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January 2017 4 www.sportseventsmagazine.com While most folks spend time pondering serious issues like the meaning of life, I'm occasionally wondering about less-challenging riddles like why we celebrate the start of a New Year in January, given that it's … January. Wouldn't the Spring Equinox make more sense? I suppose it depends on which hemisphere you call home, but then again, I don't believe we ever had a worldwide referendum on the subject. Anyone involved in sports recognizes January 1 is just one of the new beginnings for them. Baseball folks celebrate the start of their year with Spring Training. Football kicks off as summer winds to a close. Basketball heats up when the temperatures cool down. Every sport has its time of rebirth. No matter when that time comes, each of us faces a clean slate — the chance to start from scratch and focus on our immediate future. Whether you call them resolutions or goals, we celebrate a time of reflection as we plot our future. That's part of the real lure of sports: the opportunity for a fresh start. I love the sports environment, where each day is a new beginning. Each day we search for ways to make ourselves just a little better at what we do. A lot of people outside of sports don't have that inspiration. So, I guess it all does make some sense. January is named for Janus, the Roman god of doorways and beginnings. Janus is the god of two faces, one looking to the past and one looking to the future. For all of us in sports, every day is like the first of January. Happy New Year. SportsEvents is published monthly by Covey Communications Corp., P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547. It is mailed under standard mail rates. POSTMASTER: CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED TO SportsEvents Subscription Office, P.O. Box 16868, North Hollywood, CA 91615. Editorial ideas and manuscripts are welcomed. However, all unsolicited manuscripts and photographs must be sent with return postage; otherwise SportsEvents cannot be responsible for returning them. Copyright 2016 by Covey Communications Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without express written permission of the publisher is strictly forbidden. EXECUTIVE OFFICES 2001 West First Street Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (251) 968-5300 / Fax (251) 968-4532 102 South Tejon Street Suite 1100 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 644-7000 MAILING ADDRESS P. O. Box 2267 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 E-MAIL email@example.com WEBSITE www.sportseventsmagazine.com PUBLISHER J. Talty O'Connor EXECUTIVE EDITOR John Rezell DIRECTOR OF SALES Shellie Kichler MARKETING SERVICES Kelsey O'Connor MANAGER MARKETING & Kayla Head COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER DESIGN SERVICES Kelly Williams MANAGER MANAGER, TRAFFIC Stephanie Eckman & PROMOTIONS FINANCE MANAGER Mandi Morrison CIRCULATION MANAGER Ashley Brokowsky CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Marcia Bradford Selena Chavis Tammy Leytham Beth Kujawski Michelle Ryan Paige Townley T. Wayne Waters EDITORIAL Jon Butler, ADVISORY BOARD Pop Warner Little Scholars Sally Johnson, National Council of Youth Sports Jamie Adams, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Alicia McConnell, U.S. Olympic Committee James Parker, Amateur Athletic Union Don Ruedlinger, Youth Basketball of America Jon Schmieder, CSEE Huddle Up Group LETTERS FROM THE SANDBOX The Two-Faced Truth About New Year's Raz aka John Rezell Executive Editor