Monday, December 20, 2010

Pope's picks and other Monday morning musings

You can put a bow on the NFL Most Valuable Player Award and give it to Michael Vick, whose performance in Philadelphia's improbable comeback win over New York yesterday was the stuff of legend. The Giants can start thinking about next season, because that's how long it's going to take them to recover. The hangover from blowing a 31-10 lead in the last seven-and-a-half minutes with first place in the division and a possible first round playoff bye at stake isn't going to go away anytime soon...Maybe the Canadiens can use their road trip to give Carey Price a much-needed Christmas break. Not that Price was to blame for last night's loss in Colorado or any of the four losses in the team's last five games, but 30 starts in 33 games is the kind of workload that can leave the tank empty come the spring. It might serve long-term purposes to give Alex Auld two or even three of the remaining six starts on the trip...No disrepect to National League MVP Joey Votto, but when Sidney Crosby scores the gold-medal winning goal on home soil in an Olympic year on top of everything else he accomplished, it's a stretch to give Canadian Athlete of the Year honors to anyone else...I still think Don Cherry is relevant as a hockey analyst, but he's really losing me with the other stuff, like this past Saturday's Coach's Corner lecture about the baby Jesus. Preach all you want about the evils of the instigator rule and the merits of no-touch icing, but Hockey Night in Canada is no more a place for religious dogma than the Pope is a go-to guy for inside tips on the Mise au Jeu.

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