You have to feel for the NFL. The boys in the boardroom probably thought they were in the clear after the XFL, which had the brainstorm to let players have a nickname instead of their actual name on the back of their jersey (Remember Rod Smart's "He Hate Me" jersey?), was laughed out of existence.
This is either a desperate plea for attention or pure genius. Here's hoping Johnson goes through with it, because then what happens if he's traded to a team where another player is already wearing No. 85. The negotating price to get the number would probably start at $1 million.
In a related story, more accomplished NFL receivers Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Marvin Harrison respectively wish to continue being known as Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Marvin Harrison.
More great Beijing Olympics headlines that can never be written: "Chen-anigans."
It's great how the Olympics bring out the worst in Canadians. The men's 4 x 200 freestyle relay team had just finished a, wait for it, solid fifth. Brian Johns was telling CBC Sports over and over again how "we're showing that we belong on this stage." Some wag in the newsroom shot back at the TV, "Yeah, but you just don't belong in the pool."
The hell of our Olympic swimmers are faring decently. All the finals qualified for, Canadian records and personal bests, though, hit the public with all the impact of a new phonebook.
(Right as this being written, Arturo Miranda and Alex Despatie -- who to be fair, was coming back from a broken foot -- faded to fifth in their diving event. Cue the Ceeb's commentator: "They're usually much better in practice.")
Mats Sundin is thinking about going to Fake Prom, but he might not feel like it. It's also on Friday. He can't be expected to make a decision on such short notice.
(Digression: Fake Prom? What is this North American obsession with the secondary school experience? It's 4 years during the first quarter of your life, before you figured out what person you are. Robertson Davies had it right -- you should feel sorry for people who say their time in school was the best days of their life, because it makes you wonder what they've been doing since.)
Last but not least, from the department of Tell Us Something We Didn't Know, Larry Mavety has actually admitted publicly that he will be
Update: Check out the first two comments that have been left on the Kingston Whig-Standard's article.
Mavety talked about the feeling he had on March 14 when the Frontenacs closed their home schedule with a 9-2 rout of the Sudbury Wolves" -- (Au. note -- the worst team in the league) -- "before a crowd of 4,705.Ah, the bliss of having a short memory.
" 'I've been around the league for 30 years and I can't recall a crowd being as boisterous or as loud as it was that night,' Mavety said."
To sum up, everyone knew this was happening, but winning 23 of 56 games after a coaching change is not a basis for bringing a coach back -- it's just an admission you couldn't get anyone qualified to coach in the OHL in 2008.