Monday, March 19, 2012

Expos, Impact, Bob Cole and jam recipes

Sometimes, it takes an outsider's perspective to see what's been in plain sight all along. Twice in the past two weeks, former Expo Warren Cromartie has publicly lamented the absence of any visible evidence that Montreal was home to a major league baseball team for three-and-a-half decades. Think about it. Nowhere in the city is there a material shrine to the Expos, who enchanted a loyal fan base for the better part of 36 seasons before cheapskate ownership ran the team into the ground, and conniving baseball executives partnered with a pair of carpetbaggers to run the franchise out of town. The Miami-based Cromartie is officially spearheading a movement to bring professional baseball back to Montreal, which in and of itself would be a tribute to the Expos. He's got his work cut out for him, but if passion counts for anything, there couldn't be a more qualified advocate leading the charge...It'll be interesting to see how large a crowd the Impact draws for their next game at the Big O April 7th against Toronto FC. The Expos used to fill the place for their home opener, but in their last several seasons, they were lucky to get 20 percent of the opening day crowd for their second game...The pressure is really on Aaron Palushaj now that he's tied with Jose Theodore for most career goals by a Canadiens player wearing jersey number 60. Sharing a scoring record with a goaltender is not the most desirable legacy...I envy drunk people because Bob Cole probably makes sense to them...Jennifer Botterill's hockey tips were back on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday, which made me giddy with anticipation for Cam Neely's jam recipes. Yes, I realize Botterill is probably a better hockey player than Neely is a jam maker, but in both cases, unless you're pushing an agenda, these are things better left to the professionals.

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