Time to clear the virtual desk off, ahead of Sunday's Argos-Als, which has become the eastern CFL's default setting come playoff time, the Grey Cup just about ready to be brought in by the Mounties. First, though, a trivia note to spring at your next pigskin and chili party - after one of their long-ago meetings, the mayor of Montreal did the ceremonial kickoff before sitting to watch his side win in Toronto, and before boarding the return train had this to say: "I'd be happy to come back to Toronto to kick your balls off any time you want."
Can you imagine David Miller doing the same this weekend, in Hochelaga? Sure.
There's football all around this weekend and next, actually - everywhere but here, it seems. Blog fave Neate Sager has previews on the CIS national quarterfinals. There's the usual NFL stuff - but you don't care about that. Meantime, the countdown is on for next Saturday's national college semifinals, that Ohio State-Michigan hoolie, and finally the National Drunk its ownself. Oh, and if you've got time and feel like reading up on the game, you could do a lot worse than checking this out.
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|Boudreau: Hockey's Crash Davis.|
One last e-mail. Tim Farrell had a worrisome flashback as the 76ers' Andre Iguodala launched a last-second buzzer-beater, trying to overcome Chris Bosh's go-ahead 3-pointer on Wednesday night:
Did you notice the FREAKISH similarities to the end of "the" Carter game last year?
I was there for both games. Last night just weirded me out, I couldn't even enjoy the win. I fully expected Iguodala's shot to go in.
Raps up by 1, Calderon goes to the line, 4 seconds left, visitors have no timeouts. Calderon makes first, misses second.
I was completely certain the Raps were about to lose that game. I'm still having trouble enjoying the victory.
Tim's going back to VC's game-winner last January. My flashback: Iggy's shot came from near the same spot that Carter missed from at the end Game 7 in Philly in '01. Which, tracing the arc, was the beginning of the slide that eventually led through last January's VC return, right to this retooled and new-brand approach. Twice bitten, and finally, one that didn't go down when it could have. We'll wait and see, but that might have been a little karmic payback at last.
One last Leaf memory. Another flashback, this one to former Leaf (and up and coming head coach) Bruce Boudreau, from Eric McErlain: "After just glancing at his numbers for a moment, you realize you're staring at minor league hockey's answer to Crash Davis."
One last product placement. The
penis basketball chair.
Sports around town. The U of T Blues have a pretty good doubleheader at the Sports Gym to open their Ontario basketball season. The women face national No. 1 ranked McMaster Saturday night at 6; the men, ranked 10th in the country, face No. 7 in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
Pooch punts. Jinks the football degenerate dog went 2-3 last week, not very good, but in his defence he was back-door covered by the Browns and got what he deserved for biting on the Raiders. He's not quite Alpo yet, but he's gotta shape up:
MONTREAL -3 over Toronto
SASKATCHEWAN +7 1/2 over B.C.
St. Louis +3 1/2 over SEATTLE
New Orleans +4 1/2 over PITTSBURGH
NY GIANTS -1 over Chicago