As we come to the end of 2012 I look back on the year for my sports teams and am pretty happy with not only the year that was but also the bright future each team seems to have in front of them.
In college basketball I consider two teams to be my favorite. My first favorite is the University of Dayton Flyers. They had a new coach this season who come into a pretty empty roster. It’s going to take time for him to recruit his players and build the program but he did well in his first season posting a winning record and getting the team into the NIT tournament at the end of the season. Beginning this year he has 6 new players out of the 10 on the team but has so far posted a pretty respectable record. Second team I root for is Ohio State. They went to the final four last year before bowing out and have started well this year. Thad Matta has been a very successful coach everywhere he has went and no reason to think it will be any different at OSU.
April brought the start of the baseball season. This summer saw my favorite team, the Cincinnati Reds, run off a string of 97 wins and win their division. It was a disappointing way they ended the season. They lost 3 in a row to the eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants after being up 2 games to none and only needing 1 more win. Although disappointing in the way it finished, the team is young and talented. They have a very strong pitching staff and I think the additions they have made so far in the off-season is only going to make them a stronger team next season.
In college football I am an Ohio State fan. The team was not expected to do much this season in their first year under Urban Meyer after going 6-7 last season. All they did was finish a with a perfect 12-0 record for the season. With this being players Meyer inherited I can see nothing but brightness ahead when Meyer starts getting his own recruits out on the field.
And then in the NFL – I am a long suffering Cincinnati Bengals fan. They went to the playoffs last season and had not went to the playoffs in back to back seasons since 1982 so the odds they were going to have a good season this year was not great. About 8 weeks ago the Bengals were 3-5 and the odds did not look good. However after today’s game they are 9-6 and have clinched their second straight playoff appearance. The team is young and has some great talent on defense which is what builds strong teams. I believe the team may have what it takes to remain good for a while at the same time the Steelers and Ravens are getting old and are going to need to replace players.
I generally am a more optimistic person so this could all just be wishful thinking on my part but I choose to believe it is more than that but only time will tell!