Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas gift for all the teams in the state from LadySwish

With Christmas upon us, we're in the gift giving mood, so we've lined up presents for all of our teams (they're in the mail, guys). Included with each, a stocking stuffer, too. We know one per player is stingy, but that's all the LadySwish budget allows.


James Madison

Our present: noisemaker

Drum set, maybe? Or some purple maracas, even a bullhorn might do it. The committee hasn't looked fondly on our Dukes, a 29-3 team last year that only got a No. 12 seed in the tournament. This year with losses to UCLA and St. Bonaventure, the Dukes need to make some really loud noise to make an impression (West Virginia and Baylor are on tap this weekend).

Stocking stuffer: Dance lessons for Muff Mickens.

Virginia Tech

Our present: A basket of Florida oranges.

We're still tickled over the Hokies dominating Tennessee in Thompson-Boling Arena, though we know Dennis Wolff is looking ahead. So we'll tie an ACC ribbon around our gift basket as a reminder of what's coming up for the state's best team.

Stocking stuffer: Australian guards Vanessa Panousis and fellow Aussie forward Hannah Young have heard so many shrimp on the barbie jokes we couldn't resist getting them their very own Barbie doll.


Our present: a calendar

We've picked out a bright yellow one with the bright sunshine reflecting off the James River. We want to remind the Lady Pirates, who have played a brutal nonconference schedule that doesn't conclude until a Jan. 3 date with Princeton, that brighter days are ahead. MEAC play begins Jan. 9, and we're believer's that David Six's maddening preparation will pay dividends in conference play.

Stocking stuffer: "The Addams Family Christmas" movie for Malia Tate-DeFreitas, whose family owns a funeral home in Steelton, Pa.

Old Dominion

Our present: A 1,000-piece puzzle of Big Blue, one piece for every win in Lady Monarch history

Stocking stuffer: A Robert Parish jersey for Ogegua Oigbokie. She wears 34 for ODU (by the way, heal that knee up), but for a kid whose initials are OO, we'd like to see her have a jersey from the best NBA player to wear the double zeros.

William and Mary

Our present: A Golden State Warriors poster. I mean, talk about great beginnings? The Tribe's 8-1 start matches the best in school history.

Stocking stuffer: A CD of Mozart's Sonata in G Minor is a wonderful mix of cello and piano, instruments near and dear to sophomore Marlena Tremba who plays both.

Just needs a Kevin Garnett sticker!

Our present: A hover board with a picture of Kevin Garnett, great for tooling around Charlottesville and a reminder that the Cavs need to step it up on the defensive boards.

Stocking stuffer: Sorry, Cavs. We're giving Joanne Boyle's daughter, Ngoty, this one. We've got a
new iPhone 6 picked out with a Beyonce ring tone; pink case included along with a copy of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." The kid's so smart, we figure she'll be reading in no time!

Virginia Commonwealth

Our present: Well, the Phoenix isn't a real bird we found out after visiting the Exotic Birds Pet Store and they won't let us have a Wildcat, so to toast your win over Arizona State, we're hoping you'll settle for tickets to the Metro Richmond Zoo.

Stocking stuffer: "Akeelah and the Bee," widescreen edition. This feel-good film is a favorite of both Keira Robinson and Adaeze Alaezea (and hey, Coach O'Boyle, it's PG!)

George Mason

Our present: A heavy wooden spoon and cooking thermometer, helpful culinary tools to help your sauce reach the perfect consistency. And we think the Patriots could use some consistency -- 4-6 record includes thrilling double OT win over Delaware along with frustrating losses to Radford and Georgetown.

Stocking stuffer: High quality yarn to make a Mason scarf for Chinyere Bell, who enjoys knitting in her spare time (trying to learn, too; can you teach us how to cable?)


Our present: The film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." The Lady Flames rank last in the Big
South in steals.

Stocking stuffer: A Steph Curry poster for Sheana Vega; she's a fan!


Our present: A spa day at BodyWorks (go for the deep tissue massage; it's on us); these Highlanders have been reduced to nine due to injury after starting the season with 13.

Stocking stuffer: "Criminal Minds" box set for Jayda Worthy, a soccer ball with Highlander logo for Jen Falconer and we're generous: the first season of "Scandal" in case you guys missed it.

Norfolk State

Our present: Ray Allen jerseys. The Spartans rank 342 among 344 schools in 3-point shooting.

Stocking stuffer: A Michael Buble Christmas album for Kiara Phillips, a fan of his.


Our present: Home cooking. The rugged road started with a trip to Oregon followed by a game in Harrisonburg less than 48 hours later. They've been to Charlottesville, North Carolina, they're Morgantown bound followed by a trip to Delaware all before Christmas.

Stocking stuffer: A "Thing One" nightshirt for Kate Spradlin (her twin sis, Kellen, also attends Longwood and we're giving her a "Thing Two" nightshirt.


Our present: Granted, we didn't spend big bucks here, but here's the link to apply for the Secret Service. No better guards in the country than the Spiders.

Stocking stuffer: We're feeling generous so we've got a 2016 Audi for Lauren Tolson and a BMW for Micaela Parson.

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