‘Tis the season to be jolly…in sports

Brady Fredericksen

You know what my favorite part about the holiday season is? Christmas music.

It’s not that I don’t love Hanukkah or Kwanzaa music — I’ve wanted to play with a dreidel while listening to “I Have a Little Dreidel” since I was in the fourth grade — there’s just something about Christmas music that gets me. I don’t know if it’s the fact that it is just so darn catchy or the fact that it’s one of the only kinds of music that can actually generate some sort of true emotion in a person.

Sports are the same way. This year, we’ve seen so many different athletes and teams that just make us feel either warm and cozy or cold and angry.

Here at Grand Valley State University, there isn’t a lot to be mad at. Exams are coming, but that means break and numerous celebratory ugly sweater parties are coming on Thursday.

Basketball season is chugging along, and both teams are coming off commanding wins this weekend against Rochester College. Sure, the football team isn’t playing for a national championship on Saturday, but hey, it’s ok because it’s time to celebrate Christmas or Kwanzaa or Hanukkah!

Speaking of football, look no further than the most polarizing figure in sports, Tim Tebow. Did you know that he is related to both the man upstairs and Santa Claus? It’s actually rumored that the movie “Elf” is based on the life and teachings of Tim Tebow.

Seriously though, he’s a guy who either really brings out the holiday spirit in people or shows their inner Grinch. You love him or hate him, and there’s really no in between. By the time you read this, Jolly Old Saint Tebow will have led his upstart Denver Broncos to another exciting come-from-behind victory.

Of course, that victory came against Caleb Hanie and the injury-depleted Chicago Bears. I’m not a buyer yet; it just feels like he’s hidden behind the Broncos’ gimmicky offense and surprisingly stingy defense.

I do like Tim Tebow, I think he seems like swell guy who would fun to hang out and play Monopoly with. Remember the wildcat formation that the Miami Dolphins ran to perfection a few years ago? You know, the one that made Ronnie Brown a star and Ricky Williams relevant again.

Once that got figured out, that was it for Brown, who is currently working as the Philadelphia Eagles’ backup running back. Not to say that these Broncos are that gimmicky or that once teams learn to stop them that Tebow is done, but his current run is going to come to a halt soon, and it may be similar to that of the halt suffered by Rebecca Black.

The Broncos welcome the New England Patriots next week on Sunday, not Friday. If Tebow does the unthinkable and beats arguably the best team in the AFC, I’ll believe. I’ll believe so much that I’ll treat myself to a Tim Tebow tee shirt this Christmas.

If Tebowing isn’t up your alley, there’s always the BCS. This is something that brings either cheer or tears to college football fans all across the country, and those in the state of Michigan.

On one side, fans of the University of Michigan are excitedly cheering like that kid who got a Nintendo 64 for Christmas about their berth in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Coincidently, they’re also cheering like that kid because Michigan State will not be playing in a BCS game, they’ll be playing Outback Bowl after falling to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game.

Whether you love it or hate it, and most people hate it, the BCS is part of college football and you just have to learn to love and deal with it.

So, whether you’re sitting home at with family celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa during break, just remember that no matter what the holidays are a time to just relax and enjoy the season – and maybe watch the Detroit Lions navigate their way to the playoffs.

Stay warm, stay safe and drink lots and lots of eggnog (legally, of course). Oh, and as every one of the Christmas songs I listen to says, happy holidays.

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