'Tis the season to be jolly, to ask the big man in the red suit for a few special items to be left under the Christmas tree, and a time to be thankful for so many things.
For me, thanks to all the Terrapins and Nationals supporters for sticking with us through thick and thin. No question, the Maryland football season was not a good one. Injuries, a tough schedule and so many other factors resulted in a 10-loss season -not the way new head coach Randy Edsall had envisioned his first year at the helm in College Park. One thing is for certain: there's nowhere to go but up for next year. I appreciate the die-hard Terps fans sticking it out, and I know the players appreciate it. Hopefully, Santa will leave the Terps blueprints for a winning season in 2012
As for the Nats, I can hardly wait for spring training to begin down in Viera, Fla. Just a couple pieces of Mike Rizzo's puzzle remain to be worked out. We saw improvement last season from the ballclub. With Davey Johnson managing fro the get-go, the 2012 season should have the same result - Another big step forward and a shot at being a serious contender in the National League East. Let's hope Mr. Claus can find another bat and another arm to make Johnson and Rizzo's Christmas a good one.
I mentioned earlier there are so many things to be thankful for. First and foremost, the health of my grandson, Jack Rolle. It was May 2009 when Jack was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 11 at the time. Terrific doctors, nurses, and strong support from family members and total strangers played in a big role in Jack's battle with cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, he has slowly returned to his old self.
Jack is beating that dreaded disease. His hair has returned, he moved on to the seventh grade at Mater Dei School, where he plays all sports, and his fight and determination have been an inspiration to us all. Your thoughts and prayers played a big part in his recovery. I can never thank Terps and Nats fans enough. Jack is 13 now and going strong.
All I ask is for Santa to deliver more good health to Jack and to each of you. Merry Christmas!