Monday morning musings
A few points to ponder on a Monday morning:
Vesa Toskala (Sharks) Ilya Bryzgalov (Ducks), Ray Emery (Senators), Cam Ward (Hurricanes) were backups on their current clubs, while Dwayne Roloson was sharing the job in Minnesota with Manny Fernandez and Jose Theodore had lost the No. 1 position in Montreal to Cristobal Huet.
The first came in 1969 when the Los Angeles Kings, coached by Red Kelly, played the Oakland Seals. The Seals led the series 3-2, lost Game 6 and then lost Game 7 on home ice. The Kings then went on to be swept in the next round by the Blues. The attendance was horrible, with the Seals drawing audiences of 5,449 and 5,232 at the Oakland Coliseum Arena for the first two games. For all the seven games, not one crowd hit the five-figure mark.
Quite simply, the Argos have done too much work in the community, particularly with their "Stop the Violence" campaign, to put themselves in the position of hiring an unrepentent Williams. No other pro team in the GTA has been as effective in reaching the grass roots than the Argos, and they can't afford to throw that away on a running back who can't catch and might well not do well in the CFL.
Meanwhile, Dolphins coach Nick Saban isn't saying whether he likes the idea of Williams playing in Canada, while one of the players auditioning to assume Williams' spot in the Miami backfield is Gerald Riggs Jr., son of the former Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl runner.
Does the NBA not care this stuff is leaking out? Can it not control these very basic news stories that every other league in North America seems to be able to handle without a problem?