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1/04/2008 03:16:00 PM
Who must resolve to improve in 2008?
Falcons owner Arthur Blank faces a busy offseason ahead for a team in disarray.
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
The Penguins wore their original look for the NHL's first outdoor game in the U.S.
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
By John Rolfe, SI.com
Last week, the Lakers attracted chuckles for wearing their short shorts from the 1980s in a game against the Celtics. No doubt, it was an arresting sight if all you've known are the long baggies favored by NBA players since Michael Jordan's heyday. Likewise, if you tuned into the NHL's Winter Classic on New Year's Day, you might have blinked at those Penguins in sky blue and white with the round crest on their chests – not necessarily bizzare, but a strange sight after almost 30 years of Pittsburgh black and gold.
Here are five more retro looks that are sure to jar your senses when, and if, they are rolled out.
5.. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1976-97 : The creamsicle orange and white theme, not to mention Bucco Bruce (the guy in the fruity feathered hat on the helmet) made these fitting threads for a team that went 2-26 in its first two seasons, and 100-223 in its first 20.
4. Vancouver Canucks, 1978-85: The orange and black V from shoulder to belly button (in lieu of a crest) and yellow base made them look like highway construction signs on skates.
3. Denver Nuggets, 1981-93: They looked like they belonged in a pre-school classroom with their cheery primary color scheme and horizontal rainbow, city skyline and white mountain range across the chest.
2. New York Islanders, 1995-96: The infamous Fish Sticks threads with the Gorton's of Gloucester fisherman crest and blue, orange and ocean green waves at the bottom of the sweater. No wonder Isles' fans revolted. The uniform made them seasick.
1. Chicago White Sox, 1976: One of Bill Veeck's most zany schemes: white untucked shirts with dark blue collars, and to the players' mortification, shorts and knee socks.
What surprising or weird retro uniforms are on your list? Let us know below…