Ryan Thorburn, Camera Sports Writer
Ryan Thorburn, Camera Sports Writer ( PAUL AIKEN )

All I want for Christmas is a 16-team college football playoff.

Thanks to Tad Boyle, we no longer have to beg for March Madness around here.

Unfortunately, most of these meaningless bowl games are as exciting as a lump of coal. College football has the greatest regular season, and an ending even the replacement officials from the Green Bay-Seattle game agree is a bad call.

Hopefully the jolly old fat men in charge of the BCS and major conferences will eventually stop realigning and deliver the postseason gift good college football fans deserve.

In that spirit, here are some other holiday wishes for the world of sports:

For Boyle, the Colorado men's basketball coach -- Another Pac-12 championship ring, regular-season style this year.

For Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning -- The ultimate Homecoming game. Playing in the Super Bowl in New Orleans with a chance to even the Lombardi Trophy score with little brother Eli.

For current Indianapolis Colts coach and Fairview High School graduate Chuck Pagano -- To do a playoff dance with Andrew Luck and dance at all of his daughters' weddings.

For CU women's basketball coach Linda Lappe -- An invitation to her first Big Dance as a head coach.

For Western Kentucky football coach Bobby Petrino -- A fair quote from Flo on his motorcycle insurance.

For our northern neighbors in Canada -- An end to the NHL lockout and the healthy return of Steve Nash.


For new CU football coach Mike MacIntyre -- Enough patience, support and time from the athletic director to finish the job of restoring the Buffs' great tradition.

For soon-to-be former New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow -- The starting job with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

For new Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss -- A summer filled with Blake Street Bomber-style 13-12 wins at Coors Field.

For the most loyal members of the C-Unit -- A free trip to Las Vegas for the Pac-12 Tournament and to another NCAA Tournament site to cheer on the Buffs.

For Boulder cycling phenom Taylor Phinney -- No more fourth-place finishes, especially at the Olympics, and many podium kisses.

For Denver Nuggets coach George Karl -- A superstar who can shoot like Alex English.

For CU athletic director Mike Bohn -- A resurgence at Folsom Field like the one happening at the Coors Events Center. And enough booster support to break out that gold shovel for a groundbreaking ceremony.

For Big East commissioner Mike Aresco -- An updated map of the United States or a name change for his conference. My suggestion: Conference USA 2.0.

For Broncos owner Pat Bowlen -- The chance to say: "This one's for ... Peyton!"

For Buffs quarterback Shane Dillon -- Some separation from the competition during spring football and a healthy Paul Richardson during fall football.

For Missy Franklin -- Endorsement deals to match her million-dollar smile after her amateur swimming career is over.

For Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott -- More wins for the expansion programs in the Denver and Salt Lake City television markets.

For Buffs fans -- A chance to cheer on their team at one of the 35 bowl games next year and some hope for inclusion in the four-team playoff down the road.

Have a great holiday.

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