Edson: Time to Hand Out Sports Christmas Gifts

Old Santa is a little busy this time of year, so he’s asked me to hand out Christmas presents to his favorite sports figures.

So here is what I’m loading in my bag:

To NFL Officials Doing Lions Games: A Madden ’17 video game because they obviously aren’t watching the game on the field. Wow, the Odell Beckham Jr. dropped pass that was ruled a catch was incredible.

To Matthew Stafford: A healthy right middle finger, so he can flip passes and, if necessary, flip a toast to those officials.

To Al Avila: A Guide to Playing Poker so he doesn’t tip his hand too early in the off-season.

To Andre Drummond: An Energizer Rabbit so he brings his enthusiasm to every game.

To Justin Verlander: Let’s see, he makes $28 million a year, is engaged to Kate Upton and nearly won the A.L. Cy Young Award. I think he’s got everything he needs.

To Ken Holland: The Red Wings GM deserves another record-setting year in the playoffs… but it’s going to be close.

To Dave Dombrowski: His own Little Caesars franchise for landing three top-notch young pitchers last year in two trades before the Detroit Tigers fired him. Those young pitchers showed great promise in 2016.

To Chicago Cubs fans: I’ll put this in the Verlander category. They are very happy with what they have, thank you.

To Chris Sale: His personal copy of the movie Edward Scissorhands since he loves to cut up the jerseys of his teammates.

To Nick Saban: A personality.

To Jim Harbaugh: A tub of decaf coffee.

To Mark Dantonio: New mojo for his program.

To Michael Phelps: Water wings… for his young son.

To Mike Trout: Some help, so the Angels make the post-season and baseball fans around the country can appreciate baseball’s best player more.

To Usain Bolt: A tryout with an NFL team as a wide receiver.

To Jimmie Johnson: A right turn signal for the NASCAR champ.

To our 9&10 readers and viewers: A 2017 championship for your favorite team.

Nick Edson is a retired Hall of Fame columnist and sportswriter. He worked 25 years at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, 18 as sports editor. He is a two-time president of the Associated Press Sports Editors Association and a member of the Michigan Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.