Question of the week: What's your New Year's resolution?
Nobody anywhere has any idea why we celebrate the arrival of a new calendar year by resolving to change our behavior and/or accomplish new goals. All we know is if you don't make at least one New Year's Resolution, whether or not you actually follow through, your taxes get severely audited. So as a public service to keep you from being exiled to Tax Dodger Island (a place you do NOT want to visit; sure, the beaches are nice but everyone is required to wear bright orange Speedos), we here at Raw Charge are offering a forum for you to present YOUR resolutions. NOTE: U.S. tax law states that it is entirely 100% admissable to make resolutions pertaining to the sport of hockey in general or specific hockey teams if you prefer.
Below the jump you'll see what the staff of Raw Charge is halfheartedly pledging to do in 2012 before failing to act in January, feeling guilty about it in February and losing complete interest in the whole concept around the middle of March. Let us know what YOUR plans are in the comments. Me? I resolve to be as good at what I do as Steven Stamkos, as hardworking as Martin St. Louis and as tanned as Bobby "The Chief" Taylor.
Dani Toth - Staff Writer / Benched Whale, Lightning Hockey Blog
My new years resolution is to finally find a way to get down to California to make the SJ-ANA-LA game roadtrip. I will go by myself if I have to.
Cassie McClellan - Managing Editor / Raw Charge
I don't believe in New Year's resolutions since I believe that there's no time like the present to make a resolution - why wait for the New Year? But my hockey hopes are that the Lightning pull themselves together in time to make the playoffs again. Also, going to more Norfolk Admirals games - I haven't been since October - but since it's a 3-hour drive one-way for me, probably not many more than once a month, still. And, of course, heading down to Carolina in March to watch the Lightning play. As well as maybe sitting in the press box for the last regular season game that the Lightning play in the Verizon Center in DC this year. Oh, and possibly hit the NHL entry draft in Pittsburgh in June, if I can.
Clare Austin - Staff Writer
I find New Year's resolutions just the littlest bit odd. Making a promise to yourself that you're going to improve your life? Great! Everyone probably ought to. Waiting until January 1 to get started? Odd. Setting a full year as your deadline. Really odd. That's either way too long or way too short.But that doesn't mean I don't have things that I want to try to accomplish in the near future.1. Relax and enjoy life more. In other words, stop worrying about the standings and the defense and stop trying to SEE everything. Start watching the games again and remember why I love the game. (This is an annual refrain from me.)2. Spend more time with friends and less with people who can't do #1 above.
Matt Amos - Staff Writer / Don't Trade Vinny
My resolution? To write more. I've really slacked off so far this season. I'll be back hard in 2012 though.
John Fontana - Managing Editor / Raw Charge
My resolution is to not wait until the very last minute to participate in the Raw Charge Question of the Week in 2012. (sent at the very last minute ).