Has your team been naughty or nice this year?
What will Santa think of the season you hath wrought upon the college football landscape?
Was it worthy of accolades or do you deserve a lump of coal and a one-year old slice of fruitcake?
Division-I football is hard enough without having to play in the ultra-competitive SEC each year but such is the life of these 12 teams.
That said, we all deserve some special loot this season no matter how bad our season may have been—I feel especially bad for the beleaguered Vandy fans.
So, what follows is a peek into the contents of each respective teams gift bag.
Some of the gifts are A+ while others may send you running to customer service for a swift refund.
All our from the SEC sleigh of Old St. Nick himself—that’s the Christmas one, not the guy from Alabama.
So, what has the College Football Santa brought for your team this year?
Read on and unwrap…
1) A little respect for Mark Ingram: Jeez, you’d think that Ingram paid off the voters and made them vote for him. Give the kid a break, all he did was run tough as nails and make the Florida defense look like a pair of holey socks.
2) A lockbox for Kirby Smart: It seems that Georgia is trying to steal your Frank Broyles Award winner from under your nose. Be sure you hide the key in a place no one else can find it for at least two more seasons.
3) A single rose: Obviously, this would be a lovely parting gift from the 2009 college football season.
4) Indefinite eligibility for Terrance Cody: Wouldn’t it be nice to keep this guy around forever? There won’t be another like him for a very long time.
5) A deep, dark hole to throw Jim Rome into: Has he ever had anything good or intelligent to say about Alabama?….Just saying.
1) A mulligan on the last offensive play of the Iron Bowl: Not sure it would make a difference in the outcome, but, maybe if Chris Todd had put a little more air under that ball it would not have been batted down.
2) A punt return man: Seriously. You need some help.
3) A pat on the back for Gene Chizik: Sure, that three game stretch of losses was brutal but give a little credit to Chizik for sparking some new fire into the Tigers and getting them bowl eligible again.
4) A Ben Tate clone: He was one word this season: awesome.
5) A good start for Lee Ziemba: Well, I’d say he’s had enough false one’s in his career.
1) One more year for Mallett: Despite the final record for the Razorbacks, Ryan Mallett was one of, if not, the best quarterback in the SEC this season.
2) A rescinded offer to Paul Petrino by Illinois: His offense this past season really made good use of Mallett’s skills.
3) A better season in 2010 than Houston Nutt: Admit it, you’d love to see him fail at Ole Miss, wouldn’t you? Go on….you can say it 🙂
4) A defense that matches your offense: That would be something, wouldn’t it?
5) SEC West respect: 3-5 this season was tough to swallow but next season looks very bright if Mallett returns, no?
1) A John Brantley that is even half as good as Tim Tebow. A once in a decade player leaves some big shoes for this talented passer to try and fill.
2) A Kleenex for….well…you know.
3) A strong man to replace your Strong man.
4) A net to stop the exodus of coaches who are going on to “better” places—seriously? what place could be better than Florida?
5) A running game. A REAL running game. Perhaps now that Tebow is out and Mack Brown is in, the run will return to it’s Emmit Smith glory.
1) A good defensive coordinator. It doesn’t matter what his name is so long as he can make the secondary look like something that doesn’t resemble swiss cheese.
2) A coupon to be traded in for a win over Florida because, well, it’s Florida. Duh.
3) An offense that has more versatility and less predictability.
4) A strength and conditioning program that actually prevents season-ending injuries from happening to key players over and over and over again.
5) One more season from Rennie Curran and Reshad Jones.
1) More appreciation for Rich Brooks. I mean, he’s brought this program into the realm of respectability—people seem to forget that Kentucky ISN’T a football school.
2) A mature quarterback who isn’t scared to make his presence felt.
3) A more aggressive front-four to go along with that talented secondary.
4) Another great year out of Randall Cobb. He’s some kind of special with the ball in his hands.
1) A clock with an LED light that beeps when you are less than twenty-nine seconds from your final destination—it knocks you over the head with a hammer and yells “Hey you…do something!”, once you are at one second.
2) A mop so you can clean up the trail of tears lef behind by all the disappointed LSU fans.
3) A recruiting scandal that, hopefully, has left the building with D.J. McCarthy.
4) A fire—someone needs to light one under Jefferson’s backside. All that talent and no umph? Surely, he’s a better quarterback than that.
8) Mississippi State
1) A pair of bowling shoes for 2010. Wouldn’t that be nice?
2) A quarterback who can actually throw the ball. Tyson Lee just isn’t that guy.
3) Some SEC love for Anthony Dixon. The guy had almost as many yards and scores as Mark Ingram
4) Mulligans for both the Louisiana Tech and Kentucky games—wins in both of would have surely meant a December bowl appearance.
9) Ole Miss
1) Eyeglasses for Jevan…did you mean to throw 17 interceptions? You were a Heisman candidate, no?
2) A do over in Columbia because that was a bit embarrassing.
3) A Michael Oher clone because he was missed a lot more than many thought he would be.
4) Another player like Patrick Willis hidden in your 2010 recruiting class.
10) South Carolina
1) A round of applause for Stephen Garcia on a job well done. Way to give a big “take that” to the rest of the SEC. Talk about being underestimated for 2009. Garcia proved a lot of folks wrong.
2) A Rennie Curran who WASN’T available on the final play against Georgia. That tip sealed your ‘L’.
3) Another year of eligibility for Eric Norwood.
4) A kicker who doesn’t make you want to hide under the covers and pray for mercy.
1) A muzzle because, honestly, Lane kind of talks too much.
2) A straight jacket and a cage because that may be the only thing that can keep Eric Berry from leaving Knoxville.
3) The Great Whodini or David Copperfield because all these violations need to disappear soon.
4) An unlimited pass to Hooters—it’s a lot less suspicious to bring the men to the hostesses than to bring the hostesses to the men. Just a thought.
1) Memory loss because this season was a disaster and should not be remembered lest you suffer great pain and suffering.
2) A prayer for the continued health of Warren Norman—one of the lone bright spots of the season.
3) Offense, offense, and more offense because your current offense is offensive.
4) Cement mix for your pass defense because it’s a definite plus and needs to stay by any means necessary.