Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Thomas steals the show (and other Monday morning musings on a Tuesday)
Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher didn't play the wrong hunch last night as much as Boston's Tim Thomas flat out stole the game. Boucher made the logical choice by starting backup goaltender Mike Smith, who saved the Lightning's bacon after Dwayne Roloson ran out of gas. Smith remains the logical choice for Game 6...After flirting with disaster against Chicago and playing in fits and starts versus Nashville, the Vancouver Canucks appear to have hit their stride against San Jose and restored their pre-playoff status as Stanley Cup favorites, assuming they don't tank against the Sharks and regardless of who comes out of the East...Becoming the world's oldest boxing champion was a remarkable achievement for Bernard Hopkins, but he could have shown more class. Taunting Jean Pascal by doing pushups between rounds and at the end of their Bell Center bout this past Saturday showed that while Hopkins might be a 46 year old man in a 25 year old's body, he's got an adolescent teenager's mentality and emotional maturity...Too bad Fernando Alonso couldn't parlay a spectacular start at the Spanish Grand Prix into something better than a fifth place finish, a full lap-and-then-some behind Sebastien Vettel. Ferrari is still Formula One's glamour franchise, and the sport lacks something when the Scuderia is puttering around with the also-rans...Say a prayer for Gary Carter, who's been diagnosed with brain tumours. No one personified the Expos more than Carter, who always had a smile and a good word and never complained about playing in the Siberia of major league baseball. On the contrary, he embraced the city, and now more than ever, we need to return the sentiment ten-fold.