Moving right along, let's start with Matt Holliday. Along with his fat contract he'll land somewhere, most think St. Louis, I think somebody should send Mr. Holliday something real nice for the 2010 season. How about a handy, fly ball deflector? I'll let you use your imagination on what this could entail, but surely it'd help in the extreme case of a fly ball landing somewhere other than his glove.
Under the Rams' tree could be a long list of presents. For starters, maybe the stocking stuffer could be a real quarterback, possibly a pack of linemen and for kicks let's throw in a wide receiver crew.
As for their big present, the list could go on and on, but hopefully a star athlete in the draft this season instead of a lineman that's bound for the injured reserve list. I'd love to see a good quarterback from the collegiate ranks end up in St. Louis, just to give the area a little bit of hope for the upcoming season.
The Tennessee Volunteer football team, well, this year they should probably ask for a muzzle for the ol' ball coach. I'm a fan of Lane Kiffin, and it beats the heck out of the last few seasons with Phil Fulmer, but when the NCAA starts tossing out the word 'sanctions' it's usually not a good thing.
And yes, Dad, we did get a bowl game, and no, we didn't have to repaint our helmets because of remains of crimson paint on them. We'll do well in your so-called 'Mama's Fried Chicken Bowl,' also known as the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, against Virginia Tech.
While I'm at it, to all my Bama friends, this year, you should've asked for anybody but Texas in the title game. If you almost choked against Tennessee, well, good luck with the Longhorns. I'll be a Texas fan that evening I can promise you. As a matter of fact (usually bad stuff follows this...) I'll get a Crimson Tide hat and update my lovely profile picture if Alabama pulls off the victory.
To the town of Sikeston, we should've begged and pleaded once more for another Scott Central vs. Sikeston basketball game. Not only did money pour in during last year's contest for all schools involved, but the absolute greatest high school game in this area in a long, long time, took place in front of thousands of fans, bringing together the sports community. This season we're left empty-handed. It's like shaking a stocking, looking for that last piece of candy when you know deep in your heart it's not there.
Well, best of luck in your gift-giving and gift-getting. Remember to cherish your family, and enjoy the holiday season. Merry Christmas from the sports desk.