Given that Santa and I go way, way back together, I've been asked to pass out gifts to lighten the load for Fed Ex, UPS and his aging reindeer.
So let's do this.
• For Bears' coach John Fox, another headset to fidget with in a new city.
• For Bulls' forward Nikola Mirotic, boxing lessons.
• For arrogant blowhard and NBA father LaVar Ball, permanent laryngitis.
• For Illinois football coach Lovie Smith, an even 10 player defections. He's currently at nine.
• For Blackhawks' coach Joel Quenneville, tougher defense, balanced line play and some meanness.
• For The Times No.1-ranked Chesterton boys and girls basketball teams, a colossal high five and good health all season.
• For the Valparaiso men's basketball team, softer seat cushions after getting paddled by Purdue and Northwestern.
• For those administrators who mismanaged finances for years at the now-closed St. Joseph College, the courage to look in the mirror and admit they've ruined several lives.
• For Griffith baseball coach Brian Jennings, a permanent radio gig calling college games on the Learfield Sports Network.
• For the future Gary Sports Hall of Fame, a permanent home inside the Diamond Club at RailCats' Stadium.
• For those homeless men and women begging at various Skyway and Cline Ave. exits, a generous public to provide warm coats and full bellies.
• For Lakeshore TV and WJOB radio, added revenue streams leading to larger staffs and more in-depth coverage of local news and sports.
• For the downtown Gary Genesis Center, the city's biggest white elephant, a sound argument against having it razed.
• For the Cubs and White Sox, a crosstown World Series before the next presidential election.
• For the Gary South Shore RailCats, more "local" players for our "local" team.
• For the football-crazy town of Lowell, a life-time supply of RDP.
• For Calumet College of St. Joseph, student dorms filled to capacity.
• For Bishop Noll High School, a football program.
• For athletes and coaches who drink and drive, better judgment.
• For police, firemen and first-responders, the public's undying respect and appreciation.
• For today's teachers, a reason to feel good about their profession.
• For Purdue University Northwest, a long, competitive run in Division II and a thick skin early on during lop-sided losses.
Hope your wishes come true. Peace, love and a Merry Christmas to all.