Monday, July 28, 2014
All hail PK and pay him whatever he wants
It's appropriate that in the process of laughing all the way to the bank, PK Subban took a theater full of Just For Laughs comedy fans along for the ride. That he stole the show from one of the biggest comedy stars in Hollywood at the Seth Rogen gala underscored how incredibly valuable a commodity Subban is - not only for the Canadiens, but for the NHL. Along with being one of the best and most exciting players in the game, his larger than life persona stamps Subban as the undisputed face of hockey's most celebrated franchise. Add the visible minority element - and it's an important part of the marketing equation, whether or not it's politically correct to say so - and you've got an asset without equal. Never mind this arbitration business or the negotiation two-step. This should be an easy call for a man of Geoff Molson's means and business savvy. Pay PK what you know he's worth and be grateful that you have him.
They can deny it until the hormone-injected cows come home, but the Baseball Hall of Fame's decision to shorten the eligibility period from 15 to 10 years is a transparent attempt to hasten the end of the steroid era debate. The sooner the likes of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are off the Hall of Fame ballot, the fewer awkward inconsistencies Cooperstown will have to answer to in the selection process.
While the baseball media debates whether Mike Trout or Yasiel Puig is the new face of the game, my question is what happened to Bryce Harper? A knee operation and thumb surgery have both contributed to Harper's declining production since he won National League Rookie of the Year honors in 2012, but he looked like he needed a brain transplant when he made two outs on the basepaths Saturday against Cincinnati. That's clown baserunning, bro.