The CFL season is already two weeks old and there's fans who want to paint the town rouge.
For starters, can someone please test the eyes of BC Lions pivot Buck Pierce? He apparently has developed Benedict Arnold Syndrome, completing more key passes to players on opposite teams than his own. White is not the new orange, unless the team boarded a plane to get to the game.
Other quick hits:
• Can someone please inform CNN, and more specifically Larry King, that Michael Jackson is dead? And that the rest of us have moved on to other matters? If we wanted to watch TMZ, we'd watch TMZ. News Flash: Other things are happening in the world.
• Surely we all saw the possible trade of Roy Halladay coming. And if the Jays can get a trade that helps them build for a better future, why shouldn't they become the new Montreal Expos? The Washington Nationals don't even have the talent to deal for prospects.
• Stephen Harper apologized, so why can't Barry Bonds?
• If someone had told me six months ago both the Calgary Stampeders and BC Lions would be 0-2, I would have checked them into a hospital. Now it makes sense. In BC's case, there were simply too many changes. What's Calgary's excuse?
• Today is free slurpee day at Manitoba 7-11s, thanks to the province's title of Slurpee Capital of the world. While Winnipeg gets most of the credit, Brandon actually consumes more of the beverage on a per capita basis. Does that make us more cool, or more likely to get a brain freeze?
• While Winnipeg is a warehouse town, where everyone loves a bargain, they also loved their Jets and would pay to see them again. When Winnipeg was in the NHL they had the loudest building in the league during the playoffs. Yes. Even louder than the old Chicago Stadium.
• Most popular phrase at the Bell Centre in 2009-10: "Programs! Get your programs!" Although with Bills 101 and 178, the hawkers may have to say the same thing in French at a decibel level two-thirds louder than English to comply with provincial law.
• As for those changes, the Canadiens may be on the right track. Kovalev could play like an all-star one day and skate like a no-star the next. Few can deny they've added scoring. Let's just hope the defence — the REAL problem with the club — also got dealt with.
• Do all-star games really serve a purpose? They may have at one point. Now, I'm not so sure. Outside of the home run contest, I don't watch it anymore.
• You know times are bad in newspapers when a Canwest chief executive looks at jumping to the Canadian Football League. Though if you paid for a stadium hot dog with stock options and still needed change, you may consider the jump a good deal.
• Do people curl in the summer? Why yes. They do in Bismarck, N.D.
• For those who thought Luke Schenn was pretty good, and he is, wait until Brayden Schenn gets to The Show.
• Anyone can call a good game when the Yankees and Red Sox are locked in a 1-1 pitcher's duel. Vin Scully can make a 16-2 game between the LA Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers sound like Shakespeare. And Dan Schulman is a ever closing second as far as I'm concerned.
• Now that I have watched Major League Baseball games in two domed stadiums, Olympic Stadium and the Metrodome, I think I'm ready to take on the challenge of watching one outdoors. Sadly the closest ones to me are more than 15 hours away or so in Chicago, 15 hours to Kansas City or 17 hours to Denver. St. Louis is 18 hours away.