Random thoughts on a variety of topics accumulated while trying to find/make time for blog posting.
The Boston beating: See video above. More hockey nonsense, all of it, not just the beating but what led up to it, including Pittsburgh's James Neal kneeing Boston's Brad Marchand, which I swore I wouldn't comment further on. But the most pathetic thing about it was listening to Don Cherry on Saturday night insisting, in almost desperate fashion, that the Shawn Thornton-Brooks Orpik incident 'wasn't a fight'. Because, all of you out there know that nobody ever gets hurt in hockey fights. But let's give Cherry the benefit of the doubt. What Thornton did wasn't a fight. What it was, was a cowardly mugging in broad daylight before thousands of people in the arena and untold more on TV. And everybody's sick about it.
The Rogers mega-TV hockey deal: TSN of course looks like the loser vs. Rogers, but unless a host of TSN personalities migrate over, inevitably this will be an interesting study of what fans value more: actual game coverage, or the type of analysis - all jokes about ubiquitous 'expert panels' aside, that TSN has brought to the table with the likes of Bob McKenzie; personalities clearly superior to thos to date populating SportsNet's panels.
The Buffalo Bill's future in Toronto: Big topic in Toronto this week. Whatever reasons people cite for the failure of this experiment, the bottom line is the Bills have been a lousy team throughout the experiment. Had the Super Bowl-bound Bills of the early 1990s been involved, things would have been different. But also bear in mind that the notion that Toronto is full of Bills' fans is, arguably, unsound. I've lived in southern Ontario the vast majority of my life and can remember only two times people in the area really cared about the Bills: In the early 1970s when O.J. Simpson was setting rushing records and during those early 1990s Super Bowl visits. And most of those 1990s fans were arguably bandwagon jumpers. I don't hear many people talking about the Bills. Do you?
Botched O Canada at sports events: Canadian media loves criticizing American for botching O Canada. Well, here's the thing. Anthems, regardless which one, are often botched. Shouldn't the larger question be, why are national anthems played before sports events?