The 12 days of Christmas, sports style

Dec 26 2010 - 8:20pm

The 12 Days of Christmas, sporting style:

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a shiny World Series tro-pheeeee.

(Now that it's in the books, we can say it was worth the wait for the Giants' first Bay Area World Series victory.)

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, two white knights.

(Time will tell how successful Joe Lacob and Peter Guber will be as Warriors owners. For now it's enough that they aren't, well, you know who.)

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, three Super Friends.

(The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh already have performed one miracle. They got people to care about the NBA's regular season.)

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, four falling sports.

(Cal saved approximately $4 million per year by cutting baseball, rugby, women's lacrosse and gymnastics--men's and women's. But what a price to pay.)

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, five gold wings.

(Getting back to the Giants, it might be ages before you see another baseball postseason featuring the kind of fine work turned in by starting pitchers Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner, and closer Brian Wilson.)

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, six measly wins.

(Our Scroogian wish for the NFC West: The 49ers beat St. Louis while Seattle loses to Tampa Bay this week, then St. Louis ties Seattle while the 49ers do likewise with Arizona next weekend, creating a three-way 6-9-1 tie for first.)

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, seven days of Miller.

(ESPN's loss is a gain for Giants fans, who can enjoy Jon Miller's play-by-play stylings seven days a week now that he is free from his Sunday night network commitment.)

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, eight conference wins.

(You knew that Stanford's 11 football wins this season are its most since 1908. But did you know the Cardinal set a school record with its eight conference victories?)

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a fine ninth of May.

(The A's Dallas Braden enjoyed an unforgettable lightning-in-a-bottle experience with his Mother's Day perfect game against Tampa Bay.)

On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 10 six-pointers.

(The 10 touchdowns scored by Oakland's Darren McFadden this season are twice as many as he scored in his first two seasons combined, and the most scored by any Raiders player in five years.)

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 11 handshake lines.

(One last Giants reference, we swear--they won 11 games during their romp through the postseason, and the end of each one left you feeling that something remarkable had just occurred.)

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 12 years a'catching, 11 handshake lines, 10 six-pointers, a fine ninth of May, eight conference wins, seven days of Miller, six measly wins, five gold wings. Four falling sports, three Super Friends, two white knights, and a shiny World Series tro-pheeeee.

(Former Cal two-sport star Tony Gonzalez recently set an NFL record with his 12th consecutive season of 60-plus catches. Not bad for a guy who had trouble cracking Ben Braun's starting lineup.)

Here's hoping Santa brought you everything you wanted.

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