In honor of this – the most wonderful time of the year – we bring you a Christmas poem.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the land
The Daily Dose was suspending operations, would this decision stand?
The stories were chosen with the greatest of care,
From Arnie to Sweetness  – the best-ever Bear;

The final edits for December had been all put to bed;
With so many features to choose from, could all be read?
The best jerseys, top colors, greatest helmets and caps,
The Iron Nun, Jack LaLanne and Sir Roger’s last lap,

We wrote of Halas, and rodeo, discussed Marichal’s last batter,
And covered Stickum and Gatorade; even infield chatter;
Four-and-a-half years, it’s gone by like a flash,
It all started with Dick Stockton at our Launch Party bash.

Our intent from the outset was to put readers in the know,
Like the Fight of the Century between Muhammad and Joe;
Dose-iples awaken and great stories appear,
Of The Bambino and The Birkie and the night of Dime Beer.

We told stories of legends like Teddy Ballgame and The Mick,
And of Magic and his nemesis — the Hick from French Lick;
To enlighten, inform and entertain was my aim,
Sometimes dog shows or mascots, perhaps the finest from Notre Dame?

Over a thousand new stories with some flashbacks we’d mix in,
Now Steel Curtain! Now Fearsome Foursome! Now great linebackers blitzin’!
To the shortest of players!  And the others so tall!
We told of Fathers and Sons and classic World Series calls.

To the wins and the losses and the games Do or Die,
It’s with a mix of pride, joy and sadness that I say goodbye;
To The Sport of Kings, Breeder’s Cup and Churchill Downs with its views,
To Secretariat, Man o’ War and the great Seattle Slew;
For Fenway and Wrigley and other parks with no roof,
These venues we covet; to them we shall hoof.

We’ve shared the legend of The Doctor and the dunks he threw down,
Of Big O and Michael and of Charles – the Round Mound;
For those who like kickers, we told of Vinatieri’s right foot,
We covered discus and hurdles but never shot put.

Sir Edmund Hillary scaled Everest with his gear on his back,
While Augusta belonged to Hogan and Tiger and Jack;
The Dodgers featured Scully – the Cubs and Sox they had Harry,
And the greatest Detroit Lion of all was their running back – Barry.

We told the tale of the Ten-Year War between Woody and Bo,
Of the groundskeeper, Toma, and the grass that he’d grow;
You read of a knuckleballer named Wood and of Wilbur’s big belly,
Then the fiercest of waves and a Slater named Kelly.

Though story ideas came from everywhere, I wrote each myself,
The idea was journalism, not growing my wealth;
My favorite athlete is John Unitas for the comebacks he led,
Along with Joe Willie Namath and a cool golfer named Fred.

Creating the Dose was a passion [and a whole lot of work],
And it was richly rewarding; that was my perk;
We covered the Winter Classic along with the Sugar and Rose,
Is that this publication’s legacy as we draw to a close?

To think we have but a week left makes many folks bristle,
So rather than do that, let’s play to the whistle;
Sharing mornings has been a blast, I’ll say this if I might —

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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Comments

  1. A perfect poem to reflect on all the greatness that came out of that brilliant mind of yours over the last 4 1/2 years bud. Thank you, and Merry Christmas. See you soon.

  2. Thank you for all the joy and sorrow you have reported, the rich history of sports, sayings and retorts. The human side of these athletes so great. I believe you have covered at least every state!
    You’ve earned a rest but please return refreshed ‘cause to read your great features
    Makes my morning’s the best!

  3. Thanks for a great run of stories and pictures Jim. Appreciate all you did in taking the Dose from emails to a group of friends to a morning must read for thousands of people. I don’t think many of us realized how much effort and work went into each story. I know that you will enjoy and be successful in whatever the next chapter of your life brings you. Thanks again my friend.

  4. Outstanding.
    Classic.
    Epic.
    Better than the original.
    Clement Clarke Moore would be very proud!

    Dare I might say “Pulitzer Prize”.

  5. Dear Santa:

    All I want for Christmas is world peace, tonight’s winning Powerball ticket, and an extension of the Daily Dose. If that’s asking to much I understand, you can go ahead and skip the first two.

  6. As always, your prose and your vision, your verse and your rhyme, are perfect all the time. This Christmas eve day is no different.

    Merry Christmas Jim Edwards and Cheers.

  7. James Edwards has scribed what’s simply the best,
    He’s separated himself from all of the rest,
    Above Whitman and Eliot, above Dickinson and Frost,
    Chaucer and Shakespeare by comparison are lost,
    Above Murray and Reilly, above Plimpton and King,
    and Whitlock, Deford, and even Feinstein.
    Jim offers stories and pictures with wisdom and insight,
    that we read in the morning, that we ponder at night.
    Thank you James Edwards for the great gift of your pen,
    Merry Christmas to you – and good tidings to all men.

  8. That recap in rhyme was like a Tom Brady dime, tightly it spiraled and landed on time.
    As we prepare to share gifts with our families and friends, I want to thank you for sharing your passion for sports, knowledge, curiosity, and wit with me Daily, for so long. The Dose has entertained, educated, and inspired.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family Jim!

  9. Daily Dose has been my Daily Companion for the past four and one half years. Only the GREAT leave us way to early
    . In the immortal words of Bob Hope “Thanks for the Memories and those of Jackie Gleason, “Baby . . .You’re the Greatest.

    Ken Snyder

  10. The best Christmas gift would be for the Dose to continue, even if it became a one time a week event. I love hearing all these tremendous stories

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