published Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

5-at-10: Merry Christmas and a sports' wish list

Merry Christmas everyone.

And because we do what we do, we're here for the die-hard regulars, even on Christmas morning.

The 5-at-10 clan had a blessed Christmas, and we hope you and yours are together, warm and happy.

That said, let's do work. And remember the mailbag.

From the "Talks too much" studios, joy to the world. (And Jeremiah was a Bullfrog.)

As is our holiday/vacation tradition, we will substitute our regular five things with a single top-five list. Enjoy, and feel free to add yours.

CHRISTMAS SPORTS WISH LIST (for 2014)

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    Auburn football head coach Gus Malzahn talks to members of the media in Auburn, Ala.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

  1. That the Auburn Tigers finish the miracle march.

  1. That LeBron James and the OKC Thunder meet in the NBA Finals. Good times.
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    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman looks toward players at Finley Stadium.
    Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

  1. The continued ascent of the UTC athletics program. Also, for Butch Jones to return the excitement to Saturdays in Knoxville. Things are more fun professionally for us at the TFP when the teams we cover are in the mix. So keep doing work Coach Huesman; keep redefining Chaos Coach Wade; keep doing what you're doing Coach Foster, Coach Eslinger, Coach Guhne and the rest. (And merry Christmas to the fine support staff of Dr. Jay Blackman and Co. They do fine work in an all-too-often thankless gig.)
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    Tiger Woods reacts to his approach shot to the 15th green during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Augusta, Ga.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

  1. For Tiger to be in the mix come Sunday at Augusta. Whether you love him or loathe him, there is no denying that when Tiger is in the hunt, golf tournaments take on a different vibe. And when Tiger is in the hunt at Augusta, there are few sporting events anywhere that can measure up.
  2. That preseason college football practice started about 10 days after the BCS title game.

We have several more, but want to hear yours too. What's your Christmas sports wish for the coming year?

Merry Christmas.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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chas9 said...

Joy back at you. And joy to the clients and volunteers at the Community Kitchen. I'm thankful that Weeds wrote about them elsewhere in today's TFP. Take the rest of the day off.

You don't have to be clairvoyant to guess that my sports wish is for UK's men's and women's teams to make championship runs in March. Is that two wishes?

December 25, 2013 at 10:38 a.m.
fechancellor said...

1O Ring, this a possible mailbag question. Who had the better talent last year, Butch Jones or James Franklin?

Merry Christmas folks...

December 25, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
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