Athletes That Will (And Won’t) Be Having A Merry Christmas

By | December 24, 2013
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Happy holidays to all of our friends and customers! We hope that the coming year will be a prosperous one for you all.

As we get ready to gather with friends and family to unwrap gifts, eat a ton of food and exchange funny stories, I am reminded how magical this time of year can be. However, when talking in terms of sports, not everyone is going to have a great holiday this year.

Let’s take a look at some sports figures that are flying higher this Christmas season, and those who are left feeling like they just got a stocking full of coal.

I think the most appropriate place to start is on the ice, which the Midwest portion of the country has been blanketed in for the last few weeks. In the NHL, usual suspects like Sidney Crosby (Pittsburg), Patrick Kane (Chicago) and Alex Ovechkin (Washington) continue to truck along to solidify their reputations as some of the game’s top players.

Crosby leads the league in points with his 20 goals, and his league-leading 34 assists show how well rounded and versatile he is out on the ice. Ovechkin is leading the NHL in goals scores by a long shot. He has 30 (pure scorer, anyone?). Kane has added 21 goals and 27 assists.

When the holiday season rolls around, there are plenty of people you need to buy gifts for. It looks like Major League Baseball’s Shin-Soo Choo has a fresh stash of cash coming in, which will allow him to afford some high-end gifts for his friends and family. Choo, formerly of the Cincinnati Reds, recently signed a seven-year, $130 million deal with the Texas Rangers. If you remember, Jacoby Ellsbury signed a huge contract with the New York Yankees and Robinson Cano did the same thing with Seattle. Choo was the last high-profile offensive player on the market. He had an awesome year last season with the Reds, where he batted in the leadoff spot. He maintained a .483 on base percentage, so chances are, he’ll be a major asset for a team that also added Prince Fielder to the line-up.

In college pigskin, Jameis Winston has some new, shiny hardware to bring to his Christmas parties. Not only did Winston win this year’s coveted Heisman Trophy, but now his Florida State Seminoles have a legitimate shot to win the BCS National Championship, especially because they won’t be facing Alabama. Instead, the ‘Noles match up with Auburn early into the new year.

But it’s not a rosy holiday for everyone in sports. You can’t blame some athletes for feeling a bit like Scrooge this year. Take NFL quarterbacks Tony Romo and Matthew Stafford for instance. They command to be called two of the NFL’s best choke artists this year in the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions, respectively. Both were very much in playoff contention before some epic meltdowns, complete with costly interceptions and nail biting losses. Right now, they’re the butt of pretty much every NFL joke.

Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant will be laid up this Christmas with a leg injury. In Derrick Rose-esque fashion, Bryant’s latest injury struck just days after returning from a long absence due to an achilles injury. You have to feel bad for the guy. Then, of course, there is the NBA’s worst team in the Milwaukee Bucks. At 6-21, maybe Santa will bring the poor Bucks some wins this year.

Happy holidays and we’ll see you in 2014!


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