It’s time for my annual Christmas wish list. I normally address this list to Santa Claus but he seemingly doesn’t listen to me very often. The fact that we still have the same guy in the White House shows that Santa doesn’t grant my wishes.
With that in mind, I’m just presenting a generic list this year. Maybe I’ll have more luck!
Ya think? Well, here goes!
Since the Falcons have done so well this year I would like to see them go on to the Super Bowl and shut up the national experts with a big win.
I want the Braves to hire Chipper Jones as their hitting coach. That way when there is an injury midway through the season they can activate him.
And I’d love to see the Braves in the World Series! With their outstanding pitching, a new addition in B.J. Upton, a healthy Brian McCann, and a steadily improving Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward it seems to be a real possibility.
I’d like to see UL football seniors like Corey Moss and Ben Barber get a college scholarship. There are others who are good enough for consideration also, but Moss and Barber are at the top of the list.
While we’re talking about college scholarships, how about a full-ride for Knights’ baseball catcher Austin Matson. This young man is a great prospect and should get a look at a major university.
And I’m looking for my grandson, Jake Spraggins, to be selected for his Pike County Middle School baseball team. He has worked very hard and is going to be an excellent player.
Coach Tommy Watson and his Upson-Lee football Knights need a big season in 2013 and they deserve some quality wins. The 2013 senior class will be large in number, experienced, and talented. A high region ranking and a state playoff appearance would be appreciated.
We Auburn Tiger fans are desperate for a return to normal Auburn Tiger football. A challenge for the SEC West title and a top-notch bowl game would head us back in the right direction.
I would love to see all World Series games played in the day time. These night games, brought on by money-hungry networks, are terrible!
How about another standout season for Logan Winkles at North Carolina State, a breakeout year for Tunde Fariyike at Auburn, and a shot at pro football for Cam Short.
And don’t forget former UL Knight Juantez Hartsfield, who has worked very hard at a California junior college to earn a scholarship to a four-year university. He deserves a shot at a quality school.
I’d love another great induction banquet for the Thomaston-Upson Sports Hall of Fame in February. We have a great class this year with some quality individuals being inducted. I anticipate a great evening!
I’m also hoping for a successful sale for my R.E. Lee football history book. I’m proud of my efforts to present to Rebel fans a consolidated history of some great teams, quality players, and outstanding coaches.
And how about making all football fields green, getting rid of all of the clown-looking football uniforms, cutting all players’ hair so that it doesn’t flow from beneath the helmets and caps, and requiring anyone who signs a college scholarship to stay at least three years.
And I want a Merry Christmas for my readers and a corresponding Happy and Healthy New Year!
Well, that’s my list for this year. There is more, but I’ll save it for later.