Check out this huge Christmas tree at L.A. Live in front of Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of losangeles.cbslocal.com
OUR ANNUAL SPECULATION FOR WHAT THE SPORTS TEAMS CALLING THE SOUTHLAND HOME WOULD LIKE TO FIND UNDER THE TREE THIS CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY SEASON
Los Angeles Dodgers: A strong, healthy, veteran right-handed starter – NOT Yu Darvish, he blew his chance with his performances in the World Series – to complement Clayton Kershaw. Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays or Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs are preferred.
Los Angeles Angels: A lights-out closer who will get the Halos forty saves with an ERA of 2.00 or less, and some starting pitching (besides Shohei Ohtani, he has to prove himself) whose arms won’t break down after two or three starts.
And a change in uniforms and caps to what they wore in the 1980s and 90s.
Los Angeles Rams: A berth in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.
Los Angeles Chargers: A spot in the AFC playoffs as a Wild Card.
Los Angeles Lakers: A veteran acquired before the trade deadline who will bring that young Lake Show together – either that or the signing of a big name free agent this summer.
And a season in which they surpass thirty wins.
Los Angeles Clippers: A return of Blake Griffin and all of the other injured Clippers to health.
Los Angeles Sparks: A second WNBA Championship in three years, taking back what the Minnesota Lynx took from them this past season.
Los Angeles Kings: A continuation of their good play, resulting in a division championship and a high seed in the NHL’s Western Conference playoffs.
One of the many houses appropriately decorated for the holiday season in Los Angeles and Southern California. Photo courtesy of losangeles.cbslocal.com
Anaheim Ducks: See Los Angeles Kings.
Los Angeles Galaxy: Two Words – QUALITY PLAYERS. Players who won’t lead the team to another last-place/worst in Major League Soccer finish.
L.A. Football Club (LAFC): A decent inaugural season in which their home, Banc of California Stadium, is a hit and the team is not an embarrassment, as many first-year teams are in sports.
UCLA Bruins, Football: A win in the Cactus Bowl in which their run defense is successful and their offense makes no mistakes, a top-ten recruiting class, and a team that will be strong contenders for the Pac-12 title in 2018.
UCLA Bruins, Basketball: A team that will stop committing turnovers and missing free throws, will give Kentucky a battle of not outright beat them in their upcoming game, a Pac-12 championship and a high seed in the NCAA Tournament in March.
Plus a conference title, a top seed in the Big Dance, and a berth in the Final Four for the UCLA women’s basketball team.
USC Trojans, Football: A convincing win over Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl, a top-ranked recruiting class, another Pac-12 championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff in 2018.
USC Trojans, Basketball: A Pac-12 Conference season in which they fulfill expectations, win the Pac-12 title, and get a high seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Fifteen teams – that’s a lot of teams making wishes!
Hopefully they’ll all come true.
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SOCAL SPORTS ANNALS.COM!
A scene from the East Los Angeles Christmas Parade on Whittier Boulevard. Photo courtesy of eastsidemedia.tv