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Heinz-sight: Happy New Year!

By From page A8 | January 01, 2014

Jerry Heinzer

The new year is a time to evaluate the old and set goals going forward.

Lose weight, excercise, eat healthy, tackle that outside project. tackle that inside project, tackle the tackle box, fix the car, upgrade wardrobe, de-clutter, travel more, … the list goes on and on.

While most of us address the to-do list once every 12 months, our athletes do multiple times during the year … with accountability.

Their goals fall under two categories: team and individual — two main topics we’ll feature in our year-end, best of 2013 lists beginning today.

It really is about the team. When each part performs in unison toward a common purpose it’s an effective force.

Many sports do spotlight the individual athlete, particularly in the postseason. Survival and performance rests clearly on one’s shoulders, not within the team concept.

There’s one nagging question I’ll carry into next year.

It’s a big ‘what if?’

Had the Golden Sierra football team, in its final drive against Le Grand in the Section V title game, scored … would the Grizzlies have gone for two and the win or kicked the point after for the tie?

Isn’t it play for the win on the road, tie at home? What if you’re on a neutral field as the Griz were?

I won’t lose sleep over this — especially tonight because I stayed up late last night.

At some point I’d like to know.

Hope everyone’s resolutions and wishes come true.

One of mine is that it snows and we have a prep alpine season …

… so I have a job.

Don’t forget to support our local athletes.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!!!

Jerry Heinzer

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