December 22, 2006

...well, I would like a lot of things. But I'll be happy with:

  • No more injuries for the Patriots this season,
  • My brother's ski-racing-scarred lower back to heal up,
  • A three-foot Christmas Day snowstorm in central Europe, for the World Cup folks, and
  • A three-foot snowstorm right here at home.
Santa, please?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 02:32 PM on December 22

- the Panthers getting their collective head out of their collective butt and start winning. - the Hurricanes to find some consistency and at least go deep into the playoffs, if not win outright. - Tom O'Brien bringing the Pack back into winning ways. - my motorcycle getting rid of its gremlins.

posted by NoMich at 03:24 PM on December 22

* A continued healthy roster for the Cowboys, * Tony Romo proving he's real, * Julius Jones lifting his friggin' head and actually seeing the hole, * 12 points in the next 10 days for Manchester United; 7 for Chelsea. The rest don't really matter. At Christmas. Heh. * A Christmas family get-together sans felony charges. * Oh...and a few snowflakes flying around would be terrific. Thank you, Santa.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 03:52 PM on December 22

- William Clay Ford selling the Lions - Matt Millen getting fired -A championship for Baseball Prospectus

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:19 PM on December 22

A Philadelphia championship in something other than the AHL. And a win on Monday.

posted by SummersEve at 05:25 PM on December 22

No more injuries for the Patriots this season,.... I believe that we're writing to Santa, not God. ;) At any rate, happy holidays to everyone. ***And seeing the Giants make the playoffs would be great too*** : )

posted by Kendall at 05:37 PM on December 22

Dear Santa, I would like... The Bears to win the Superbowl The Bulls to return to winning championships The Blackhawks to make it to and win Lord Stanley's Cup. That's all. Nothing big, ya know.

posted by willthrill72 at 06:16 PM on December 22

- The following heads arranged on a pike, totem-pole style, from bottom to top: -- Steve Kerr -- Tony Parker -- Manu Ginobli -- Tim Duncan (with wings still intact) -- Bruce Bowen - The Bears to pummel the Cowboys in the NFC Championship game - FC Dallas to actually play in Dallas again - The dog to take to, and excel at, flyball.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:27 PM on December 22

Dear Santa: for Christmas, this sports fan would like... *Season tickets for the Detroit Red Wings. Any seat. I'm not picky. *Mr. Ford to sell the Detroit Edsel Cats. *The Tigers to repeat last year, and win it all this time. *Give Baseball Prospectus a lump of coal. Curse you, Baseball Prospectus!

posted by wingnut4life at 06:37 PM on December 22

Dear Santa: for Christmas, this sports fan would like... Four or five days of light offshore winds, a 1.5 to 2 metre swell off The Pass and no-one except selected friends and family in the line up. If that's not possible, then I'll settle for world peace. Merry Christmas, SpoFites. If you were here, I'd include you in the line up at The Pass, too.

posted by owlhouse at 06:46 PM on December 22

Dear Santa, Give Alabama the winning game plan for their bowl game. Oh yea, and try to convince the ol' timmers and Alum that there was, and will only be one Paul "Bear" Bryant! And if they continue to measure each coach since by the "Bears" standards a good hire for head coach just aint gonna happen. Not that "Bear" Bryant was the all to end all all's what with the alchoholism and damn near abusive practices. OK yea, im asking WAY too much.

posted by Folkways at 06:52 PM on December 22

I would like to see the NHL sort themselves out. Get those teams out of places where they aren't supported. Fat chance.

posted by gspm at 07:00 PM on December 22

1) A midget riding a tricycle through the middle of a major sports event. Maybe the midget is topless? 2) The Bruins to make the playoffs. 3) A Spofi meetup in New York. 4) An autographed Ray Bourque jersey. 5) A picture of me with a midget who also has an autographed Ray Bourque Jersey. Wait, the picture is of the three of us (me, Bourque, midget), with me standing next to Ray, who has the midget on his shoulders, and the midget is hoisting the Stanley cup. Ray is wearing a Bruins Jersey with my autograph on it.

posted by Samsonov14 at 07:01 PM on December 22

Give Baseball Prospectus a lump of coal. Curse you, Baseball Prospectus! Ninth place huh? Not too bad. Funny thing is, if you had beat MrFrisby you'd be in the playoffs. That is quite embarrassing.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:29 PM on December 22

-The Clippers to turn it around before the All-Star Break. -Fewer links. -A cheetah under my X-mas tree. And here is a gift for my fellow SpoFites.

posted by lilnemo at 07:46 PM on December 22

- Two wins over Arsenal in the FA and Carling Cups, with Lehman getting red carded once - Ronaldinho becomes a monk and devotes his life to serving the poor of the Brazilian favelas - Swap CDs that each recipient enjoys more than the giver

posted by billsaysthis at 08:16 PM on December 22

  • Toronto Maple Leafs, 2007 Stanley Cup Champions - I've waited over 30 years as a fan, and it would fit in with the whole Red-Sox-White-Sox-long-suffering-franchise thing. I promise I won't go TOO crazy on the internets if they win...
  • One more HOF season from Frank Thomas - If it helps the Blue Jays make the playoffs (or stop the Yankees/Red Sox), even better.
  • Tickets to watch any of the following superstars play - Sidney Crosby, Johan Santana, Steve Nash, Peyton Manning, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods
  • 5% of the Hall of Fame vote for Tony Fernandez - He was one of my favourite Blue Jays, and I'd like to see him survive at least one round of voting.

posted by grum@work at 09:07 PM on December 22

Wow, okay. Aside from Lord Stanley parading down Bay Street (grum, I'm with you, but I'd be happy with one before Sundin retires), I wish:

  • for a new hockey arena for Pittsburgh;
  • for C.Ronaldo hurting himself in a non-lethal way (a significant facial laceration, for example, would put the poodleboy up for months) yards away from anyone else on the pitch so there's no one he could blame (if it could happen in a crucial loss to Liverpool, even better);
  • for Roger Clemens (and Steve Franchise, and Eli Manning, but Rocket most of all) to disappear, I don't care how, never to darken my sports pages again;
  • for a Jets-Saints Super Bowl (I'd be okay with whoever wins);
  • for a regular broadcast television network to pick up the NHL. Also, for monkeys to fly out of my butt; and:
  • for one quality conversation per day on Spofi. Just one. About anything.

posted by chicobangs at 09:26 PM on December 22

chico: you don't get NBC in your area? Re: the broadcast television network picking up the NHL. Oh wait, you mean full time. Shit. Can't help you there, broheim. Also, you're oh so close with your Super Bowl matchup. It should be a Chargers-Saints Super Bowl. It would be a 130 point Super Bowl.

posted by NoMich at 10:38 PM on December 22

Yeah, right, NBC. Call me in February with that. Whatever. InDemand gets a piece of my wallet because of it.

posted by chicobangs at 12:07 AM on December 23

I know, I know. I tried.

posted by NoMich at 12:12 AM on December 23

I promise I won't go TOO crazy on the internets if they win... I don't believe a word of this promise, and I certainly won't hold you to it. If the impossible happens, I'll forgive you even if you manage to put your dancing Krusty as the tiling background of the main page. Tickets to watch any of the following superstars play - Sidney Crosby, Johan Santana, Steve Nash, Peyton Manning, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods I don't care much for basketball, American football or golf, but your 3 other picks are spot on. I'd like tickets for all games in a Penguins-Capitals series. I'd like tickets for all games of a World Series involving the Minnesota Twins. And I'd like tickets for all sessions of the last week of the US open.

posted by qbert72 at 02:20 AM on December 23

Ninth place is the first loser out of the playoffs, YYM. I blame you for breaking me mentally and starting me on my downward spiral into the depths of depression.

posted by wingnut4life at 05:38 AM on December 23

One more thing -No more Terrell Owens or Barry Bonds

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:57 AM on December 23

Oh, and while I would never wish mortal ill upon anyone, if any Blackhawks fan were to wish such a fate upon Bill Wirtz, even if they don't say it in public for fear of sounding crass, I wouldn't blame them.

posted by chicobangs at 09:04 AM on December 23

- Wales to win the Rugby World Cup - A drug free year for cycling

posted by afx237vi at 09:21 AM on December 23

- A drug free year for cycling Yeah, right. There's as much a chance of that as there is Philadelphia winning a championship. Merry Christmas, belated Happy Hanukkah, and a wonderful Boxing Day to one and all. And, for the rest of us:

posted by SummersEve at 10:04 AM on December 23

  • Tickets to the NHL All Star game and skills competition, front row in the corner.
  • The Swedish bikini team to drop in on me, at said game, right after I say, "It doesn't get anybetter than this."
  • posted by MrFrisby at 11:19 AM on December 23

    Husky Hoops gets to the Elite Eight or better. Husky football gets to a bowl game, and has at least two victories over ranked Pac-10 teams. That every single person I know who smokes quits smoking.

    posted by vito90 at 01:59 PM on December 23

    Sorry, Fris. The Swedish bikini team is already booked for that game. They're serving frosty beverages at my place while I watch the game on my 52 inch HD. Honest! My wife already gave the ok!

    posted by wingnut4life at 04:03 PM on December 23

    This sports fan would like one date with Becky Hammon. All Santa needs to do is get us in the same room and I can handle the rest. I also wouldn't mind seeing an NHL team in Philadelphia that can preform at the profesional level. And I already got one wish, the Nets will be in Brooklyn by '09-'10.

    posted by HATER 187 at 04:27 PM on December 23

    My Dear Mr. Kringle, It has come to our attention that you are in the habit of passing out gifts and wishes to total strangers during the winter solstice. Our attorneys have informed us that this practice may be discriminatory, and may have the result of some groups or individuals feeling deprived. In order to mitigate the possible negative consequences of your annual acts, we propose the following: Michael Peca to recover from his injuries and resume his place on the ice. (I'm no Leafs fan, but nobody deserves that!!) All professional athletes to understand what a privilege it is to represent their respective cities and sponsors, and to begin acting like it. Sports writers and the more rabid fans among us to understand the place of sport and athletics in the world, and to place sports at its proper level of importance. SpoFi contributors to continue to offer the thoughtful and interesting comments that they daily provide. For Fraze to get them all right for the whole season in his NFL picks. For peace and love and joy to be our lot for the holidays and for the year. Please be advised, Mr. Kringle, that to fail to deliver on any of the above may result in lil_brown_bat correcting all of your correspondence for spelling and punctuation. (only kidding, lbb) Very Truly Yours, A suffering Beantowner

    posted by Howard_T at 05:12 PM on December 23

    Santa, please give me the Wit to post things that are amusing, informational, or at least relevant, the Courage to stop posting things that are offensive, stupid or annoying, and the Wisdom to know the difference. That's a big one. How about getting rcade some duly prolonged credit for the year's best link title. And chicobangs the same for best parody. And Weedy, also, for best rant. And jerseygirl for best use of the word cheetah in a sentence. And some due recognition to all the folks that operate and administer to this site, from rcade, justgary and kirk to eveyone who, on their own dime, point to the guidelines and help smooth the roads. And to everyone who posts here regularly with the consistent wisdom I asked for previously, especially those who fill the baseball threads with that wisdom, hey Santa, give them what they want. Unless they are asking for new stats. Don't give them no new stats. And finally, continue to give me a new nugget of knowledge a day from this site, leaning more toward those nuggets that instruct me on the sports I know less about, or on the culture of sport in general, and less those nuggets regarding ways in which the Yankees are ruining baseball or Derek Jeter sucks. Oh, also a pony. Any pony.

    posted by BullpenPro at 12:33 PM on December 26

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