Monday, August 9, 2010
MONDAY MORNING MUSINGS - AUG.9/10
The systematic dismantling of the Chicago Blackhawks on the heels of the franchise's first Stanley Cup in 49 years is a brutal testament to the impact of the salary cap on a team's ability to keep its roster intact. Eight players who were in uniform for the Cup-clinching win have been traded or released, but here's the thing: with the arguable exception of goaltender Antti Niemi, the Hawks haven't lost a single player from their championship nucleus. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Brian Campbell still represent as strong a core as exists in the NHL, and make Chicago a credible threat despite the roster turnover to become the first team in a dozen seasons to successfully defend its title...Friday's 30-26 win over Saskatchewan was a tale of two halves for the Alouettes offence, which ran up a comfortable 24-7 lead in the first 30 minutes but played the second half like somebody spiked their Gatorade with a combination of correctol and ativan, leaving a heroic and exhausted Montreal defence to clean up the mess...My nine year old blond-haired son got a crewcut last week and I can't figure out whether he looks like Roger Maris, Johnny Unitas or Red Berenson, so I've decided he looks like Charlie Bird with a crew cut...After finishing with a career-worst 72 hole total of 18 over par at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, Tiger Woods reportedly drove to the airport doing 42 miles an hour in a 60 zone because he wanted to remember what it was like to be 18 under.