Christmas is right around the corner, which means it’s time for the annual sports writer tradition of announcing our sports wishes for the coming year.
Yes, it’s a little cheesy, but I think some light-hearted cheese is needed right now.
Let’s start with the team that needs the most positive vibes right now, the Kansas City Chiefs. For Romeo Crennel and his players, the past 12 months have probably been one of the most trying any program could hope to go through. I don’t think anyone would blame Crennel if he stepped down at the end of this season, and that’s not even taking into account the circumstances surrounding the murder/suicide of Jovan Belcher.
Rumors going around the Internet Wednesday afternoon, however, suggested the decision may be taken out of Crennel’s hands, which may be a blessing for the beleaguered coach. But one can’t help but wish everyone involved with the Chiefs some much-needed time to grieve and come together as a family in the face of so much strife.
For the Kansas City Royals, I offer the hope their blockbuster trade that sent several players, including starting outfielder Wil Myers, to Tampa Bay for pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis turns out to be beneficial.
While some doubts as to the long-term benefits of the trade for the Royals have been voiced, it has gotten the fans excited for the coming season. For a team that’s been ‘rebuilding’ for much of the 2000s, that is a good thing.
To NHL fans, I wish for your pain to quickly be over and for the players and owners to work out their differences and get everyone back on the ice ASAP. And, of course, if you are jonesing for some hockey action, the Wichita Thunder are at the top of the Berry Conference with a 17-7-2 record and well worth the trip down Interstate 135.
Bill Snyder and the Kansas State football team would likely roll their collective eyes at any wish of a Fiesta Bowl win against Oregon. After all, wishes don’t win football games; hard work, sweat, and Collin Klein’s bloody elbows do.
To K-State basketball fans, especially the ones on the message boards, I wish for you to take a step back from the keyboard, breathe and realize Frank Martin’s teams struggled before conference play, also. Bruce Weber deserves a full season to either crash or succeed, not a month and a half.
For KU football fans, I offer my sincere wish that this year’s recruiting class does, indeed, live up to their self-appointed “Dream Team 2013” monicker. The Jayhawks have been the weak link in an otherwise stacked Big 12 the past several seasons, and a conference that boasts bowl eligible teams top-to-bottom can only benefit everyone in the conference.
To all of the area sports teams, college and high school, I wish for your holidays to be restful, as the crazy really begins starting Jan. 3.
And to you, the reader, I offer my sincerest hopes of happiness this holiday season. We began this journey together barely more than two months ago, and I thank you all for your continued support.
I close with some heavy sap, warranted, I feel after the past few weeks. Whatever you celebrate this season, I truly wish for us all to embrace one another. Life is far too fleeting to waste it on hate.