Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Sports Wishes
What do I want out of our wonderful sporting world in 2012? Well, probably too much to list here. I did title the post already/we did this topic on the air this afternoon, so let's go with ten.
1. Another year of Andy Reid! No, not because I think he's necessarily the best coach for the 2012 Eagles. I just love the way fans react to him. Plus, those press conferences are must listens. Especially when he is outwardly mean to our own Matt Lombardo.
2. The end of abuse scandals. From Sandusky to Fine to Red Sox clubhouse attendants to Bill Conlin. It's stomach churning, disgusting and hard to talk about. For the sake of everyone, no more. Please.
3. An agreement on how valuable Ryan Howard truly is. I've been accused of being a Howard hater, but that isn't true. He's productive, a winner, and a leader. I just don't think he's a great baseball player. There are quite a few first baseman I would rather have on my team. Fair or not, the Phillies performance while he is on the shelf is going to dictate how people continue to praise or critique the Big Piece.
4. LeBron James: NBA Finals MVP
5. A plus one system in college football. Come on, Bill Hancock. Get it done.
6. Someone to challenge the Phillies in the NL East. Five years of dominance has been remarkable, but ever since the Mets went off the rails the team has lacked a true rival. Atlanta is good, but not great. Florida is spending money, but doesn't appear ready. Washington could be the team, but it might take a few seasons for Strasburg and Harper to become stars.
7. Tim Tebow and the Broncos making an improbable deep playoff run. This story is too much fun to end on wild card weekend.
8. Indianapolis securing the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and having to decide to A) keep both Manning and Luck B) trading the pick or perhaps the most fun C) trading Peyton Manning in order to hand the franchise over to the next Peyton Manning
9. Steroid users to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Let's all get off our high horses and stop pretending like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were two of the greatest players ever.
10. For Just a Bit Outside to win the award for greatest radio show in world history.