Today marks the first day of 2014.
Today also marks the time when people drag out their New Year’s resolutions which for many are the same as last year’s resolutions.
The most popular resolutions year after year tend to revolve around weight loss based on the amount of commercials flooding the airwaves this time of year for gyms and diet programs.
Turn on almost any channel and the odds are pretty good that in any given commercial break a commercial of some sort of weight loss supplement, program or device will be on.
I revolved to get healthier this year which will likely be accomplished through weight loss the old fashioned way and will not be accompanied by any crash diets or expensive gym memberships.
More power to those people who will be partaking of the fad diets but they are not for me.
Another popular resolution for the new year involves many people searching for better jobs in the new year.
The better job can be in the form of higher salaries or just increased happiness.
Having a job where one is paid well, challenged and appreciated is always a good thing to find so it is certainly a valiant resolution to find such a thing.
Of course having a job that one enjoys can go a long way as well.
Throughout my career I have been fortunate to have many jobs where it was a joy to go to work. In some cases this was because the people I worked with made the day more bearable and in other case it was the work that was a joy to complete.
These jobs allowed me to cover many memorable events and also helped me feel like I was part of a worthwhile cause that made a difference.
There have also been jobs that I have had that sucked the creative juices out of me and were a complete drag to go to offering little more than a chair that spun and paychecks that cleared on time.
For all of those people in those mind numbing jobs I wish them more fruitful career pursuits in the new year and hope that they find a rewarding job where their talents are fully utilized.
The starting of a new year is also a time for many in the media to compose lists containing their best and worst of the previous year.
Over the past few weeks I have read lists of everything from the best television shows of the last year to the past plays in college football.
These lists are subjective and are 100 percent in the eye of the beholder but it can be fun to see what people found amusing in the previous year.
There will be no lists of what I think was the best and worst from the past year.
Of course another tradition this time of the year is the inclusion of predictions for the year ahead.
This can come in many forms but often involves an “expert” weighing in on who they feel will be the best in a given sport during the coming year.
As I have mentioned before I do not really believe in predictions involving sports teams.
There are just too many factors that can affect the outcome of a game let alone a season so trying to predict what will happen really holds little weight in my book.
Besides it is too easy to say that the Houston Astros will lose over 100 games for the fourth year in a row.
A harder prediction would be to name the World Series, Super Bowl and Stanley Cup Champions for the next three years.
But, even if someone could predict the winners of those events with 100 percent certainty I would not want to know the answer as I prefer to let my sports unfold on game at a time without knowing the winner in advance.
The same goes for the remaining College Football bowl games. Each of the upcoming games have the winners predicted along with the amount of points that those teams are expected to win by.
In the Fiesta Bowl Baylor is predicted to beat the University of Central Florida Knights by 17 points. Of course, I tend to think the game will be closer than that.
My resolution for the New Year would be for people to rely less on what the “experts” say will happen in a game and to spend more time watching the games and letting them unfold as they should.
After all, if all of the outcomes in life were predetermined life would truly be a boring thing to go through.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some bowl games to get ready for. Go Knights!
Copyright 2014 R. Anderson