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December 26, 2011

Gifts that can’t be found under a tree

NORMAN — By the time many of you get around to reading this, you will have already went through most of your Christmas Day tradition. That includes tearing through poorly wrapped presents under the Christmas tree.

But for many people, finding the perfect gift is almost impossible. That is especially true for rich athletes, who have the money, power and influence to get whatever their hearts desire.

However, there are times when the gift they most need is something they can’t purchase. Here are a few prominent figures who Christmas would be a lot better if they could get these gifts.

1. In September, Floyd Mayweather, former middle weight champion knocked out a clueless Victor Ortiz. The win pushed his career record to 42-0 and netted him a payday of $40 million. He now has a net worth of more than $90 million

However, Mayweather also found coal in his stockings after he pleaded guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges of his ex girlfriend. He received 90 days in jail and more than likely pushed back the prospect of him fighting Manny Pacquiao in what would have been all boxing fans Christmas gift for 2012.

Christmas Gift: Learn the rules of being a real man. The 35-year old pugilist has broken two man laws this year. First, he backed down from fighting Pac-man wen he had the chance to save his sport a certain death bed. Some said he was scared and he did nothing to prove them wrong. Second was putting his hands on a female. Those who didn’t think he was coward now certainly do.

2. Tim Tebow went from fourth string quarterback to national sensation and lightning rod for controversy. From helping lead the Denver Broncos into playoff contention to inspiring kids to do the Tebow, he has quickly become the only subject the national media wants to talk about.

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