Friday, August 15, 2008

Snark break ...

  • The Leafs trading Bryan McCabe to the Florida Panthers for Mike Van Ryn is so on. Is it a NHL rule that whoever the Leafs can't use ends up in Florida?
  • One irony of the Bills in Toronto debut: All of Toronto got to see that Steelers rookie Dennis Dixon would make a very good CFL quarterback (him and Seneca Wallace, the perennial Seahawks backup).
  • Sports Illustrated writer Jon Heyman opines on the Jays' trials and tribulations: "The Blue Jays seemed to have changed their plan a few too many times over the last few years, and maybe their GM is too busy with his radio show."
  • Honestly, if Béla Károlyi had ever treated dogs like he treated 14-year-old, four-foot-nothing gymnasts, he'd be playing Scrabble with Michael Vick every night ... Dave Zirin's look at the underlying hypocrisy of the Chinese gymnast controversy, so-called, is a should-read. It's funny how Americans act differently when they do it.
  • Brandon Regier, a 16-year-old junior hockey prospect from B.C., has decided to quit the game, saying hockey "never been my favourite thing to do in the world."

    Regier was a a first-round pick in the Western Hockey League by the Brandon Wheat Kings. If this happened to the Kingston Frontenacs, Larry Mavety would be telling everyone that Regier was still coming -- to play on a line with Ethan Werek and Jimmy Hoffa.
  • The Vikings are still facing the possibility of losing their road-grader left tackle, Bryant McKinnie, for four games, due to a suspenson. Thank god Tarvaris Jackson doesn't have a blind side, as opposed ot the Chicago Bears' Rex Grossman, whose blind side is whatever end of the stadium he's facing.
(Here's hoping, in all sincerity, that Brandon Regier finds a way to enjoy being an athlete again. U.S. cyclist Sarah Hammer quit her sport at age 20 and came back.

Last but not least, it turns out the Spanish basketball team wasn't even the first team from Spain to mock China.

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