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.