Some things I need to get off my chest, before we move on to the Heidi and Sepp Show her at JABS this afternoon (2 p.m.) to take us into the weekend:
One last read: The family of Knicks guard Quentin Richardson mourns the death of a second brother.
One last note: It's the final weekend of thoroughbred racing and Emma-Jayne Wilson is on her way to a handy Sovereign Award as the country's top apprentice and becoming the first woman to win a season-long riding title in Woodbine history. E.J.'s final ride, and everyone else's, goes Sunday afternoon.
Sports around town: The Argos are in their off-season, but their Courtside Boatmen basketball team will play an all-star game against high schoolers as part of the Stop the Violence campaign tonight at 7 p.m. at James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic School, 1440 Finch Ave. W.
What I'm watching: Ottawa at Calgary, Saturday, 10 p.m., CBC. Because the Globe had a feature last week asking whether the Senators are the best team in NHL history, and wouldn't you know it, that's just the thing that's kept me awake nights these first two months of the season.
Not watching: Raptors at Charlotte, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sportsnet. At least, I'm PVR'ing it, so that I can skip through those fourth quarter crunch-time closeups of Jalen Rose sitting expressionless on the bench.
Punters corner: Here we go again. You can go to the Linebacker. You can go to Gamblers Anonymous. But only here can you get five Pro-Line picks that you can't get anywhere else. And for good reason (For entertainment purposes only -- although I've been more entertained, frankly, by those visions of an expansion jai-alai franchise still dancing in my head -- and not to be used for wagering purposes, and after picking two ties last week why would anyone ever think to do that?):
LA H+ win (1.6) v FLA. On The Apprentice: Keenan, Olle and Jay, having failed to sell ice under the south Florida sun, are put in charge of season-ticket renewals, promotional tie-ins with alligator-wrestling venues and cleaning the arena toilets.
DAL V win (1.9) at TOR. On tomorrow's Queer Eye for the Satellite Hot Stove Guy, Carson takes Bryan Trottier shopping after dismissing last week's outfit: "Bryan, Bryan, Bryan! You won the Stanley Cup! Dress like it, darling!"
OTT V+ win (2.85) at CAL. On HNIC After Hours, Don Cherry takes credit for picking the Senators, getting this week's player suspended, staying up all night watching "midgets and bantams of something" and inventing the Internet.
EVE-MNU tie (4.5). On this week's My Big Fat Obnoxious Football Club: After giving Benfica fans the finger, Cristiano Ronaldo claims he was scratching his head, and after kicking Ronaldo in the arse, Alex Ferguson claims he was cleaning his shoe, and after handing Fergie his pink slip, Malcolm Glazer claims it was just tickets to next week's Buccaneers game.
DET-GB tie (3.6). On this week's Unsolved Mysteries: In August 2005, the Detroit Lions gave general manager Matt Millen a five-year contract extension. Accusations of mismanagement, incompetence and the possession of incriminating photos with barnyard animals have swirled around since. Robert Stack investigates.