Columnist has Christmas wishes for local sports personalities


Christmas is just three weeks away and if I could give a Christmas wish for these people  from Central New York they are as follows:

  • Coach Nick Medicis to win the Tri-Valley League Championship and his first Sectional title for the RFA boys basketball team. I think this year he has the talent to pull it off.
  • Coach Jim Boeheim has a young and inexperienced team but I wish he shocks the ACC and has an outstanding season. Over the years he does his best work when unexpected. His Orangemen were picked to come in seventh this year.
  • Coach Tom Myslinski Jr. who is the strength and conditioning coach at Jacksonville in the NFL to win the Super Bowl. That would be a great Christmas wish for sure especially for his mom and dad. They are 8-4 and playing some great defense.
  • Linebacker Navy Coach Justin Davis to win the Army/Navy game this weekend. I know his mom and dad would want this wish to come true. I am an Army veteran but my friendship with the Davis family has made me a turncoat.

Pick of the week: (College) Navy 24 Army 7   This is a revenge game for the Midshipman who lost to the Cadets last year.

Pick of the week: (NFL). Giants 24 Cowboys 20 Eli Manning gets a much needed win for the G-Men.

Geek of the week: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski for a gratuitous hit to the head of Bills Defense back Tre’Davious White. He is suspended for just one game? Go figure?

Congratulations to Roman Steve Reed for Alabama getting into the College Football Playoffs. He was worried last week when Auburn ruined the undefeated season.

• Did you know Buddy Evans has a new job? He will be working the RFA basketball games and greeting the opposing teams, the officials and the fans. He is the dean of all Rome basketball coaches and it seems fitting to be back home in The gym named after himself. 

Marty Schottenheimer coached in the NFL for 21 seasons with the Browns, Chiefs and Chargers. He had over 200 Victories in his career. He and his wife, Pat, are my new neighbors and we had dinner together last night.

He laughed out loud when I asked him to call his son Brian (offensive coordinator for Colts) to pass the ball more to T.Y. Hilton his wide receiver this Sunday.  Why? I have him starting on my fantasy team??

I never cared about material things someone could give me. I care about time, attention, honesty, loyalty, and love from my family. Those gifts mean more than anything money could buy.


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