HILLARY SMITH: Make '13 a lucky number

2013-01-06T21:30:00Z HILLARY SMITH: Make '13 a lucky numberHillary Smith Times Columnist nwitimes.com
January 06, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

The Roman, modern calendar opened its new year last week, bringing with it all kinds of resolutions. 

This isn't one of those columns, placing expectations on the will of the turn of the clock.

Instead, it's a look at what could come, if 2013 is a "lucky" number or an entire 365 days of misfortune.

In the Chinese calendar, 2013 is the year of the snake. Except the Chinese new year doesn't start until Feb. 4 with the celebration on Feb. 10, so it's possible we're still a month away from staring a prosperous year that includes a pair of snake eyes.

In the meantime, here are a few lucky guesses for 2013.

One more for good measure: The region is on a winning streak of sorts in March and June.

The area has sent a boys basketball to the state finals in each of the last three seasons. If the year is fortuitous, could a fourth be far behind?

How about a fifth-consecutive year for a baseball team at Victory Field? Maybe this year, we'll see a dynamic duo of teams reach past the semistate? 

Or an eighth consecutive season for a girls softball team in the state championship?

Welcome back, NHL. Now shape up or ship out: With the end to the lockout in sight, the NHL has more mending to do thanks to a second stoppage of a season in less than 10 years.

While the owners and players were bickering over who would come up with the bigger chunk of revenue, they seemed to forget that they were part of the smallest fan base of the four major sports.

That means the chunk of revenue will be significantly smaller unless the NHL owners and players can do a bigger slice of public relations work.

Don't dare increase ticket sales in 2013 with the excuse that the players wanted big contracts. Woo fans with promotions and price breaks and good hockey.

Even more, guarantee this won't happen again in another 10 years.

Return the 's' to its rightful place at the end: Not that every word uttered in the English language should be grammatically correct, but it would be nice for a check before a slogan is slapped on a t-shirt.

Blame goes almost entirely to the media in this one, and mostly to announcers that continue to perpetrate the mistake of dropping the possessive on something that belongs to a team.

Lovie Smith should never be called "a former Bear coach," but he will always be "ex-Bears coach" because he was in charge of more than one Bear.

So to Panthers Nation, the Bulldogs faithful and the best Hornets in the land, a happy new year to all, and a lucky '13.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach her at hillary.smith@nwi.com.

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