It'll be history either way.
Either I'll be on hand to see Andre Agassi's last match on the famed lawns of Wimbledon, or I'll be on hand to see one of Agassi's greatest victories if he can pull one last piece of glory out of his tennis bag against the much younger Rafael Nadal, arguably the second best player on the planet these days.
Between Wimbledon, the World Cup, the CFL and the NHL and its impending free agent explosion, there is a ton going on these days. Here's a few thoughts on a few things before heading overseas:
Sandro DeAngelis delivered a terrific emotional reaction to his winning kick, racing off the field in triumph. Didn't have to deliver an ugly dance with teammates or taunt an opponent to show his excitement over hitting a big one.
To bad they can't bring back the draft pick that New Jersey used to draft Scott Niedermayer. Or the one used to draft Roberto Luongo.
All bringing back Roberts will do is take away ice time from young players like Alex Steen. Moreover, it erases the chance to develop a fresh, new dressing room atmosphere currently available with Pat Quinn gone and veterans like Ed Belfour and others on their way out.
Bringing back Roberts is an ultimately pointless, backwards move. What the Leafs need are younger players who can do what Roberts used to do.
Nobody wants to poke around McCabe's private life and nobody wishes his wife or his family ill. But in a hockey city like Toronto, one that he believes has the "best" fans in hockey, it would have very easy to simply get the word out that family issues were holding him back but that his signing was inevitable.
Even if it wasn't McCabe's choice to delay signing, doing so has now put this nature of this inflated contract before the public in stark fashion. Nobody would argue McCabe is anywhere near the player Chris Pronger is, but with Pronger very available, the Leafs are apparently willing to pay McCabe that way despite the restrictive nature of the new salary cap system.
And why five years with no movement? Wade Redden, a better player, was willing to stay in Ottawa for two years, a better deal for both the player and team.
Watching a class player like Thierry Henry of France take an elbow to the chest and then grab his face in apparent pain to draw what turned out to be a game-winning free kick made me barf. Yet all Sepp Blatter does is rip the referees - never the players.
The nice thing is a good coach like Sam Mitchell will apparently get some talent to work with. If Mitchell doesn't win a little more now, you won't be able to say management didn't try to help.
And why would a team supposedly committed to building with youth give up anything, let alone a draft pick, for a player the Panthers signed for free? The only transaction that would make any sense here is dealing Tie Domi to Florida for Roberts, at least giving the Leafs a break on the cap.
Without that, Shannon reasoned, people wouldn't buy, even people as blind as some Leaf fans.
Well, Shannon's gone to the NHL, and the first off-season move the Leafs make with their TV arm is to cut Leafs Lunch, the AM640 radio show simulcast on Leaf TV featuring host Jeff Marek and Bill Watters.
Hmmm. Let's see. Marek and Watters were not only highly critical of Leaf chairman Larry Tanenbaum, but also of Tanenbaum's bosom buddy, Tie Domi.
Now they're gone, at least from Leaf TV. No bad news there where the spirit of '67 glows brighter every day.
Look for the Canucks, finally free of L'Affaire Bertuzzi, to soar next fall.