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A gorgeous shot of Christmas decorations at the Grove, a major shopping mall in mid-city Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of panoramio.com
WHAT THE TEAMS AND PROGRAMS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WOULD LIKE TO FIND UNDER THE TREE ON CHRISTMAS MORNING
All right, now that the holiday season has arrived and the shoppers are battling for presents as we try to (and should) remember the real reason why we are in celebration mode this time of year – something to do with a certain baby,
I thought it would be cool to list what I reckon our various teams and programs would like to see in their stockings on the morning of December 25th…
Los Angeles Dodgers: A second baseman and – MUCH more importantly – at least one top-notch right-handed starting pitcher to compliment Clayton Kershaw the way Zack Grienke did before the team lost him to free agency and the Arizona Diamondbacks a year ago.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: PITCHING, PITCHING, PITCHING! Both starting and relieving as that was the reason for their next-to-last place finish this year. They need some solid veteran hurlers with no health issues to stabilize that staff.
Los Angeles Rams: Very simple – an effective offense that can score points! And an offensive minded coach to take over next year.
Los Angeles Clippers: (Finally!) beating the Golden State Warriors/San Antonio Spurs in a playoff series and gaining a spot in the Western Conference Finals if not the NBA Finals. And that with his scheduled knee surgery, Blake Griffin will only be out three weeks rather than six.
Los Angeles Lakers: A defense that executes better and a season with 30 wins.
Los Angeles Sparks: Another WNBA championship.
Los Angeles Kings: Winning the Freeway Face-off series and the Stanley Cup
Anaheim Ducks: See the Los Angeles Kings.
Los Angeles Galaxy: Curt Onalfo, their new coach, doing well and the team getting effective players to make up for Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane leaving.
Jamal Crawford (#11) going after D’Angelo Russell in last season’s Christmas match-up between the Lakers and the Clippers, with Pablo Prigioni (#9) looking on.. The two teams will meet again on Christmas night at Staples Center. Photo courtesy of lakeshowlife.com
UCLA Bruins, Football: This is the easiest one – An offensive line who can block, keep Josh Rosen from getting hurt, and can open holes for the running backs. Plus receivers who can catch the ball.
UCLA Bruins, Basketball: A Pac-12 Championship – both regular season and the conference tournament – a spot in the Final Four and (yes, I’ll say it!) a 12th national championship!
USC Trojans, Football: Another easy one – a win over Penn State in the Rose Bowl, a Pac-12 Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff in 2017.
USC Trojans, Basketball: A win over a ranked team, which would gain more respect from the college basketball world over their 11-0 record and #23 ranking.
To state the obvious, I’m sure that these teams would be ecstatic if these wishes became reality.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY, SAFE AND PEACEFUL HOLIDAYS FROM SOCAL SPORTS ANNALS!