By JOE GONILLO Christmas is my favorite season of the year. Nothing that compares. I appreciate the ER for giving me space for my Christmas Wish List. As it seems to grow erver-so-slightly every year, and I always give credit to former BFP sports writers Andy Gardner and Pat Garrity for giving me the idea. Enjoy reading. If your name is missing, let me know. Have a wonderful Christmas and a safe, Happy New Year! Lucille McClure – Youth movement for Arizona Cardinals; Mark Bombard – QB for the ‘Skins; main and guidance/counseling office staff – rule-following and deadline-hitting students; Rob Reardon – great teachers, staff, administration, and students; Beth Cobb – solid year 1 and many more to come; English Department – wonderful students, great books, and a solid budget; Mike Deweese – got your QB, now a young RB for Bills; Armando Vilaseca – Bryce Harper; Ben Johnson – extra family time … [Read more...] about The Essex Reporter Sport Shorts by Joe Gonillo: Christmas wish list
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I loaded the old sleigh with all my holiday gifts, but blew out a reindeer and had to call AAA for a tow to the garage. So my gifts will be late this year. It’s the thought that counts. For Steph Curry: A commission as an officer in Trump’s new Space Command, so Steph can make amends for disrespecting the U.S. space program. Curry can help Space Command build a force shield around Earth and make the Martians pay for it. For A’s fans: A downtown Oakland gallery to display all the gorgeous artist renderings of proposed A’s ballparks through the decades. With room for expansion. For Maverick’s surfers: Nothing. If you’ve ridden the monsters at Maverick’s, what the hell could I possibly give you? For Nick Mullens: Because he practices calling plays while listening to annoying and distracting crowd noise in his headphones, a recorded loop of the Kars-4-Kids commercial. For Farhan Zaidi: A big-name acquisition. And protection from the lunatic fringe … [Read more...] about Scott Ostler’s Christmas wish list for Bay Area sports
Graham Couch Lansing State Journal Published 10:02 AM EST Dec 15, 2018 What do you get for diehard Michigan State fans for Christmas? Unfortunately, their true wish list can’t be bought. Not without breaking NCAA rules, anyway. Here’s the not-in-stores wish list for the Spartan fan in your life (or you). If you can get any of these into a stocking, you’ve done well. 10. For Foster Loyer to look like Clarkston Foster Loyer It wasn’t all that long ago, I’d be asked, “Who starts at point guard this season — Cassius Winston or Foster Loyer?” Or I’d hear, “Can they play with each other?” Now the question is simply, will Loyer’s game reach the point where Tom Izzo trusts him for eight minutes a night as Winston’s backup. The three games remaining before Big Ten play resumes — against heavy underdogs Green Bay (Sunday), Oakland (Friday) and Northern Illinois (Dec. 29) — I think are … [Read more...] about Michigan State football, basketball: The MSU fan’s Christmas wish list
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together for a couple of years. He has three siblings, all in their 20s, none married. Today I received a group email from his mom addressed to him, his father, his grandmother, all three siblings and their boyfriends/girlfriends (including me) asking for Christmas wish lists. She wants to know what we would like for Christmas and would like all of us to “reply all” on the email so everyone else will have ideas for Christmas presents. I don’t know how to respond! I don’t want to appear greedy, but I do like the idea that she wants to get us all presents that we will like. Can you give me any suggestions on the best way to respond? -- PERPLEXED IN ALABAMADEAR PERPLEXED: Your boyfriend’s mother is a generous -- and sensible -- woman. She is soliciting ideas because she doesn’t want to waste her time or money buying something the recipient won’t like. Answer her question. Tell her what you would like, as … [Read more...] about Dear Abby: Boyfriend’s mom asks for Christmas wish list, and this is a problem?
Jan Peterson Special to the News-Leader Published 11:00 PM EST Nov 25, 2018 No. 17 This mother of three daughters wrote about her family’s situation this way: “We are having trouble this year due to my husband’s hours being cut and I am working part time. We are making ends meet but the holidays will be tough.” She went on to describe how they make two trips a month to St. Louis to take their daughter to medical appointments. The daughter, who has scoliosis, will need these frequent checks of her brace until she has reached her mature height. Mom and Dad are grateful to the Shriners who help with gas money for these trips; however, the parents still must use part of their paychecks for additional gas, car maintenance and other trip expenses. With both parents working minimum-wage jobs at fewer than 40 hours a week, all their earnings must go toward rent, utilities and other essential bills. They are hopeful donors can be found to provide Christmas gifts … [Read more...] about Make a Christmas wish list come true for these families in need