It's a new year. For most Americans, that means looking forward into the future with an unbridled sense of optimism and making grand promises to oneself that you may not be able to keep.
As BYU fans, we tend to do those unbridled optimism and unrealistic promises things pretty much all year round. But who are we to scoff at tradition? Why shouldn't we take a special moment to talk about what tomorrow may bring for our beloved Cougars?
In that spirit, I asked BYU fans to share their hopes, fears and resolutions for 2015 via Twitter — and they responded. Here are some of my favorites.
Some Cougar fans shared their earnest hopes and fears for their teams' on-field performance.
@PostJimmer Hope: Taysom returns to 100% health. Fear: Taysom gets injured again— Jeff (@jeffipson) January 1, 2015
@PostJimmer My hopes, use KC as a post threat and the tight end gets more in the middle of the field Fears losing to bad teams in all sports— Joey (@swishparker5) January 1, 2015
More specifically, many discussed their anxiety regarding the basketball team's postseason prospects.
@PostJimmer Hope: NCAA Tourney bid, and not just losing in the 1st round. Fear: Key injuries that will prevent that from happening.— Brooke Bronfin (@brookebronfin) January 2, 2015
@PostJimmer I hope Tyler Haws cements his legacy with a run to the sweet 16. I fear a NIT bid.— Will Dixon (@dixdog27) January 2, 2015
@PostJimmer hope = P5 conf member. fear = irrelevance dwindle. hope = WCC champs. fear = NCAA bubble burst.— Christopher Degn (@cwdegn) January 2, 2015
Some fans felt motivated to try new things (even if they might be impossible).
@PostJimmer My resolution is to go to the WCC Tourney for the first time.— David Fiso (@DavidFiso) January 2, 2015
And others saw the New Year as another opportunity for some good old-fashioned sarcasm.
@PostJimmer BYU related face tattoo.— riboflavin (@riboflavinLLC) January 1, 2015
One fan is kicking off his 2015 with some pretty sky-high expectations.
@PostJimmer an undefeated football season starting with outstanding precision and discipline.— Craig Gale (@bluecoug1) January 1, 2015
While others are just hoping to keep their own expectations in check.
@PostJimmer I hope I can keep my expectations lower than usual.— Garret Pierce (@TheGM11) January 2, 2015
@PostJimmer My BYU resolutions are: Not always have high expectations and to not drink the kool-aid.— Craig Knight (@Aggroxcraig) January 2, 2015
And after 2014 gave us a hefty helping of sports disappointment, several BYU fans are looking for ways to minimize their investment (and their pain).
@PostJimmer I'm probably going to care less in 2015.— Scott Gower (@scottmgower) January 1, 2015
But most of all, many are just looking to chill out, enjoy the ride and relish any Cougar success that comes our way.
@PostJimmer Temper my expectations, BYU avoids the injury bug, but enjoy the success BYU does have.— Thatcher Olson (@thatcho) January 1, 2015
@PostJimmer stand for rationality among fans. Remember good surprises instead of bad ones.— Dustin Richard Locke (@dustinlocke) January 1, 2015