Many people make New Year’s resolutions. I am not one of them. Instead as an octogenarian, I look back and have desires and wishes. Among my desires is to once again enjoy sports writers and Broadcasters who are throwbacks to the greats of old.
Among my wishes are that Pro Athletes will once again just concentrate on playing their games and stay out of politics. That’s where they belong! Leaving the governing, the adjudication and the results to others.
Another desire is for everyone to be healthy and happy. Over the years, I have lost many friends. Many suffered a great deal. For others, fortunately it was quick. I have had too many calls about friends and associates who are sick or who have departed this past year.
Among them, a phalanx of my friends who have suffered and once thrilled us as they scored the winning basket, ran for that last minute touchdown, or made the interception that saved a championship.
Not everyone had been a star athlete, but all played a grand part in my history. The worst for me has been to see a once healthy and vibrant human being, a friend, suffer from a dread disease like dementia, Alzheimers or any of the debilitating afflictions which limit their enjoyment of life.
I wish that “Politically Correct” means that once again my country will return to “Free Speech” where you can say openly what you feel as long as it’s not treasonous, deleterious.
I had the pleasure of working with great writers like Dave Anderson, Dan Jensen and the lates Red Smith, Jim Murray and Allan Malamud. These men were giants.
Most of the media today are either just “rip and tear”, or parrots. Their requirements like so many other things in this era of “me” and self-gratification seem to be appointments of convenience. Their cumulative goal seems to tear down, instead of building up.
WE NEED HEROES!
There are a few young writers like Jim Williams and Evan Wiener who thoroughly study and research before they write. Them I respect.
The so-called pundits who waste air time simply like to hear themselves talk. The great ranks of Broadcasters that once existed are extremely thin. I like Vin Scullys, but then again he is truly one of a kind. Unlike Broadcasting of old, the requirements have been reduced and the Bar set extremely low.
For how many Sunsets I may have left, I desire to live in the country I used to know… one of civic pride, and not divisiveness as it is today.
I pray that in 2015, we once again will live up to our country’s motto…”One Nation Under God with Liberty and Justice for all”.
I’m not really asking for much. I am only asking, wishing and desiring for all of us to enjoy the things I enjoyed while growing up.