On Christmas Day, here is my wish list for people in our sports world:
» Nancy Osborne: Extended vacation for two. Also, a new vacuum cleaner, one that a man (retired husband) can figure out how to use.
» Tom Osborne: A good horse to ride on into the sunset, where the old coach can get far away from football games and the daily bustle of Big Red. But not too far.
» Bo Pelini: A win over Georgia. That’s it. That’s enough.
» Greg McDermott: A team that maximizes its potential this season. What would that mean? Fill in the blank.
» Creighton administration: The outcome it desires in conference realignment and the wisdom and courage to make the right choice.
» UNO Mavboni driver Greg McVey: He already has the coolest toy in town, so let’s say new snow tires. And many more UNO goals to fish into his net.
» Martie Cordaro: How about a full season of Bubba Starling at Werner Park? Could happen soon.
» Tim Miles: An NCAA tournament bid this year. Hey, it’s Christmas.
» Husker Hoops fans: One final buzzer-beatin’, court-stormin’, headline-stealin’ upset win in the last season at the Devaney Center. Say, Michigan State.
» Dean Blais: A conference flag as he waves goodbye to the WCHA, his home for what has been forever.
» Rex Burkhead: A career-high 171 yards rushing and MVP of the Capital One Bowl.
» Doug McDermott: A fourth year at Creighton next year. Oh, sorry. This one was meant for Creighton fans.
» Doug McDermott: A Sweet 16 appearance this year and a victory over his old man on the golf course. In that order, of course.
» Local sports talk radio hosts: Something new to talk about, like a win over Georgia.
» Josh Jones: One more time lacing them up, pulling on the uniform, stepping on the court, knocking down a rainbow. At least one more time.
» MECA: A surprise appearance by Tonya Harding at next month’s U.S. Figure Skating championships.
» Jim Delany: The new “Monopoly: College Realignment Edition.”
» Jim Flanery: What do you give a coach with 198 wins? His first NCAA tourney win.
» Taylor Martinez: The best gift you can give a quarterback: a conference championship. National title? First things first, Taylor.
» CWS Inc: Another Stony Brook story in 2013. Stony Brook would do.
» Big Ten baseball coaches: A berth in the College World Series. Otherwise known as proof.
» Darin Erstad: An NCAA regional berth. Otherwise known as a reminder.
» John Cook and Kirsten Bernthal Booth: A home-and-home series next year, one at the CenturyLink and the other at the Devaney Center.
» Lincoln sports fans: Getting a hoops blue blood to play Tim Miles’ team in the Huskers’ Pinnacle Bank Arena opener next fall. How about Mark Turgeon and Maryland?
» Omaha Country Club officials and members: A Sunday at the Senior Open with the names Couples, Langer, Lehman, Funk, Watson, Singh and O’Meara on the leaderboard.
» Shawn Eichorst: Barry Alvarez’s “How To Be An Athletic Director” book. He did write a book, didn’t he?
» Barry Alvarez and Bill Snyder: A sip from the fountain of youth and bowl wins for the ages.
» Iowa Hawkeye football fans: A DVD of the 1981 Rose Bowl team.
» Kansas City Royals fans: Twenty wins out of James Shields.
» Kansas City Chiefs fans: A new everything.
» Denver Broncos fans: You already got your present this year.
» Elmar Bolowich and Ed Servais: A couple more wins at the end of next season.
» My beautiful wife Jennifer (aka “The Boss”), the most opinionated football fan in the family: A night out with her friends as I watch the girls. Or, as is usually the case, they’ll watch me.
» Chicago Cubs fans: A World Series.
Hey, it’s Christmas.
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