New Year’s dreams for local teams
As I sit here at the start of the beginning of 2019, sports images as usual are fixated on the mind as many images flash on screen with more bowl games approaching.
In my mind’s eye, I can see LSU reaching 10 wins today, despite being without seven defensive starters.
It is easy to envision Willie Fritz backing up a bowl win and winning season with another winning season in 2019.
There is the matter of the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl, as I predicted they would on my radio shows and on a WDSU sports special with Fletcher Mackel prior to the start of the season.
There is still hope for the Pelicans getting their full roster together, making a run and returning to the playoffs this season.
We can all hope that such an occurrence leads to the Pelicans being able to convince Anthony Davis to agree to the supermax contract extension.
We can move forward, with some confidence, in believing that Will Wade will get LSU to the NCAA Tournament, taking a huge step forward.
Despite some one-sided losses in pre-conference play, there is still the outside chance that Mark Slessinger can perform another near miracle and get UNO back to the NCAA Tournament through the Southland Conference.
Tulane fans can hope upon hope that Mike Dunleavy figures it out and that his team makes dramatic improvement as the calendar turns.
With the future of professional baseball in the New Orleans area being cloudy, let us hope that good ownership and solid management remains to put a team here to replace the team formerly known as the Zephyrs and that that group finds a suitable name for the team.
With that in mind, let us hope that the future of New Orleans professional baseball lies in the cost-saving, geographically correct Southern League.
Then, let us hope that Gayle Benson takes a look at possibly purchasing the franchise, utilizing the vast resources of the Saints and Pelicans (and political clout) and expands the empire (and campus) across the parking lot. It would be the best scenario.
Here is believing that Paul Mainieri can have his team live up to pre-season expectations and make a return to Omaha with a serious shot at winning a second national championship and seventh overall.
Here is hoping that Blake Dean stays at UNO and builds a winner and can get the Privateers over the hump and back to the NCAA tournament this season.
Then, there is the hope that Travis Jewett can find his way and restore the excellence which used to permeate college baseball at Tulane.
Time to go now. I am waking up from my dream and the LSU-UCF game is starting.
Hold onto your dreams. Believe in the possibilities and live a fulfilling, prosperous and meaningful life in 2019.
Happy New Year from Crescent City Sports!
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE Owner and CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Football Foundation, College…