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I Am Not Stan Butler

January 6, 2010 @ 08:37

It happened again. Last night while watching the game at Champs another person mis-took me for Brampton Battalion coach Stan Butler. Here's a little video I put together a couple of years ago to address the subject.

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Judgement Day For The NBA

January 2, 2010 @ 12:33

Check that, in some ways it's judgment day for all of professional sports.

If reports are true, and Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton actually drew guns on each other in the Wizards locker room last month, anything short of a life time ban from the NBA will not be adequate.

Their contracts should be cancelled and they should be banned from the league, not for a game not for a season, but forever.

This is a league that's already full of creeps and thugs but pulling guns in a locker-room takes a huge leap over any line the league could draw.

In October it came to light that several NBA players carried guns on the street, using self-protection as their pitiful excuse and at the time NBA Commissioner David Stern issued a statement requesting that NBA player "not" carry guns because it left the wrong impression and harmed the reputation of the league.

So what now?

The most disturbing part of this latest story is the accusation that the Wizards management actually knew about the locker-room gun slinging, but tried to keep it secret.

Isn't that wonderful?

That's where professional sports have gotten to. So consumed by money, fame and win columns, team owners and management are willing over-look federal law and keep things hush-hush to protect their over-paid, bogus-educated and socially screwed employees.

Needless to say the NBA is worse than any other league when it comes to harbouring imbeciles but this latest event affects all leagues. It's time to crack down on the attitude that professional athletes are somehow above the law or subject to different rules than the rest of us.

If the NBA does not act severely on this latest incident an attitude will prevail that all pro athletes are special, and that these reluctant role models can do pretty much anything they want.

This is serious stuff, especially for a league that appeals to America's most underprivileged and troubled youth.

For many, a broken down basketball court and net-less hoop represent a way out of poverty and a brighter future - to have the Washington locker-room showdown go unchecked will deliver a disturbing message to those kids who already find themselves around too much violence.

Yes, its judgment day for the NBA and Commissioner David Stern has the opportunity to act on behalf of every decent fan, player and citizen of North America.

Allow due process, and then throw both these bastards out of the league.

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Give It To Hamilton

January 2, 2010 @ 11:02

I've got to admit, I loved watching the Winter Classic from Fenway Park yesterday. It was a fabulous spectacle from beginning to end, and what an end.

An overtime victory by the home team in front of 38 thousand hockey nuts was fantastic.

I really don't know how anyone could be a critic of this game. The NHL has done a fine job in creating and promoting this event, and the fans eat it up.

Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of Gary Bettman, and I don't like the way we seem to be losing our Canadian grip on the game, but the Winter Classic gets huge attention in the United States and puts a unique spotlight on our sport.

It's warm and fuzzy and down to earth and although most of us have played the game outside, to most Americans hockey outside is rather unqiue.

Having said all that, I have an idea. Actually, it was Neighbour John's idea.

While watching the game yesterday we were talking about possible venues in Toronto and we came up empty. The Dome roof can't really be opened in the winter, and BMO Field has no tradition or history - but then John came up with this.

How about Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton?

It 's the perfect configuration, it could hold upwards of 30 thousand, and it would be a fitting gesture to the people of Hamilton who've been kicked in the nuts by the NHL far too many times over the years.

A game between the Leafs and Habs, who are the parent team of Hamilton's AHL team would be a wonderful spectacle for the people of Steeltown.

And I'd go this far. Initially I'd make tickets available "only" to residents of Hamilton, again as a gesture of all the bullshit Hamilton has put up with. If there were any left over after that, then put them on general sale.

Of course there is one large problem with all of this - Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment. They wouldn't want to give up a home date at the ACC, so to appease everyone, tickets would probably have to go to season ticket holders first, and the prices would probably be jacked through the roof.

MLSE would probably turn it into something distasteful.

But generally, it's a nice thought don't ya think?

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Professional Children

January 2, 2010 @ 10:32

Oilers go ballistic over 18 thousand dollar tab.

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Dump Women's Hockey

December 28, 2009 @ 10:14

I found Saturday's World Junior hockey game a tad on the embarrassing side. There is no glory in Team Canada pounding an opponent 16-0.

I don't blame our players or coaches for this. If you're going to play a game, you have to play a game, and if the opportunity to score a goal in a tournament that uses goal differential presents itself, you've got to put the biscuit in the basket.

I blame the organizers. I can't help but feel the World Junior Hockey Championship is like the cart before the horse.

They want to hold a tournament but there's no use holding it with less than eight teams, so they go out and recruit teams not because they're competitive or worthy, but simply because it allows them to complete the field and create more games to which they can charge admission.

Latvia does not belong in the tournament, and including them does nothing but make Team Canada look ruthless and expose the depth of hockey world wide.

This tournament is designed for two countries now, Canada and the United States. They've pretty well given up on holding it in Europe because nobody comes, so now Canada hosts it more than it should, and next years tournament will be played in Buffalo which really means Southern Ontario.

The best way to sell tickets is to have Canada play the United States in the final and I think even the Czechs and Russians have caught on because they don't seem to put the same effort into preparing teams as they used to.

It's hard to detect through all our patriotism and pride, but the tournament is slowly becoming a farce.

Which brings me to another point - are you ready for it - Women's hockey should be eliminated from the Olympics. It serves no purpose what so ever.

Don't get me wrong, when Canada inevitably plays the United States in the gold medal game I get as revved up as the next guy, but holding this tournament for two teams is absolutely pointless.

They invite Sweden and Russia and Finland and China to make it look like there's a reason for it all, but there isn't. It's a colossal waste of time that in the end makes the only two competitive combatants look rather silly.

This sport needs several more years of development to make it Olympic worthy.

Needless to say, in many corners I will considered a big turd for saying this, and I'm sure the feminist fringe would yell and scream at such a move, but come on, there's got to be a better use of effort, ice time and talent than a two team hockey tournament.

Of course ending it would never happen. Look at what happened with the world's three or four female ski jumpers a few weeks ago.

They went straight to the Supreme Court of Canada to force their way into the Vancouver Olympics, not because it made sense, but because they're women and they wanted to be there.

Forget that there aren't enough qualified women to make it a competition, or that this sport generally is still in its infancy or that there are IOC standards clearly in place, the women ski jumpers used human rights as their spring board and created quite a stir.

In the end they were logically denied, but it was enough of a shit storm that the very suggestion of eliminating women's hockey would make organizers run for the Rockies.

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Comments We Like - Jack Todd

December 27, 2009 @ 13:32

The sins of Tiger Woods

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Adios Blue Jays

December 15, 2009 @ 16:47

This is going to be huge. The Roy Halladay trade could prove to the largest most impactful trade in the history of Toronto professional sports.

That may sound a little dramatic, but I truly believe that this trade could mean the end of the Blue Jays in Toronto. It sends the wrong message at the wrong time and the results will be disastrous.

Even with Halladay in the lineup the Jays had trouble drawing fans. What's it going to be like now that Jay fans have been told the franchise really isn't interested in winning for the next few years and they aren't interested in competing for top notch talent while playing in baseball's toughest division?

Toronto doesn't have baseball fans, it never has. Toronto used to have Blue Jay fans but that was back in the glory days of the late 80's and early 90's, when the Skydome was full of people who loved the Blue Jays who just happened to play baseball.

It was a feel good thing back then. The Jays were relatively new and they were competing and beating some of the biggest names in pro sports like the Yankees and Red Sox and Braves and Phillies. Torontonians considered this pretty heady stuff. We were making a statement right across North America and we enjoyed the spotlight.

Then as you know, the light became dim and the teams became timid and people fell out of love with the Blue Jays and therefore stopped watching baseball because they really didn't care for it to begin with.

This coming summer will be ugly. Crowds of ten and eleven thousand that were the exception last year will become the norm this year. There will be absolutely no reason for a Blue Jay fan to pay for tickets, parking and exorbitantly priced food next year.

There will be no upside, there will be no payoff. There will be nothing more than a faceless team playing in an outdated stadium in a city that offers many more attractive things to do and the break point won't be that far down the road.

No fans will mean a small payroll and a small payroll will mean no wins and that will take us back to no fans and with no fans there won't be much use continuing in Toronto.

Yes my friends this trade is huge because the trading one body will ultimately mean the demise of an entire franchise.

The Blue Jays are done. Thanks for the memories.

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Leafs / Habs Watch

December 4, 2009 @ 09:02

Leafs 6 Columbus 3
Buffalo 6 Habs 4

Leafs have won four of their last five, and have lost only five of their last 19 games in regulation time.

Habs have lost four in a row.

Any Hab fan will tell you the Leafs are a horrifically bad team, but just for the record, the Leafs now trail Montreal by just three points with a game in hand.

Now, let's go back to a declaration I made last spring.

From - April 23, 2009

"I guarantee for at least the next five years the Toronto Maple Leafs will finish ahead of the Montreal Canadiens in the standings. Do you hear me? Do you comprehend Hab fans, the next five years."

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December 2, 2009 @ 15:52

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Tiger Tales

November 28, 2009 @ 12:48

You should never jump to conclusions or accuse without proof, but you've got to believe there's a lot more to the Tiger Woods story.

Leaving his house at 2:25 in the morning and taking out a fire hydrant and a tree in the process raises some big time flags.

There have been stories recently that Tiger has been droppin' his putter into a different bag and his knock-out wife Elin ain't too impressed, so it should be interesting to see how this unfolds over the next few days.

The "other" woman is rumoured to be a New Yorker named Rachel Uchitel, who like Elin is a baby come on, let's be doing it kind of gal.

You've got to wonder what Tiger is thinking given his squeekly clean image. There are a lot of people who'd like to have an affair with Tiger, including Humble Howard, but it's another thing for Tiger to bite.

He's got a lot to lose. Unless he's socked so much money away he has decided to start thinking with his pecker......................

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