A new perspective, for a new year

In his Page 2 debut, Jeff MacGregor urges us to appreciate sports as one of life's treasures. Story

Updated: January 8, 2009, 2:28 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | Page 2

Improbably, we've managed to put another year of the long human experiment behind us. This despite so many inspired efforts to the contrary. From implosions on Wall Street to explosions in Islamabad, from collapse in Detroit to relapse in Kabul, from a subprime crisis in credit to the subcontinental crisis in Mumbai, and from a hurricane-ravaged Galveston to a whirlwind reaped in Gaza, 2008 did its best to do its worst.

But the stars whirl in their clockwork, and the sun rises and ...

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