Here’s hoping you got everything under your tree you wanted Christmas morning. Let’s take a look at some things we can all wish were under the trees of sports personalities in the state of Georgia.
For Braves general manager Frank Wren: an expanded budget to work on making the Braves better so we won’t go through another September collapse.
For Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell: a gold-plated ashtray.
For Falcons head coach Mike Smith: samples of nitroglycerin, just in case his team stresses him out in the playoffs.
For owners of the Hawks: a tax form that would explain how beneficial it might be if they sell the team to someone that can make the team relevant again.
For Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham: James Franklin’s home address.
For Georgia Tech’s band: uniforms with a little color.
For Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey: an imagination so the offense doesn’t go conservative in the playoffs.
For Atlanta right-handers Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson: a clean bill of health for next season.
For UGA quarterback Aaron Murray: some new offensive linemen.
For Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones: some stick-um to use that could help cut down on dropped passes.
For Joe Johnson of the Hawks: a conscience so he can give back part of the money that is going to cripple that franchise.
For Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez: a captain’s hook that he can use when he takes out his starting pitchers too early in games in 2012.
For Georgia head coach Mark Richt: a deal with a Ford dealership so he can give members of his staff new cars instead of writing checks out of his personal account.
For Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez: a month’s supply of fried food, because no one should eat that healthy.
For Braves right fielder Jason Heyward: a Tom Emanski hitting video so he can find his swing that disappeared last season.
For hockey fans in the state: a new HDTV to watch the Winnipeg Jets on television, since that’s where the Thrashers are now.
For Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson: some of Smith’s nitroglycerin pills he can use when reporters ask him next year if he’s going to pass the ball more.
For the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame: a multi-million dollar grant that keeps the museum in Macon, where it belongs.
For Todd Grantham (again): a thank you note from Richt for saving his job.
For members of the Atlanta bullpen: a cot so the pitchers can nap often if manager Gonzalez abuses them again next season.
For Hawks head coach Larry Drew: a pulse.
For Liberty Media chairman John Malone: a package from Braves fans that includes a simple note that says, “Please sell the team!”
For Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder: a gift card at Supercuts.
For Georgia Southern football fans: a realization that you root for the best football program in this state.
For the Braves: a long-term left fielder.
For Mark Fox and Brian Gregory: some talent for their basketball programs.
For Chipper Jones: a MedicAlert bracelet that he can push next season, in what should be his final season as the Braves’ third baseman.
For sports fans in this state: a pledge by the sports programs and franchises in Georgia that a championship is the ultimate goal.
And for the readers of this column and the listeners to my radio show: a tremendous Christmas with your friends and family and a prosperous new year.
Listen to “The Bill Shanks Show” from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WPLA Fox Sports 1670 AM in Macon and online at www.foxsports1670.com.