As I said when we moved from 2015 to 2016: “Time stands still for no man, so welcome Gabbers to my final blog…” of 2017. As the term “auld lang syne” means “for old times sake”, for better or worse let’s raise our glass to a final post of 2017:
Top 10 sporting moments of 2017.
- That MLB finally got rid of that Cancerous owner in Miami.
- I shot my second career 300 while bowling, and finished with an average of 216.
- Serena Williams winning a Tennis major – while pregnant.
- Watching the Minnesota Twins with no pitching scrap their way to the AL Wild Card game.
- Gonzaga’s improbable run to National Runner up last April.
- Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton HR chase.
- The Stanley Cup playoffs and the competition in April and May.
- Clemson beating Alabama in the Championship Game last January did not suck.
- My trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
- Watching my son start his FCS career.
- Houston winning the World Series while overcoming the devastation of a Hurricane.
Sporting moments of 2017 – Hall of Shame.
- Super Bowl 51
- NFL players kneeling. I don’t mind that they make social justice statements; I simply prefer they don’t do it during games.
- The NFL being unable to define properly what a catch is.
- The Cleveland Browns. Worse yet the idiotic thought process that led to a parade if these clowns go winless.
- The Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas.
- Jerry Jones’ moronic fight to save Zeke Elliott from suspension, which had a large part in Dallas missing the playoffs.
- Lavar Ball and the inexplicable attention given to that assclown.
- Mayweather/McGregor. What a joke.
- USA Soccer missing the World Cup? You gotta be shitting me.
- Judge & Stanton now bashing together in the Bronx while Derek Jeter initiated it.
- The Giants (both San Francisco and New York) sucking.
- The LA Chargers playing in a 30,000 seat stadium?
World Tour Stops. In 2017, I made trips to Florida and New York, but in 2018 it’s a bit different as work requirements rule, but…
- Palm Springs in late Winter
- South Florida in late March
- Kansas City in Spring and Summer
- Possibly Sweden in July
- Stanford and Denver in Autumn
- Portland in November
But the biggest surprise got dropped on me when my son is scheduled to coach in Sweden and I may get to go. Talk about an amazing opportunity…
The Gab itself in 2017. Look, I hold no illusions – we’ve had a down year in 2017. I went back to work 60 hour weeks and we all have moved on in so many different ways. It is my hope that we can all find a way to come in and drop a line or two going forward.
To that end I’m going to make every effort to come in on Sundays and drop some content.
My final thoughts for 2017. This past 365 days have been a mix of craziness and unbelievable highs for me. From visiting NYC to my first grandchild being born to an unexpected new job, it has been great, but crazy.
But let’s be honest, sports is well below our expectations as fans and we’ve all gotten away from what makes sports and talking about it fun. I honestly don’t know what to expect going forward. Maybe I’ve gotten to the point in my life where pro sports is simply no fun anymore (I have no more team allegiances) or maybe repeatedly constructing my sports thoughts on the same inane subjects are frustrating. I get no enjoyment out of it, and I think a lot of folks here have felt the same way, both past and present.
Life has changed and let’s face it, many care more about drama rather than actual achievement, and nowhere is that more evident than in sports which has been exploited on Madison Ave. That makes me sad.
My hopes for 2018.
- To get The Gab back up and running even on my reduced schedule.
- That the NFL and it’s media get back to the game on the field.
- That MLB remains competitive and that the Oakland A’s can find a new permanent home in Oakland or the East Bay.
- That the NBA can find a way to market teams.
- That the NHL can start growing an even bigger fan base.
- That my baby grandson can grow up in a world that makes more sense than what I saw in 2017.
- That everybody finds a way to grow up and mind their own damn business.
- That everybody wake the hell up and understand that no politician regardless of party gives a rats ass about you and your family, only what’s in it for them.
- That common sense can come back and regain a foothold on this spinning chunk of rock.
In the end…As I spend the last few hours of the year behind my new Traeger grill, I say goodbye to what can only be described as a turbulent and in my mind non-sensical 2017. That being said, I also keep an eye towards 2018 and the possibilities. It is my hope that we get back to basics in 2018.
Happy New Year my friends. May you all have a great 2018 a great year, and may we find something decent about sports in the new year.