Twelve things we're grateful for

We have so much to be grateful for here at Pac-12 HQ. But for now, here are 12 things we're most thankful for this holiday season.

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  1. Olympic gold medalists returning to their roots: Former Stanford women's soccer star Kelly O'Hara returns to campus with her gold medal from the 2012 Olympic Games.
  2. Prolific rushers who specialize in humility: UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin lets his ground game speak for itself.
  3. An injection of fresh ideas: Colorado football's new leader, Mike MacIntyre, has shown enthusiasm for rebuilding the program from day one.
  4. Love at first sight, even if it isn’t mean to be: Ashley Adamson and the Duck show us what love looks like, though it's fleeting.
  5. Rick Neuheisel and his endless entertainment: The Pac-12 Networks football analyst never failed to entertain in his first season from the studio.
  6. A reminder that nobody's perfect: Though you may not be an NFL Hall of Famer, there is a great chance you beat Ronnie Lott in at least one area.
  7. An international perspective: Washington center Aziz N'Diaye returned to his native Senegal on UW's summer tour, reuniting with his family for the first time in a few years.
  8. Mind-blowing touchdown runs: Cal sophomore Brendan Bigelow made jaws drop with his moves against Ohio State in September.
  9. Program-transforming seasons (and Bryan Fischer’s storytelling): The 2012 season solidified Stanford football's status as a powerhouse program.
  10. Our fans: Some may have a higher profile than others, but we love 'em all.
  11. Coaches who are in it for the right reasons: Oregon State’s Mike Riley is one of those guys.
  12. National championships: Two for the Pac-12 so far this academic year, thanks to Oregon women’s cross country and USC men’s water polo.
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