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December 24, 2012

Thank you, Santa Claus

THANKS, SANTA.

Santa Claus always has treated me well.

When I was a kid playing youth baseball, all I wanted was to be the catcher. But none of my coaches would let me because I’m left handed. The position is mainly for righties.

Well, Santa didn’t care that I was a southpaw. One year, he brought me all the catching gear — chest protector, mitt, shin guards, mask, everything.

Happy holidays to all you sports fans out there and thanks Santa for the equipment.

CHRISTMAS TOURNEY

I will be on vacation this week, so I won’t be the one covering the girls Greater Lawrence Christmas Tournament. But I wish I was around to watch Central Catholic and Andover battle in the semifinals. It should another great game in this heated rivalry.

My prediction: Central wins the tourney.

Both North Andover and Salem will play in the other semifinal. I expect a North Andover victory, but coach Annie Alosa definitely has brought a great deal of energy to the Salem program and has her squad playing well. Both teams hustle. It should be interesting.

HECTOR IS MY BIG SHOW

Tom Brady entered last week having thrown just four interceptions in his first 13 games this year. He has thrown four picks over the past two games. He had two picks against the 49ers and two more against the Jaguars.

Kudos to Eagle-Tribune football writer Hector Longo. While it seemed like everyone else was calling Brady’s second-half comeback against San Francisco “epic,” “historic” and “Hall of Fame-like,” Longo named Brady one of his “No Shows” last week, pointing out that the star QB put the Pats in a huge hole with his poor first-half play.

SWISHER OFF BOARD

Wow, I was close on this one. In an article I wrote Sept. 23, I said the Boston Red Sox should offer Nick Swisher four years, $57 million.

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