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Monson: Jazz, BYU, Utah, USU resolutions will go in one year and out the other
First Published Jan 01 2013 06:31 pm • Last Updated Jan 02 2013 12:08 am

It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account." That may be true, but the year we all stop trying and lying to ourselves is the year we start dying. With that in mind, as well as a general boost from the fact that making New Year’s resolutions for others is a whole lot easier than making them for our own sorry selves, here’s a list of promises for personal and professional improvement people in the sports world should make that only a blessed few of them have the wherewithal or intention of actually keeping …

For Bronco Mendenhall • placing football a little higher than fifth.

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For Kyle Whittingham • beating good Pac-12 teams.

For Chris Hill • enjoying the TV money and weathering the eroding fan base all those Pac-12 losses bring him.

For Tyrone Corbin • finding a way to productively play Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.

For Kevin O’Connor • finding a way to trade a big with an expiring contract.

For the Jazz • committing to win more than a third of their road games.

For the Clippers • losing one game before the playoffs start.

For Gordon Hayward • becoming a consistent scorer.

For Dwight Howard • restoring a decent reputation.


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For Tiger Woods • rewiring his mind and soul enough to win another major.

For Rory McIlroy • winning two majors.

For Deron Williams • killing another coach.

For Chris Paul • getting an MVP.

For Mike Trout • getting an MVP.

For Adrian Peterson • getting an MVP.

For Peyton Manning • winning comeback player of the year.

For Chuck Pagano • keeping good health.

For Andrew Luck • winning rookie of the year.

For Damian Lillard • winning rookie of the year.

For Bronco Mendenhall II • falling in love with a good quarterback.

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