Santa's Sports Sack


I've made my list. Checked it twice.

And since I'm one of Santa's helpers, I know who's been naughty and nice.

Floyd Landis, Marion Jones, Michael Vick and every baseball player who's ever taken steroids ... expect coal in your stockings.

On the flip side, according to Santa, Bee readers have been especially nice this year. So we've got you covered with a collection of cool sports-themed books, video games and DVDs for whom I like to call: the many, the proud, the last-second shoppers.

Let's face it: Who doesn't have a sports fan to buy for?

If I had my way, I'd probably purchase Fatheads for everyone on my list and call it a day, but not everyone has the wall space. They're so lifelike.

However, Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy's book "Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life," is a nice substitute.

"It's (Dungy's book) been flying off the shelves since it came out in July," said Barnes & Noble sales associate Jake Alabastro. "But it's been even more in demand for the holiday season.

"People are coming in asking for it by name." he said.

Barnes & Noble sales associate Mary Kibling added: "There's a lot of outdoorsmen in the valley so fishing and hunting books are very popular too."

The Nintendo Wii may be the hottest item, period, this holiday season.

So the console's "Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games" is sure to impress come Christmas morning.

I can't be the only one excited about Mario and Sonic being in the same game for the first time ever.

My Christmas wish finally came true, 15 years after the fact, but it came true nonetheless.

DVDs are classic stocking stuffers and there are some great boxed sets to choose from, like the "NFL America's Game" collection that features documentaries on Super Bowls I through XL.

"I bought it (America's Game) for myself," said Luke Russo, 35, of Modesto, while shopping at Best Buy.

"It's a little expensive, but it's the perfect gift for the diehard NFL fan."

I want to wish everyone a fantastic final few days of shopping.

Plus, everyone here at the Bee sports department would like to wish all of you out there a merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Bee staff writer Eddie Brown can be reached at or 578-2300.