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Christmas gifts for those who tolerate me year-round

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 While COVID-19 has impacted 2020 in a profound way, it hasn’t stolen my penchant for the holidays, and it’s time to give a little something to all who deserve a gift from me. 

To those at 16th Street and Georgetown Road and across the street at the IndyCar Series offices, I give you superb weather and no more cancellations of great races. Special thanks to Kate Davis and Arnie Sribhen of IndyCar for all the resources they always provide. Likewise to Suzi Elliott of IMS media, who always helps me out. 

It was a crazy year this past season and may we never have to again endure the Indianapolis 500 without your diehard fans in attendance. Kudos also to the legendary Roger Penske for keeping IndyCar going and adhering to the strict safety standards, which kept the media safe at IMS. 

To the Indiana Pacers media relations staff, thanks for making it easy to cover a game in your beautiful building. David Benner, Krissy Myers and Wes Kaminski deserve something nice in their stocking for all they do. 

The Indianapolis Colts have again been great to me, and I appreciate all the precautionary measures they’ve taken to ensure my safety as well this season. Matt Conti and Pam Humphrey are two of the best in the business, and may Santa remember them both again. 

Speaking of the best in the business, my colleagues at the Indianapolis Recorder are simply magnificent at what they do every day. They also deserve a gold medal for putting up with missed deadlines, my rants about certain players (wink) and for being the only newspaper and website in the state with a social conscience now a days. Thank you all for your tolerance and your patience with me. 

Finally, to all of you who read and critique the copy I submit for your approval each week, may Santa give us each other’s company for yet another year. That not only goes for those who offer me a kind word from time to time about what I write, but to those who think I’m either wrong or completely crazy all the time. Your emails and text messages are the best thing I could ever ask for, and not just at Christmas time. 

I’ll see you all either on the sidelines or in the cheap seats. Either way, the pleasure will always be mine, sports fans. 

Danny Bridges, who only wants the disappearance of COVID-19 and some new socks for Christmas, can be reached at 317-370-8447 or at bridgeshd@aol.com. 

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