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25 Wishes

By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.

Wishes. We all have them. Sure, as sports fans, we learn to persevere through both the good and bad times. We understand that we can’t live and die with every win or loss because, as the great Dean Smith once said, “For one thing, you’d die a lot.” But yes, we fans all have our share of “sports regrets.” Or sometimes we fill our heads with wistful thoughts of, “What if…?” I know I do. Here are 25 sports wishes that, if they were all fulfilled, would make me the world’s happiest sports fan. What are your sports wishes?

♦ I wish Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns beat the Chicago Bulls in the 1993 NBA Finals.

♦ I wish Raiders owner Al Davis never held a grudge against his star player, Marcus Allen.

♦ I wish Antonio Brown never won a Super Bowl.

♦ I wish I could have met Muhammad Ali.

♦ I wish the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team were allowed to play last season.

♦ I wish the 1997-98 UH men’s hoops team beat Fresno State in the NIT quarterfinals.

♦ I wish Hawaii had an NFL or NBA team.

♦ I wish Riley Wallace’s Savovic-English teams could have made a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

♦ I wish Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson fought each other, with both men in their primes.

♦ I wish Michelle Kwan had won an Olympic gold medal.

♦ I wish the “NBA on TNT” crew (EJ, Chuck, Shaq and Kenny) could continue forever.

♦ I wish Dick Tomey beat BYU at least once during his 10 seasons as UH football coach.

♦ I wish UH kept Bob Wagner as head football coach instead of replacing him with Fred von Appen.

♦ I wish UH kept Greg McMackin as head football coach instead of replacing him with Norm Chow.

♦ I wish NBA players would stop flopping.

♦ I wish Cheryl Miller could have played in the WNBA.

♦ I wish Isiah Thomas was on the 1992 Olympic “Dream Team” instead of Christian Laettner.

♦ I wish Colt Brennan had gotten to play in the NFL.

♦ I wish the Hawaii Winter Baseball League would return.

♦ I wish I could leap back in time and watch Hawaii’s “Fabulous Five” play in person.

♦ I wish the Seattle Supersonics were still around (sorry, Oklahoma City).

♦ I wish Dr. J and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Portland Trailblazers in the 1977 NBA Finals.

♦ I wish the Raiders drafted Calvin Johnson instead of JaMarcus Russell with the first pick in the 2007 draft.

♦ I wish the Raiders drafted ANYBODY instead of JaMarcus Russell with the first pick in the 2007 draft.

♦ I wish Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods could have played on the PGA Tour together – with both in their prime.

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