‘Tis the season – to dream about next season
‘Tis the day after Christmas, and I’m here to reflect,
On a bad year in sports, that I wish to reject.
My (SF) Giants were hung by the Fish by the sea,
Who kicked off their fire sale by parting with Derrek Lee;
And my Niners are nestled in their offseason beds,
Where visions of beating the Eagles will dance in their heads;
Good riddance to Owens, or so I hope,
If they mend their special teams, I will not mope.
‘Tis the months of February and March I so dread,
Because both the NFL and pro baseball are dead.
But I’ll suffer through March Madness, I will
‘Cuz with April baseball I’ll get my fill.
Now it is time I look back in the past,
To a season in sports that is gone too fast.
Don’t you worry, ‘cuz I’ll also take a peek,
To what’s to come in the next 52 weeks.
Out in the Bronx there has been such a clatter,
As the Yankees payroll gets fatter and fatter,
And Boston can hardly keep up the pace,
While sports fans are sick of seeing A-Rod’s face.
Speaking of stacking an entire team,
Out West, the Lakers are also gaining steam;
But, what to the wondering minds will become,
Of Kobe on trial for rape: What was done?
With a little driver, Tiger continues to thrill,
And Limbaugh was busted for his addiction to pills.
He cursed the Eagles’ Donovan McNabb,
Who went on to have a year that was fab.
But Manning! And Bulger! And Brady and McNair!
On Holmes! On Lewis! How will they all fare?
On a run to the Super Bowl that starts next year-
Wait, we must focus on what is more near.
College Bowl Week is now out of the gates,
Through many useless games you must wait,
To see LSU and Oklahoma’s date;
Sorry, USC, the BCS is strange when it calculates.
In the NBA, LeBron does not disappoint;
At 18, he practically owns the joint.
Every time he draws up his hand to get a rebound,
There is a Nike rep that is sure to be found.
Another MVP for Bonds in 2003,
The Bucs thrashed the Raiders for all to see,
And The Admiral left a legacy with the Spurs,
To the top of the NHL the Devils returned.
But the best happening this year, definitely top shelf
Was something that happened in sports to myself.
When (sports editor) Dan Savickas decided to leave,
It opened a spot at the Sun for little old me.
I spoke not a word, but went right to work,
And I’ve tried not to be too much of a jerk;
There are many at the Sun that I want to thank,
And so far I have only one complaint:
There is never, ever enough time in sorts,
To cover the entire wide world of sports.
And here I exclaim, as I know what is right,
“Merry Christmas to all, and watch SportsCenter each night!”
Matt Brown is sports and outdoors reporter for the Sierra Sun.
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