I know that at first glance you may think this letter is too late for Christmas, and I do have a reputation of procrastinating. (Just a little.)
Well, this letter is actually geared toward next year.
I am giving you plenty of notice here.
My family always yells at me when they ask what I want for Christmas and I respond with, “I have my family, what else do I need for Christmas?”
Then, of course, when Christmas morning arrives, and the gifts are under the tree, I may not be totally happy with the gifts I do receive.
So for once, I am jumping way ahead of the game and getting my Santa requests in early.
Nearly a year early.
And I completely understand that these requests may be tough to accommodate, especially given the past history of the pro sports teams that I have tried to stay true to for the past 50-plus years.
Can I tell you that thanks to one of my previous Lima News columns lamenting about the Browns, that one of our readers emailed me that he “had been a Browns fan for 35 years, but not anymore.” He gave all of his Browns clothes to the Salvation Army. “That’s it,” he finished.
I can’t do that, Santa. I know that if it ever happens - a Cleveland pro sports team winning a championship - I know that the long, long, agonizing wait will have been worth it.
Hey, it wasn’t a championship for the Indians, but they did make the playoffs last season.
That was a nice gift.
So Santa, looking toward next year, I do have a few stocking stuffers that would make my 2014 Christmas a whole lot better.
How about a good quarterback for the Browns?
How about a good running back for the Browns?
How about a good wide receiver, good right tackle, two good linebackers and a good defensive back for the Browns?
How about draft picks that will actually contribute to the team?
Uh, Santa, I could ask the draft picks team contribution thing for the Cavaliers’ too, but I don’t want to sound greedy.
I realize there is only so much that you can do.
We really need the Cleveland pro sports teams to try and do it themselves, but Santa, they don’t know how. That’s why those franchises continue to struggle year in and year out.
And that is why even longtime Cleveland pro sports fans are questioning themselves and their loyalty.
And why the younger generation isn’t even bothering to root for those teams.
Who wants to root year in and year out for losers?
I know you just traveled the world and need a little break. But you have plenty of time to work on my 2014 Christmas request.
The NFL draft isn’t until April.
The NFL regular season doesn’t begin until September.
Good luck Santa.
I can’t wait for next Christmas to get here.
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