Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Calvillo simply the best (and other Monday morning musings on a Tuesday)
The most impressive thing about Anthony Calvillo is that being pro football's all-time passing leader isn't the most impressive thing about him. Even before being confronted with his wife's illness and a cancer scare of his own, the Alouettes quarterback's athletic aptitude and accomplishments were secondary to his character. Calvillo has always had confidence without arrogance, and been humble without being aloof. As a leader, a role model and a person, the best comparison - and maybe the highest compliment you could pay him - is to call Calvillo the Jean Beliveau of football...Speaking of Beliveau, with all the casualties the Canadiens are suffering and the damaged goods they've had to ship back to other teams, big Jean is now officially back on the Montreal depth chart among forwards. A couple more injuries and it'll be Beliveau on a line with Aaron Palushaj and John Chabot...I don't doubt it was well-intentioned, but Sunday's warm and fuzzy pre-game video tribute to former Winnipeg Jet Rick Rypien, who committed suicide over the summer, struck me as an inappropriate spectacle that risked sending the message to young people with self-destructive tendencies that if you take your own life, you'll be remembered as a hero...Before Toronto's city fathers prematurely clear the decks for a Stanley Cup parade, let them recall that the Leafs started last season 5-0-1 and still managed to finished 10th and miss the playoffs by eight points... It doesn't matter that Minnesota's Pierre-Marc Bouchard isn't a goon by nature. If you deliberately smash a guy in the face with your stick, two games is a justifiable suspension, whether Bouchard's agent, Allan Walsh, likes it or not. By the way, Walsh is the same guy who went on Twitter a couple of years ago to complain that Carey Price was getting more playing time than Walsh client Jaroslav Halak, and accentuated his point by comparing their statistics. I guess I don't have to tell you that Walsh hasn't been tweeting any statistical comparisons between Price and Halak lately.