Monday, June 11, 2012

City shines despite the riff-raff (and other Monday morning musings)

Lewis Hamilton took the checkered flag, but the big winners at this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix were Formula One, its fans and the city. The race itself went off without a hitch, and no harm was done to any F1 party-goers who had the good sense not to mingle with the unwashed rabble for the sake of a photo op. If anything, Montreal proved a worthy host to a world class event, thanks to the heroic efforts of police and private security and the civilized conduct of the vast majority of Montrealers who don't share the hard-done-by sentiments of students and anarchists...We're finally getting the Stanley Cup championship series most of us expected, but not in the fashion that anyone expected it to unfold. Game 6 tonight in Los Angeles represents a journey into the unknown, as it marks the first time in these playoffs that the Kings will face anything remotely representing adversity...Lebron James' critics can reserve the right to call him out if he tanks in the NBA final, but right now, he deserves nothing but the utmost respect for the way he stepped up against Boston...I didn't watch the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight, but I didn't have to see it to know the decision in Bradley's favor was a disgrace. The consensus is beyond overwhelming, and the perception of professional boxing as a mob-controlled farce has taken ever-firmer root...It doesn't get any smaller-minded than the suggestion that Maria Sharapova's career Grand Slam is somehow diminished by the absence of quality competition. Sharapova's contemporaries on the women's tennis tour have included the Williams sisters, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin. Where are the shortcuts? I don't care if Union Rags won it running backwards with Magilla Gorilla as a jockey, the injury withdrawal of would-be Triple Crown winner I'll Have Another from the Belmont Stakes made it a non-event. No one remembers who won the Belmont unless they also won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. As for I'll Have Another, at last report he was a 4-5 favorite to be the binding adhesive in my son's Secondary 1 geography project.

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