Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Thoughts...the Poem version

Hello, one and all, and a Happy Holidays to you. Couple thoughts, and then some Christmas cheer.
  • Carolina Panthers placed QB Jake Delhomme on season-ending IR Thursday, after it was determined his throwing hand wouldn't be right. Delhomme admitted he broke the knuckle on his middle finger, and after a couple weeks, it hadn't come around. 2009 will be a year on the field that he'll want to forget. Here's hoping he is able to do just that.
  • A quick hit on the Panthers-Giants (as I likely won't blog again until next week). Carolina will have to bring their thievery act with them to the Meadowlands. Takeaways will be important, as the Giants have a ton of confidence after the beating they put on Washington this past Monday night. DeAngelo Williams could miss this one with an ankle injury, meaning Jonathan Stewart would be the focal point of the offense. Carolina can win this one, and if they manage to pull it off, they could take an 8-8 record with them at season's end. The way 2009 has played out, that is still a very desired goal for the players in the room, and I suspect they will pull out all the stops to reach it.
  • Charlotte Bobcats center Tyson Chandler has a stress reaction in his left foot, meaning he'll miss at least a week with the injury. The Bobcats need him to be a little more of a presence, as Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson have carried a lions share of the load. Nazr Mohammed has done good work coming off the bench, but Chandler needs to contribute a touch more. Keep in mind, he's still working his way back to being 100% after those off-season ankle and toe surgeries. Imagine how good the Bobcats could be if he gets right during the homestretch of the season.

Today is Christmas Eve, a down day in the world of sports. The fact that games are harder to find led me to dream up a little holiday prose for you. Hope you enjoy it.

'Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the land, The stands were all silent, there were no fans

The Panthers have battled, scratched and clawed, But their 6-8 record hasn't left anyone awed

The injuries have been plenty, the cheers too few, All that's left now is to figure what next to do

The engines have quieted on the NASCAR scene, At least 2 more weeks until the drivers reconvene

The Sprint Cup guys still chase the number 48, Four years in a row, he's proven to simply be great

Guys like Denny, Jeff, Mark, and Kyle will all strive, To keep Jimmie off the pace for title number 5

There are those we lost in 2009, too many to name now, but one we shall always remember is NC State's coach Kay Yow

So on Coach Brown, Coach Lutz, and Coach Aston, To the playoffs and March Madness is all fans are askin'

Not long after that, the golfers will be back at Quail Hollow, and fans are all wondering if there will be a Tiger to follow

For now, we look ahead to a holiday with family and friends, times we all wish would never end

Once they do, the games we watch will be out of sight, and we promise to deliver the best to you at 10, on Sports Night!

Merry Christmas!

Mike Solarte

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