HJ-ED-DHJHerald Journal Columns
December 31, 2007

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions

By Aaron Schultz

Like most of us, every year, prior to the start of a new year, I take a look in the mirror and make several New Year’s resolutions, trying to improve myself.

First off, as I looked in the mirror this week, I realized three things. One, I really do gain a lot of weight in the winter; two, the hair isn’t coming back; and lastly, I’m one good-looking dude.

Alright, while the first two are facts, the final comment is more me telling myself that to overcome the fact that I am bald and fat.

But this isn’t about my appearance, for the simple fact that I know I won’t be doing anything about it in 2008, so why bother making a resolution?

See, last year, I made something like four different resolutions, and only followed through with one.

This year is going to be different – I’ll only make resolutions that I know I will keep.

I figure, that way, I will build up some confidence in resolution-making, and then, when 2009 rolls around, I can build on those, making a few tougher ones.

The first resolution I am going to make is to play the lottery a little bit more.

Hey, if you don’t play, you can’t win.

Yep, that will be an easy one. Check.

Resolution number two will be to stop bragging about how good a fantasy football player I really am.

See, I am in three leagues, and have already won one, am in the Super Bowl in another, and am playing for second in the last one.

Yeah, I am pretty good, but I will stop bragging about that come 2008. Check.

The third resolution I am going to make is to finally watch some of those sports movies I haven’t seen.

That should be simple enough. Check.

Hmmm, that is three already, should I make one more? Why not.

The final New Year’s resolution will be to get out on the ice more than just one time this year for some ice fishing.

I love to ice fish, but usually only find my way out on the lake once a winter.

Not this year. You will find me out on a frozen lake or two several times this winter. Check.

That sounds like four very good resolutions, all of which I will no doubt be able to keep.

No more failing to keep my resolutions, not until 2009, at least.

Have a safe, and very happy New Year.

Top 100 movie quotes

The top 100 movie quotes picked by ESPN continue, with quotes 80 through 76.

• 80: (A reporter asks, “Rocky do you have something derogatory to say about the champ?”) “Derogatory? Yeah, he’s great.”

This is a quote from the movie “Rocky II.” A pretty good movie, and a pretty good quote. It belongs on this list, right about where it is.

• 79: “All I want to do is race, daddy.” This quote from the made-for-TV movie “3,” which chronicles the life of Dale Earnhardt.

I have never watched this movie, and the quote doesn’t do much for me, either.

• 78: (After Kareem Abdul-Jabbar protests being ejected from his farewell game.) “Well then, let me be the first to say, ‘farewell!’”

First off, I have never even heard of the movie this comes from, “Forget Paris.”

Secondly, the quote isn’t all that great, even if the movie is good, which I have no idea if it is or isn’t.

• 77: “I want a guy who can play 36 holes of golf and still have enough energy to take Warren and me to a baseball game and eat sausages and beer. Not light beer, but beer. That’s my ad, print it up.”

This comes from a very good movie, “There’s Something About Mary.”

Cameron Diaz says this quote while talking about her perfect man.

Again, I like the movie, and I also like the quote, but I just don’t think it belongs on a sports' movie quotes list.

• 76: “People say that it can’t work, black and white; well, here we make it work, every day. We have our disagreements, of course, but before we reach for hate, always, always, we remember the Titans.”

Yep, another quote from the movie “Remember the Titans.”

The quote seems pretty good, but I really need to see this movie to honestly evaluate this quote.