Monday, October 22, 2007
RIDERS WIN, CFL FANS LOSEIn all seriousness - doesn't it hurt the CFL to have 1 of its 8 teams be as bad as the Hamilton Tigercats are? I didn't watch all of the Saskatchewan/Hamilton game yesterday - between the NFL and struggling with my new DVD recorder - but from what I saw, Hamilton is playing at about a university level. I suspect that a game between Hamilton and a top ten ranked Canadian university team would be a very, very close game. And this does nothing for the CFL as a whole. Which leads me to my next question... how is it possible for Hamilton to be so bad? I realize that Casey Printers has only been with the team for a couple of months. Losing Jesse Lumsden for the year was catastrophic for them too - he was the only reason they have won 2 games. But that team is not even close to being professionally competitive from what I saw. I might have to noodle with this a bit more today and expand it into a full column. With only 8 teams in the league it seems to me that you can't have 1 being a total doormat year after year.
MIKE WEIR WINS, LOSING STREAK LOSESWeir finally got to hold another giant novelty cheque yesterday - an achievement reserved for winners on the PGA Tour. It's been over 3 years since Weir last got to hold up a big cheque and it's nice to see him playing well again. Over the last year or so there had been whispers and rumblings that he might have been 'done' as a pro golfer. Luckily, it looks like those of us thought that were wrong.
BOSTON WINS, THE REST OF THE WORLD LOSESThe Red Sox, the Patriots, the Celtics. All 3 are favorites to win - or at least be close to winning the championships in the three major sports - the MLB, the NFL and the NBA. I don't think we can consider the NHL a major sport anymore can we? Anyway... if 2 or more of these teams win titles Boston will possibly be the most insufferable sports town of all time. The Red Sox are no longer lovable losers but are now worse than the Yankees at spending whatever it takes to win a championship. The Patriots are coached by the most unlikeable man in the history of organized sport and are running amok with no respect for the game or anyone else. And the Celtics benefited from a trade mandated by the NBA Commissioner's office to get the heat off the referee betting scandal. So go Rockies, go NFC and go Raptors. This might be the situation that turns me off sports forever.
DON CHERRY OPENS HIS MOUTH, HOCKEY FANS LOSEI just happened to catch Don Cherry at the end of the Toronto/Chicago game on Saturday night. For many, many years I was a Cherry apologist but now I really think he's doing more to harm the game than he is to help it. As usual he was lamenting the lack of fighting in hockey or maybe it was about the plots to take fighting out of the game. In any case he was pointing out all the fans on their feet cheering the fights and how much the fans love fighting. Now I have no desire to see fighting taken out of hockey but to me if the fights are the only thing fans are coming to see then there are much bigger problems with the game than anyone is willing to admit. Instead of talking about more fighting because fans stand and cheer for fighting - we should be talking about why fans are only standing and cheering for fighting.
HOCKEY EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS WIN, BRAINCELLS LOSESince the NHL Headshot of the Week is sweeping the nation like wildfire I need your help in keeping it going. As hard as I try to watch every highlight around, I just can't. So if you see something in an NHL game that you think should be the NHL Headshot of the Week please let me know.