My wish list is a mile long
I wish for the return of the truth and political incorrectness; that everyone would stop playing it safe.
I wish there was a late-night sports talk show every night.
I wish soccer was more respected in the United States.
I wish I didn't care where LeBron will be playing in 2010.
I wish for a black TV show/series that isn't run by Tyler Perry and is longer than 30 minutes.
I wish that every athlete who says they want to be like MJ meant Magic Johnson.
I wish Albert Pujols was more marketable.
I wish the president didn't have to handle all these issues at once and could slow down to concentrate on getting one thing done at a time correctly.
I wish I could go back to loving Brett Favre.
I wish the Clippers would leave L.A.
I wish Aaron McGruder took the "Boondocks" cartoon as seriously as he did the comic strip.
I wish there was more diversity in sports radio.
I wish Serena and Venus were better losers.
I wish T.O. could make all the attention we've given him worthwhile; live up to his hype.
I wish every sport had an Etan Thomas.
I wish Sports Illustrated would never change.
I wish Art Cooper (former editor of GQ) was still alive.
I wish there was a "next" Minnie Riperton.
I wish the Red Sox never broke up Manny and Papi.
I wish Manny didn't get caught.
I wish I could go to the World Cup in South Africa.
I wish Kristi Toliver knew who I was.
I wish Tyra Banks cared who I was.
I wish Isiah Thomas could redux the past 10 years of his life.
I wish sports weren't so exploitive.
I wish print media weren't becoming extinct.
I wish man had never invented the gun.
I wish the BCS didn't exist.
I wish athletes weren't allowed to play themselves in video games.
I wish Geno Auriemma and Pat Summitt would just fight.
I wish Muhammad Ali would sincerely apologize to Joe Frazier.
I wish people would stop saying Eminem is the greatest rapper alive.
I wish people would stop thinking MMA is better than boxing.
I wish Toni Braxton hadn't broken up with the Dallas Mavericks.
I wish five seniors would win the NCAA title and all get drafted in the first round.
I wish the NBA would punish the owners for drafting players under 19, instead of punishing the kids.
I wish Dan Brown would write a sports book.
I wish Ken Griffey Jr. owned the all-time home run record.
I wish the Elvis Costello/Harry Caray glasses weren't back in style.
I wish I could hoop as good and as often as I did 20 years ago.
I wish the NBA had its own John Madden.
I wish Las Vegas had a major league sports team.
I wish every celebrity/superstar I know didn't think he/she was invincible.
I wish Vince Young would humble himself.
I wish we (the media) didn't turn athletes into icons before they even do anything of true significance or importance.
I wish we didn't always judge or evaluate greatness in terms of winning.
I wish more than 500 pairs of Lance Armstrong's Futura 2000 Nike Zoom Air FC ID were in existence.
I wish ESPN would give Ben Stein and Shaq a show.
I wish a hip hop artist was allowed to perform the national anthem at a major event.
I wish high school and college baseball used wooden bats.
I wish golf wasn't so addictive, time-consuming, expensive, and did I say addictive?
I wish I knew who the best player in each of the four major sports was.
I wish entertainers would stop fronting like they care about the sport being played at the sporting events they show up to.
I wish Bill Belichick never cheated.
I wish Pete Rose never came clean.
I wish I could get Billy Mays' voice out of my head.
I wish Manu, Yao, T-Mac, Gilbert and Baron could stay healthy.
I wish Facebook would disappear.
I wish Joe Paterno and Larry Brown would win one more title, then retire.
I wish someone would slap the (blank) out of Spencer Pratt.
I wish I didn't write that I wish Landon Donovan played up to his alleged potential.
I wish Congress didn't have to get involved with baseball (and that MLB could adequately police itself).
I (really) wish Rafael Nadal wasn't injured.
I wish Dwight Howard had Ewing's jump shot and Olajuwon's face-up game.
I wish Ochocinco took football seriously (and stopped being so overtly concerned with "entertaining" the fans).
I wish Allen Iverson and Steve Nash would retire after next season.
I wish boxers knew how to stay retired.
I wish Donte' Stallworth stayed home that night.
I wish professional athletes were more faithful to their wives.
I wish Jennifer Aniston could find a man.
I wish umps and refs didn't have so much power, and would be forced to acknowledge when they screw up.
I wish coaches would be punished to the same degree as players by the NCAA for transferring schools.
I wish the Iran election would be settled.
I wish everyone would go to see the movie "Precious" when it comes out in October.
I wish Ed McMahon died happier.
I wish I knew why the country cares about Jon and Kate's lives.
I wish we'd stop using athletes' initials as nicknames.
I wish the Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao fight would never happen.
I wish Buck O'Neil and Bernard King and Ken Stabler were in their sports' Hall of Fame.
I wish more athletes had their fathers to thank, instead of just their mothers and grandmothers, for their success.
I wish more young black athletes got "it."
I wish more owners and fans "got" them.
I wish every kid could meet Michael Jordan at least once.
I wish I didn't love sports so much.
Scoop Jackson is a columnist for ESPN.com.
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