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Our sports wishes for 2022: A return to normalcy and a Final Four — or two

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Sam Thomas and the Arizona women’s basketball team are ranked No. 4 in the country and poised for a high seed in the upcoming NCAA women’s basketball tournament. Our wish for 2022? A title.

What is a new year without hope?

Hope in the improbable, the impossible, the unfathomable. Only, with the way Arizona’s two hottest teams were playing to close out 2021, what is reality?

Throw the rulebook out the window. Could Arizona’s men’s and women’s basketball teams pull win titles in the same season? Stranger things have happened.

At least it’s worth wishing for.

Here are our biggest wishes for 2022:

10. A return to normalcy

Hopefully, the one thing that emerges from this current wave of Omicron cases is herd immunity — or, at least, a stark decrease in hospitalizations. That’s the only positive coming out of the worst wave of the pandemic. Maybe it signals brighter times are ahead.

We deserve it, don’t we?

We deserve packed houses for the Super Bowl and March Madness. We deserve sunshine and happiness and … at maybe at least one national championship.

The Tucson Rodeo was canceled in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

9. Tucson Rodeo’s return

One thing Tucson deserves — and sorely missed last year — was the Tucson Rodeo. An event that represents the Wild West culture of the Old Pueblo, the Tucson Rodeo was canceled for the first time since World War II. It would’ve been the final go-round for general manager Gary Williams, who announced that the rodeo would be losing the only general manager its ever known.

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