Monday, October 18, 2010


There are hard times afoot in Canada's comedy industry, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are to blame. By winning their first four games, the undefeated Leafs have rendered 40-plus years of traditional Canadian standup material irrelevant, at least for the time being...The Canadiens came up huge over the weekend by winning back to back games against division rivals, thanks in no small part to a defence that allowed fewer shots in both games combined than they did in last week's home opener loss to Tampa Bay, and in the ongoing absence of number one defenceman Andrei Markov...Read a piece this weekend by a reputable mainstream sports columnist who regaled readers with out-of-school stories about the late Mickey Mantle and how when it came to drinking and womanizing, Tiger Woods and Brett Favre couldn't carry the Mick's martini. Be that as it may, it's more than a little unseemly to impugn a dead man's reputation if he's not Hitler or Jeffrey Dahmer...It's a measure of how the moment can be disproprotionately magnified that Saturday's matchup between Philadelphia's Roy Halladay and San Franciso's Tim Linceum was touted as the greatest pitching matchup in National League Championship Series history. Really? Better than Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux? Mike Scott and Dwight Gooden? Tom Seaver and Phil Neikro? Tommy John and Steve Carlton? Calling something the greatest-ever this or the best-ever that purely for the sake of hyperbole only detracts from its greatness...All of that being said, I thought Lincecum was terrific as the kid in Third Rock From The Sun.

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