It's almost April, when hope springs eternal. Get in the mood by watching how damn tough it is to make baseballs.
Brett Lawrie for MVP.
Damn right I cheer for Milos Raonic. Local boy Raonic captured a second straight SAP Open championship yesterday behind a powerful serve nobody in San Jose could solve, rolling past Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the finals.
Every time Raonic wins, I think of this line from Seinfeld.
Another game for Milos!
As Linsanity cools down, and newspapers struggle to come up with more puns, something like this was bound to happen.
ESPN used the headline "Chink In The Armour" for 35 minutes early this morning. Now that's racist!
Yes, the Jeremy Lin story is fascinating, I especially like this Sports Illustrated article about the point guard, but the puns are getting annoying.
This tweet of mine was meant to be a send up on the Linsanity we experienced in this city yesterday.
Here's a nice montage of Jeremy Lin puns as newspaper headlines, if you're Linterested.
Today is Super Bowl XLVI. It's the Patriots and Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. This Open Mike is all about the big game.
I want score predictions. Let's see if anyone nails it...
There are only a handful of athletes who manage to transcend their respective sports to become true global icons. Muhammad Ali tops that list, and today he turns 70.
This is the perfect excuse to share my favourite picture of Ali, taken by Neil Leifer for Sports Illustrated. This is Ali after knocking down Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine back in 1965.
I wrote this entry two years ago. I titled it "I'm Not a PGA Fan, I'm a Tiger Fan, and this is Crazy".
I've never been a golf fan. I don't play the sport at all and I don't follow the PGA. Having admitted that, I've been a big Tiger Woods fan since he was an amateur.
This is a quick update now that Tiger has actually won a tournament. I'm willing to bet you've heard more about Tiger today than you have in quite some time. I'll also bet most of you suddenly give a shit about golf after not giving a shit all year.
Admit it... you want Tiger to contend and win more majors. Like me, you're not a PGA fan, you're a Tiger fan, and you root for him.
Joe Kapp is a CFL legend, but is now 73-years old. Angelo Mosca is also a CFL legend, and he's now 74-years old. Their rivalry continues to this day, as evidenced by this fight at the CFL Alumni Legends Luncheon in Vancouver on Friday.
Before you label Kapp as the instigator, remember that Mosca told him to stick the flower up his ass. What would you do?
Did you catch the game last night? Sidney Crosby returned after battling post-concussion syndrome for 11 months and played like the best player in the world. Two goals and two assists later, it was the water cooler topic of choice for millions in this country.
My buddy Pete is completely disinterested in the Sidney Crosby story, and he doesn't understand why it's getting so much coverage. Here's our Twitter debate on the subject:
This coverage doesn't surprise me in the least. Generally speaking, Canadians love hockey, and Crosby isn't just any run-of-the-mill NHLer. He's our best, a national hero and the biggest name playing the game today, and in this country, that's going to create humongous demand.
And not just from puck heads like me. I've had a few conversations with casual fans who usually don't clue in until the Stanley Cup finals, and they were all about Crosby's comeback and 4-point effort. I believe the coverage is warranted, and media outlets are merely giving the people what they want.
What do you think? Is this too much Crosby?
I don't care a lick about the Texas Rangers or the St. Louis Cardinals. Without a rooting interest, I've watched very little of the World Series this year. I only tuned in last night after the Leafs game because it was potentially the clinching game.
I'm very glad I did. It was one of the most entertaining games of baseball I've ever seen, and my heart is so grateful that I didn't care about either team.
If you stayed up late to watch, you know what I'm talking about. The Cards were down to their final out twice. In the bottom of the ninth, the Rangers led by 2 and had 2 out and 2 strikes on David Freese. All he did was hit a game-tying, two-run triple off the wall in right.
In the bottom of the tenth, the Rangers again led by 2 with 2 out and 2 strikes, this time on Lance Berkman. All Berkman did was hit a game-tying, two-run single.
Then, in the bottom of the eleventh, David Freese hit a walk-off homer to force a game 7. I love this call by Joe Buck, channelling his dad's call from game 6 in 1991. Perfect.
We'll see what happens tonight. I love baseball.
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