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New year looks exciting on so many levels
Written by Bob Hyle   
Friday, December 28, 2012 6:49 PM

As I prepare to file away my 2012 calendar for good (maybe) and break out 2013’s calendar filled with the latest photos of my grandchild, I wonder what events will unfold that will reshape my life and the lives of my family when the New Year comes a calling.

Because I’m writing this before Christmas, I haven’t officially received the new calendar that my daughter is charged with providing me each year.

I assume she understands the importance of this responsibility. If not, she certainly will hear about it later, quite likely in a public forum such as this.

If I don’t get a new calendar, I can always resort to what my late mother did in the years following the time I gave her a family-photo calendar.

She was so taken with it that she never took it down. If this was her way of hinting to me that I should get her a new one each year, it failed miserably.

I could keep my 2012 calendar nearby in hopes that it would be correct some other year, but according to the handy-dandy Internet the 2012 cycle won’t repeat itself for another 28 years, at which time I’ll either be buried or sitting in a nursing home wondering why my children never visit. (Hint to self: It may have something to do with these columns you keep writing.)

The New Year should be exciting because, to borrow a term from football, I’ll be “bowl eligible” in February when I reach age 62.

Hitting that mark won’t mean retirement for me; far from it, actually.

I’ll be plying my trade until they pull my cold, dead index fingers from this keyboard.
Seeing as how I didn’t begin planning for retirement until 18 months ago, I’m figuring that I better work at least another five years to a) receive the maximum benefit on my Social Security payments and b) be five years closer to my death. I didn’t say my retirement plan was a good plan; I just said it’s a plan.

I’m expecting more great things to happen in 2013. That’s just the way I am.

In March, I expect my Xavier Musketeers to return to the NCAA tournament .

After last Wednesday night’s thrashing at the hands of the hated Cincinnati Bearcats, I’m still quite confident they will continue to impress everyone but UC fans.

With the news last week that the Catholic 7 basketball schools from the Big East conference are breaking away from the Big East to form a new league, I have to admit my heart skipped a beat or two. I’ve been longing for this day for a quite some time.

The thought of Xavier mixing with other Catholic powers such as Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova, and St. John in a new league - as opposed to George Washington, LaSalle, and Fordham - has reignited my passion for college basketball.

If I hadn’t watched Hoosiers just two months ago, I’d watch it again. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll watch it again and put it on my new calendar for late October. Sounds like a plan.

Bob Hyle covers sports and writes a weekly column for The Harrison Press. He lives in Bright.