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Sports in Seconds: All I want for Christmas...

Aaron Hall | Interrobang | Sports | December 4th, 2006

The holiday season is a time to spend quality time with your friends and loved ones, make last minute trips to the shopping centre for Christmas gifts, and indulge in turkey feasts and holiday cocktails.

It is also a time to hear my holiday wish list for professional sports.

I wish my former high school football teammate Shaun Suisham can rise-up the depth charts as the starting kicker with the Washington Redskins, who recently signed him to their practice roster.

I wish that I can finally stop finding excuses for the Indianapolis Colts, and watch them march towards a Super Bowl victory.

I wish the Detroit Tigers could land another big name this MLB off-season, after already revamping their lineup with the addition of Gary Sheffield.

I wish, as I did last year, that the New York Yankees do not add any significant players this MLB off-season.

I wish that if the New York Yankees do add anyone this off-season, that they follow their current trend and grotesquely over pay for mediocre talent.

I wish players like Mike Vick, of the Atlanta Falcons, can start acting like responsible adults and stop flipping off the fans, who ultimately provide him with his pay cheque.

I wish superstar players in the National Basketball Association could start providing me with some type of reason to begin watching NBA games once again, something I can honestly say I haven't done consistently for a few years.

I wish the young talent on the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to display their brilliance on the ice and prove to me why I jumped ship, left the Toronto Maple Leafs behind, and became a Pen's fan.

The biggest thing that I will be wishing for this holiday season involves three former MLB players who have recently become eligible to be inducted into MLB's Hall of Fame this upcoming January when voting takes place.

I wish that baseball writers across North America ignore the easy headline-catching steroid angle of Mark McGwire and take some time to focus on Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn.

Ripken and Gwynn were not only completely stand-up guys and well-liked individuals when they played the game, they both put up ‘Hall-worthy' numbers and accomplished incredible things on the baseball field.

Ripken's streak of 2632 consecutive games played is not only one of the greatest feats in MLB history, it rivals any record in all of professional sports in terms of displaying endurance, longevity, and strength.

Gwynn retired in 2001 with a total of 3,141 hits and a lifetime batting average of .338, giving him the highest career batting average among players whose careers began after World War II.

So once again, I wish writers don't pump the headlines with McGwire-steroid-gibberish, and instead focus on the genuine accomplishments of two genuine individuals, in Ripken and Gwynn.

Happy holidays Fanshawe.
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