NORTH POLE -- Christmas is right around the corner. I don't know if you've been naughty or if you've been nice, so I am not quite certain what is on Santa's gift list for you.
The elves here, many of which are personal friends, have slipped me some hints regarding what some local, regional and national sports people have asked for. They say Santa is working hard to grant those wishes.
Every high school football coach in Berkshire County had a similar wish for a turf football field to be built in Pittsfield.
If you were one of the fortunate ones to attend the state football playoff games at Doyle Field in Leominster, you saw what a quality turf field/stadium can do for your local teams and for the community. Such a field could be a gathering spot, a place for high-level competition or just local kids playing a game.
Williams football coach Aaron Kelton has on his Christmas list a good construction season so the Weston Field renovations will be completed by the opener in 2014.
If the project is half as nice as the artist renderings, Williams will have the best football facility in NESCAC.
I see where Williams hockey coach Bill Kangas has a Christmas wish for cold temperatures and no snow in Boston on Jan. 7, when his team takes to the rink at Fenway Park for an outdoor game against NESCAC rival Trinity.
Now, if one or two of the more well heeled Williams alumni would pitch in and purchase special home sweaters for the hockey team, Santa Claus would appreciate it.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington would like wait a second. Cherington and the Sox won the World Series in 2013. Asking for back-to-back titles could be seen as a bit greedy. But if it happens, the Red Sox won't give it back.
UMass Lowell men's basketball coach Pat Duquette of Dalton had a good first recruiting class for the new Division I school. He wouldn't mind seeing a 6-foot-10 center under his Christmas tree. It would certainly help his current team, and would give Duquette a leg up on next season.
Duquette has also demonstrated a lot of patience as his team moves up from Division II. If Santa can drop a bit more patience down the chimney, it would probably be appreciated.
Pittsfield Suns general manager Kevin McGuire and North Adams SteepleCats GM Johno Hinkell didn't consult on their wish for Santa, but it is one and the same. Rain on road trips and nice weather at home during the months of June and July. Oh yeah, a power hitter and a pitcher who hits 95 on the radar gun wouldn't hurt either.
UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg can't wish for much. A pre-Christmas national ranking and a 10-0 start will do that for you.
The same can't be said for football coach Charley Molnar, who is looking for a couple of young quarterbacks, more depth and some wins under his Christmas tree.
And to each and every one of you who faithfully come to this space each Sunday, my wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a blessed 2014.