It’s time for all those “best of 2012” lists, when writers everywhere give their 2 cents’ worth.
Two cents doesn’t buy anything these days, so that seems like an appropriate amount as I ponder what to put on my list.
Usually, such compilations mention movies. Let’s see … the closest I came to a theater this year was when I contemplated going to see Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” concert film at a special showing last month. Instead, I saved myself a trip and just bought it on DVD.
So unless you’re a fan of old rock groups, I don’t really bring anything to the table here.
Of course, there’s best new music. I did buy Bob Dylan’s new album because, well, he’s Bob Dylan. And he’s been recording albums for half a century.
As far as “new” new, I have no clue. I’d be afraid to find out.
Best books of 2012? Well, I was excited about adding something called “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot” to my JFK conspiracy theory collection. But when I saw the listing of Bill O’Reilly as co-author … I’ll just borrow the book from the library, thank you.
Other than that, I’d recommend a few Society for American Baseball Research publications, unless esoteric analyses aren’t quite your thing.
Speaking of baseball, how about a list of Pittsburgh’s best sports moments of 2012?
The Steelers opened the year by advancing to the NFL playoffs, traveling to Denver and … oops. They came right back home.
The Penguins made the NHL playoffs, took on bitter rivals the Philadelphia Flyers and … they still might be scoring goals on Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Pirates were in first place in the National League Central Division at the All-Star break and … well, at least they didn’t collapse in the playoffs.
In the latter part of the year, the Steelers have been lackluster and the Penguins look to be sitting out – or locked out, if you will – the whole season.
On the brighter side, the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team won a postseason tournament, after failing to make the cut for the NCAA or much-less-prestigious NIT tourney. The Panthers ended up in something called the CBI, which no one around here had heard of until Pitt accepted its invitation.
Perhaps the top Pittsburgh sports story of 2012 has been looking back 40 years at Franco Harris’ Immaculate Reception. We can’t get enough of those Steelers from the ’70s.
That’s fine with me. As much as I try to keep up with current events, I’ll admit to living in the past much of the time. The older you get, the easier that is to do.
So my “best of 2012” list is going to be short, limited to this single item:
Mrs. Funk and I celebrated our 30th anniversary this year.
And that’s as good as it gets, until the 31st.
Harry Funk can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.