Monday, July 7, 2014

Girls will be boys (and other Monday musings)

Just because he filed for salary arbitration doesn't mean PK Subban won't come to a long-term contract agreement with the Canadiens.  It's part of the dance, and it suggests Subban is asking for more than the team thinks he's worth. If that's the case, it must be a staggering number, because Subban is worth a lot. Relatively speaking, he bit the bullet on his last contract on the understanding that the big pay day would come if he delivered on his potential.  If anything, Subban has exceeded expectations and the franchise is honour-bound to compensate him accordingly.  They also owe it to the untold legions of PK fans who religiously feed the Canadiens cash cow at insanely inflated prices, whether for tickets, concessions or Subban swag. 

Here's the takeaway from Genie Bouchard's straight sets loss to Petra Kvitova in the women's final at Wimbledon: For the first time in the tournament, Bouchard looked like a 20 year old in over her head.  She had no answers against a seasoned veteran and former champion who taught Bouchard a valuable lesson in competitive resolve.  While she was gracious in defeat, her body language made it abundantly clear that Bouchard took the lesson to heart.  She's on a mission, and she'll treat the schooling she got from Kvitova as motivation and an education rather than a setback. 

Bouchard's Cinderella ride to (if not through) the women's final overshadowed the best-ever Grand Slam showing for fellow Canadian Milos Raonic, who made it to the men's semis before losing to Roger Federer. Raonic's rise up the ranks hasn't been as meteoric as Bouchard's, but it's been steady and bodes well for his first Grand Slam final appearance sooner rather than later.

Coming off a season-opening loss to Calgary that was ugly with a capital "Ugh", the Alouettes got the bounce back effort they needed in a Week 2 win over visiting BC, but Troy Smith has got to be better. Pinning your hopes on a quarterback who struggles to connect on intermediate routes - never mind the long ball - is a recipe for disaster in the pass-happy CFL.

Timing is everything, and to think that the average ticket price for UFC 175 in Las Vegas was 436 dollars makes me grateful to have come of age at a time when you could watch two women punch each other in the face for the price of a quart at Bar Diana.

1 comment:

  1. The math is all laid out. Hi did indeed, its important not to forget, accept a contract below his worth; he then delivered even beyond I'd say expectations now that leaves the Team impossible to even attempt to undervalue-him or cut-corners at a deal. I'm not necessarily endorsing-it but I'm saying he will get Ten.