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1/04/2008 03:16:00 PM

Who must resolve to improve in 2008?

Arthur Blank
Falcons owner Arthur Blank faces a busy offseason ahead for a team in disarray.
AP
By Lang Whitaker, Special to SI.com

It's the new year, which means a few weeks of accidentally writing 2007 on our checks and, usually painfully, trying our best to adhere to our new year's resolutions. We make these promises in an attempt to better ourselves and our lives, but what if we aren't the only ones who need to make things better? Here's my top five sports teams who should resolve to improve at all costs in 2008 ...

1. The Atlanta Falcons -- Their franchise QB is in the slammer, their coach decamped for Huckabee country and their GM is on the way out, too. Hey, at least the Dolphins are doing something about their problems. The Falcons are hovering in the middle of nowhere, flapping about aimlessly.

2. The New York Knicks -- I really don't need to explain this one, do I?

3. The Florida Marlins -- They blame a poor economic situation on their situation, saying they need a new stadium if they ever want to compete long-term. Perhaps, but if they keep trading away their best players year after year, they won't need a stadium at all.

4. Duke University (football) -- The rap has always been that the school is too tough academically to recruit top athletes, but that hasn't stopped Mike Krzyzewski. The football team has combined to go 4-42 the last seasons. If they're so smart at Duke, why do they keep pouring money down this football-shaped drain?

5. Fulham FC -- Their roster isn't terrible, and for American soccer fans Fulham has a few familiar faces to watch. But thus far this season, Fulham has played 21 league matches and managed to win just two games. New manager Roy Hodgson has a lot of work on his plate to rescue them from the relegation zone.

Which team would you like to see improve in 2008? Let us know below ...

Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
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Comments:

Posted: January 4, 2008 4:19 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Ahhhh????

Notre Dame football. Ya think?
Posted: January 4, 2008 5:20 PM   by Anonymous chi city
daaaaaaaaaa bulls must improve if paxton doesnt want to be the next one out the door with skiles. passing on aldrige and the aqusition of ben wallace could lead to his firing
Posted: January 4, 2008 9:49 PM   by Anonymous JFJ
I'd like to see the Miami Dolphins get better in 2008. Hiring Parcells and him cleaning house is a good start.
Posted: January 4, 2008 10:09 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Huskers!
Posted: January 4, 2008 10:17 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
i would like to see the st louis cardinals become better. a few years back they were the best in the nl and could compete in the al
Posted: January 5, 2008 3:39 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
the t-wolves
Posted: January 5, 2008 9:00 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Why do you want to see The Knicks get better??? Why would you want to see a team whose president and head coach sexually harasses women improve??? It's entertaining as hell to watch this dreadful, dysfunctional team along with its moronic, incompetent upper management get worse and worse. The only way I'd want to see the Knicks get better would be if they fired Isiah and Dolan sold the team to someone who knows what he's actually doing. Otherwise, just keep losing! The misery couldn't be happening to a nicer bunch of stooges.
Posted: January 5, 2008 11:37 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Northwestern basketball -

I believe they're the only BCS conference school that has never made it to the NCAA tournament, a pretty remarkable feat considering the power conferences usually send 5-7 teams every year. It's not looking too good for them this year either.
Posted: January 5, 2008 3:36 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Toronto Maple Leafs.... won't be a popular choice I don't imagine due to the site being American, however Leaf fans need to see their team improve in 2008 for their own sanity. Haven't won the cup since 1967 yet they still sell out every game and are the highest valued team in the league. The fans deserve it.
Posted: January 5, 2008 6:08 PM   by Anonymous HAZE
the Timberwolves who are competing for the all time worst record the Astros who seem to always trade away talent for nothing (EX. Jennings and Tejada)and and how bout the other Sox they won a world series... right??
Posted: January 5, 2008 7:51 PM   by Anonymous The Irish Troubles
The University of Minnesota football team. Mother of God! They had Maroney and Marion in the same backfield and were still the pits. Why can't they recruit better? Why would someone rather play at USC, LSU, the Florida colleges..........Oh, yeah. If they go to those schools their nuts don't rattle like castanets going to classes. Never mind.
Posted: January 5, 2008 9:33 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Hillary.
Posted: January 6, 2008 12:34 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Spot-on with Fulham. Another team that needs to improve is the Washington Capitals: Ovechkin and nothing else.
Posted: January 6, 2008 2:38 AM   by Anonymous tm Chill
Great list, couldn't agree more. The one team I think of is the Timberwolves, but my prediction is that their problem only runs through this year, as cap room opens up and draft picks roll in. As a fan, I say, "Tank, baby, tank!"
Posted: January 6, 2008 8:07 PM   by Anonymous Jay
My Raiders; I have been a Raiders fan for 30 years and the last 10 to 12 have been horrible.
Posted: January 6, 2008 9:13 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Duke has different admission standards for football and basketball. Hoops players get a break on admission requirements, football players don't.
Posted: January 7, 2008 1:53 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I'd like to see the Patriots do better next year. They didn't crush enough people this year.
My beloved Irish.
the Carolina Panthers nee dto improve. They need to fire John fox and release jake Del-homo
Posted: January 7, 2008 11:00 AM   by Anonymous Herb
Pittsburgh Pirates.
Posted: January 7, 2008 12:29 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Valencia in La Liga. Also Miami Heat.
Posted: January 7, 2008 12:38 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
totally agree with the fulham one. With four american players on that club, if ur a fan of american soccer, you have got to be rooting for them to do better and represent the states in a more successful way across the pond in probably the world's toughest league - the english premiership
Posted: January 7, 2008 1:08 PM   by Anonymous beedub
Couldn't agree more than the comments made about the Leafs. Living less than 1 hour from Detroit I am surrounded by Red Wing fans. Those individuals that call Detroit " Hockeytown " conveniently forget how dismal their team was and how apathetic the fans were in the 80's and early 90's. It would indeed be nice to finally see Mats Sundin enjoy some success ( not likely to happen though as long as Ferguson is at the helm ). The Leafs are like the Cubs. As long as the faithful continue to support them not much will change. Imagine the parade down King St. to the Hall of Fame if the Leafs were to win.
Posted: January 7, 2008 1:26 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
UK basketball is an obvious choice
tis hard whatching these guys struggle through the first season of the bill g. era and it makes even harder on the kids see their team getting bashed around the nation.
Posted: January 7, 2008 4:03 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Toronto FC. How much fun would BMO Field be if TFC actually had a winning team?
Posted: January 7, 2008 4:21 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
hmmmmmmmmm.....maybe the Detroit Lions?
Posted: January 8, 2008 12:15 AM   by Anonymous shozymcsho
I agree with most of these, but more importantly the Arkansas Razorbacks.

They fired their coach that took them to the Capital One and Cotton Bowls, so Petrino better take them to some BCS Bowl or get lost.
Posted: January 9, 2008 2:33 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
the clevland cavs and the clevland browns browns went 10 and 6 but i think we can do better
Posted: January 10, 2008 9:35 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I'd like to see the Atlanta Hawks make some noise in the east. Since the days of D. Wilkins "the Human Hi-light", they haven't smelled the playoffs. NOW IS THE TIME.
Posted: January 10, 2008 2:49 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Miami Heat. Hands down.
Posted: January 10, 2008 6:12 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
St. John's University's Men's basketball team. That have been the same since the Redmen became the Red Storm. Cannot even qualify for the NIT. What happen to days of Mullins, Berry, Jackson, Wennington, Sealy, etc. now they are bottom feeders in the Big East.
Posted: January 10, 2008 6:16 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
St. John's University's Men's basketball team, they have been the same since the Redmen became the Red Storm; cannot even qualify for the NIT. What happen to days of Mullins, Berry, Jackson, Wennington, Sealy, etc.? Now they are bottom feeders in the Big East.
Posted: January 30, 2008 4:38 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
the University of Cincinnati men's basketball..... Players of the past - Oscar Robertson, George Wilson, Kenyon Martin, Van Exel..... back to back to back to back to back final four appearances in the 60's. Back to back national championships. The 90's were cool with Hug's. But lately it's pretty embarrasing, hey at least the UC football team is getting some props. Go Red's & Go Bungles....
Posted: January 31, 2008 12:34 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
lebron james needs to improve to merit you placing him in the 5 most dominant athletes in the world. a list which did NOT include roger federer.

vince young needs to improve
Posted: February 12, 2008 9:10 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The 49ers. They need a new QB and a new coach. only then can they reach their former greatness.
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