I'm not going to preview the South Dakota State game (Go Jackrabbits!). I'm just not. You can't make me. They are the last in a string of terrible non-conference opponents, they're terrible, and they have nobody worth watching. Instead, I'm going to do a cliched cheesy christmas wish list. Hopefully it's not terrible, but if it is, you get what you pay for.
Al Nolen the ability to finish at the rim. I could have gone with jumpshot here as well, but if he can only have one I think adding the threat of being able to score when he consistently blows by his defender is more valuable than an outside shot. Once the big ten season starts, players aren't going to leave their men for easy dishes - they know things.
Damian Johnson a consistent outside shot. Remember Travarus Bennett? Similar player, but he developed into a good perimeter shooter his senior year (as did Eric Harris). Johnson is improved, but he's not there yet.
Ralph Sampson a mean streak. He's nearly perfect physically (*swoon*), but it would be nice to see him a little more fired up, maybe knocking around a few people's heads and toss in a technical here or there. Get pissed Ralphie, you're being disrespected.
Colt Iverson the dream shake. Although improved, his footwork on the low block can be cringe-worthy at times. If he adds some moves and be smoother and more fluid, I am starting to think he could be a serious offensive weapon down the line.
Joe Mauer the one team loyalty of Kirby Puckett and Cal Ripken. Come on Joe, you know you want to. What can money buy you any way outside of happiness, love, and everything you could ever want?
Bill Smith some aggressiveness. The J.J. Hardy trade is a good start, but there is a lot more work to do here, especially if you want to prove to Jo-Jo that you're serious about winning. Take a page out of Seattle's book - they have a higher payroll but they maximize it.
Carlos Gomez the drive to excel when he's been disrespected (think Steve Smith). I'd rather have him do it with the Twins, but he's gone now. I'd love to see him channel their giving up on him into becoming a great player.
Brad Childress all the mental faculties a head coach needs. Any of them would do, I'm not sure he has a single one.
Adrian Peterson twenty carries a game. How is this something we even have to ask for?
Brett Favre the fountain of youth. Don't you go falling apart on me old man.
Michael Cuddyer the hope that someone takes away Greg Gagne's inability to resist the down and away Slider in the dirt - this would be the White Elephant/Yankee Swap portion of the evening.
Devoe Joseph a brother to play with.
Lawrence Westbrook some focus. You may be the "#1 option", but this whole team is essentially 1B to your 1A, and drifting in-and-out of attentiveness on both ends of the court is not an endearing trait.
Delmon Young some plate patience. I'm not sure what his ceiling is, but I'm confidant we aren't going to see it unless he stops swinging at every pitch he sees.
Devron Bostick a time machine. If he had chosen St. Louis or Northern Illinois (two others who offered) he would be averaging 15-20 per game.
Blake Hoffarber nothing. He's perfect.
Baseball some kind of reform. Watching the Yankees and Red Sox continue to stock pile anything they want is actually starting to leave a bad taste in my mouth, and I know I'm late to the party and have defending the sport over and over again. The Yankees just picked up Javier Vazquez, who is owed $11.5 million next year, to be their fourth starter. $11.5 million for a fourth starter! If he doesn't work out, they just shrug their shoulders and move on, meanwhile that money would be a huge investment for 90% of the other teams. Frustrating.
Francisco Liriano some kind of miracle cure. I can't be the only whose heart breaks every time he's on the hill, and not just for me as a fan, but for him as well. It has to be incredibly frustrating.
Joe Crede the guy who worked on Larry Bird's back towards the end of his career. Bird couldn't move on non-game days, but when he had to play the dude worked his Miyagi/Kilmer magic and Bird would go mess around and get a triple-double, yet Crede has missed like, 75% of his teams games.
I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting, but unfortunately that's all the time I have. For now, let me say Merry Christmas (and all other Holidays) from Down with Goldy and WonderbabyTM, who really is not a big fan of Santa Claus: