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A 2018 Wish List

29 December 2017 Views From The Booth Sports

Greetings and Happy New Year from the Booth!

As we don the party hats and noisemakers and get ready to ring in 2018, we look back on a 2017 filled with ups and downs in the world of sports.  In my world of being a DC sports fan, there were the usual seasons of under-achieving by the Nats, Caps, and ‘Skins.  My WVU Mounties had a good run in basketball, but once again, the football team fell short of expectations, and failed to show up for their bowl game. The SU Hornets had a notable year, with Kevin Anderson’s baseball juggernaut falling just short of a trip to Appleton, and the football team playing in what was a de facto ODAC title game.  Not to mention the building of the shiny new Wilkins Athletic and Events Center, and the hiring of Adam Walsh as the new men’s basketball coach (which has resulted in a 6-3 start for men’s hoops).

As I’ve mentioned before, we are required here to come up with an annual “wish list” of things we’d like to have in the new year. So, I’ve decided to do the same in this final “Views” of 2017. Here goes:

For the Washington Capitals, a trip to the Conference Finals. I could wish big and ask for a Stanley Cup, but you have to get to a Conference Final before you can take home Lord Stanley’s hardware.  The Caps have flown a bit under the radar this season after a slow start and an offseason of re-tooling, and maybe the answer for the Caps is NOT to be the overwhelming Stanley Cup favorite. We’ll see…

For the Nationals, a starting lineup that remains intact for most of the season.  The Nats lost key players at various points of the season, and despite that, won the NL East.  2018 could be the last season for Bryce Harper in a DC uniform, but the future looks bright with youngsters like Trey Turner and Victor Robles, and aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Here’s to getting beyond the first round of the playoffs in 2018…

For Washington Redskins fans, a dose of reality. Every season we expect a Super Bowl title. The fact is, the last Super Bowl appearance for the Burgundy & Gold was 1991. Under Dan Snyder the team has been a dysfunctional dumpster fire, with brief glimpses of hope, followed by a return to mediocrity.  It’s an organization that can’t get out of it’s own way, as evidenced by their handling of Kirk Cousins, a quarterback who has proven his worth to everyone but the ‘Skins.  The Redskins, at best, are an 8-8 team, and we should expect no more under the current regime…

Other “Wish List” items:

Some banners for the new Wilkins Center at Shenandoah University…

Some November wins for the Hornet Football team…

For the SU Baseball team, a field of their very own. ‘Nuff said.

And for WVU football, a defense that actually works. Can we please ,once and for all, ditch the 3-3-5?

That is my 2018 sports Wish List. I have mine, and I’m sure you have yours. Here’s to a great sports year for your teams! Enjoy the Bowl games and black eyed peas (for good luck) this weekend, and I look forward to a great year in “The Booth!”

Happy New Year everyone, and GO HORNETS!