Update: The bidding remains at $140 for a set of 2005-06 NBA media guides in pristine condition -- and a tour of the Star's newsroom and sports department. The auction closes today at 3 p.m., with all proceeds to Proudfoot Corner of The Star's Santa Claus Fund.
On to the links:
More on Jiri Fischer, a lucky and no doubt thankful young man today: Referee Don Van Massenhoven, who was working the game Monday night in Detroit, talks to the London Free Press:
"The doctor was there in seconds and the trainers were checking for a pulse and they were working on him quickly when they realized there was no pulse. It was the real thing at that point. They knew it was pretty serious. They weren't wasting any time. They made the difference for him. With the difficulty I saw him in, there's no doubt in my mind they saved his life."
The Star looks at the state of equipment and training for such an emergency in Toronto's pro sports arenas, while the Globe and Mail has a story on the congenital heart problems that can lead to such situations as Fischer's and other young high-performance athletes, and the Sun's Ken Fidlin looks at AED's, the defibrillator machine that, along with training and quick expert response, saved Fischer's life. Organizations such as The Mikey Network have worked hard to put more of these machines in public places -- perhaps this incident, with its coast-to-coast exposure, will spur interest. Sisu Hockey notes that we've been here in the past, as this link on proposed provincial legislation on AEDs makes so clear. And while the talk shifts to Fischer's hockey career, The Detroit Free Press's Mitch Albom figures that should be the last thing on his mind:
Three years ago, when he was tested after an abnormal electrocardiogram, Fischer told a newspaper he wasn't scared about the potential heart abnormality, he was scared about not playing hockey.
That should go away now.
Other stuff this morning includes Manchester United, facing a must-win to advance out of the Champions League group stage after yesterday's 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in front of a crowd that included the Glazers in the owners' box, looking on with their "wide-eyed, Homer Simpson innocence."
Boston and Josh Beckett have agreed, prompting Dave Perkins to ask: When did the Red Sox become the Yankees?
And oh yeah, almost forgot: Raptors lost. There goes the winning streak.
Finally, a little horn-tooting: JABS gets a mench in Militant Moderate's second sports blog roundup -- thanks for that, Ken. And voting starts tomorrow in the Canadian Blog Awards, where JABS has been nominated and is up against some wicked competition (Golbez, Mirtle, Carefoot among 'em) for best sports blog.