My 2015 Sports Wish List

Rather than a bunch of NHappy New Year 2015ew Year’s resolutions I’ll never keep, I decided to make a sports wish list for the coming year. They are in no particular order, just a stream of consciousness I wrote down over the last several days. While many of them have a snowball’s chance in hell of happening, I think several are very possible.

 

  • Tiger Woods wins a couple of tournaments to shut up all the naysayers.
  • The Boston Red Sox acquire Cole Hamels.
  • Major League Baseball allows Pete Rose to be included on the Hall of Fame ballot. I know he went off the rails with gambling, but that has zero to do with his 4,256 hits.
  • The Sacred Heart University men’s basketball team returns to the Northeast Conference playoffs, and head coach Anthony Latina (one of the good guys) is named Coach of the Year.
  • Golfer Patrick Reed gets his foot stuck so deeply in his mouth he can’t talk for the next twelve months.
  • Joey Logano wins his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
  • The NFL stops playing football games in London – it’s just stupid.
  • Boston College finds a new kicker that can actually make extra points.
  • The MLB Network starts broadcasting selected winter league baseball games. I’m tired of watching the Home Run Derby from 1879 and the 27th rerun of Mr. Baseball.
  • College football expands the playoff system to eight teams – even if it means eliminating one regular season game against the Sisters of the Poor.
  • The owners of the Angels realize how ridiculous “The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” sounds.
  • Will Middlebrooks has a big year for the Padres. If he had stayed healthy there’d be no Panda mania in Boston.
  • The Wesleyan University baseball team wins another NESCAC title and returns to the NCAA Tournament.
  • Jim Harbaugh wins a Big Ten title at Michigan, and the San Francisco 49ers miss the playoffs again – only fair thing for a franchise that ran off a coach that did nothing but win for it.
  • NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wakes up one morning and realizes what a bonehead move he made taking hockey out of Hartford. Has anyone noticed that Carolina is averaging just 12,000 a game (second worst in the league)? Hartford did that – in fact, often exceeded it. Great move there, Gary. And of course, they’re packing them in in Florida to the tune of 9,500 a game. Perfect.
  • The San Diego Chargers find a way to make it to the Super Bowl.
  • Tom Watson gets apologies from everyone who blamed him for losing the Ryder Cup. The decision to shuffle the lineup and bench a couple of golfers aside, Watson did not have anything to do with the fact that the American players just didn’t play well enough. The classless comments thrown at a classy man like Watson were hard to see, and made me more than a little sad.
  • Vin Scully announces that he’ll be coming back to broadcast the 2016 Dodgers. With apologies to some of my broadcasting friends, Vin Scully is the best baseball broadcaster ever.