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A Sack Full of Holiday Cheers – And One or Two Jeers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Terry   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 05:29


Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (12) shoots over Philadelphia 76ers' Kwame Brown (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 16, in Philadelphia.

Okay so I don't wear velvet red suits or work at the North Pole. That doesn't mean I don't have a sack bursting with gifts to give out, even if they are more virtual than reality.

To San Fernando High: The belief that football coach Robert Garcia is not a one-year wonder. And if he's not, then a way to keep him on the Tigers' sideline for a long time.

To the football teams of Alemany, Birmingham, Canoga Park, Chaminade, Van Nuys and Verdugo Hills high schools: The wisdom to understand your seasons were not failures even though you did not reach your ultimate goal.

To the Taft and Verdugo Hills girls' volleyball teams: see the above.

To Chatsworth baseball coach Tom Meusborn: That critical out that keeps eluding the Chancellors lately in the City baseball championships. To El Camino Real girls' soccer coach Eric Choi: an extra hand, because he's run out of fingers to wear all those championship rings his teams have won.

To the Valley College women's basketball team: some momentum from the upcoming holiday tournament at Ventura College, beginning Dec. 28 against Riverside City College, before entering league play.

To the Pierce College women's volleyball team: the energy and passion to continue their winning streak, which reached 66 consecutive matches after the Brahmas won a third straight CCCAA state championship.

To the Lakers: a youth serum. Or at least a couple more shooters. To Dwight Howard: A onetime request to faithfully negotiate a contract extension. Don't expect the Lakers or their fans to constantly beg you to stay. That's not how we do things out here. To Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss: A few more words of advice from his father on how and when to make personnel changes.

To the Clippers: The best chance ever to actually make Los Angeles a two-team basketball town.

To the Los Angeles Kings: A NHL season so you can finally raise the Stanley Cup championship banner that was nearly five decades in the making. As a bonus, Commissioner Gary Bettman and the other owners holding the 2012-13 season hostage with this dubious lockout have to be present so they can be promptly booed out of Staples Center.

To Don Mattingly and Mike Scioscia: sorry, your wish lists are complete – you both now have stacked lineups and solid pitching for 2013. It's up to each of you to have your teams playing deep into next October.

To the LA Galaxy: Another Landon Donovan, should the current one decide not to return when his contract ends after the 2013 season.

To UCLA football coach Jim Mora: See Robert Garcia. Oh, and win the bowl game so this redemptive season doesn't end with three straight losses.

To USC football coach Lane Kiffin: A case of growup. Sure you can recruit and you have some imaginative ideas about offense. But this wormy/petulant child act you foster on the public and your team has worn thin. And Pat Haden won't have your back much longer it if continues.

To Tiger Woods: Now a return to your old form. Karma has punished you enough – unless you haven't learned anything. To Manny Pacquiao: A wakeup call from that knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez. It may be time to forget about a fight with Floyd Mayweather, and get on with your life. To former Lakers LeRoy Ellis and Orlando Woolridge, former USC Trojan and San Diego Charger linebacker Junior Seau, former Clipper Dwayne Schintzius, former Dodger Gary Carter, and former UCLA basketball coach Gene Bartow: R.I.P. Your work in this world is done.

And for the rest of us: a peaceful AND sane holiday season.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 December 2012 19:45