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Presenting my gifts PDF E-mail

Have you been naughty, or have you been nice? Maybe a little of both?
Fair enough.
When it comes to this time of year I always give special presents to those who are so close to my heart. Some presents are good, and others, well maybe not so much.
For me personally, I was fortunate enough to witness up close and personal many sporting events during the past year, from Husker football and volleyball to Aurora sports as well.
I was able to cover Husky boys basketball and volleyball at state as well as some “memorable” post-game press conferences, but it’s safe to say there won’t be another “feel good” moment like what I experienced at the Husker spring game in April.
When little Jack Hoffman took off around right end, put a move or two on a defensive back and then blazed his way to the goal line, the crowd’s applause literally sent shivers down my back.
It was a special moment and one that I’ll never forget. It was the best present a young kid could ever hope for (other than a clean bill of health), and well deserved.
As for the rest of you, here goes:
To the Miami Heat, a third consecutive title.
To Richie Incognito, a lump of coal.
To Tom Osborne, good fishing.
To the Rolfzen twins, 10 more pounds of pure muscle apiece.
To Andrew Rodriguez, his first and only bowl win.
To Connie Yori, a Final Four berth in Nashville.
To Tim Miles, patience.
To Shawn Eichorst, a weekly press conference.
To Bo Pelini, a happy press conference.
To the Kansas City Chiefs, Super Bowl rings.
To the Kansas City Royals, World Series rings.
To Darin Erstad, a College World Series appearance.
To Drew Ott, a transfer to Nebraska effective immediately.
To Taylor Martinez, a healthy foot.
To Kobe Bryant, a healthy knee.
To son-in-law Brandon, a playoff push by the Arizona Cardinals.
To daughter Jordan, grass.
To Jamal Turner, an injury-free 2014 and a spot on the All-Big Ten team.
To Monte Kiffin and Bill Callahan, the name of a good moving company.
To Mack Brown, a new job as a Walmart door greeter.
To Brady Hoke, a jacket.
To Urban Meyer...two lumps of coal.
To the city of Dallas, a new Cowboys owner, a new Cowboys coach and new Cowboys players. Geez.
To my daughter-in-law Mikala, season tickets to UCLA football and basketball starting with the 2015 season.
To my son Aaron, more free time.
To Kelsey Robinson, one more season of eligibility.
To Ameer Abdullah, one more season.
To the Georgia Bulldogs football team, a case of extreme food poisoning on Dec. 31.
To my former driver’s education teacher, Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez, an Athletic Director of the Year award.
And finally to my wife Cindy...a Malibu beach house, a new SUV and retirement. Can’t get much better than that, can it?
Merry Christmas!

DAVE BRADLEY can be reached at advertising@

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