It's time to look back on the accomplishments and failures of 2010 and look ahead to 2011.
Here are some New Year's Resolutions for some well-known sports figures:
n Jimmy Johnson and Russ Rose: Keep on keeping on.
NASCAR's five-time Cup champion and the only college volleyball coach to win five NCAA titles have both rewritten the record books for their respective sports, and neither seems ready to pack it in. Both are the center of dynasties that seem to just keep getting stronger.
The Sprint Cup and national volleyball crown will have to be pried from these champions' fingers, because both of them should be a force in their sport for many more years to come.
n Ben Roethlisberger and Tiger Woods: Learn from your mistakes.
Both made headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2009: alleged sexual misconduct by the former and marital infidelity by the latter. Tiger spent most of 2010 trying to atone for his transgressions and rehabilitate his image while Big Ben allegedly made another big mistake with yet another woman, resulting in a four-game suspension.
With the Steelers playoff bound, fans seem to be back on the Ben bandwagon. Hopefully he'll continue down the straight and narrow path and take the Black and Gold to another Super season end, and then behave himself during the offseason.
Meanwhile, Tiger seems to have toned down his bad behavior after months of apologies, and was tabbed the world's richest sportsman in 2010 by Forbes Magazine. A major win in 2011 would be a major boost to his career and his image.
n Susan Robinson Fruchtl: Keep building on your Red Flash success.
In just three seasons, the St. Francis women's basketball coach has brought an NEC championship back to Loretto, and that should be just the beginning for the former Penn State All-American. Robinson Fruchtl has done it the right way, not only as an outstanding bench boss with a good rapport with her players, but also with an emphasis on education, community involvement and personal responsibility.
She is exactly what the Red Flash program needed, and has the team back on track to fulfilling St. Francis' motto of "reach higher and go far.''
n Brett Favre: Retire and stay that way.
Between the injuries, on-field struggles and off-field scandal, Favre has not helped his legacy this season. He'll still go down as one of the all-time-great quarterbacks, but for many fans his achievements will be remembered with an asterisk next to his name. His on-again-off-again commitment and stringing along of the Packers and then the Vikings, has left him looking selfish, not like the leader we remember him being during his prime.
n Sports Fans in general: Let's all be good sports.
No matter what our age, gender or sports loyalties, having respect for the games we play, our opponents, and our fellow fans will make it a very Happy New Year!
Kellie Goodman Shaffer can be reached at Kellie@BedfordCountyChamber.org. Her column appears on Tuesdays.