Time to wrap it up here, and a little programming note: Starting Monday and running through Wednesday's season opener, stop by the NHL Bloggers Roundtable, where James Mirtle, Chris McMurtry, Lyle Richardson and Tom Luongo (we've got the Northeast Division covered, anyway) will join me in a look at the season ahead. Have a good weekend all, but not before:
Maybe it's nothing but a bunch of Pete fanatics, wearing out their cells' redial. Maybe Pete fans took home stacks of ballots and lined them up on the drill press in the basement shop. Maybe my definition of a hero is a little different than those who punched up the Hit King. The three criteria from DHL were: 1) on-field performance; 2) leadership quality and; 3) character value.
Rose beat Bench. Maybe on the ballots at Great American Small Park, No. 3 was omitted accidentally.
One last burp. Ingredients: 25 kilos of ground beef, two heads lettuce, 15 tomatoes, four onions, 35 cheese slices, 1 1/2 cups of mustard, one cup ketchup, four pickles, four jalapenoes on a custom-made bun. Yes, it's the World's Biggest Cheese Burger.
Sports around town. It's York hosting Toronto in the annual football
mismatch Red & Blue Bowl up on the edge of Steeles, Saturday afternoon. And in the OHL, Brampton is home to Barrie tonight, and St. Mike's hosts Sudbury on Sunday afternoon.
Watching. Blue Jays at Yankees, Sunday, 1 p.m., Sportsnet. Two questions come to mind: Can the Jays finish in second place? Can this be called an improvement?
Punter's corner. Last chance for guest handicapper Jinks, who went an uninspiring one win, two losses and a couple of pushes last week with his recreational-purposes only choices of kibble vs. cookie. But everyone, and especially a dog, deserves a second chance:
Minnesota (+1) over BUFFALO. Obviously not impressed after eating the Bills biscuit last time.
Cleveland (-3) over OAKLAND. Just like a dawg, this one.
CINCINNATI (-6) over New England. One that we can both agree on.
CHICAGO (-3) over Seattle. Simply inhaled the kibble here. Not sure, but I think that's a best bet.
Green Bay (+11) over PHILADELPHIA. This is the weekly I'd-never-pick-this-one pick.