Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Quick Hits

Word out of Cleveland is that the hapless Browns are currently shopping young QB Brady Quinn. The question there a market for him? Quinn has just put his home up for sale. Foreshadowing? What is funny about the situation is it appears that coach Eric Mangini doesn’t think that he can be a starting QB in the NFL. My question is who has made the decision that Mangini can either a) coach or b) evaluate talent. I have not seen any supporting evidence.

From the files of "I could have seen that coming". Vancouver Canucks D-man Sami Salo is out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL. This is a guy that has a load of talent and a shot that would break the glass but has just about the worst possible luck when it comes to injuries. You may not know when or where but sooner or later Salo will do something to take him out of the lineup. His luck is so bad that he would be the guy that would go Titanic and run into a iceberg in Phoenix and dislocate his shoulder.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are currently 0-5-1 and their "top" 2 goaltenders, Jonas Gustavsson and Vesa Toskala are hurt. Joey MacDonald is next in line. Maybe they gave up on Justin Pogge too soon. Word is Allen Bester and Peter Ing are both hanging out near their phones awaiting a call.

Junior Seau is doing his best impression of a boxer or pro wrestler. Seau has decided to yet again unretire and re- join the New England Patriots. The 40-year-old, 12-time Pro Bow linebacker has signed on and will likely be in uniform soon. As much as I find it funny that he keeps coming back it is much easier to tolerate then the way Brett Favre did his dealings. This was quiet and just happened, now big press conferences or public suggestions that he may want to return for 3 months. He wanted to play they needed him and it happened, no big production nothing. Not even a Sears commercial.

Who is the more alienating potential owner in pro sports? Jim Balsillie in the NHL or Rush Limbaugh in the NFL. Right now I am thinking it is a 1a 1b thing. The is no love for Balsillie by Gary Bettman or the Board of Governors and the likelihood of getting a team is not great at present. Limbaugh has been linked to a possible bid by Dave Checketts to buy the St Louis Rams. The Colts owner Jim Irsay vowed to vote against him and commissioner Roger Goodell said the conservative commentator’s "divisive" comments would not be tolerated from any NFL insider. It is nice to see that even the mighty NHL machine can have ownership controversy too.

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