Former left fielder whose dream of playing for the Atlanta Braves never came to fruition. Instead, worked my way through college and got a degree in journalism, pulling off a rare feat: working in the field of my degree. Began working at The Augusta Chronicle in 1998 and have covered many exceptional events since then (12 Masters Tournaments, the 2001 PGA Championship, 1998 Peach Bowl, 2002, 2010 and 2011 SEC Championships, two of USC Aiken's three golf national championships, Augusta State's 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division I golf national championships and four of Augusta State's Division II Elite Eight appearances (men-2008-2010; women-2004) and 12 Augusta Futurities -- along with myriad high school state championship games). In 2008, had a streak of 100 consecutive days of stories in the paper (from January-April). Honored to win first place in the Georgia Press Association's Sports Writing contest in 2009. I live in Augusta with my beautiful wife and our wonderful triplets.
Posted December 11, 2012 03:21 pm - Updated December 11, 2012 03:22 pm

Top 10 Christmas films

We here in the sports department don't always like to talk about sports. In fact, we prefer to talk about a variety of current topics, mainly the latest in entertainment. A recent discussion brought us to the subject of Christmas films. Everyone has a different list of what the greatest ones are. If sports editor John Boyette was in the office right now, he'd probably try to sneak "Caddyshack" somewhere in his top 10.


Our lists aren't perfect, but here goes:


Wayne Staats

1. It’s a Wonderful Life – Pass the tissues.

2. Scrooge (1951) – Alastair Sim gives the best Ebenezer Scrooge performance.

3. A Charlie Brown Christmas – “Lights, please.”

4. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The Boris Karloff TV classic, not the hammy Jim Carrey version.

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas – “What’s This? What’s this?” It’s a really great movie, for starters.

6. A Christmas Story – Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.

7. Elf – “Santa! I know him!”

8. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Yes, it’s better than the original.

9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – It’s good, even if the Santa in this is a jerk toward Rudolph at the beginning.

10. The Muppet Christmas Carol – Statler and Waldorf are Marley and Marley. Whoooo!


Chris Gay

1. It's a Wonderful Life: "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings."

2. A Christmas Story: Never stick your tongue to an icy pole.

3. Miracle on 34th Street: Is Kris Kringle truly Santa Claus?

4. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: Jelly of the Month club, the gift that keeps on giving.

5. Elf: "The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear."

6. The Bishop's Wife: Underrated flick with Cary Grant as an angel.

7. Home Alone: Kevin!

8. Die Hard: Welcome to the party, pal.

9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): Yep, the hammy Jim Carrey version.

10. The Polar Express: Only eight years old, but already a classic.


What makes your list of top 10 Christmas films? Send along your thoughts.