Joseph Schwerdt

Sun Sentinel

Gifts can be selfish. Often, gifts are not about giving, but about the great feeling one gets from giving. It is in that spirit that these gifts are offered to South Florida's sports franchises.

To the Dolphins, a franchise quarterback, the likes of which you have not seen since Dan Marino and Bob Griese. To the Panthers, a trip to the playoffs for the first time in an NHL-record 10 years. To the Marlins, success in your new home, new uniforms and with your new payroll. To the Heat, another run at the NBA Finals.

By giving these gifts, South Florida sports fans — and sports journalists — will have more fun and interesting teams to follow.

jwschwerdt@tribune.com

Good health for Crosby

Ron Fritz

Baltimore Sun

This is hard because having grown up in Cleveland I was raised to dislike everything and anything about Pittsburgh. But I would like to see Sidney Crosby, the best hockey player in the world, get a clean bill of health. He's far too young to have his career derailed by injury, and in his case it's concussions.

His career reminds me of the Flyers' Eric Lindros, who never reached his true potential because of injuries. Wayne Gretzky is the Great One, but Crosby is the Next One. The way he plays the game is magical. And trust me, I hate to say it — or see it — because he plays for the Penguins.

Crosby is just 24 and has so much left to give to the game. Let's hope he gets the chance.

rtfritz@tribune.com