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Wishful thinking

Column by Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

The Playstation II games are so frightful

The power outages darn delightful

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!



When we were kids all they had was Pong

No wonder we wasted time watching Cheech and Chong




Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

The controller can’t build you a snow fort

It has a frustration button that allows you to abort

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

The kids never fight over the last lima bean

But tempers flare if Madden isn’t on the screen

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Outside, Sierra, Heavenly and Kirkwood beckon

There is no way to compete with Tony Hawk, I reckon

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

There is more than powder and Playstation II games to wish for on the South Shore with Christmas a mere five days away.

Below is a copy of a wish list left under the Christmas tree near the front desk of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Since Santa likes his wish lists early, hopefully he’ll have sufficient time to make some of these requests happen by next Christmas:

— Make the Giants realize it doesn’t matter how strong their infield is if they don’t have the pitching. Tom Glavine was available, but the Giants were spending in free agency like a team that had a solid pitching staff in place.

— Convince 49er receiver Terrell Owens that touchdown celebrations are fine but have him hold off on the self-absorbed pom-pom-waving when his team is behind.

— Have the U.S. Freestyle Team coaches and officials take one of Travis Ramos’ upcoming “Learn to Fly” clinics at Sierra-at-Tahoe. They tried to ground him last year by keeping him off the Olympic team and botching his national championship, but life does go on when you’re not with the team.

— Give the South Tahoe High football team an easygoing leader that the town, parents and players can rally around. Oops, STHS opened that Christmas gift early, receiving what it wished for in coach Todd McIntyre.

— A World Cup podium for Jonna Mendes. There is no one more deserving.

— A new NFL rule giving the Bengals a seven-point bonus toward their score each week. Maybe then the Bengals could win half of their games.

— Ensure that Kurt Warner isn’t available when I make my first fantasy football pick next year.

— Tender Greg Bruso a Class A assignment with the San Jose Giants so his family, friends and fans can see him pitch more often.

— Have Gabriella Reece phone Adrian Hankoff, asking the Washington State University star if she would like to pair up for the beach volleyball circuit next summer.

— A new Nevada sports classification for Whittell, one in which the Warriors are the largest instead of the smallest.

— A glut of volunteers who want to referee and paint the white lines on the fields for AYSO games.

— An NBA championship for the Sacramento Kings before Chris Webber is hauled away in handcuffs.

— A Super Bowl victory for Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.

— A miraculous recovery from a stroke for former 49er quarterback John Brodie so he can play competitive golf again and come back and win his first celebrity championship at Edgewood Tahoe.

Merry Christmas and have a happy new year!

— Steve Yingling can be reached at (530) 542-8010 or syingling@tahoedailytribune.com


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