My New Year’s resolution last year was to get up at the crack of dawn and go to the gym before work.
It took all of one glance at my clock radio with a bright red 5:30 a.m. flashing at me and that awful beeping sound blaring throughout my room for that idea to get shelved.
Thankfully, I know my limits now, and that means I’m aware that getting up when it’s still dark outside is probably not my cup of tea.
So with the New Year approaching faster than it took for La Salle’s undefeated season to unravel in the Super Bowl earlier this month, I decided to keep my resolutions for 2012 a little more realistic.
First and foremost, I’m done writing teams off when the season is still in its infancy. In fact, I’m done with just declaring things in general. More often than not, my declarations of fact end up being works of fiction, and that’s not exactly the biggest feather in my cap.
Nobody in Division I football is beating La Salle this year. Wrong.
The Pilgrim football team won’t be anywhere near the playoff picture. Wrong.
Although, when I flipped over to believing in the Pilgrim football team (which wasn’t really all that bold – they had been playing pretty well), they lost their last regular season game and then lost to Warwick Vets on Thanksgiving.
One parent, in particular, was apparently so fed up with my declaration that Pilgrim would beat Vets that she let me know about it after the game.
“Now you can get off the Pilgrim bandwagon and write about something good,” she told me, in a tone that I could best be described as vengeful, all while pointing a finger at my chest.
I hope this qualifies as something good.
In 2012, I’ll wait a little bit longer before I start making proclamations of how things will play out months down the road.
I’ll give every team a realistic chance. I’ll allow teams the opportunity to grow as the season progresses, rather than assuming what they are at the beginning is what they’ll be at the end.
I’ll still hold officials to a higher standard than they’re being held to now, because what they’re being held to right now is no standard at all.
I’ll still criticize things that should be criticized, but I’ll try and mix that in with a little more praise when something praiseworthy happens.
But most of all, I’ll try and just do a little bit better every way I can. That’s what the New Year is all about.
More coverage, better coverage, fewer mistakes, better stories, better columns, whatever it may be. There’s plenty of room for improvement.
The plan is to make 2012 better than 2011. In fact, I’ll make one more declaration before I officially declare not to declare anymore – 2012 will be better.
I don’t think any of that sounds too unreasonable.
And the best part is that I won’t have to do any of those things before the sun comes up.
Happy New Year.
Kevin Pomeroy is the assistant sports editor at the Warwick Beacon. He can be reached at 732-3100 and firstname.lastname@example.org.