11 New Year's resolutions in the sports world for 2011

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11 New Year's resolutions in the sports world for 2011

By Mary Paoletti and Adam Hart
CSNNE.com

Here are the sports world resolutions that were told to Wicked Good Sports on this New Year's Eve day. Enjoy the holiday, everyone!

BRETT FAVRE
I'm really retiring this year guys. For real. Honest. But that's not my resolution. My resolution is I'll be purchasing the local NBC affiliate near Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The call letters will now be WDBDT (What Did Brett Do Today?). Charmed the FCC into letting me have five letters. Does that impress you Miss Reporter Lady? . . . No?

Anyway, the local six p.m. newscast'll be thirty minutes of the most-interesting TV in the country:

Brett Favre has set the record for most uninterrupted time on a ride-on mower, spending eight hours on Bessy today -- WDBDT caught up with him . . .Brett Favre has declared today State Quarterback Day; Mississippi residents are asked to honor the quarterback in their lives by preparing a bounty of text messages . . .Brett Favre threw passes at Oak Grove High School today, but he seemed wishy-washy on if this means he'll be returning to the NFL for yet another amazing season . . .

It's a rule every sentence must start with "Brett Favre." Knew that'd put a smile on your face.

UCONN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
Geno Auriemma, here, speaking on behalf of the most dominant women's college program of all time. Our team resolution is to never lose again. Ever. Stanford did end our record 90-game win streak on Thursday night, but like I said, I'm not destroyed about it. Why? Because winning that many games in a row is ridiculous. It was getting so crazy that I decided to let the Cardinals win the game. I was actually getting bored with winning all the time.

None of you probably noticed but during games I was usually reciting the Italian alphabet in my head or trying to think of new ways to make my chicken parm more exciting and flavorful. Letting Stanford end the greatest win streak in not-men's sports was the kick in the ass I needed to wake up and get back to coaching, know what I mean? I'm going to make the girls clean every toilet on campus on New Years Eve and then we're going to start working on being boringly awesome again. Salud!
BUD SELIG
Since my contract runs out after 2012, I need to lay the groundwork for tricking MLB owners into giving me another extension. I will be the first MLB Commissioner to commission from beyond the grave -- it's inevitable . . . Eeeexxccellent.

TOM BRADY
A 13-2 team. Setting records on a weekly basis. Supermodel wife. I've got to take a step back, and that's what I'm looking to do in 2011. Maybe tone it down to 50 charitable events, no new genetically perfect children and put a hard cap on how many dogs in New England can be named Brady; let's sprinkle some Bennys, Deions and Logans in there. Oh, and I swear I'm only saving 15 cats from trees this year. I don't like it anymore than you, but one man can only do so much.

RANDY MOSS
In 2011 I'll shed these loser teams and rejoin the Patriots. Don't get it twisted, this ain't me crawling back like a dog. Sure, I miss 'em -- especially Woody. But they'll be begging me to come back; you know Deion Branch can't hold the Earf on his shoulders.

TIGER WOODS
Good afternoon. And thank you for joining me as I make my New Year's resolution public. Many of you reading this probably hate me. Many of you reading this don't actually know me. Many of you have booed me, or made fun of me, a few have begged, "Tell me how to get mad booty!", and now, every one of you has good reason to listen to me now and blog about it later. I want to say to each of you, simply, and directly, I am deeply loving being single and will never get married again.

I know people want to find out how I could be so amazing at picking up chicks. People want to know how I could have gotten tied down with Elin and been father to some children when I could be raiding the world of the hottest women out there. And while I have always tried to be a private person, there are some things I want to say. So Nike and I have put together an instructional video, called "The Art of Macking: How I Get it Done." It is my resolution to get even more dollars and even more ladies in 2011. And some golf stuff, I guess. Watch me now!

LEBRON JAMES
BronBron's resolution for 2011? To un-contract my full basketball potential. I feel that the The Decision contracted my attention on The Game of Basketball. I need to fix that. While me, Bosh and D-Wade have started de-contracting people's expectations for the Miami Heat already, we still have a ways to go. This is why I plan to work even harder in the new year at contracting distractions, embracing the non-contraction of our new team chemistry, and stop fighting the contractualization of my supporters. Haters only gon' make me better. Contraction.

MICHAEL VICK
I will not get violent retribution on a bowtie-less Tucker Carlson, who said on TV I should have been executed for dog fighting. I am totally reformed and in no way will chain Tucker Carlson to a fence without food and water. I certainly will not beat Tucker Carlson with a switch for losing a fight saying those things about me. I am reformed in 2010, and 2011 will be no different.

THE VUVUZELA
BZZZZZZZZZZ! Naw, I'm just kiddin'. Life has been interesting since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. I've certainly gotten a lot of attention since then but it's been something of a mixed bag. Is it good that a wave of vuvuzela awareness has spread across the world? Absolutely. Is the criticism sometimes a little hard on my plastic soul, though? Yes, it is. A couple bans cropped up.... (All sporting events at the Cardiff City, SWALEC and Millennium Stadiums, Wimbledon, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yankee Stadium, Fuji Rock Festival, Southeastern Conference of NCAA sports, UFC events, Gaelic Athletic Association events, 2010 Little League World Series, UEFA -- including all Champions League, Europa League and Euro 2012 events-- 2011 Rugby World Cup, Atlanta Thrashers home games, Kontinental Hockey League, 2010 FIBA World Championship and other hoops tourneys from then on, the entire NFL).

Yeah. That was a bit of a dark period for me. The Gaelic Athletic Association thing was particularly tough because my Ma's Scottish. But I'm resolving to keep positive. Here's to 2011 -- The Year of the Vuvuzela!

REX RYAN
Look, I've got nothing to apologize for. I like feet. Is that a crime? I defy you to say my wife's toes aren't the hottest toes you've ever seen in your life. I mean, look at the pedicure! . . . I'm getting all flustered. This better not ruin snack time.

That's how you do a revolution sic, right?

STEVEN STAMKOS
Resolution? Man, I don't know. Can I resolve to be any more awesome? I guess, but I'm pretty amazing as it is. Ho'! Don't you take that for cockiness. It's just stating facts. Here I am, an NHL phenom at 20 years old. My 31 goals and 56 points might sit behind Crosby's on the offensive leaders chart (32G, 65P), but he's barely ahead, and with three years of life on me!

Plus, I'm taller. Everybody knows that tall people are more successful in life and produce better babies. Oh, and Crosby shoots lefty. Lefties think they're special but that's just a lie parents tell them so they don't realize that they're actually weird social outcasts. So maybe I'll resolve to be nicer to Sid because he's gotta be hurting today. While his point streak ends and he has to part with that dirty filthstache of his, I'm doing stuff like this:

Glen Robinson wins NBA All-Sar Slam Dunk Contest

Glen Robinson wins NBA All-Sar Slam Dunk Contest

Glenn Robinson III is the NBA's new dunk king, with an assist to Indiana teammate Paul George, the Pacers' mascot and a Pacers cheerleader.

Robinson leaped over all three, snagging the ball from George along the way before finishing with an emphatic, two-hand, reverse jam, giving him a perfect score - and the title - on his final dunk.

"I know I'm a jumper. Like I said, I'm a guy that stays out of the way, but when it's time to shine, that's my thing," Robinson said. "I knew all along I had some things planned and I just wanted to show the world."

Robinson edged out Phoenix's Derrick Jones Jr., who was done in by his failure to complete his difficult first dunk of two in the final round.

Jones still managed a perfect score on his second dunk, when he received a bounce-pass in the paint, put it between his legs and threw down a left-handed jam. But Robinson made sure it wasn't enough.

In the 3-point contest, Houston's Eric Gordon dethroned Golden State splash brother Klay Thompson. Kristaps Porzingisof the New York Knicks won the Skills Challenge.

Both dunk finalists delighted the crowd with soaring slams over teammates and others that showcased the explosive spring in their vertical leaps.

"I thought I would go up against Derrick in the finals," Robinson said. "I've seen the things that he can do. That guy can jump."

Robinson's first dunk was one of his best. He leap-frogged one man sitting on another's shoulders, grabbed the ball from the elevated man's hands and slammed it home. He said 2000 dunk champ Vince Carter was one of his primary influences, along with Michael Jordan, of course.

"Vince Carter did one of his best dunks first, and it kind of intimidated people. That's what I wanted to go out and do," Robinson said. "Who knows if it worked, but they missed some of their dunks and it gave me a little more room."

Afterward, he couldn't take his hands off of the trophy - a gold basketball - and made it sound as if that would remain the case through the weekend.

"I know I'm not letting go of her right there," he said. "She's following me everywhere I go. It's Mardi Gras. We're going to have a good time."

Jones jumped over four teammates including Devin Booker and Marquese Chriss in the first round. He also drew roars from the crowd when he took a pass off the side of the backboard from Booker with his right hand, put the ball between his legs to his left for a round-house jam.

The dunk that cost him was a bold one. He tried to leap a friend and the Suns' gorilla mascot, grab the ball on the way over, put it between his legs and then finish with a windmill. But he couldn't get the dunk to go down in his allotted three attempts.

DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Aaron Gordon of Orlando were unable to emerge from the first round. Jordan dunked over DJ turn tables and Gordon dunked after receiving a bounce pass from a drone that had flown over the court with the "Star Wars" theme music playing.

Eric Gordon got his win in New Orleans, where he played the previous five seasons before leaving last summer in free agency.

Gordon's score of 21 in a final-round tiebreaker defeated Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, the 2013 winner, who had 18. The pair had each finished with a score of 20 in the final round, meaning they each had to shoot 25 more balls to decide it.

"I wasn't really concentrating on how many I made," Gordon said. "It's all about just knocking down the shot. I never counted in my head or anything. I just go out there and just shoot the ball."

Thompson was stunningly eliminated in the first round, missing a final shot from the corner that could have put him through ahead of Kemba Walker.

Big men reigned supreme for a second straight year in the skills competition, with the 7-foot-3 Porzingis beating Utah's Gordon Hayward in the final round.

Those vanquished in earlier rounds included guards John Wall of Washington and Isaiah Thomas of Boston, both because they couldn't make their initial 3-pointers required to close out the course before Hayward did, even though Hayward had trailed each of them dribbling down the court by a considerable margin before hitting his clinching shots.

Porzingis emerged from the big-men's division that included the Pelicans' Anthony Davis and Denver's Nikola Jokic.

"It's a good feeling that I'm able to showcase my skill with my size and show to the kids that you're capable of doing that even if you're tall and lanky like me," Porzingis said.

Porzingis and Hayward were neck-and-neck until the end of the course, but Porzingis hit his 3 first to end it.

The three-round, head-to-head obstacle-course competition tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills.

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AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report

Webber, Massimino among the Hall of Fame finalists

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Webber, Massimino among the Hall of Fame finalists

NEW ORLEANS - Chris Webber and Rollie Massimino are one step from the Hall of Fame.

The career 20-point-per-game NBA scorer and the coach who led Villanova to a stunning upset of Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA championship game were among the 14 finalists unveiled Saturday for this year's Basketball Hall of Fame induction class.

Webber played 15 seasons with five franchises, plus was part of Michigan's famed "Fab Five" group that headlined college basketball in the early 1990s.

"I don't know what I'm most proud of," said Webber, who averaged 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds in his career and was a five-time NBA All-Star. "I'm proud to be in the room with all these great individuals."

Other first-time Hall of Fame finalists include longtime NBA referee Hugh Evans, Connecticut women's star Rebecca Lobo, two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, five-time All-Star Sidney Moncrief, Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey, Kansas coach Bill Self, and two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich.

"I still can't believe I'm here," McGrady said. "This is not even a dream come true."

Previous finalists returning to the ballot include star point guard and Olympic gold medalist Tim Hardaway, winningest all-time boys high school coach Robert Hughes, Notre Dame women's coach Muffet McGraw, former Wisconsin coach and four-time Division III national champion Bo Ryan and 10-time AAU women's national champion team Wayland Baptist University.

"We are grateful to the 14 finalists in the Class of 2017 for the impact they have had on the game we cherish," Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman Jerry Colangelo said. "To be named a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame is an incredible accomplishment."

Inductees will be announced at the Final Four on April 3. Enshrinement ceremonies in Springfield, Massachusetts are scheduled for Sept. 7-9.

Massimino, now an 82-year-old cancer survivor who is still coaching at NAIA school Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida, is a finalist for the first time. His Hall of Fame hopes have been backed by plenty of current and former coaches in recent months - including current Villanova coach Jay Wright, who presented Massimino with a championship ring from the Wildcats' 2016 NCAA title.

"Some days, we do take him for granted," Keiser guard Andrija Sarenac said. "But then you see him on TV so much, you see all these videos made about him, the movies about Villanova and everything, and it just hits you. You realize that he's a legend. I mean, your coach is a walking legend. With the energy and everything he comes in with, it's inspiring."

Finalists need 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee to be enshrined. Among this year's candidates who did not make the finalist group: Muggsy Bogues, Ben Wallace, Kevin Johnson, Maurice Cheeks, Mark Price, Lefty Driesell and Eddie Sutton.

Former New York Times sports writer Harvey Araton and former Turner Sports broadcaster Craig Sager will be recognized during Hall of Fame weekend as this year's Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients.

"A tremendous honor," said Sager's wife Stacy.

This year's lifetime achievement award recipients are former UConn coach Donald "Dee" Rowe and Michael Goldberg, who spent nearly four decades as executive director of the NBA Coaches Association. Goldberg died earlier this year.

"He bridged the gap between ownership and coaches," said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, who spoke about Goldberg on Saturday while wearing a bow tie - one of the signature wardrobe accessories that Goldberg donned for years. "He was just such a great guy."