Pete's Ponderings-December 15
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  12/16/2008

This is ole Pete’s last column before Christmas so I thought I would share with you the gifts I would give to the NMSU Aggies as if I had Santa’s magic at my disposal.


For swim coach Rick Pratt, an honorary doctorate for his learned mind in coaching and teaching. Pratt’s swim team ranked with the Ivy Leaguers like Yale when it came to academics last year. An education is a gift that renews itself every time you use that noggin’.


For women’s hoops coach Darin Spence a golden plated door knocker. For three years in a row, Spence has been knocking on the WAC women’s championship door, with Pete’s gift he’ll blow that door right off his hinges, the way Billy the Kid used to bust out of a Southern New Mexico jail cell.


I am not sure Mike Jordan has room in his house for more treasurers. He has so many coach of the year trophies he needs a new wing in his office. All conference plaques and academic honor certificates have been so frequent, he needs a storage unit for them and adding an NCAA win to the many NCAA trips had to be the second brightest star on his tree. I’m guessing that Jordan’s marriage to his bride Jennifer back in July had to be the best gift he will ever receive.


I’d give Scott Liberwirth and Paul Brilliant fair weather every time their teams have to tee it up home or away. Also here’s to a tail wind for Oren Richburg’s runners and a bunch of strong arms for Rocky Ward. Those arms would be for pitchers and fielders to keep the opponent honest while the Aggies drive home a record number of runs. 


Marvin Menzies would get to stay up late March 14 and sleep soundly on March15 courtesy of Pete. He’d be up celebrating the WAC basketball championships and sleeping like a baby knowing the Aggies were again in the big dance.


Dr. McKinley Boston gets eyeglasses that continue to help focus on the vision he has for NMSU athletics and a nice big mug of grog so he can relax after his search for the next football coach is over.


For Ole Pete, the best gift is the one that brings him together with family and friends to relive the old times, and keep the flame of friendship glowing. I offer that gift to you as well, Aggie fans. The true gift is the gift of you. Pete tries his best to give that everyday, I hope you will too.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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