Monday, October 4, 2010
MONDAY MORNING MUSINGS
It doesn't matter how much Nino Niederreiter was asking for it, the two-handed slash Mike Cammalleri laid on the Islanders rookie in Saturday's pre-season finale in Quebec was flat out stupid. It was worth a five minute major and a game misconduct on the spot, and pending a league review, Cammalleri's uncharacteristic loss of composure could lead to a suspension. A team that's expected to need every point it earns to make the playoffs and is already without its best defenceman can ill afford to open the season without its second-leading goal scorer...I'm all for supporting cancer research, but the amount of pink merchandise on display around the NFL yesterday to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month was over the top and smacked more than a little bit of profiteering. Pink football cleats, gloves, wristbands, chin straps, caps, towels - even pink whistles for the referees - beg the question: at what point does a charity stop being a charity and become an industry?...Washington quarterback Donavan McNabb wasn't a world beater in his return to Philadelphia, but McNabb didn't have to beat the world - he only had to beat the Eagles, which wasn't too difficult in the absence of an injured Michael Vick...After Calgary's Henry Burris threw for 400 yards to beat the Alouettes the same week he appeared on the Internet wearing a bra, watch for an entire online spread this week featuring Darian Durant in thigh-high fish nets, Ricky Ray in a merry widow and Anthony Calvillo in four inch CFMPs.