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Things to do in 2004

By Jeffery Armstrong

Happy new year, readers! Yours truly is back after a sedate holiday season where all I did was watch NFL and college football and eat well. Oh, and I also went on a date with a very attractive woman for the first time in what seemed like ages, so that in itself made my holiday fun-filled.

This is the time of the year when people make all sorts of New Year's resolutions n some want to lose weight and some may want to give up smoking and other bad habits. I am no different n I have my own resolutions for the year 2004.

n I plan to be even more disgusted with major league baseball and the NBA and whatever else happens in sports from April through August. The only thing I will keep up with as far as the NBA is concerned is whether those jive Los Angeles Lakers can keep losing games and hopefully they won't win another championship. As far as major league baseball is concerned, we all know what's going to happen: the Braves will lose in October and the Milwaukee Brewers and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will lose 90 games. As for how I feel about the other baseball teams, let me give out a great big yawn.

n I will try not to become as depressed after the NFL season and college basketball is over in April. Instead of moping around because there's no college basketball and professional football on TV, I'll try to watch more sports movies this summer. My colleague Anthony Rhoads mentioned some good ones like Rocky, Field of Dreams and Remember the Titans. I have Rocky and Remember the Titans on tape, so I'll make it my business to watch those two movies this summer. Believe it or not, I haven't even watched Remember the Titans since I taped it. Anthony excluded from his list another sports movie I'll be watching over and over n the Bad News Bears. It is definitely my favorite sports movie and ranks right up there in my personal top 10 movies of all time. Be honest n every time you hear the music from Carmen, you can't help but think of the Bad News Bears.

n I will try to play more basketball this year. I love to play pickup basketball games and I haven't done that consistently ever since I moved to Georgia in 1998. When I lived in Houston, I played basketball at lunchtime at the YMCA that was down the street from my job. I would play twice a week, sometimes three times. I had a lot of fun and stayed in shape as well.

n I will try to join a gym, like L.A. Fitness, this year. I need to get back to going to a gym in 2004.

You readers would be proud of me n I have dumbbells and an exercise bike at home so I use those to stay in shape instead of making excuses for not exercising.

Still, I need to get back to a gym so I can work out on more equipment. I'm not trying to be the L.L. Cool J of journalism, but as a single guy, it helps with the ladies to be in the best shape possible.

As it stands right now, for a 36-year-old journalist, I'm not that bad. Plus, I've noticed that some real attractive women are members of L.A. Fitness. Yes, there's a method to my madness.

Jeffery Armstrong is a sports writer for the Daily and his column appears on Thursdays. He can be reached at jarmstrong@news-daily.com.