Monday, May 31, 2010

MONDAY MORNING MUSINGS

Not that the Canadian Grand Prix needs any additional hype - especially after a one year absence - but yesterday's stunning turn of events at Istanbul sets the stage for a hugely dramatic return of Formula One to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve June 11th to the 13th. The shocking collision between the frontrunning Red Bulls on lap 40 of the Turkish Grand Prix paved the way for a 1-2 McLaren finish, creating a logjam atop the drivers' and constructors' standings and positioning Montreal as a potential turning point in the season...I can't get past Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti's Scottish accent. It's like a guy named Angus MacKenzie speaking in a southern Calabrese dialect...It's a measure of how soft the Canadiens were on Philadelphia goaltender Michael Leighton that he went from comparisons to Bernie Parent against Montreal to looking like the dead guy in Weekend at Bernie's against Chicago...Who says nobody's perfect? Oakland's Dallas Braden and Philadelphia's Roy Halladay pitched perfect games 20 days apart this month - a remarkably short time span considering that only 20 perfect games have been pitched in the last 130 years...Soccer legend Diego Maradona's promise to run naked through the streets of Buenos Aires if Argentina wins the World Cup pretty much guarantees a global groundswell of support for anybody but Argentina. Maradona was no prize in his athletic prime. Five months shy of 50, he looks like he should be living under a bridge. No offence to the hairy trolls who already live there.

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