By Kevin Sylvester, Buffalo Sports Page

Every year at this time, I write a list of things to do for the upcoming year. Yes, resolutions. My list always involves the following: getting in better shape, making more money, and relaxing more. This year is no different (send money to make the second one easier for me), but I have added some sports related resolutions.

Attend more college basketball games. College basketball in WNY takes a backseat to hockey, which is a shame because the venues, prices, and teams are excellent. If you haven’t sampled, this is a great year to do it. Both UB teams are very good, St. Bonaventure just beat Syracuse, while Canisius and Niagara host some dynamic scorers.

Weed out my golf gear. I have a lot, but not as much some other dedicated duffers I know. Let’s eliminate putters from the discussion, because you can never have too many of those. Drivers are in a similar category, although if it’s older than 5 years, it’s time to consider moving on. I do have four complete sets of clubs: One for my home club, one for the car, one for travel, and a spare that my son uses. If I get a new set this year (I’m due!), then I will have to consider ridding myself of one. I do have some miscellaneous clubs that I substitute in the bag every now and then. I guess one or two of those could go. Who I am kidding? I’m not getting rid of anything.

Enjoy watching the Bills. I currently do not enjoy the games. It’s probably because I’m “working” whether I’m there in person or viewing on the tube. Style of play could be a big part of it too. They are not the most exciting team to follow, lacking explosiveness on offense. Sacks have been a surprise this year, yet they have a chance at the playoffs. I trust fans enjoy the experience.

Watch more NBA games. I love basketball, and while the balance doesn’t appear to be as good as it was in the mid 80’s/early 90’s (Celtics, Lakers, Rockets, Pistons, Bulls, Knicks, 76ers), the stars are pretty appealing. The regular season is tedious at times, but the playoffs were great last year, and I expect the same in 2018.

-Actually set dates to play golf. “Let’s play a round soon”. A phrase I hear often and am guilty of delivering too without following through. If I say it to you in 2018, I will mean it and we will put a date on the calendar as part of that conversation. If you say it to me, have a few dates ready to go.

Use the outdoors. We have great natural resources in WNY, and I intend to use them in 2018. I used to fish a lot as a kid, and I want to get back to it. Hiking is great exercise and a stress reliever. I own a kayak, and it’s time to use it. I leave hunting to the rest of you, but I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at trap shooting.

Be nicer to Paul Peck. I’m not sure I’m mean to him, but I could be nicer.

Kevin Sylvester

Kevin Sylvester has over 20 years of experience in media, working for stations, professional sports teams, leagues, and national broadcast entities. This experience includes being an announcer for NHL, NBA, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Hockey, and The PGA Tour. Kevin also served as the producer for the Buffalo Sabres post-game show, executive producer for a Sabres radio show, and started his own media production company, All Square Media LLC in 2008. All Square Media serves as the executive producer of the Tee 2 Green TV and Radio shows (created by Kevin), handling distribution, sponsorship sales, fulfillment, and production of the shows.

Kevin's business background extends beyond broadcasting. He served as the Director of Amateur Athletics for WNY Arena LLC (Key Bank Center in Buffalo), procuring major amateur sporting events for Buffalo, NY. The major highlights include two sold out NCAA Tournaments First and Second Rounds (2007, 2010), and the 2011 IIHF U20 World Championships (Kevin co-wrote the winning bid, and served on the organizing committee for USA Hockey). Kevin created The Duster Challenge in 2016, a local 18 hole putting competition, and serves as an advisor to WNY golf ball company, OnCore Golf.

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