Remember when I did this last year? Well, it didn’t go so well. For a number of reasons we won’t get into but bottom line is: I’m giving it another go. Here is my sports bucket list for 2014. And while we’re at it… want to tell me what’s on yours?
1. Watch the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics
I’m not THAT into the Winter Olympics. Maybe because I am a tropical person and even the thought of snow makes me emotionally unstable but I’ve just always preferred the summer Olympics. So since I probably won’t be watching too many events, I have dedicated myself to watching the Opening Ceremony.
2. Live tweet more often
I think that live tweeting is so much fun – I love when people live tweet events but I hate when people give the play-by-play. I don’t need to know the score every 25 seconds (it doesn’t change all that much) but I do need to know that there is a melee on the field and that someone’s ear is bleeding. THAT’S the kind of live tweeting I’ll be doing. Hurry and follow me on Twitter if you don’t want to miss it. Don’t worry – once a month, MAX.
3. See three new AFL teams play
It’s one of my goals to see all 18 AFL teams play. So far I’ve seen 10. I’m not crazy enough (or, frankly, rich enough) to try and knock it out in one season so I think that adding 3 more this year is a good goal. Ideally, I’d see five but we’ll see how we go.
4. Go to an NRL game
I’ve never been and I’m really interested. State of Origin, perhaps?
5. Read one sports economics article per month – AT LEAST
I was doing this for a while (actually, I was doing better – I was reading one per week). Not only is it a great way for me to learn more about the industry (which is NEVER a bad thing) but it is also shocking how much information is out there that no one really knows about. I’m going to know it. Or at least… start to know it.
6. Read five new non-fiction sports books
Again, learning about the industry. Not only that, but the people in it. Last year I read ‘When The Game Was Ours’ by Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and I loved it. While these books might not help me be a better AFL CEO one day, they’ll make me a better overall sports person. Plus, it’s just fun times. (On the shelf at the moment: ‘Red and Me’ by Bill Russell.
7. Learn to golf
(This is actually one of my biggest resolution this year) I don’t really understand golf. I hate watching it on TV. But when I don’t like something or understand something, I have a unique approach. Most people sit around and complain… I do it. That way, if I still don’t like it, I can make educated statements about it. And that is the plan with golf. Get a few lessons, learn to drive, then hit the ball out of sand (I don’t know what that’s called, but someone told me that was the process of things – Hi Gary!), then putt. By the end of the year I want to play 18 holes. Anyone want to join me? Or have any tips?
8. Find a local team to volunteer with
What good is all this knowledge and drive if I don’t apply it?
And while I’ve got you here, let’s just have a quick chat. As the New Year begins and I have had some time to think and reflect about the blog, I did something pretty crazy. I made an editorial calendar (GASP). I know that this is something normally only massive blogs do, but I went ahead with it. So just so you know, I will posting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays… not all three days EVERY week but those will be the days that new posts go up.
And, because I am slightly crazy, I have themed them. Mondays are Marketing (Marketing Mondays – I love a good alliteration), Wednesdays are for sports economics and Fridays are for current events. Now I don’t promise that this will never change but for now I can see this working. Thoughts?