December 31, 2008

It's 2009. What Resolution Should Your Team/Player Make?: What resolution should your favorite (or least favorite) team or athlete make? I can think of many, but I'm sure there are some really good suggestions (not the anatomically impossible kind) out there. Let's hear them, and may 2009 bring health, happiness, and prosperity to SpoFites everywhere. Happy New Year from New Hampshire to all of you.

posted by Howard_T to general at 12:49 PM - 14 comments

I thought this would go to the Locker Room, where it belongs, but somehow it wound up as an FPP. Can someone in the Pantheon put it where it belongs? By the way that's New Hampshire, not Hew Hampshire (stupid fingers).

posted by Howard_T at 12:53 PM on December 31

Fixed.

posted by rcade at 02:43 PM on December 31

How about owners and players in professional sport make a resolution to run their businesses and play their games for the benefit of the fans. After all, without fans, there wouldn't be professional sport in the first place.

/idealism

posted by owlhouse at 06:34 PM on December 31

On a more practical note, Liverpool FC should break the bank for the best physio and trainer money can buy to keep Fernando Torres on the pitch for a few games in a row.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:24 AM on January 01

I tried to come up with something snarky to say about the Lions, but there is so much to write about that a list of resolutions could go on forever.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 01:54 AM on January 01

Here's my list for my favorite Boston-based teams:

Celtics: Stop trying to rest your starters. Resolve to win every game. Bruins: Please don't let your terrific first half effort be an anomaly. Resolve to play hard on every shift. Red Sox: Stay with the plan, and build the best team you can while staying within your financial guidelines. While you're at it, try to convince the politicians that Fenway Park should be turned into a monument, and a large new stadium be built in the city. Patriots: Never, ever let Bill Belichick retire. Clone him if it should become necessary. Revolution (MLS) and Cannons (Lacrosse): Try to get more than a few thousand fans who even know you exist.

posted by Howard_T at 02:07 PM on January 01

my faves run like this:

Cardinals (the MLB type, not the NFL type) - make a move this offseason for something. pretty please. starting pitching would be nice. Lightning (NHL) - try not to finish last in the league, you're really not THAT bad of a team. Spurs FC - win the Carling Cup, and pick up a couple of wins to get out of the relegation stew. Ravens - win a game in the playoffs.

hope all of your years are beginning well!

posted by boredom_08 at 06:05 PM on January 01

Red Sox: Stay with the plan, and build the best team you can while staying within your financial guidelines. While you're at it, try to convince the politicians that Fenway Park should be turned into a monument, and a large new stadium be built in the city.

Let's build it in New Hampshire instead -- down the street from your house.

Boston really really really is not the place to build a new ballpark, and no one wants it anywhere else, so where it is is where it'll stay.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 08:04 PM on January 04

How about owners and players in professional sport make a resolution to run their businesses and play their games for the benefit of the fans. After all, without fans, there wouldn't be professional sport in the first place.

In addition to this, how about fans treat players, coaches and staff like people again. Stop the heckling, the out of bounds criticisms based on people's personal lives and the throwing shit at them while they're on the field. In short, sports fans should stop acting like entitled princes who throw tantrums when things don't go their way.

/ idealism goes both ways

posted by dfleming at 11:46 AM on January 05

Toronto Maple Leafs: Give Brian Burke a few years. Toronto Blue Jays: Open your wallets or trade Halliday and let him have a chance at the playoffs. He's too remarkable to play on a mediocre team his whole career. New England Patriots: Be smart with Matt Cassell and Tom Brady. Sign a feature back and draft defensive depth. Toronto Raptors: Trade for a wing. The Bobcats have been trying to give you Gerald Wallace; take him. Please. WWE Wrestling: Go bankrupt.

posted by dfleming at 11:50 AM on January 05

How about owners and players in professional sport make a resolution to run their businesses and play their games for the benefit of the fans. After all, without fans, there wouldn't be professional sport in the first place.

In addition to this, how about fans treat players, coaches and staff like people again. Stop the heckling, the out of bounds criticisms based on people's personal lives and the throwing shit at them while they're on the field. In short, sports fans should stop acting like entitled princes who throw tantrums when things don't go their way.

I agree, dfleming, but observing sports crowds over the last 35 years or so, I believe that A causes B.

posted by owlhouse at 10:42 PM on January 05

I agree, dfleming, but observing sports crowds over the last 35 years or so, I believe that A causes B.

Observing people for the 25 years I've been alive, I think people are just becoming bigger and bigger jerks.

posted by dfleming at 03:45 PM on January 06

That said, I don't think you're necessarily wrong either. I think it's a combination of two problems at once.

posted by dfleming at 03:45 PM on January 06

William Clay Ford should resolve to sell the Lions to the highest bidder from LA who promises to move them and have them play in the Coliseum. The new owner should also feel free to change the colors to red and yellow.

posted by apoch at 12:39 PM on January 08

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