It's Thursday, so that means the a.m. links are all-blog:
Canada beats the U.S. at the World Limited Overs Baseball Classic, Adam Stern the big star as the Canadians take a 7-0 lead and hold on. I'm afraid I'm not quite of the same opinion of ace blogger James Mirtle on this -- "the country's biggest baseball triumph since the Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993", he calls it -- but it has pumped some life into this dog, and made me take notice. When I'm not contemplating JFJ's The Plan, anyway, the fast-approaching Real Baseball League draft, or how I'm going to walk the dogs in this rain.
More from the blogs on NHL trade deadline day (if you're bored at work, tune in to the waymoresports.com website and send along any John Ferguson Jr. sightings, favourite JFJ speeches and your interpretation of The Plan as Damien Cox and I live-blog T.D. time, 12 noon to 3:30 pm or so):
JFJ gone wild! Leafs acquire Luke Richardson, trade Ken Klee and I don't get it either. Somebody dust off The Plan and let me know. Meanwhile, the big one has the Avs acquiring Jose (Shaggy) Theodore for David Aebischer, and I don't get that one either.
I'll have more ranting on this a little later in the day, having sat through another Sam Mitchell last night at the ACC, but for now, the Basketball Jones has the calculator out to figure how close the Raptors are to being a .500 team. File it in the "lies, damned lies and statistics" folder. And while you're at it, the Cavs guy who hit the game-winning shot is in trouble.
Pat Quinn's recent endorsement deal needs some possible prizes now -- a seat on a park bench? An early spring golf game? A guide to Hamilton?
It's Hammertime, the former A's bat boy posting to Barry Bonds: "You are loved by many. I love you. You have brought me so much joy in your mastery of the game of baseball. Don't let the bloodhounds win. Finish the mission."