Checking my list for some last-minute gift ideas

December 23, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

In keeping with the annual editorial practice of offering gift ideas for sports figures and teams, here are a few that might be considered:

Washington Wizards - The return of Jerry Stackhouse and Gilbert Arenas ASAP. Eddie Jordan isn't all that bad a coach and deserves a better fate with a full squad. And while we're at it, an arena that isn't so hard to get to and maybe more fans would attend.

Cleveland Cavaliers - No gift needed here except some patience for victories. The big gift is already making millions.

Boys basketball - A quick return to the hardwood floors from unfortunate early-season injuries for two of the Tri-State area's best players: John Keimig of Middletown and Jared Lyons of St. John's at Prospect Hall.


Washington Redskins - A multitude of coaching experience on the sidelines that can do the job instead of Steve Spurrier. Then all Spurrier has to do is worry about apologizing to the fans every Monday morning.

Cleveland Browns - As soon as the final week is completed, a gift to the Cleveland fans (me, me, me) on a decision involving Butch Davis. No "vote of confidence" comments.

Baltimore Ravens - Hmmm, they just got done with a 35-0 whipping of my Browns. Do I think they need anything except better West Coast games?

Maryland Terrapins football - A 2-0 start to the season instead of 0-2 and a win over West Virginia in the Gator Bowl so WVU fans don't call for a "rubber match" to be played a few weeks later.

Nate Sowers - Another big football season at Martinsburg in 2004 on the way to a big-time college choice like his departing buddy, Brandon Barrett.

College football - A new playoff package that in some way, shape or form eliminates the brutal abomination of the current structure.

Washington Capitals - Happy players, including Jaromir Jagr, and some offensive support that complements goalie Olie Kolzig.

Mike Hargrove - A letter from Peter Angelos explaining why he didn't make the free agent moves (i.e. Tejada, Lopez) while Grover was the manager.

Hagerstown Suns - More fannies in the seats for the 2004 season without the necessity of a full-scale promotional schedule. The big gift would be a new venue, but ...

Major League Baseball - A new commissioner. Let Bud Selig go back to Milwaukee and maybe he'll find out it could be his franchise that is suitable for relocation to the D.C.-Virginia area.

Peter Gammons - Continuing gab and a way to jibber-jabber his way through his ESPN baseball reports without showing his favoritism for the Boston Red Sox.

College baseball - Major media coverage like its football and basketball counterparts throughout the season - not just the College World Series.

Rod Steiner - A new Chicago Cubs hat. Maybe the old one should go with the soon-to-be-exorcised foul ball.

Phil Mickelson - A letter from the PGA Tour notifying Lefty that all tournaments will conclude on Saturday when he is in the lead.

To all of you - A very merry Christmas. When this space is occupied again it will be Jan. 5. So, happy New Year to everyone, and be safe.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. His column appears every other Tuesday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311, or by e-mail at

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