Time to wrap up an eventful week around here. If you haven't been to Rawk the Puck!, check it out and get yourself eligible for a Marty Brodeur bobblehead or a CD -- we don't scrimp on the swag here. But before heading into the usual Friday stuff, some thoughts of the think-you-got-it-bad?/misery-loves-company variety from e-mailer Paul Smith of Delta, B.C.:
MLSE, like Orca Bay here, know they have some of us by the gonads, so who cares what the product on the ice or court looks like? The joints are full every night!
At least in Toronto you have the Jays and Argos a couple of blocks away, and the Rock in the ACC. Here, we have the B.C. Lions after the Canucks, and that's it folks.
The only time an owner gets the message is when the stadium is half full, and concession sales are 'way down. Hit them in the pocketbook, and they pay attention.
Go Jays Go!
One last suggestion. Over at Off Wing Opinion, Eric McErlain imagines a new Stanley Cup ritual that's about the best idea I've heard since at least this morning:
GORDIE HOWE, heretofore obscured underneath the stands, shuffles onto the red carpet to sustained and adoring applause before taking his place beside BETTMAN.
BETTMAN: Steve Yzerman, come and get the Stanley Cup!
STEVE YZERMAN steps onto the red carpet and mugs for the cameras as HOWE hands him the Cup.
One last read. Dave Feschuk's column from this morning's Star was pretty good end-of-season stuff, especially this part:
If you want defence, Mitchell has said more than once, you must acquire some defenders. And to the coach's way of thinking, that's the end of the story.
Said Colangelo, questioned on the club's biggest weakness: "You could argue that defence is a mindset."
Now there's a faultline that Raptor seismologists will be keeping an eye on.
One last view. Well, it opened today, so take note: The Rocket, the new movie about Maurice Richard. Having avoided the CBC miniseries about the '72 Summit Series a couple weeks back, I'm really looking forward to this one, so this time I'm avoiding the reviews, as I always do with films I plan to see.
One thing we missed. At the end of the NHL bloggers roundtable, James Mirtle actually took a day off from work and was away from his computer (that's his story, anyway). Here's James' playoff predictions, and they're well worth a look 'cause, like the rest of the roundtable, this guy knows his stuff.
Breaking news. Not exactly, but you'll notice that JABS has finally begun work (haltingly) on a blogroll. It's sort of like the road construction season around here, which brings us to ...
Sports around town.
The Gardner is closed this weekend, so it's more like 'gridlock around town'. Now here's breaking news: It's not going to be closed after all, roadwork called on account of rain.
Miguel Angel Jimenez. JABS' official golfer and common man is playing in the Asian Open this week, but top Jimeneth story of the week has to be the Mechanic's Cuban cigars being confiscated by U.S. Customs: "It's an outrage. An affront to my civil liberties."