Archive for Thursday, January 6, 2011

Column: Resolutions, predictions for 2011, oh my

January 6, 2011

It’s time for optimism and hope that the New Year will bring us 12 wonderful months.

Yep, 2011 is here. It came quickly. It doesn’t feel like 2010 is done, but it is. Now it’s time to move ahead and dream about what could be for this year. I thought I’d share a few of my New Year’s resolutions, wishes and predictions for 2011.

Making New Year’s resolutions is highly common around the world. Mine aren’t too complicated or even impossible to achieve. Whether or not, I put the effort in to make them possible will be determined during the next several months. I’ve made resolutions in the past and held on to them all year.

My first is one I’ve tried to have for a few years. I want to get back into great running shape and compete in a few races. Those might be 5-kilometer or 10-kilometer races, but any long distance race might do.

Since I stopped officially competing in running in 2004, I’ve run off and on in my spare time. It’s been very sporadic. I have the ability to run well if I put the time and effort into training.

The training and conditioning begins now. I can’t wait until it warms up. I’ve run in cold weather when I ran for Baker University. It’s time for me to suck it up and make it happen.

The other New Year’s resolution also involves sports. I want to pick up golf and tennis once again. Until the last year or two, I played golf on occasion during the spring and summer. Of course, my version of “playing” golf was not one for sore eyes. I’m a triple-digit scorer, but I also played only five or six times a year at best.

Since I stopped playing golf, I started playing tennis two summers ago. It was a fun hobby my sisters and I took up as something new to try. They love watching tennis and so we began playing. We weren’t good, but we could hold our own against other beginners.

We didn’t play much during 2010, but it’s a new year. I enjoy the sport and it’s another form of exercise. It’s another example of how I can pick up a sport or activity and be competitive quickly, but never be great.

Anyone interested in playing a round of golf or tennis match? I’d accept your challenge, even though I would mostly likely lose.

As far as wishes go for 2011, I only have a couple simple ones. I’d like to run a 5K race under 19 minutes. This goes back to being in racing shape. If I run enough this winter and spring, I have the ability to break 19 minutes. I used to break 17 minutes in college, so it’s possible.

My other two wishes involve my favorite sports. I wish there won’t be an NFL lock-out during the upcoming 2011 season. Current labor talks are happening in the NFL and it’s possible that the 2011 season won’t happen. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen.

Last, but not least, I wish Kansas University’s men’s basketball team can reach the Final Four. I am not asking for a national title, which would be icing on the cake, but just a Final Four. I think most people, unless dressed in purple (not Baldwin purple), would agree that KU is one of the best four teams in the country. So here’s to optimism about the rest of the college basketball season.

The new year also allows us “know it alls” to make bold predictions about the year. First, I predict the Baldwin High School girls’ cross country team will win its fifth-straight state title. The Bulldogs lose one senior from the squad that won its fourth consecutive championship in October.

Second, the BHS girls’ track and field team will earn a state trophy this May. I won’t go as far as saying the Bulldogs will win back-to-back state titles. They have the talent returning to make a run at the Class 4A crown, but injuries and unforeseen issues could hurt their chances. Let’s hope they bring home gold again.

Finally, the Kansas City Chiefs will lose this Sunday at home to Baltimore. Sorry Chiefs’ fans, it’s true. My Oakland Raiders thumped you boys at home last Sunday, so look for the Ravens to do the same. It’s hard to say who will play in the Super Bowl, but I’m predicting Pittsburgh and Atlanta will play in February.

So there it is — my New Year’s resolutions, wishes and predictions for 2011. You may argue or disagree, but that’s what I love about sports. Everyone can argue and nobody is ever wrong.

Here’s to a Happy New Year and a great 2011.

Comments

showtime 3 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Gillispie, - I also play tennis, and I hope to make it a habit once the weather turns. I know there is a group that plays on Tues or Thurs (perhaps both) evening at the Baker courts, and they encourage all skill levels to participate. I just need the wife's permission. - I have said to your before and will say it again, it's never too late to drop the Raiders and get on board with the Red and Gold. Although, I do think it is absurd to go undefeated in a division and not be considered the champs. - Superbowl, can I even call it that legally? Um, Seahawks v. Chiefs, okay seriously, Eagles v. Steelers, I want to see Vick v. Polamalu! - Oregon over Auburn 56-55. - "Tiger" Woods and Lance Armstrong confess to using Performance Enhancing Drugs, not the bedroom variety. - NASCAR revealed to be Professional Wrestling with wheels. - I am not sure predicting a cross-country state title is a "bold" prediction. What a consistently great program! Hats off to them! - My 2011 "bold" prediction - Royals lose 100 games, about to my breaking point with my favorite team. - lastly, of course a Rock Chalk Jayhawk Final Four appearance!

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