Sunday blog: Talking New Years Resolutions, NFL sellouts, playoffs, and routine

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Jan. 5, 2013. I’m releasing this week’s column a day early because of thought #3 – my NFL playoff predictions…. 4. Ugh…The other day I wrote an in-depth wrestling story and someone on the comment section said they would prefer to read in-depth articles about music, drama, academics etc.I’m not sure how else to explain this. But the reason sports receive more attention than drama, academics, etc. is because sports are news event and it interests a significant number of my readers. Athletics are always evolving. I’m not sure how going into a high school chemistry class and writing a story about what happened there would generate that much interest. To be fair, I don’t cover athletic practices, either.Sports are event driven. It has nothing to do with placing athletics over academics. If I didn’t cover sports, would I have more stories on academics? Probably not. It’s a stupid apple vs. orange comparison.Now there are plenty of academic news stories on this site if you choose to look for it. We hope to have a story on the latest status of the honors classes at WHS soon. I also hope to have a feature over the new band instructors. We are always willing to publish scholarship news. Just e-mail us your latest academic news here at sumnernewscow@gmail.com. 1. New Year’s resolution…I love writing year-end wrap-up stories. But I’ve noticed the older I get, the more I forget what actually happened over the past year. So I peruse my own site gathering stories over the 12 month period that seem worthy of mentioning again.I find the exercise therapeutic, because you look at stories from a completely different perspective. At the time, these stories seem majorly important. But you distance yourself with time and they are usually not. They become more amusing or mundane – especially those silly kind of controversies that have a shelf life of three days before people forget all about them.So for this year, my New Years resolution is to let bygones be bygones. I’ll try not to get so hung up on the irritation of the moment, because it sure won’t be that important in the future.Like most New Years Resolutions this will probably fall by the wayside. But focusing on improving my mental health seems like a worthy goal. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +12 Vote up Vote down Dee Shively · 344 weeks ago Tracy, I just read your Sunday Blog, and can certainly relate to this sentence: So for this year, my New Years resolution is to let bygones be bygones. I’ll try not to get so hung up on the irritation of the moment, because it sure won’t be that important in the future. I am going to share a story with you. I heard this either on the radio or on television. The director of the Wichita Civic Theater was being interviewed a couple of days before the opening night of the play. The interviewer mentioned that he had heard that the leading lady had broken her leg and it was debatable whether she would be allowed to take to the stage. Also, that the set was yet to be completed. The interviewer then asked whether those issues were worrisome to the director. The director’s response was that the leading lady might be on stage, but using crutches. Or if the doctor would not release her to that, then he, the director, would be on the stage in drag holding a script in his hand. He went on to state that there was not a budget for understudies for the actors. Concerning the set, he said it would either be finished or they would put on the play with a partially finished set. Then he finished with, “But no one is dying on the beaches.” The interviewer asked about that rather out-of-context statement and the director explained. He said that he had been a Marine in Viet Nam and had seen his buddies die on beaches. He decided then, that all further life’s irritations and problems would be weighed against those moments. If no one’s life was going to be changed, he would not let the situation upset him much. Well, after hearing that story over twenty years ago, I have trained myself to not let the mundane irritations bother me much. I might notice them, but I do not dwell on them. I am not the center of the universe and the world does not operate on my schedule, by my mores, or necessarily to my benefit. But, it’s okay. Once in a while there are life changing things happening, and then it is okay for me to take serious action. Hope this might help you keep your New Year’s resolution. Report Reply 0 replies · active 344 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Mind you I’m writing this on Saturday morning so by the time you read this I may be already completely wrong.There will not be one playoff road warrior in 2014.It will start this week with the Colts, Eagles, Bengals, and Packers being victorious – only to see them lose the next week to the Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks and Panthers. Seahawks and Broncos will then battle for the conference championships and come out winners.It will come down to the Super Bowl in New York. The weather will be unseasonably warm and Manning will come in and lead Denver with a last-minute touchdown drive that ends with him hitting Wes Welker on a 10-yard slant in the end zone for a 35-33 victory. Manning goes home with a Super Bowl ring and promptly signs up for another five years with the Broncos. General manager John Elway with his buck front teeth will smile widely.Hey it’s my predictions, not yours. 2. Trouble selling-out…NFL playoff football is upon us, and I love it. This year’s playoff is especially intriguing in that both of my favorite teams, the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are in the playoffs. I also love the fact most of the playoffs games are being played in cold weather – unless it involves Peyton Manning, who seems to play like he wants to hurry up and get back to the locker room to get some hot chocolate when it gets under 30 degrees.I read an article on Yahoo.com the other day that said the NFL is having problems selling out the playoff games, including Green Bay, where the season ticket waiting list is so long that Milwaukee could be blown off the face of the earth with a nuclear explosion and you still wouldn’t be up for the next available ticket.There’s a simple explanation for this. It’s cold! I like watching football players fight for their NFL lives in Arctic conditions as long as I’m watching it on my big screen television in the confines of my home wrapped in a blanket with the fire going and my utility heating bill going through the roof because I want nothing to do with the outdoors.Let’s see, the NFL is asking people in Green Bay, Philadelphia and Cincinnati to shell out $100-plus for tickets to watch a game in -20 degree-like temperatures. Some of these fans will have to drive several hours to get to the stadium. Once they get there, they will have to find a place to park costing them an extra $50… Then there is that long walk to the stadium in -20 degree weather and trying to find their seats. Then fans will pay $10 for a hot dog and another $10 for each overpriced beer consumed.There’s potential of having to sit next to a lout who is either so drunk he doesn’t know how cold it is, or he’s cheering for the other team.What makes matters worse, what if the home team loses? Then the poor saps have to leave depressed, find their cars again, fight other ticked off drivers in excruciating traffic and get home after midnight — only to get up early the next day to go to work and endure bosses and co-workers. Chances are the poor saps have spent over $500 each for the experience.I think staying home and watching the game on TV is not a bad alternative. Even if we have to listen to Phil Simms. 5. Shout out of the week…This week’s shout out goes to Father time who is bringing us back to the grind of everyday life. I love Christmas break, but I’m also glad it’s over. There is something comforting to normal working hours, normal school activities, and normal routine.last_img read more