Some things to get out of the way, before heading out into the gloom to shovel snow:
One last read: We're into the Christmas month, so here's one I've been saving from Jes Golbez -- How the B.L.inch Stole Hockey:
Then he got an idea!
An awful idea!
GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA!
"I know just what to do!" The B.L.inch Laughed out with glee.
And he made a quick jot and signed up KT.
And he chuckled, and clucked, "Watch them all beat-ya!
"With this wave of my money, I'll let go Demitra!"
One last note: Congratulations to Richard Reittie of Sully's Gym here in Toronto, who won the 75-kilo division and was named Best Male Boxer at last weekend's provincial open championships.
Sports around town: Fresh off a win over the defending national champions and No. 1 ranked team in the country -- that would be Laurier -- York's women's hockey team takes on Brock tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice Gardens. And yes, I know they're the Lions now, but they'll always be the Yeowomen to me.
What I'm watching: Vanier Cup final, 3 p.m. Saturday, TSN. Huskies against Laurier, live from Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, and no, I have no idea what the halftime show is going to be. I kind of like it that way.
Not watching: Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials, 12 noon and 7 pm Saturday, 1 pm and 5:30 pm Sunday, TSN. Call me a traditionalist, but I don't start getting serious about curling until after Valentine's Day.
Punters corner: You can go to the Linebacker. You can go to a zillion places pretending to offer you expertise in the field of risking your hard-earned money on Wade Belak & Co. But only here can you find five Pro-Line picks that you can't get anywhere else. And for good reason (Entertainment purposes only -- geez, you've come here for entertainment? y'know, there are always reruns of Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond on, surely you're better off there -- and not to be used as the basis for a wager -- actually, you need three of these to make a wager on Pro-Line, which is not a real wager-like proposition, when you come to think of it. I'm still dreaming of a jai-alai franchise for Toronto, and waiting for the groundswell of support to appear -- now there's a wager.):
TOR H+ win (1.75) over SJ. On Queer Eye for the Satellite Hot Stove Guy, Carson wonders about Eric Duhatschek's wool sports jacket, teal shirt and especially that swirly, multicoloured tie from last week -- "It looks like something out of a Kansas City cathouse," he squeals.
DET H+ win (2.00) over NYI. After addressing Kiwanis Club luncheon, Dick Pound says one-third of the chicken Kiev entrees would test positive for MSG and only another third would test positive for chicken.
DAL-NYG tie (3.00). From tonight's Jeopardy!:
Alex: "Michael from Dallas, your turn."
Michael: "I'll take old jokes for $400, Alex."
Alex: "The answer is, 'Huddle up guys!' ... Michael?"
Michael: "How do you organize a drug ring in Dallas?"
Alex: "You're right!"
TB-NO tie (3.5). Ten people arrested for operating mobile strip joint outside Bucs game last week invited by Vikings to be honorary Santas at upcoming team Christmas party.
SEA V+ win (2.2) v PHI. After Eagles fan scatters ashes of mother on field during game, Philly fans scatter pieces of dead fruit bats on lawn of Terrell Owens.