s always in abundance come January 1st, but nowhere to be found just a few short weeks (or days) afterwards?
It’s a mystery as to who started this crazy tradition of “making promises” to start the new year. Is there some magical belief system that kicks in after killing numerous brain cells on New Year’s Eve, or are we that superficial to think that the start of a new year gives us a chance to redeem all past failures? I mean, if that were the case then the Chicago Cubs, the city of Cleveland, and all other championship-less entities would have figured out how to win by now.
Alas, there has already been a plethora of resolutions made (and broken) for 2003, but here are a few that I’d like to see carried out this year in the sports/entertainment/WU world.
That referees from all the major sports (most notably football) figure out how not to be the center of controversy for every game, and let the players decide who wins or loses. The Fiesta Bowl was an absolute joke… ditto the end of the Giants-49ers wild card game. If the refs want to be the ones who absolutely determine the outcomes, let them have fun with their PS2′s and Xbox’s at home.
That baseball teams wake up and realize that it might be necessary to develop their own players, rather than sign as many free agents as possible.
That the bottom-feeders of the NBA decide not to tank the season in order to increase their chances at getting Lebron James. Trust me… the lottery will always screw-over the last place team.
That ESPN wakes up and realizes that we would rather watch a re-run of Pardon the Interruption than the chaotic and very annoying Around the Horn, which currently precedes PTI (and is a blatant rip-off of the show, I might add).
That the music recording industry somehow discovers a talent with Christina Aguilera’s voice, but Britney Spears’ looks (or was that Jessica Simpson?).
(sort of a prediction) That Yao is the most popular baby-name in 2003.
That ABC doesn’t bore us this year with the usual 18 hour pre-game show for the Super Bowl.
That more WU students wake up and realize that they have a chance to see the best Division III basketball teams in action.
That the IM department doesn’t turn the softball season into a one-game tournament again.
That baseball makes the All-star game more meaningful by putting World Series home-field advantage on the line. If there’s somehow another tie this year, the World Series will be played in my back yard.
That Canadians start to realize that America has stolen its national pastime.
That Americans remember that the NHL is actually a real professional sports league.
That the next Ben/J-Lo story I hear involves the death of both of their careers.
That this campus somehow solves its ongoing drainage problem. I seriously think this one patch of grass by the Lab Sciences building has been wet and muddy since October.
That I do not get a craving for Bear’s Den cheese sticks.
That the die-hard sports fan realizes just how much of a good investment a satellite dish really is.
That the Rams, Cardinals and Blues (still in progress) all have better showings then their disappointing 2002 counterparts.
That we all appreciate this final year of Michael Jordan… the greatest player ever.
That the scrawniest of students can wear their IM championship t-shirts without getting ridiculed, even if they won it for the “Sports Trivia” contest.
That the NFL decides to play year-round. It’s that much better than any other sporting event you can watch.
That Tiger Woods finds some competition besides himself.
That none of us miss the “cookie-cutter” ballparks, as the Vet in Philadelphia will be the second-to- last one to be torn down later this year (the last one remains downtown by the Arch).
That people stop referring to international players as “foreign.”
That you continue to enjoy Student Life for this Spring semester, and that I stop writing columns that consist of endless lists.
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