With Christmas coming Tuesday, I'd like to play Santa Claus for a day.
If I was jolly old St. Nick, I'd give:
- The Detroit Lions a running back with some speed to the outside and/or a couple of defensive backs who know what pass coverage means.
- A new tennis court for Ishpeming High School head net coach Erl Langness, or at least some repairs on the court that holds No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles play.
- The NHL players and owners some common sense and spirit of compromise to end the silly impasse between the two parties.
- The Detroit Pistons' Kevin Durant with a longterm contract.
- Give Gwinn High School boys varsity basketball coach Darren Sinnaeve a state championship.
- Michigan State University men's basketball coach Tom Izzo another NCAA title after sweeping the University of Michigan this season.
- The Detroit Tigers an effective closer for this coming season.
- Westwood High School varsity head football coach Jon Beckman a Mid-Peninsula Conference title next season.
- Mining Journal sports editor Matt Wellens' dog Roxie an unlimited supply of canine treats.
- MSU a football bowl win to end an otherwise disappointing season.
- MJ sports colleague Steve Brownlee a 300 game and/or an 800 series in bowling this season.
- My son Connor's Midget BB hockey team a state championship so he can draw even with his older brother Clint in that category.
- Dan and Dave Ellis, and eventually, Carley Saint-Onge, spots on the PGA and LPGA tours, respectively, if they want to turn pro.
- Ishpeming High School varsity head basketball coach John Tiziani a clean bill of health.
- Head hockey coach Walt Kyle a couple of explosive Northern Michigan University offensive players to take some pressure off his defensive corps and goaltender Jared Coreau.
- IHS athletic director Terry Roberts an invitation to call me anytime so we can tease each other, crack a couple of jokes and generally ease the pressure of our two jobs.
- Longtime Mining Journal writer and former sports editor Renee Prusi a Detroit Lions bobblehead doll for her desk, a gift she would no doubt cherish.
Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is email@example.com.