Anyway, the point is that everyone has a vision of themselves they would like to have realized by the end of the year, and sports figures are no different. Athletes and managers are very competitive people; that's how they became the best of the best in their sport to begin with. Their competitiveness drives them to look to improve, and they set goals for themselves for the new year just as the rest of us do. But what do people who've already realized their dreams of making a living from professional sports even make their resolutions? Well we at the BSB have done some extensive research and are about to fill the world in on what resolutions some of the icons of the city of Philadelphia have for the 2014 calendar year.
This has to be the reason for keeping the ever aging Phillies roster together. He knows that most of the team's better players are on the wrong side of 30 and closer to retirement than just about any roster in baseball outside of the Yankees. Most GMs would look to acquire young talent and look to return to glory in the near future, you know, like the Sixers are doing (hopefully), but not RAJ. He has decided to take a page out of Billy Beane's book and acquire undervalued players and skill sets, but only RAJ knows that there is nothing more undervalued than a player who graduated in the same class as Bob Barker. Seriously though, as unfortunate of a scenario as this is to watch our favorite players leave, it has to be done soon for the good of the team.
Nerlens Noel: to not be Andrew Bynum
Unpopular Opinion Alert: Andrew Bynum sucks. Wait, this is actually a very popular opinion, especially in Philadelphia? Ok good, so we can all agree that Andrew Bynum sucks. Right now, Nerlens has played the same amount of games and has a similar injury as Bynum, but I really don't think that he will be like Bynum in the least bit. Bynum has always been about getting dem checks and bowling instead of working on his game. Nerlens seems like a very determined and humble young man who is dying to play as soon as possible. I can't wait to see him take the floor with Parker/Wiggins/Randle next year.
Nick Foles: to keep playing in the same division as Tony Romo
Foles has taken tremendous strides in becoming a bonafide starting quarterback who should have made the pro bowl in my opinion. He just had the most effective regular season in football since Aaron Rodgers' 2011 season and really loves this city. Playing in the same division as Romo means that they only have to compete with the Giants and Redskins every year in order to win the division.
Phil Martelli: to keep his job
You can cut the tension with a knife on Hawk Hill. Over the last couple of years, Saint Joseph's was poised to be one of the elite of the Atlantic 10, only to fall victim to losing some close games. Now a lot of it can be attributed to bad luck and good play on the part of the other teams, but students and alumni alike are growing frustrated with Martelli for not being able to win more games with such a talented squad. Personally, I don't blame Phil at all. He has done a great job of recruiting and bringing these gifted young athletes to this school and helped them to improve and develop new skill sets on the court. However, a lot of my friends disagree with me and the athletic department could be facing more pressure at the end of the season if the fans aren't satisfied with the Hawks' level of play.
So remember folks, everyone makes new years resolutions, whether they admit it or not. Just know that you will probably fail to reach your goals, just like I was unable to last year.
By: Dan Goggin