Christmas is here again. Gifts, by this time, should be wrapped and ready for delivery. Christmas cards, for those who still do that sort of thing, should have been mailed before now.
In the sports world, one of the greatest gifts is that there is usually some type of game on 365 days a year.
While Santa is preparing for his busiest night of the year, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to throw a few sports-related wishes the Jolly Old Elf’s way.
•For the Atlanta Falcons: a much better 2014 than what transpired in 2013.
•For “major” college football: the realization that a 16-team playoff system will work even better than a four-team setup.
•For Jerry Glanville: a team to coach in 2014.
•For the Winder-Barrow High School and Apalachee High School football teams: a trip to the playoffs in 2014.
•For the University of Georgia basketball programs: A long overdue new building to compete in.
•For all of our local coaches: A thank you for the time you put in. The extra pay you get in return does not come close to equaling the hours, the complaints from parents, etc.
•For all Coaches in the Stands: The long overdue realization that you do not know an ounce of what you think you know.
•For Georgia Southern football: A successful transition to the next level.
•For Larry Munson and Al Ciraldo: Memories of college football games on a Saturday afternoon. There was a time when not every Georgia and Georgia Tech game was televised and what a treat it was to have these two calling the action.
•For New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: A week as yours truly so I could be him for a week.
•For the football teams at Wisconsin-Whitewater and Mt. Union: Yet another meeting in the Division III championship game. Eight times in the last nine seasons just doesn’t seem like enough.
•For professional wrestling: A return to the territorial system used for decades because Vince McMahon destroyed it.
•For the Atlanta Hawks: An overdue trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.
•For The NFL Network: A programming director who realizes fans want to see more classic games uncut.
•For readers of this sports section: A thank you for your support in 2013. I look forward to the new year and continuing to make this your sports section of choice. Your support is greatly appreciated. It’s often a tough road each week and can become frustrating at times. Your support helps all of us through those rough spots.
Chris Bridges is sports editor of the Barrow Journal. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.