As anyone who knows me can tell you, I’m a Christmas person. I’m one of those saps who gets all doe-eyed and misty at holiday time. I believe with all my heart the holidays are the time to count your blessings and be grateful for what you have. And for those of who love sports and are lucky enough to live in Boston, our blessings this year are many.



Controversial Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been known to heckle players from his Staples Center courtside seat. The surprising thing is, its his own players he’s been heckling. The latest player to be on the receiving end of obnoxious comments from his boss is guard Baron Davis. Center Chris Kaman also acknowledged being the subject of taunts. “All kinds of stuff, Kaman said. “Some stuff like, ‘Oh, dunk the ball.’ He owns the team. What do you want me to say? He’s my boss. He signs the check.”

 

It's not uncommon for a sports writer to pen a column before a game so that it's ready to be published right when the contest ends. It is uncommon, however, for a newspaper to put the story on its website before the game is played. It happened Monday when William C. Rhoden's column noting the demise of the Patriots and the rise of the Jets was made available to the readers of The New York Times website before the Pats rolled to a 45-3 victory.

 

With the Jets in need of help at safety following the season-ending injury to Jim Leonhard, the team called Keith Fitzhugh, a player they cut in camp the past two years. Fitzhugh, however, decided to keep his job as a train conductor. The 24-year-old, who starred at Mississippi State, said he needs to be committed to the Norfolk Southern Railroad to help support his parents. Said Fitzhugh: "I know the Jets have a great opportunity of making the Super Bowl, and that's one dream that every child has is to play sports and make it to the Super Bowl or get to the World Series.

On Monday, there were reports that the NFL is close to resolving its investigation into the Brett Favre-Jenn Sterger situation, and that the league was not likely to suspend the Vikings quarterback. Sterger's manager did not take well to that news. Phil Reese told TMZ.com that Sterger has "provided extensive evidence that irrefutably proves there was harassment." While Sterger has been mostly silent on the matter until now, Reese said that could change.

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was deactivated by the Redskins before Sunday's loss to the Giants. No stranger to controversy, Haynesworth admitted he was late to practice on Friday and did not practice because he said he was sick, but he still wasn't happy with being held out Sunday. “I was sick, so I did show up a minute late, but I don’t think that’s a reason to sit out,” he said. Asked if he was shocked he was deactivated, he said: “Yeah, I am [shocked].

Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who earlier this week criticized New York fans for booing the team, apologized for comparing the players to soldiers returning from duty overseas. "We're risking ourselves out there on the field each and every day also," Rolle said Thursday. "When soldiers come back from Iraq, you don't boo them.

FIFA announced that the 2018 will be held in Russia, Thursday, while the '22 games are to be played in Qatar. The United States were a finalist for the '22 bid, with former President Bill Clinton joining actor Morgan Freeman and MLS star Landon Donovan in addressing the FIFA committee Wednesday in an attempt to secure the bid for the U.S. England was thought to be Russia's chief challenger when it came to locking up the '18 bid. The decision was come to by a group of voters from the 24-member FIFA executive committee. Qatar will be the smallest country ever to host a World Cup.

Michael Jordan's son Marcus had the signature moment of his basketball career Wednesday night, scoring 18 points to help the University of Central Florida shock 18th-ranked Florida, 57-54, Wednesday night in Orlando. Jordan, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, hit 6-of-11 shots and drilled two key free throws down the stretch as UCF picked up its first win over Florida in 10 tries.

A couple of stories out of New York highlight Wednesday's look at news from the web. First off, Giants safety Antrel Rolle is not happy with New York fans who booed the team before its comeback Sunday against the Jaguars. Rolle, who signed with the Giants in the offseason after five years with the Cardinals, didn't like the reaction from the home crowd when New York fell behind 17-6 in the first half. The Giants came back to win the game 24-20 and improve to 7-4. "You don't boo your team," Rolle said. "I don't care what happens. You don't boo your team."