This time of year everyone, whether young or old, should be busy making out their Christmas list. I have my two front teeth and I don’t want a hippopotamus, but I still have a fairly long wish list.
Items at the top of my list include playing golf with Emmitt Smith, going to the Master’s, and singing with George Strait. (Well, it is a wish list after all.)
While my list has plenty of items for me, I’ve also included a few things for other people. Here are a few things I would love to see under the tree come Christmas morning:
— A state softball title for Vernon High School. The Lady Lions have reached the Class 4A State Softball Tournament the last two years, but haven’t been able to bring the title back home. Maybe the third time could be the charm.
— A berth in the NFC Championship game for the Dallas Cowboys. I could have asked for the Cowboys to make the Super Bowl, but I didn’t want to get greedy. The Cowboys definitely have the defense to get to the conference championship game, and if they can get there, who knows what could happen.
— A new offensive coordinator for the Cowboys in 2019. Although Dallas could clinch the NFC East title with a win this week, I would still like to see the team get a new offensive coordinator. The offense has shown improvement (prior to last Sunday’s debacle in Indianapolis), but I still don’t think Scott Linehan’s offense plays to the strengths of QB Dak Prescott.
— A healthy Dirk Nowitzki for the rest of the season. Nowitzki has played just two games for the 15-13 Mavericks, but the big German, who is playing in his 21 season, could be the catalyst for this young squad. If you haven’t watched a Mavs’ game this season, you’re missing a team that is exciting and fun to watch. Rookie Luka Doncic is amazing, and Dennis Smith Jr., Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews are playing well together. The Mavericks are rebuilding, but if Nowitzki can stay healthy, they could very well surprise their fans with a deep playoff run.
— An Oklahoma victory over Alabama. I can’t believe this made my Christmas list, but one of those teams has to win their College Football Playoff semifinal game, and I dislike the Tide even more than I dislike the Sooners.
— A Big 12 basketball champion other than Kansas. The Jayhawks have owned the Big 12 for what seems like forever. They’ve won 14 straight Big 12 championships, but I’m hoping their run stops right there. And, I’m hoping it is the Texas Tech Red Raiders that end their streak.
— Another major championship for Tiger Woods. Last season was fantastic for Woods, who was near the top of the weekend leaderboard in three major tournaments. He definitely made Sunday rounds exciting, but wasn’t able to secure major title No. 15. Hopefully Woods will get that major in 2019.
— A couple of quality starting pitchers for the Texas Rangers. New manager Chris Woodward has some good young talent to work with in Arlington, but the Rangers desperately need a couple of quality starting pitchers. Whether they come from within the system, via trade or free agency, a couple of new starting pitchers are a must if Woodward is going to have a chance at rebuilding the Rangers.
Hopefully, Santa will drop a few of these things off on Christmas Eve.
Here’s wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!
Kathy McClellan writes two sports columns monthly for the Times Record News.