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Wishing you all the best this holiday season

Jon Mitchell
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I was lazy with my Christmas shopping this year.

Actually, check that. I was unimaginative with my Christmas shopping this year.

The funny thing about that is how I limited myself to just buying everyone gift cards for Christmas. There’s an exception or two, for sure. But for the most part, 99.75 percent of my Christmas shopping was done by simply going to the local grocery store and raiding their gift-card stand.



I guess there’s a big part of me that was hesitant, knowing that this religious holiday is preceded by a full month of frenzied consumerism. Then again, I’m sure there’s plenty of people out there who consider getting a lot of material things to be a purely spiritual experience.

However, there’s an old saying that says how it’s always better to give than to receive.



That’s what this column is for. Sure, there’s a few things I want for Christmas, but there’s plenty of things out there I’d like to see other people get, too.

As follows:

• I wish nothing but the best for all of Garfield County’s winter sports teams at Glenwood Springs, Roaring Fork, Rifle, Coal Ridge and Grand Valley High Schools. True, there’s always the hopes of unbridled success at the beginning of each season. But success isn’t always measured by wins and losses, and people need to realize that more when they go watch a high school sporting event.

• I wish the person running the scoreboard at some of these basketball games would ask for a raise — if they’re even getting paid at all. The Grand Valley girls hoops team opened its season with an 83-6 win over Aspen early this month. The Glenwood Springs boys are scoring close to 30 points per game more than last season. The Glenwood girls have the potential to score a lot this season, too.

• I wish congratulations to Rifle High School football coach Damon Wells, who was the only football coach in Colorado selected to attend the U.S. Army All-American Bowl — an All-Star high school football game — scheduled for Jan. 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Wells was nominated for the award by a local Army recruiter, and he received word in late October that he was selected to attend the game. Considering Wells’ credentials, it’s a well-deserved honor.

• I wish the best of luck to Grand Valley High School graduate Cody Pfau, who is off to a screaming start as a freshman wrestler at Oklahoma City University. Pfau began the season 10-0 and, as of statistics provided by the school through Nov. 27, was one of three female wrestlers on the team who was still unbeaten. Pfau, one of 26 wrestlers on the squad, had won three matches by pin and six by technical fall.

• I wish the people out there who still believe it’s OK to taunt players at a high school sporting event would get a clue.

• To quote Skee-Lo: I wish I was a little bit taller …

• I wish Denver had a Major League Baseball franchise.

• I wish the best of luck to the new sports bar in Rifle, Big Kids Corner Bar, that will take over the spot occupied for years by the Sports Corner. It’s kinda nice to have an option, other than my living room, for a place to watch a ballgame on a flat-screen television. And to think, when it opens on New Years Eve, I’ll probably be working that day.

• I wish the best of luck to Sydney Surin of Silt, a 14-year-old barrel racer who has a chance next year to reach The American, which will be held in Arlington, Texas, in February, and will boast the richest rodeo payout ever. Each event will have a top prize of $100,000. I think it would be safe to say if she beat the odds and won the thing, she could buy a new car. Or two. Or three. Or four …

• I wish I could go skiing every day, but this thing called “life” kind of gets in the way of me doing that.

• I wish I could read people’s minds. That way I at least would have known what gift cards to get everyone. Not every city in the nation has a Starbucks, after all. Not yet, anyway.

• I wish there was more than I could do to cover the kids and the sports in the area. Unfortunately, there’s only so many places that one person can be at one time.

• I wish my dog hadn’t eaten the mistletoe that dropped down from the ceiling of a recent Christmas party. That was messy.

And finally …

• I wish everyone out there a merry Christmas, happy holidays and a wonderful, festive season! All my best to everyone!

— Glenwood Springs Post Independent Sports Editor Jon Mitchell gets sick of telling people at this time of year he’s allergic to chocolate. So while candy canes are a suitable replacement for his stocking, he can be reached at 970-384-9123.


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