Monday, January 10, 2011
Stool softener and other Monday morning musings
Max Pacioretty might want to pick his spots a little better the next time he decides to rub an opponent's face in it. Saturday's overtime hero for the Canadiens demonstrated poor sportsmanship and even poorer judgement when he enraged 6-foot-9 Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara with an unneccessary shove after capping the Canadiens' improbable comeback against the Bruins at the Bell Center. It looked even worse on Pacioretty when sawed-off Scott Gomez stepped in and threatened to punch Chara right in the knee...Don Cherry rattled off an impressive list of Canadian kids who weren't at the world juniors in Buffalo because they're playing in the NHL, but it's not as if Canada is the only country whose best 18 to 20 year olds have turned pro. Cherry is playing a mug's game, and should take his own advice and lose with honor...The only NFL team to benefit from home field advantage on wild card weekend was the team that deserved it the least...How well do you suppose Philadelphia kicker David Akers slept after missing two makeable field goal attempts in a five point loss to Green Bay?...If you still think US college football is about athletics more than it's about money, get a load of some of the latest corporately-sponsored BCS bowl games: the GoDaddy.com Bowl, the Meineke Car Care Bowl, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, the Beef 'O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl, the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl and the Colulax Stool Softener Bowl. Okay, I made that last one up, but it would be a good one to play right after the Slim Jim Beef Jerky Bowl.