SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Picking the top stories

Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 06:19 PM.

Big wins and district championships also are easy choices, as are athletes signing with a big time university.

It's usually easy picking the big stories to make the top 10, but it isn't as easy trying to decide the bottom five or bottom three.

I just try to get to as many games as I can and see as many athletes as possible.

I usually attend four games a week of some sort from the middle of August until the middle of May. I estimate that I see close to 150 games a year.

As the old Christmas song, "When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter" reminds us, "It takes a little time, you know, to check off one whole year."

I have begun my process of checking off the whole year of 2013 in sports. My top 10 of 2013 will appear in our Dec. 28 edition.

Even as I begin checking off the events of 2013, my mind races to the events and athletes that might shape the local sports scene in 2014.

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