This is the time of year when many reflect back on the past year or years and look forward to the year ahead. With that, comes resolutions (losing weight, spending less, using less profanity, being a better person, etc…) and for some, predictions (Chargers win the Super Bowl, Padres win the pennant, the city of San Diego completes an audit, Mike Aguirre wins a lawsuit, etc…). Today, being the first day many hit the 2007 work year hard, let’s look at both resolutions and predictions…
For me, the No.1 resolution is to be less cynical about the state of affairs in San Diego. It’s hard not to be cynical looking back at the past few years. But, having watched the Chargers win home field advantage throughout the playoffs this weekend, I’ve sent cynicism packing and offered optimism a new found friendship…surprising that it took a sporting event to turn the tide, but that’s what football (and baseball, and basketball, and soccer) can do … so, what are your resolutions?
We’ll have plenty of fun here throughout the day, but keeping with the theme from my resolution, I predict that the Chargers will not only go DEEP into the playoffs, their success will galvanize the effort to build a modern stadium on the bay front in National City or Chula Vista. The move will free up valuable land underneath the Q, which will in turn be redeveloped; the proceeds of which will be used to help pay down the city’s pension debt.
Here’s a good question to kick this off…who will actually win the naming rights to the new stadium? Here are some options:
1. Cricket Communications (your entrance fee is an all-in-one ticket, good for a seat, food and a beverage of your choice…plus unlimited minutes on your cell phone)
2. Sempra (the blue flame will burn bright in the South Bay)
3. One of San Diego’s Big Three Tribes (Barona, Sycuan or Viejas)
4. Qualcomm (comes back and bails the region out AGAIN!)
Anyway, please post your resolutions and predictions. Happy New Year San Diego.