Happy New Year everybody!
Now itís the time of year to make a promise to yourself that you work really hard to keep until maybe Valentineís Day.
And thatís OK. Nobodyís perfect, especially when there is always next year.
I had one resolution for this year and as of 10 p.m. Friday night, I hadnít done it yet. And Iím willing to bet I didnít find an open mic night this weekend to do five minutes of probably poor stand-up comedy.
But again, thatís OK. Iíll do it in 2012. Or 2013.
So whatever you want to do this year, at least recognize it and try to do something about it.
This is also the time of year to look back over the last calendar year and reflect on the good and the bad.
The good? Well in the sports world around here, it has to be the Dallas Mavericks winning their first NBA title and shutting up the annoying Miami Heat.
I just love how Lebron James definitely has ďnot two, not three, not four, not five, not sixĒ titles. Should have stopped at not one.
The bad to that good? Has to be the Texas Rangers. Yeah getting to the World Series for the second straight year is something great. But I would have rather been swept than lose like that.
One strike away. Twice. Unbelievable. If they pull it off this year, this will be the best sporting event Iíve ever witnessed.
Some more sports goodness? Iím going to be a little self-serving and take it back to a year ago today. The TCU Horned Frogs shocking the world and upsetting the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl.
The best part of that whole story is that ESPN was selling Wisconsin bowl championship shirts a week before the game happened.
The worst thing that happened this year related to sports? Former Penn State assistant head coach Jerry Sandusky being accused of sexually assaulting young boys on the schoolís campus.
I just feel gross typing his name and that whole sentence. I love Law and Order, but I hate when life imitates art.
Pretty much the opposite of that evil was the rise of Tim Tebow. Iíll say it, I love Tim Tebow.
All he does is win. Sure he looks like heís a right-handed person trying to throw left-handed for three quarters, but that fourth quarter is magic. Or something higher.
I know the blowout losses to New England and Buffalo may have tarnished him a little bit, but whatever. I want 2012 to be 365 days of Tebow time.
More greatness in the NFL, my other hero, Drew Brees passed Dan Marino for the all-time single-season passing leader with another week to go.
Letís be honest, Rick Perry, handsy Herman Cain and crazy eyes Michele Bachmann have no shot at being president, so letís make a Brees/Tebow ticket for 2012.
I know I stole that joke from a professional comedian on twitter, but that ticket would have my vote.
Speaking of twitter, I learned about some of the other biggest stories of the year via the social media machine.
I heard about the deaths of terrorist Osama bin Laden and North Koreaís dictator Kim Jong Il, in less than 140 characters.
†We lost Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and itís a little weird reading about a manís death on a device he invented, the iPhone.
You can follow me on my personal twitter account @BillyWessels. Iím nothing if not original or a self-promoter.
What a year 2011 was. Every year there will be some good and every year there will be some bad. But hereís to the positives finally outweighing the negatives in 2012.
Billy is the sports editor for the Waxahachie Daily Light. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-517-1454.