The morning linkage, heavy on the fibre:
I'm not going to say anything about the Raptors this morning. I'll let others go ahead: Dave Feschuk checks in on practice (it went well -- yay! Way to go, guys!) and Steve Buffery at the Sun wants the Raptors ownership to explain themselves (um, just one thing ... They. Don't. Do. That).
Meantime, J.E. Skeets, the Pynchon of hoops bloggers, is made of brave stuff: He inspected 100 Slam magazine covers, comes up with the five worst, and answers a trivia question: Who was the first Canadian on the cover of Slam? Hey, it beats counting down to Raptors-Hawks (or taking the gaspipe).
Afleet Alex has retired, which has the mighty MJD crying "nay whinny" or somesuch. (I wish, when a horse
retires is retired, we could get reminisces from bettors who cashed large on them. "I'll miss that 12 horse," said crusty Aqueduct regular Drew (Sheets) Bomanjagelli, pulling out a fresh Colt cigar and looking over a well-marked Racing Form. "I had 50-50 on him on Preakness Day. Wheeled him on top of the exactor AND the tri. Keyed him in the Pick 6. Home run. Had to pull a Brinks truck up to the back door to get the dough outta here. It was beautiful.")
In futbol, Big Phil has thrown out the ceremonial first bitch for next Friday's World Cup draw, and it's a hoary chestnut -- he's whining about the seedings. And in England, struggling Everton have joined the line at Roy Keane's door.
Dave Perkins notes that worst-case scenarios out of the federal election have a change in government Toronto's unbuilt soccer stadium being scrapped -- which, in his view, anyway, is a best-case scenario.