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The General’s New Year’s Resolutions In Sports

(photo courtesy of Kelly L Cox/USA Today Sports)

(photo courtesy of Kelly L Cox/USA Today Sports)

A new year is upon us and like usual, there are many that have made New Year’s Resolutions. You see some of the usual ones that involve working out posted everywhere, but what if teams and professional athletes had resolutions and we all had access to them? No one knows if some of these professional athletes made some resolutions for the year, but if they were to make them, this is what they could have been. Without further ado, here are some New Year’s Resolutions the General has for some people, teams and players.

Chicago Bulls-Remember Who You Are

A lot was made of Jimmy Butler’s comments in regards to his coach, Fred Hoiberg, and him needing to coach them harder. But one other thing the star guard spoke about was the team needing to play harder like they have in previous seasons. And he could not have been more correct. The Bulls have no identity at all this season and the effort seems to not be there on both ends consistently. For them to even compete in the East, they need to get back to the basics. Of course there is a new coach there, but the same pieces remain. For their sake, they better hope some things get better soon for them.

Markieff Morris- More Patience and Composure

The talented forward for Phoenix has had an interesting season. He watched his twin brother get traded to Detroit this offseason and it has seemingly had an adverse effect on him. He wanted to leave and demonstrated so during the offseason but that cooled down once the season started. But even now, he has had temper tantrums like throwing a towel at the coach. And like any player that has issues with a coach, he has been in and out of the doghouse. One thing he may want to realize is he is not making himself look any better with these tantrums. Other teams are watching. And eventually the talent-trouble formula will not be in his favor. Get it together Mr. Morris. Of you could be calling it a career quicker than you want.

Los Angeles Lakers-Atone for your mistakes

The Los Angeles Lakers have been employing Byron Scott for almost three years now. And with this team as young as they are, it seems like Scott hasn’t got the memo to play the young players so they can get better. So since he seems to not get the memo, why not let him go now? Kobe is about to exit Byron. Lou Williams is not a starting point guard in the NBA. Larry Nance Jr is not a starter in the NBA. The Lakers’ brass needs to end this science experiment with Byron as head coach and do so as soon as possible.

Dwight Howard- Find out who you are

Dwight Howard has had the potential to be one of the best big men in the NBA for some time now. But he has never lived up to it. Instead, he has been known as an unhappy big man. Dwight has visions of himself being more involved in the offense in Houston just like he had in Los Angeles for his one year there. But in each situation, he has yet to realize that he is the not the focal point of his team. It was Kobe in LA and now it is Harden in Houston. He will not be the main weapon on this Houston team because he does not have a consistent offensive game. Maybe if he had that, he would have a gripe. But right now, Dwight may want to focus on just being a rebounder, dunker and defensive presence because that is what he is.

Cleveland Browns- Take control of your situation

The team seems to be in disarray yet again. There seems to be no direction there and the front office and management seem to be on two different pages. The talk has been that general manager Ray Farmer will be done after this last game. But with the Browns, you never know. This one reads like a soap opera, so maybe one day they will get some direction and move forward. But it all starts from ownership. Ownership here has never asserted itself and taken control of the situation. And this mess will continue if Haslam and company do not do so.

Detroit Lions- See things clearer

The Detroit Lions had a rough start to the season. They were 1-6 out of the gate and there were many disappointed fans of that team. But the team righted the ship and played well down the stretch after they fired their offensive coordinator and members of their front office. Some saw this optimism and have thought that it is time to give Jim Caldwell more time. Well, those that don’t want that better hope that does not happen. Detroit fans and ownership, don’t be fooled by the finish of that team up there. They still have a ton of issues there and keeping Caldwell is not going to help fix those issues at all.

Chip Kelly-Learn how to play well with others

Chip Kelly almost completed his third year of coaching the Philadelphia Eagles when the plug was pulled on him by the organization this week. Aside from some of the questionable moves he made as the general manager this season, it was his icy relationship with people around him that helped get him fired in Philly. He reportedly would not even speak to players in the building, often leaving them feeling uncomfortable. He more than likely will receive another shot at some point (at the college level or in the NFL). But in order for him to succeed, he has to learn to value the people around him. He apparently did not in Philly. If he is able to learn that along with other things, then he could be successful in his next go round.

San Francisco 49ers- Change your course

The team has had issues all season long. Of course most of those were linked to the departures of their head coach after the 2014 season and the loss of players to retirement. But even more than that, the team just seemed like it just could not get any form of consistency all year long. For them, the consistency needs to start with what direction they will be going in. This was obviously not what the 49ers expected and this was unacceptable in their eyes. The stability starts from the top and it will be interesting to see what they do to stabilize this team and get better.

Chicago Cubs-Seize the opportunity

The Chicago Cubs were a team that many expected to not be ready to achieve until the 2016 season. But they surprised everyone this past season and made it to the National League Championship Series. They lost the game, but they were ahead of schedule. And this offseason, they acquired a few pieces to help take them to the top. The thing that Cubs fans have been waiting on forever is a championship. And this year is their best chance to do it. The best thing for them to do is take advantage of this opportunity when it presents itself. If not, this chance could pass them by quickly.

Pete Rose and Major League Baseball-

Time and time again we hear about Pete Rose and whether or not he should be in the Hall Of Fame. Well, he was denied again and the argument ensued as to why he should or should not be in the Hall. Well, both sides need to come together and make this happen one way or the other. Rose has to come clean about everything and Major League Baseball has to value an all-time great before he passes away. At some point, Major League Baseball has to let him in. And while Major League Baseball is trying to take the moral ground, they may want to take a look at how they conveniently looked the other way during the Steriod era. I bet that would change some viewpoints there on all those taking that moral compass out involving Major League Baseball.

 

2015 has come to an end and 2016 is now upon us. And all of us have great dreams of making things happen in this new year. And some of us even made resolutions. Hopefully for these teams, players and people, they make some changes within themselves to make this year a great one for themselves.

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Pete Rose’s MLB Banishment Lives On

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Pete Rose was one of the best baseball players of all-time. Charlie Hustle, which was his nickname, was a guy that left it all on the field. And because of that, you could never question his desire to win and play the game the right way between the lines. Rose was a 17-time All-Star, won three World Series rings, was Rookie of the Year in 1963, won two Gold Gloves, three batting titles and is still is the all-time leader in hits. He was a great player. And most great players end up in one place: the Baseball Hall Of Fame. But in 1989, three years after Rose retired, he agreed to permanent eligibility over accusations that he bet on the game while as he was a player and a coach for the Cincinnati Reds. He was even accused of betting on his own team. Rose denied his betting on baseball for a long time but in 2004, he finally admitted he bet on the game. But he never admitted he bet on his own team. Over the years, there have been cries from fans of the game that he belongs in the Hall Of Fame. And with his numbers, that cannot be denied. But unfortunately, the game will never forgive him. It was announced this year that Rose would try again to get reinstated to get in the Hall of Fame. He met with the current commissioner, Rob Manfred, and to the dismay of Rose and his fans, he was turned down. Of course Rose’s fans are not happy over his denial. And as time goes by, the hopes of him ever being inducted in the Hall of Fame while he is alive diminish.

The plight of Rose is one that he put upon himself. No one forced him to lie to Major League Baseball and bet on the game. But Rose did both and now he has to pay the price. He cannot be around baseball clubs any at all with the exception of ceremonies that the commissioner approves him to be in attendance. And it is a shame because he has extensive knowledge of the game because of the 20+ years he played the game. But there he sits in the booth watching games and speaking on them as an analyst. It’s sad that he cannot be on the field helping players, but there are others that did things to disrespect the game that are actually involved. One example of a man that has gotten along just fine after his incident was Mark McGuire. When he first played for the Oakland Athletics, he was a solid looking first baseman. But as time went on, he hulked up and began to crush the baseball. Over time, plenty suspected that he used steroids. And it got as far as him being brought in front of Congress to question him on his usage along with players like Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro. The only thing he did was tell them that he was not talking about the past. And indeed he did not admit anything during that entire time in front of Congress. He eventually did admit to steroid use in 2010, five years after meeting with Congress. And because he admitted it, he was accepted on the field again as a hitting instructor. He has been a hitting coach for the Cardinals and Dodgers and will be one for the Padres next season. He may not make the Hall of Fame, but he was not banished like Rose was. And in Rose’s instance, he did not harm the game as much as McGuire did in my opinion.

Rose did gamble on the game. But he was a great player. It would be a shame that we did not recognize the greatness in Pete Rose because of some missteps that happened back in the 1980’s. There comes a point in time where we all have to move forward. Many times we never take the time to truly value greatness when it is around us. Plenty of famous singers, actors, and even athletes are recognized more posthumously than they are alive. And what’s bad is we have to live through the memories of what they were before they left the Earth instead of enjoying them while they were here. There is no doubt that enough is enough already at this point. Rose lied and made a mistake and when you make a mistake, you cannot choose your punishment. But at this point, the punishment has been served. He has probably been living a nightmare in his mind about the things he was involved in. That in itself is a punishment.

The fate dealt to Rose has delayed him ever being eligible for the Hall Of Fame. And as he creeps closer and closer to 80 years old, the thought that he will never get the ultimate validation for his play while living is becoming reality. Meanwhile, no one really brings up McGuire’s past. All seems to be forgiven on his front. As for Rose, he is still sitting on the outside waiting to be let in.

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