Welcome to what may very well be the last PocketDoppler.com post of 2011 (unless someone sneaks one in there tomorrow).  2011 was a pretty good year here at PocketDoppler.com.  We doubled the number of contributors to the site, the ‘Pocket Doppler Angels’ came into existance & we were also able to be part of the founding of Throwback Weekend. So here at the end of 2011, the Pocket Doppler family would like to share with you their 2012 Resolutions, or as I like to call it, the longest post of the year.


I have two New Years Resolutions for 2012; one is sports related and the other is just a personal resolution.

Let’s start with my personal resolution. My resolution for 2012 is to read for 30 minutes before bed each night. Since the first day I could string together a sentence, I was fascinated with stories and books. As the years passed, my passion for reading continued to grow into a healthy obsession. I would hide away in my room or stay up into the wee hours of the morning trying to finish my latest read. During my college years, I spent less time reading and more time “studying” the life of the average college student. This past year, I have hardly taken the time to read at all. Now’s my time to get back on track.

My sports resolution is to not make any sports bets (I should probably say all bets, but what’s the fun in that?). If you have followed my sports betting habits, this should come as no surprise. If you have not, well let’s just say I don’t want to end up in something like this again: http://fireandicesports.com/2011/10/19/amanda-lawson-settles-our-wager-like-a-champ/.

When making your New Years Resolution, I want you to keep something in mind. It’s a great quote from a very wise Star Wars character.

“Do or do not. There is no try.”


  1. I resolve to spend more time Googling really big words before using them in an argument with smart people.
  2. I resolve to start embracing…*sigh*….”other” music, even if it means I have to cut back on my AC/DC and Metallica listening. (But only for Colleen’s and KelKel’s sake)
  3. I resolve to hire an all day babysitter on Sundays so that I may actually get to watch a full football game instead of flipping back and forth between that and SpongeBob.
  4. I resolve to always have more Twitter followers than Pat Mayo.
  5. I resolve to not judge others by what they tweet on Twitter/post on Facebook. Because, hey, sometimes they can’t help it they’re crazy.
  6. I resolve to always read Wally’s emails in a timely manner.
  7. I resolve to spend the next year figuring out that whole baseball thing and actually becoming a fan….and I suppose make a trip to Miller Park.
  8. I resolve to hack my mom’s Twitter account again and finally delete it so she will stop tweeting embarrassing stuff about me.
  9. I resolve to stop eating Cheetos so much. For real, I have an addiction. It ain’t pretty.
  10. And finally, I resolve to master mind a scheme to get Tom Crabtree and my Twitter peeps to come up to Hurley and go 4 wheeling.


Not to give up on the Badgers football team even though they’ve lost their best coach (Paul Chryst).

Not to watch any College Bowl games not involving the Badgers unless and until there’s a college football playoff.

And, with a nod towards Colleen…

To discard my “obsession” with Jets coach Rex Ryan, which I hereby bequeath to Rich Ward, Jr.-the ‘son’ I’ve never met.  Consider it a wedding present, Rich.


  • Packers: Nothing too groundbreaking here. Keep on keeping on.
  • Bucks: Win a playoff series. They’d have to get a 5 seed at minimum to avoid the worst of the powerhouses.
  • Brewers: Don’t lay an egg the season after their division title.
  • Wisconsin football: Don’t collapse while replacing a good chunk of their coaching staff.
  • Wisconsin and Marquette basketball: Someone reach an Elite Eight, if not further.
  • Personal 1: See all these teams play a game in person.
  • Personal 2: See any of these teams play a road game.


I resolve to Jedi Mind Trick myself into believing that AquaFina isn’t a terrible substitute for something more bubbly and tasty at Brewers games.

I resolve to spend less time posting to blogs and Twitter when I should be doing something more responsible and productive. Or at least to stop feeling bad about it.

I resolve not to think any more deeply about the wisdom of “investing” money in the Packers stock I just bought.


I’ve always hated setting New Year’s resolutions, in part because I never keep them.  But a review of my last year’s list for Pocket Doppler reveals something surprising.  Last year I said I wanted to go to the San Diego game and a playoff game.  Wally and BigSnakeMan said they wanted everyone to get together.  Realizing that I had a better opportunity of meeting more people if I went east, not west, I looked at going to Green Bay. It worked out, and the rest is Throwback Weekend history.  In retrospect, I had far more fun than I would have at the San Diego game (with all apologies to Dick Chang).  I also said I wanted to go to a playoff game.  Although that isn’t technically happening until 2012, I’ve accomplished planning for it in 2011 (in no small part due to a great and generous friend. Thanks again, Mary).  Not bad, not bad.

I have three resolutions, and I hope and pray all three of them come true:  To get through 2012 without one personal disaster of epic proportions (please, Packer Santa), to see the Packers win another in a long line of Super Bowls, and lastly to be living within driving distance of Green Bay by Throwback Weekend 2 so @Packerken and @midwestfan can fight over who’s getting the spare room.  First dibs, gentlemen.


To stop getting Wally my part of joint posts only minutes before the deadline, to remember more of Throwback Weekend 2 than I do of Throwback Weekend 1, to find a way to get my sister to Cincinnati so I can spend more time with her, to invent a teleportation device, to not get: the shingles, break any bones, or suffer any major illness, to lose at least 20 pounds, to blog on a regular basis, to stop feeding the trolls, to at least start planning my wedding, to become fluent in Spanish, to find 10 new quality volunteers for my work so we can grow our life skills classes, to finally get my D-List number pinned down, to start arriving to work on time, to buy more makeup and lastly, to eat more cheese!

Happy New Year’s!  Go drunkity or go home! (but be safe).


  • Incorporate P90X, Version 2 into my high intensity workout regimen.
  • Take a day off for the NCAA Basketball Tournament and watch UW and/or MU in the first round of the tournament…recommiting to priorities.
  • See a game at Target Field.
  • Catch that Canadian 40in. Northern Pike that has evaded my best efforts the past two trips.
  • Restore my fantasy baseball team to respectability….and…
  • Welcome Andrew Luck to the Minnesota Vikings.


You know what? I hate New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve come up with a list from time to time since I was about sixteen and each time I’m failing miserably by January 15. Lose the baby weight, read 100 books, learn French, master calculus, clear out the basement.  You get the picture. Anyhow, the new year is right around the corner and since all the cool kids are doing resolutions, here are mine.

Indianapolis. I haven’t been there since about 1993, and I want to go back. It’s a pain in the butt, flat as a pancake road trip on I-65 to get there. There’s a spot half-way between Lafayette and Indy that you pick up zero radio stations in a car. When it snows, it flies horizontally because there is nothing out there to stop it. Went to college a couple hours north and we had an area that was called the Tundra (no relation to the Frozen one in Green Bay) where there were no buildings and it became a snowy wasteland in January. Not exactly a fun destination for the beginning of February. But like a lot of Cheeseheads, I am hoping to make the trip (it’s 391 miles from my house, but who’s counting) that first weekend in February. I had a great time in Dallas last year and definitely want to be a part of that whole experience again.

I also want to want to write more. Thanks to everyone who puts up with my blathering every week. It’s definitely not the day job, but it’s definitely something I really enjoy and am truly thankful I’ve found a home here. So hopefully you will put up with me for the next year!

Finally in nothing that has to do with football or the blogosphere, I want to keep bees. I know, totally insane. But where we live we have the space, the prairie flowers, and I’m not scared of bees. Bats, on the other hand, that’s a totally different story. So yeah, bees, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

One of these years I’ll master calculus. Or at least I’ll keep putting on that list like I have since I was 19.


I am terrible at resolutions, mostly because I try to give up cheese every year and it never works. So, this year I will try to stick to them so that I don’t get a stern look from Wally.

  1. Be a better daughter, friend and sister. I think there is always room for improvement, especially with people you care about. I want to listen more, act less rationally and be there as much as possible.
  2. Up my community service to twice a month, instead of just once a month.
  3. Marry Clay Matthews (a girl can dream, can’t she?)
  4. Read 52 books (1 per week.)
  5. Travel to three new cities, both abroad and in the US.
  6. Take some me time – don’t always focus on other people.
  7. Become a member of the Maker’s Mark club. Because it exists. And I like whiskey. And you get to dip your own bottle in the red goo.


Two years ago, almost to the day, I decide my New Year’s resolution was going to revolve around never, ever reading nor viewing any of the Twilight books or movies. I can happily say I have yet to glimpse even a second of anything that involves Twilight, excluding the endless promotions and previews seen on TV of course. So, as you can see I’m pretty dedicated to fulfilling that which I resolve to accomplish.

Better yet, I have garnered participation from my 12-year old sister and 10-year old niece. Changing the world one Twi-Hater at a time.

In 2012, however, I hope to meet or exceed something much greater, much more suited to an adult: I plan to attend 30+ Brewers games this coming season. Seeing as I now live less than 2 miles from Miller Park (perfect walking distance), this should be easily attained. Any and all PD folk, among others, who wish to venture forth to Miller Park are welcome to join. “I’ll bring the beers.”

That said, last year I hoped to forgive Jeff Suppan and/or find and another punching bag for venting my frustrations. With this I have failed miserable. I’m actually quite sure Jeffrey is to blame for Ryan Braun’s positive drug test. Maybe next year…

In all seriousness, my true goal is to save up enough cash-money in order to pay for my mother and little sister’s plane tickets to Disney World next Christmas.


I had an amazing 2011! One of my goals this year was to continue to travel around the country and the world! I definitely met that goal! I was able to get back to London for a week, travel all over Spain and Portugal during the spring and then spent my fall jumping around the United States (San Diego & Kansas City) to see my beloved Green Bay Packers. Regarding that last point, 2011 has meant so much to me. I finally got to go to Green Bay, Wisconsin and Lambeau Field (TWICE! I was even able to procure some game used grass from the first home game!) and met some amazing people who I can’t imagine living without! My first 2012 resolution is all about me taking the next step travel wise! South America (DEFINITELY want to go back to Buenos Aires), Central Europe, Africa, Australia and the Arab Emirates are all FAIR GAME for my 2012 adventures! I can’t wait to see where I am off to next!! There’s so much more for me to see!

My other resolution for 2012 is to SLOW DOWN! 2011 was fun, but I felt it went way too fast! So many things happened this year and I don’t think I fully appreciated all of them! Family, friends and life events, my resolution for 2012 is to savor them more during the moment! It’s the best gift I could give myself!


  • To use more cliches because God willing I’m just here to help the team and we gotta play it one day at a time.
  • Get back down to Miller Park this coming Summer for a game, maybe as part of the first Annual Pocket Doppler Miller Park Bus Trip (yes, I’m a glutton for punishment).
  • Make sure Throwback Weekend v2 is even better than v1.
  • And finally, do a better job of saying THANK YOU to all of the Pocket Doppler contributors. I may be the titular head of this operation but it’s all of them that do the work, write the posts & ultimately should take the credit for the growth of this site. I’m honored to have such a great group of people supporting & ‘working’ for Pocket Doppler and even more importantly, I’m honored to be able to call them all friends.

From all of us here at PocketDoppler.com to all of you out there, may 2012 bring you joy, happiness & championships for all your favorite teams.


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  • Rich Ward Jr

    To discard my “obsession” with Jets coach Rex Ryan, which I hereby bequeath to Rich Ward, Jr.-the ‘son’ I’ve never met. Consider it a wedding present, Rich.

    How do I “like” this?

  • foundinidaho

    Damn. I kind of enjoyed Mike’s Rex Ryan obsession. Now what will I make fun of him about? Oh, wait… ;)

    • http://www.pocketdoppler.com BigSnakeMan

      Funny thing is, I didn’t even know I had a ‘Rex Ryan obsession’ until Colleen pointed it out. I guess recognition really is the first step to a cure.

  • http://www.dicksfavoriteblog.com Richard Chang

    Annie used real words and stuff? Killer

  • CaptElaino

    With apologies to @Packerken and @Midwestfan, I’m calling “Dibs!” on the guest room at Colleen’s for Throwback Weekend 2.0. :)

  • Anita

    Huh! Guess I should have read my work e-mail while I was off the past two weeks! Didn’t know we were doing this!


    1. Get up earlier so I’m not rushing around and stop being late every morning. Since I have a new dog in the house, this might be easier to accomplish!

    2. Attend the next Throwback Weekend.

    3. Lose poundage (which I say every damn year)

    4. Join Rich on his continued Anti-Twilight crusade! I, too, have not read any of the books or viewed any movie in its entirety (and have no desire to).

    5. Spend my birthday weekend rooting for the Green and Gold in the Super Bowl AGAIN.

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