Rand: Let's all try to do better in 2012

  • Updated: January 2, 2012 - 8:17 AM

Welcome, 2012

New Year's resolutions can be tricky. Some people swear by them, using the turning of the calendar as an opportunity to assess their shortcomings and improve themselves. Others eschew the notion --simply because they already like who they are or because they can't stand the idea of an arbitrary moment in time inspiring change.

As such, we would never pretend to recommend a resolution for anyone. Instead, dear fans, think of these as goals for the coming year. They are not all that hard. This does not involve eating right, exercising more or anything else that is a major lifestyle change. In fact, we would guess all of these goals could be accomplished in 2012 from the seat of your couch:

1 Try to tone it down just a bit when it comes to Ricky Rubio. Yes, he is the main reason it's fun to go to Target Center again. Yes, he has been a lot of what people had hoped he would be already. And yes, we were standing right there Friday when the Heat's Dwyane Wade said: "The kid has something. He has that Steve Nash capability. They have a gem in him, and he's going to be great for them."

Those are all wonderful things. But Rubio is still very young. He has still only played four games in the NBA. If it is possible to remain excited about the young Spaniard while also managing your expectations -- and that should be possible -- then that is a great 2012 goal.

2 Give yourself from now through the end of March to not think for a single minute about the Vikings' quarterback situation. Yes, we understand the two biggest questions facing the Vikings in 2011 -- Can Christian Ponder play and can Leslie Frazier coach? -- have incomplete answers now that the season is over.

But the Ponder/Webb/Quarterback X? dilemma will not be solved any time soon. There is no use worrying about it right now. Why expend all that energy when you could be fretting over the health of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau?

3 Speaking of which: 2011 was an awful season for the Twins in just about every possible way. Everybody knows this. If you are going to have any chance to enjoy 2012, however, it is time to wipe that taste away. No, that doesn't mean giving the Twins a free pass for everything that went wrong. It means not letting one horrible regular season ruin another one.

4 Try not to get infuriated every time you remember the first-round draft choice the Wolves traded 84 years ago as part of the Marko Jaric/Sam Cassell trade is finally coming due this year.

5 Whether most of your sports interaction comes in person, via texts with friends or on Twitter -- to name a few -- try two things: 1) Respect other opinions and 2) Think before you say something ridiculous.

Remember, these are not resolutions. Just goals for a happy 2012.


  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


New England 7 2nd Qtr 8:17
Seattle 0
Miami 83 FINAL
Boston 75
LA Lakers 80 FINAL
New York 92
Arizona 3 FINAL
Montreal 2
St. Louis 4 FINAL
Washington 3
Nashville 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 4 FINAL
Vancouver 2
Miami-Florida 54 FINAL
Florida State 55
Oakland 96 FINAL
Youngstown St 80
Cincinnati 46 FINAL
East Carolina 50
Michigan 66 FINAL
Michigan State 76
Marist 75 FINAL
Canisius 67
Fordham 77 FINAL
Dayton 101
Manhattan 87 FINAL
Monmouth 76
Quinnipiac 100 FINAL
Niagara 105
Utah 67 FINAL
USC 39
Connecticut 68 FINAL
Houston 70
California 90 FINAL
Washington 88
North Dakota St 64 FINAL
Western Ill 62
Penn State 65 FINAL
(22) Rutgers 76
(14) Texas 59 FINAL
TCU 64
Coll of Charleston 49 FINAL
Towson 71
Cornell 53 FINAL
Yale 60
Xavier 68 FINAL
Providence 57
Drexel 61 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 44
Stony Brook 60 FINAL
New Hampshire 52
Maine 52 FINAL
Albany 44
Miami-Florida 66 FINAL
Pittsburgh 81
(21) Georgia 72 FINAL
(10) Kentucky 80
Arizona 69 FINAL
Colorado 81
Wake Forest 63 FINAL
(4) Notre Dame 92
Loyola-Chicago 56 FINAL
Illinois State 72
(24) Oklahoma 69 FINAL
West Virginia 78
St Johns 73 FINAL
Seton Hall 78
Delaware 73 FINAL
Hofstra 62
Binghamton 49 FINAL
UMass Lowell 66
Vermont 49 FINAL
Hartford 60
William & Mary 72 FINAL
Northeastern 66
Boston College 60 FINAL
(16) North Carolina 72
Virginia 77 FINAL
Clemson 72
(2) Connecticut 83 FINAL
Temple 49
Arkansas 53 FINAL
Alabama 42
Virginia Tech 71 FINAL
Georgia Tech 79
Kansas 58 FINAL
(3) Baylor 66
Canisius 51 FINAL
Rider 52
Monmouth 52 FINAL
Fairfield 54
Quinnipiac 81 FINAL
Saint Peters 50
Butler 55 FINAL
Creighton 62
Wichita State 61 FINAL
Drake 64
Evansville 52 FINAL
Indiana State 67
(18) Miss State 67 FINAL
(6) Tennessee 79
Villanova 47 FINAL
DePaul 49
Georgetown 73 FINAL
Marquette 80
North Texas 55 FINAL
Rice 58
Auburn 45 FINAL
(12) Texas A&M 78
(11) Arizona State 58 FINAL
Utah 48
Missouri State 56 FINAL
Northern Iowa 64
Michigan 60 FINAL
(15) Nebraska 75
Minnesota 49 FINAL
Northwestern 70
Wisconsin 73 FINAL
Illinois 62
Bradley 59 FINAL
Southern Ill 76
Florida 67 FINAL
Vanderbilt 58
(20) Iowa 88 FINAL
(5) Maryland 93
(1) South Carolina 77 FINAL
Ole Miss 59


question of the day

Poll: Who wins the Super Bowl?

Weekly Question





Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters