A Merry Mountaineer Christmas Wish List
Since Amazon Prime doesn’t deal in wishes, I figured I’d post my Mountaineer Christmas shopping list here.
Dana Holgorsen – This one’s easy, because he’s already received this gift certificate – another year coaching Will Grier and David Sills. If I were really lazy, I’d give this same gift to all WVU fans as well, but just for the sake of stretching this editorial to 500 words, I’ll come up with a separate present for the fans.
Bob Huggins – A win over Kentucky next month. This is a two-fold gift. First a win over Big Blue is always a positive in its own right. And second, if WVU can top the ultra-talented Wildcats, it should be able to handle the rest of the 2017-18 hurdles.
Jevon Carter – A quadruple-double. In the history of Mountaineer men’s basketball, there have been four triple-double, though none since Jerome Anderson in 1975. I guess I should first put Carter on the triple-double list, since he hasn’t had one of those yet, but with his ability to accumulate points, rebounds, assists and steals, I’ll shoot the premium gift.
Tony Gibson – A 2018 with no significant injuries to his defense. After losing Karl Joseph in 2015, Dravon Askew-Henry in 2016 and David Long for the first part of 2017, West Virginia’s defensive coordinator deserves a gift of good luck for a change.
Mike Carey – Just like your buddy Tony Gibson, the best gift I could give you is an injury-free season … well, rest of the season, because the first part has been anything but injury-free.
Randy Mazey – Another run to the NCAA Tournament, and this time the Mountaineers will be able to host a regional round.
Jon Hammond – What do you get for the rifle coach who already has five straight NCAA championships? A sixth, of course. If it works, don’t change.
Nikki Izzo-Brown – This one isn’t going to make many WVU fans happy, but what do you give a soccer coach who has accomplished so much … a chance to serve as the head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.
Will Grier – A Heisman Trophy … for the 2018 season.
Shane Lyons – May all your toilets run smoothly, you concession lines move quickly and your parking lots forever be full, though with the ability to empty in short order.
Tony Caridi – The ability to cash in all your charter flights with the Mountaineers for frequent flier miles. If so, WVU’s play-by-play announcer would be able to book a first-class ticket to Mars after a season of Big 12 football and basketball travel.
Tammy Cavendar – The travel coordinator for the WVU athletic department deserves a whole year without any coach complaining about flight delays, subpar hotel rooms, bumpy bus rides or inedible meals. Unfortunately this gift is unobtainable.
WVU fans – OK, I lied. I’m going back to the beginning. My gift to you will be a chance to see Will Grier and David Sills in a Mountaineer uniform again in 2018.