Each year, this is the appointed time to express the hope of a better year to come than the previous year.
Hope springs eternal, literally, for believers.
To have faith is to have hope. To have hope is to be devoted to something, to love it.
Saints fans must have faith that Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis can hit on another draft and continue building a solid young nucleus of core players for years to come while crossing fingers that Drew Brees can continue to play at an elite level.
LSU fans must have hope that Ed Orgeron is the answer to becoming an elite program once again, restoring the roar that Paul Dietzel, Nick Saban and Les Miles once had.
Tulane fans must continue to love their primary programs, as perpetual losing continues to permeate the landscape of football and basketball while believing that Willie Fritz and Mike Dunleavy are the panacea for all ailments uptown.
Pelicans fans must have faith that the return to form of Tyreke Evans, following the return to form of Jrue Holiday and the emergence of Buddy Hield will provide Anthony Davis with the supporting cast necessary to build on a four-game win streak en route to the playoffs. Here is hoping that small ball produces big results.
Baby Cakes fans must have hope that fans (and players) can get past a name that most people feel is utterly ridiculous and that the team on the field provided by the lowly Miami franchise, which has given New Orleans one winner in seven seasons, can finally produce a winner.
UNO fans must love the fact that Blake Dean showed remarkable progress in one year’s time in 2016 and can continue rebuilding a once proud program while Mark Slessinger fights to make basketball relevant in a state where football is king.
Delgado fans must have faith that Joe Scheuermann will continue the superb run of success and lead his Dolphins to a third consecutive World Series while providing a first class facility for high school teams at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Dillard fans must have hope that Mike Newell can continue to build on the brilliance of last season. It was truly one of the best jobs done by anyone in any sport in the country.
Xavier fans must love their Convocation Center and hope that former Gold Rush player and assistant Alfred Williams can continue to build on the solid foundation left by Dannton Jackson.
SUNO fans must have faith that its outstanding women’s basketball program can once again reach the NAIA national tournament.
Loyola fans must have hope that their men’s and women’s basketball programs can continue their outstanding seasons as nationally ranked teams with real hope for reaching the national tournament.
New Orleans Jesters fans must love their forgotten team, once visible, in the community while continuing to build the sport and awareness in the community.
Faith, hope and love are the three basic tenants to a better way to live. Let us all embrace that concept as we embrace 2017. Happy New Year from SportsNOLA.com and WHNO TV 20!