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Examiner
  • Tim Crone: Year brought lots of highs, lows

  • As 2012 has unfolded, it was stock full of historical events which included a heated presidential election as well as a multitude of tragedies. As it comes to an end we will all reevaluate our priorities. The world of sports should provide a positive outlet for a timeout from the realities of life.

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  • As 2012 has unfolded, it was stock full of historical events which included a heated presidential election as well as a multitude of tragedies. As it comes to an end we will all reevaluate our priorities. The world of sports should provide a positive outlet for a timeout from the realities of life.
    Local high school athletic teams were a source of pleasure throughout the year. Football, wrestling, softball, cross country, etc. provided local fans with state championships and final four appearances. Kansas City football, wrestling and softball has become a power base for the state.
    Local college teams also proved to be very exciting. The KU men’s basketball team remains one of the top five programs in the country. The Kansas State football team made a legitimate run at participating in the national championship game.
    The Wildcats also had a viable Heisman Trophy candidate. The Missouri Tigers entered their first season in the Southeast Conference. Division II football teams Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri State were able to shine once again as national powers.
    Unfortunately, Kansas City pro teams have continued to struggle. The Royals showed signs of potential with many young players. The 2012 season at least presented interesting games with hard play and improvement in the wins column. The MLB All-Star game was a highlight for the area. As a baseball fan, the entire stretch of events over a four-day period provided a major source of pleasure.
    The Chiefs played out as the worst season in franchise history. Words can’t even describe how so many things could go so wrong throughout the entire season. Let’s all hope that 2013 will bring a fresh start and a complete makeover to begin the process of rebuilding the tattered franchise. Kansas City fans deserve better.
    Although both professional teams have been a source of frustration I still believe in the importance of the two teams to the area. As in all past years, I still remain optimistic that next year will be “our year.” I still have difficulty giving up on the home team!
    Yes, 2012 had it’s share of ups and downs. However, 2013 offers a new set of challenges and high hopes of better results. True sports fans understand the old saying “Wait until next year.”
    As 2013 begins, it is particularly exciting for me. We are headed to Miami for the Orange Bowl game and BCS National Championship. I can’t imagine more excitement than watching Notre Dame (with eight national championship victories) against Alabama (with nine national championship victories)! These two teams define college football.
    n I believe the Missouri Tigers basketball team has a real shot to be an SEC power.
    n The three news items I am so tired of hearing on ESPN: the Lakers, the Jets and Tim Tebow. There really are other newsworthy athletic stories.
    Page 2 of 2 - n Happy New Years to all.
    n My quote this week is from American author, Charles Gow, “Most successes have been built on failures, not on one failure alone but on several. A majority of the great historic accomplishments of the past have been the final result of persistent struggle against discouragement and failure. A man is never beaten until he thinks he is."
    Tim Crone is a former activities director for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 5-6 p.m. every Friday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at t.crone@comcast.net
     
     
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