Monday, November 18, 2013

Homers, hitters and hand jobs


I threw up in my mouth a little bit listening to Toronto media mouthpieces feign outrage last week at the three game suspension for Leaf center Nazim Kadri.  I'll grant you that the Montreal media campaign to get PK Subban on the Canadian Olympic team smacks of blatant homerism, but at least it's a credible case.  There's no credibility in blaming Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom for getting steamrolled by Kadri in Backstrom's crease.

People who argue the merits of Carey Price based on his won-lost record this season automatically disqualify themselves as contributors to intelligent hockey discourse.  Price has completely turned his game around from last season, when he had a more respectable winning percentage but was at best a middle-of-the-pack NHL goaltender - and that was on his better nights.  To watch him on a game in, game out basis so far this year is to recognize that this at long last is the elite goaltender the Canadiens hoped and believed they drafted fifth overall in 2005.  That he's presently not getting any goal scoring support is an issue, but it's not his issue, and as long as Price plays to the level that was all along expected of him and that he's finally attained, the Canadiens will ultimately reap substantial benefits.

Miguel Cabrera was a physical wreck in 2013 but still flirted with another Triple Crown en route to his second consecutive American League MVP Award and third straight batting title.  With due respect to other multiple batting champions like Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs and Rod Carew, it's not even a debate: the additional element of Cabrera's game-breaking power makes baseball's best pure hitter since Ted Williams, hands down.

It's a shame the Toronto Argonauts didn't win the CFL Eastern Conference final, just for the outcry that would have ensued when Rob Ford put a kilo of crack and a hand job up against a side of western beef in the traditional Grey Cup mayors' bet.

3 comments:

  1. I'm only posting this comment because I feel sorry for Ted.

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  2. I accept your pity post and am grateful for it.

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  3. I'm posting this comment because I read the column and enjoyed it. You write like you talk, which is a compliment since you are somewhat erudite to begin with.

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