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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Pac-12 Christmas gifts: North Division


It's time to hand out Christmas gifts to each Pac-12 team.

For some, there's a whole lot of "Tis the season!" For others, there's some, "Bah, humbug!"

But the Pac-12 blog loves all its teams, from the George Baileys and Elfs to the Grinches and Bad Santas.

Further, as everyone knows that giving is better than receiving, we feel you should participate. Just send us a note on what you'd like to give your team here, and we will publish your thoughts on Christmas Eve.

I've got the North Division. Kevin will be along soon with the South Division.

California: A Mr. Quarterback. Since Aaron Rodgers' career ended in 2004, Cal has struggled to find consistency at quarterback. New coach Sonny Dykes is an offensive guru and everything, but if you're looking for consistency, this is your guy. Er, electronic toy.

Oregon: A block from De'Anthony Thomas. If Thomas had just turned around and gotten in Stanford safety Devon Carrington's way on Nov. 17, Ducks QB Marcus Mariota's 77-yard, first-quarter run would have turned into a 92-yard touchdown against the Cardinal. And the Ducks might be getting ready to play Notre Dame for their first national title, a game in which they'd be significantly favored.

Oregon State: Pink slips for Jason Garrett, Andy Reid, Romeo Crennel, Norv Turner, Rex Ryan, etc. Why? Any Beavers eager to see Oregon coach Chip Kelly leave the state?

Stanford: Coach David Shaw gets a gift certificate to Pearl Vision, which he can then forward to the officials who screwed up the calls at the end of the Cardinal's overtime defeat at Notre Dame.

Washington: For Washington QB Keith Price we'd get this appropriate DVD collection, which might inspire him to regain his 2011 form. And for Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, we have this. Not the poster. The real thing!

Washington State:  For Cougars coach Mike Leach, we offer Linda Kaplan Thaler's and Robin Koval's self-help book, "The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness." And to keep him from yelling at us about how lame that gift was, we'd also give him the three-movie "Pirates of the Caribbean" collection.