September 18th, 2014

Pogue’s Ponderings: Try on these New Year’s resolutions for size

by Greg Pogue

The new year is just around the corner. In as much, we offer these folks some New Year’s resolutions for 2013.

   @ MTSU football coach Rick Stockstill -- He resolves to win enough games to get a bowl invitation. Oh, he did that this year, now didn’t he?

   @ National Hockey League – Just resolve to play, OK? OK!

   @ Titans coach Mike Munchak – He resolves to hire a seasoned offensive coordinator who can mold quarterback Jake Locker into a consistent performer.

   @ Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin – He resolves to continue building the Commodores into an SEC East contender, crazy as it might sound. If the Commodores beat North Carolina State on Monday in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, then it would be the first nine-win season for the Commodores since 1915.

   @ MTSU men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis – He resolves to win enough games to at least get a NCAA Tournament at-large invitation. Oh, he did that last season, now didn’t he?

   @ Tennessee football coach Butch Jones – He resolves to recruit better than his predecessor, Derek Dooley, and eventually return the Volunteers to some resemblance of respectability.

   @ Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson – The quarterbacks resolve to be named Rookie of the Year for their efforts this season for the Redskins, Colts and Seahawks, respectively. It is going to be difficult to choose between the three, but Wilson is closing fast and could be the upset winner. He gets my vote.

   @ MTSU athletic director Chris Massaro – He resolves to get MTSU out of the Sun Belt Conference and into Conference USA this coming school year.

   @ District 7-AAA football teams – They resolve to remain the best district in the state and bring home the championship trophy where it belongs.

   @ Alabama football team – The Crimson Tide resolve to win the seventh straight national championship for the Southeastern Conference.

   @ Lance Armstrong – The defrocked cycling champion resolves to come clean about competing while dirty all these years.

   @ Quarterback Tim Tebow – He resolves to find a team that will let him start from the get-go so we can see once and for all if he can play the position on a regular basis. Can you say Jacksonville?

   @ Titans owner Bud Adams – He resolves to stay to the end of Titans games he attends and watch until the end on television the ones he doesn’t. He departed the Bears’ game early and admitted turning off the TV during the second half of last Sunday’s blowout loss at Green Bay. He deserves to watch every minute his team plays, especially if they are to remain as bad as they were this season.

   @ Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky – He resolves to rot in jail where he belongs. Ditto this resolution for many years to come.

   @ Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning – He resolves to win another Super Bowl so he can bolster the argument that he is the best quarterback of all time. Hard to argue with the multiple title rings worn by Tom Brady, John Elway and Joe Montana.

   @ Titans running back Chris Johnson – He resolves to get the tough yardage and not just knock out the home runs.   

   @ MTSU baseball coach Jim Peterson – He resolves to conjure mojo from his predecessor, Steve Peterson, and that of the former coach’s groundhog Raider II during his rookie season.

   @ NFL commissioner Roger Goodell – He resolves to go about his job with a dose of humility that comes from the come-uppance he received following his mishandling of the New Orleans Saints bounty case.

   @ Titans quarterback Jake Locker – He resolves to improve his passing accuracy and mature into the leader his team needs.
   @ Baseball commissioner Bud Selig – He resolves to do away with the silly rule that has the league that wins the All-Star Game having homefield advantage in the World Series. It’s an exhibition game, Bud!

   @ Vanderbilt women’s basketball coach Melanie Balcomb – She resolves to schedule MTSU in a home-and-home series so the two premier programs in the Midstate can put on an annual showcase game for the sport.  


Greg Pogue is host of The Wendy’s First Quarter on 102.5 The Game ESPN Radio Nashville. E-mail him at



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