They say confession is good for the soul. So here today, I am publically confessing that I am an addict. That’s right I am addicted to following every bit of news I can get on the Auburn Tigers. Now at first glance that wouldn’t seem to qualify me as an addict; not at least until one reads Webster’s definition of addiction: “to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively.”
My wife has told me that at times I am too obsessed with what goes on in Auburn sports. I have to say, it’s been hard to admit the truth. But she’s right; I need to spend less time wrapped up in everything that happens with the Tigers. Don’t get me wrong, Sherry is one of the most ardent Auburn fans I know; she just wants me to not allow so much of what happens on the Plains to affect my wellness.
On reflection, I guess I can see her point. When Auburn is struggling and having a poor season, I hang on every bit of news I can scrounge up about the Tigers. When Auburn is going through a coaching change, I hang on every bit of news I can scrounge up about the Tigers. And when no coaches are on the hot seat and all is well on The Plains … you guessed it, I still hang on every bit of news I can scrounge up about the Tigers. Every year I promise myself I will slow it down, I will ease off, I will not be so enslaved to Auburn Sports.
Since it is New Years (and Auburn is not in a bowl game) I thought what better time to make the resolution to stop being so obsessed – that I regularly skip meals and lose sleep to read or write about the Tigers.
After all, the New Year is a time to make a fresh start, a time of reflecting on changes needed. It’s a time to be resolute, to determine to make those changes for the coming year.
While there are several things I need to resolve to change in my life, I realize I need to pick one and concentrate on fixing it before I move onto other areas. Noted writer Frank Ra (author of the New Year’s resolution book “A Course in Happiness”): recently told CNN News, “”Resolutions are more successful when shared with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution.”
Therefore, I would like to share with my friends here at Track ‘Em Tigers, that I will be a changed man in 2013. I will get my obsession under control. I will not surrender myself to habitually follow every tidbit of information about who Gus Malzahn will hire to complete his coaching staff.
I will not stay up late to listen to Coach Flo’s Tigers continue their winning streak. I will not follow every move of the men’s team, looking to see if Coach Barbee can keep his seat from getting warmer. I will not follow what Juco players Malzahn is close to signing, I will not follow what 17-18 year old high school students are committing, decommitting, or taking visits to other schools.
Hey wait, National Letter of Intent (signing) day is just 36 days away. I can’t realistically make that resolution – not now. I mean there is not much point in making a New Year’s Resolution till after we see how Auburn does on national signing day. Besides, every Auburn fan knows it’s important to see where Malzahn’s first recruiting class will rank nationally.
I’ll wait till Feb. 6th. No wait, we need to see if the Basketball teams make it into the post season and oh yeah we have to see how Malzahn’s first spring game goes too. And don’t forget, the Baseball and Softball Teams have challenging seasons ahead of them. And a big question looms out there for Coach Pawlowski. If he doesn’t get his Tigers into the NCAA this year, will he be back to coach in 2014?
Then there’s the swim team, equestrian, soccer, and volleyball. And that’s not to even mention summer workouts with the annual question of who will be chosen as Auburn’s starting quarterback. And I can’t swear off my obsession at the end of summer camp because the 2014 football season will begin. So I’ll guess I will have to wait till after the football season to start work on my resolution.
No, I can’t do that then either. I have to see if the Tigers get into a bowl game and then see if they win, and then see if they are ranked in the top 25 in the final poll. And then I can make that resolution. That’s it. That’s when I’ll make the change … next year. There will be plenty of time to think about that then.
Right now, the football team is not settled and we are in the middle of basketball season. I’ve got to stay focused - Can’t let up now.
War Eagle …. Go Big Blue!
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