Well another year has passed and as always it seems a little quicker than the year before.
For us fans of teams from Michigan it has been a pretty good year. Really, it has been a year to remember.
The Detroit Red Wings, Tigers and now the Lions all qualified for the playoffs this year. Michigan and Michigan State both made the NCAA basketball tourney and have double digit wins on the gridiron.
Success was abundant for most teams except the Detroit Pistons. Although, they did get a new owner so hopefully the tide will turn.
My last column of the year is typically reserved for new year wishes for myself, various sports teams and athletes.
Before that, to my family, friends and all of you I wish for a healthy and happy 2012. With that being said, a quick toast… Here’s to the Mayans being wrong! Happy New Year.
I wish for a quick and mild winter, preferably, with as little snow as possible.
For our area athletes, I wish for success on and off the field. Remember, hard work does pay off.
For Lions tackle Ndamukong Suh, I wish for controlled aggression of the football field. That means no stomping, punching, tearing or anything else that gets the yellow flag in the air.
For new Pistons coach Lawrence Frank, I wish for a team of professionals that will listen, work hard and do what is asked of them. The last few years have been ridiculous.
For Red Wings defensemen Nick Lidstrom, I wish for one last skate around the rink with Lord Stanley’s Cup high above your head.
I wish for a complete opposite spring than the one we had in 2011. That means less rain, which in turn means less high school cancellations.
For Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, I wish for the media to find someone else to focus their attention on and to allow you to just play football. It has been long enough.
For Miami Heat forward Lebron James, I wish for at least one team that is better than the one in South Beach. I was trying to be nice.
For Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, a Commissioners Trophy to sit between the four Stanley Cups you already own. Ilitch will turn 83 this year.
For former Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya (an annual wish), I wish for a full season of health, regardless of the uniform you will be wearing.
I wish for a Tigers opening day (vs. Boston) with temperatures in the 60s and sunshine. It’s been cold and rainy the last few years.
For former Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell, I wish for an increase in Hall of Fame votes if not enough for election. Your numbers are as good, if not better, than some shortstops already in Cooperstown.
For Michigan football coach Brady Hoke, I wish for a streak-snapping win against the team from East Lansing. Yes, that also qualifies as a personal wish for me.
Last and certainly not least, for the Detroit Lions, I wish for a trip to Indianapolis in early February. If Arizona can make it there is no reason the Lions can’t. Then again, a Super Bowl win might just prove the Mayan calendar to be right.