Christmas 2015

Daisy Fuentes

I am dreaming of a Christmas with snow and cooler crisp temps in the 30’s. That would be real unlike the bizarre 60 to 70 degrees we are getting here in the Big Apple with rain showers.

I guess you can’t have everything. If the sun came out, that would be enough. Whatever the case may be, we will all rejoice and have Christmas dinner with loved ones and close friends. Enjoy the magic of the holiday season for believing and dreaming.

With the year coming to a close, here are some holiday wishes in sports and life.

1.For the Giants to stop embarrassing themselves. Even if it means winning this weekend and the Redskins win the NFC East and eliminate them from playoff contention, just give Big Blue fans one Sunday to take pride in the team. That means no more hot dogging from Odell Beckham, Jr. and no more chokes from the defense. Play like Giants.

2.For the Jets to actually do something that isn’t Same Old Jets and earn a win against the Patriots taking them one step closer to the playoffs led by Ryan Fitzpatrick. They will need help in the form of a Steelers loss or Chiefs or even the Broncos to lose out. But Gang Green supporters sure deserve a January of meaningful games.

3.For MTV to be overtaken by actual music gods who give a damn about the music! Not the garbage shows they have on. And for rock ‘n roll and metal to be part of their channel again. VH1 too. No more!

4.For The Cars talents to finally be recognized by the Rock ‘N Roll Hall Of Shame for 2017 induction. They were geniuses who inspired so much and changed the way music felt and sounded. Do it for the gone but never forgotten Benjamin Orr whose voice is only one of the most soulful and best ever. Honor the genius of Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes and David Robinson.

5.For nothing but the best for coach Chris Mullin as he and assistant Mitch Richmond continue to develop a new program at St. John’s University.

6.For the Mets to actually show some compassion for their loyal fans and add another outfield bat and a key arm to aid a weak bullpen which is a concern entering 2016.

7.For the Yankees to act like the Yankees and make a move that could impact the present and future.

8.For Knicks coach Derek Fisher to actually settle on a 10-man rotation eventually and not keep Cleanthony Early glued to the bench. And for Melo to close out a game for once instead of disappearing.

9.For the Nets to actually try to put a watchable product at Atlantic Avenue in downtown Brooklyn instead of making hoops lifers sick to their stomachs. Fans can still go see Lincoln, Boys and Girls and Jefferson for cheaper and get much better value.

10.For sports stations to cover the sports like they’re supposed to be covered. More about the game than the sideshow it’s become full of distractions and ridiculousness of social media.

11.For Roger Federer to win one more grand slam in his illustrious career. And for Rafael Nadal to come back and get one more French Open. And for Novak Djokovic to be challenged again.

12.For any woman to beat Serena Williams at a grand slam and not be retiring. For there to be actual competition. And for Serena to learn good sportsmanship when she loses.

13.For Tiger Woods to give himself a Euro vacation and not return till 2017. He needs time away.

14.For the Point Break remake on Christmas not to totally suck and embarrass Bodi (Patrick Swayze) and Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves).

15.For the Rangers and Islanders to have a playoff series in the Spring that is as memorable as has been for a classic rivalry in quite some time.

16.For the cocky Carolina Panthers to come down to earth and have the stuffing beat out of them for their arrogance and stupidity.

17.For Beckham, Jr. to have finally learned his lesson and never celebrate with foolish dances after touchdowns which don’t decide games. For him to learn the meaning of becoming a true athlete kids can admire.

18.For there to be more radio broadcasts like the Giants one on WFAN in New York called by awesome play by play man Bob Papa and Carl Banks, who always make sure to call it right down the middle. They’ll always go after their team for not playing or acting to capability.

19.For the legendary Dick Vitale to get a lifetime achievement award and finally have the pleasure of calling a Final Four. There’s no more passionate college hoops announcer in the biz. He deserves it a year after Bill Raftery got his One Shining Moment.

20.For sports radio to have a little more balance. More creativity. Not the same old song and dance. It gets tiring and even as loathsome as a Mike Lupica column.

21.For everyone out there to enjoy themselves. We all deserve a break. We all deserve time away. Whether it be a great time with friends or a awesome show or concert or movie, give ourselves a breather.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🙂


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Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.

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