- Have you heard the latest Newfie joke? The province's largest newspaper picked the 10 greatest athletes in Newfoundland & Labrador history -- and the Detroit Red Wings' Dan Cleary didn't crack the top five.
Cleary, of the Detroit Red Wings and Harbour Grace, N.L., did just become the first Newfoundlander to get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, but that was like two months ago. The rockheads also didn't have a single female on the list, which is a bit impolitic. Suffice to say, the commenters on The Telegram's website have let 'em have it.
It's times like this that make it clear what it is about Newfoundland that made it a spawning grounde for the original This Hour Has 22 Minutes Cast -- Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones, Greg Thomey and the curly-haired fella who wasn't as funny.
It's also clear why they left the place.
- Phrase of the day: "Hot buttery garbage."
- Speaking of which, Matt Leinart, might go down as the first quarterback in the NFL history who was actually washed up when he was still in college.
(At least Leinart, this half-decade's Cade McNown, never claimed he was abstinent and then started dating a Playboy playmate.)
- Michael Strahan cannot return to the New York Giants. Him on the Giants and Brett Favre on the Jets? The Meadowlands isn't built well-enough to contain that much self-satisfaction.
- Lastly, with the Democrats gathering in Denver, keep in mind that there's already someone in Colorado who can be a uniter:
- One good read on this Monday morning: While Adrian Peterson gets ready for a second year of KATN for the Vikings, the best linebacker from his high school graduating class, Willie Williams, isn't even sure if he will be able to play for a Division 2 school in West Virginia.
- Former Lynx Andy Tracy figured in a win in his first major-league action since 2004 -- he drew a walk that set up the Philadelphia Phillies' tying run in the ninth inning. They won in 11. (It was against the Dodgers, whose hitting is so bad they need to take five balls just to get a walk.