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Forum staff reports, Published December 24 2011

Staff members give gifts to area sporting figures in need this holiday season

Kevin Love could use a good publicist

I would like to give Wolves all-world forward Kevin Love a publicist. And who better to serve in that role than me?

There’s two reasons why:

Love will be a free agent after this season.

Spanish import Ricky Rubio will be the most-quoted member of the Wolves. Fans will become smitten with Rubio and forget about Love. But not on my watch.

-Hayden Goethe

Giving a reality check to suffering Minnesota fans

My Christmas gift would be for Minnesota sports fans to realize it’s not all bad.

There have been other markets (see Buffalo, Cleveland and Seattle) which have gone through much worse.

Not all of your teams can be good every year. It just doesn’t work that way.

You have the Lynx, so there’s that.

See it isn’t all bad.

-Ryan S. Clark

Minnesota could use a hockey page-turner

Contrary to popular belief, not every native Minnesotan is obsessed with – or even knows much about – the sport of hockey.

As the Wild and Gophers offer the only glimpse of success the state’s teams have seen all year, I would like to give “Hockey for Dummies” to puck-knowledge-inept sports fans such as myself.

-Andrew Gottenborg

The pefect gift for Wilf? Cowher's digits

I would like to give Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf the phone number of CBS football analyst Bill Cowher, with the caveat that he call the former Pittsburgh Steelers coach every day to implore him to replace Leslie Frazier as head coach of the Vikings.

I would also like to give the entire Vikings secondary a clue as to how to stop an NFL passing game. It’s clear those guys don’t have one, yet.

-Heath Hotzler

Calling attention to the Vikings' sack master

My Christmas gift this year is a little publicity for a guy making a bid for history on a 3-12 football team.

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has 18.5 sacks this season.

Well, Jared, it isn’t much, but maybe a shout-out from this copy editor will bring you holiday cheer.

-Tom Mix

With new turf comes a little credit for Kolpack

For Christmas this year, I’m giving the Bison football players new turf in the Fargodome.

This is my gift, cultivated by numerous stories over the years detailing the concrete surface of which they play on. It took until this year, but the Fargo Dome Authority finally agreed with me. Merry Christmas boys.

-Jeff Kolpack

Tebow's mojo could give MSUM a boost

I would give Minnesota State Moorhead athletic director Doug Peters the mojo of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

MSUM is entering the fourth quarter of its drive for Division I ice hockey and need some late-game magic to push that effort over the top in the next couple months.

The Dragons could use a little “Tebow Time” over at Alex Nemzek.

-Eric Peterson

Patience is a virtue and a gift for Saul and Co.

If there is a way a wrapping up patience, I would like to give that to North Dakota State men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips.

He – and the entire FM area for that matter – has been waiting long enough for a much-needed new basketball arena. Saul may have to wait a little longer before NDSU acquires enough money to start its renovation of the Bison Sports Arena.

-Kevin Schnepf