The morning takings:
Raptors put their head on the block again tonight, against Damon Stoudamire and the nee-Vancouvers. A big night for the baloncesto, with Jose Calderon vs. Pau Gasol keeping 'em up late in Madrid (don't they always stay up late in Madrid?). And Sam Mitchell? He's not looking over his shoulder, writes Dave Feschuk, while over at the Globe, Rob Babcock gives the coach a thumbs-up.
In baseball, Dave Perkins revisits one of Ted Rogers' more surprising lines out of Monday's B.J. Ryan press conference, the one that had the Jays leaving the country if he hadn't have stepped in and bought them. Oh, and J.P. Ricciardi is denying that $55 million Brian Giles bid -- "That's way off", he says. As for A.J. Burnett -- "We haven't made an official offer. Would we go five years? I don't know." In other words, we sure could.
The Black Eyed Peas are headed to next summer's World Cup -- I really like that Mein Humpf song, hope they do that one -- and the Stones are playing the Super Bowl.
And I've been remiss in not even mentioning the story of the fellow who spread his mother's ashes on the field during Sunday's Eagles game. Via the Sports Hooligan there's video here, and no surprise that Deadspin is all over it.