The Regina Pats beat the Swift Current Broncos 5-2 on Sunday night at the Dome. I had the pleasure of bringing that game into your living room if you watched it on Access as my good friend Kelly Remple and I brought you what I think is the first of five(maybe six) games on Channel 7 this year. The Pats dominated the Broncos right from the get-go and were far and away deserving of the two points they got. It just leaves me as to wondering why this team can't play like that night in, night out. Yes, I realize its junior hockey and you can't get the same out of young men in junior that you can in the pros, but if the Pats would see what it takes to win on a nightly basis, they could have a good team instead of one that I think will hang around the 500 mark all season long. It has to be very frustrating for Coach Curtis Hunt. If he ever gets the message out to the kids as to what type of effort is needed nightly, this team will be just fine thank you very much.
So let me get this straight. Tuomo Ruutu flattens Darcy Tucker the other night. Tucker has to be taken off the ice on a stretcher and the Carolina forward gets a three game suspension. One night later, Florida's David Booth is taken off the ice on a stretcher after a hit by Philly's Mike Richards and the NHL says it won't suspend Richards. ????? Where is the consistency boys and girls. If Ruutu is to be suspended, which he should, then how can the NHL disciplinarians not suspend Richards? Is it because he is one of the NHL's young stars. You betcha! Just like the Iginla hit on Souray earlier this year. Iginla doesn't get suspended because he is Iginla. If that was Rene Bourque that had slammed Souray face first into the boards, Bourque probably would have gotten a memo from the league office, but not Iggy. Same rule apparently applies here. Mike Richards gets nothing, but a guy like Scott Hartnell or Dan Carcillo likely would get a game or two if he were the culprit. Hypocrisy in the NHL??? Not at all!
The Yankees are going to the World Series after dispatching the Angels in six. As good a team as the Phillies are, I don't see them giving the Yankees much of a battle in the World Series. I will take the Yankees in four or five.
Just some thoughts on the NFL after this week's games
--the Giants aren't going anywhere. They have fallen to earth with a great big thud
--the Saints must just be the best team in the NFC
--Who is going to beat the Colts?
--Who will the Rams beat?
--Seeing Jay Cutler suck is enjoyable
--The Bengals are 5-1?
ESPN has fired Steve Phillips because of his "affair" with assistant Brooke Hundley. Yet it would appear as if Hundley--who has gone off the deep end--will not be sanctioned in any manner or at least hasn't been yet. There's today's society for you ladies and gentlemen. As I said earlier, Phillips isn't an angel here, but he's not the first guy to have an affair while married. As for Hundley, she has come off as some kind of psycho (rhymes with my name) and she appears to get off unharmed. Perhaps a promotion is in the works for her. It won't take long for Phillips to find work again. Look for him on FOX next year or the MLB network.
I can't see this happening, but if the Blue Jays want to make a splash in free agency, throw some money Jason Bay's way. The Canadian would be a huge asset for a Toronto team that does need an outfielder. They could DH Adam Lind or move him to right. Who's kidding who, it won't happen, but if it does, remember where you read it first!
Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese is in some hot water for making what some think is a racist comment on the weekend. During the Minnesota-Penn State football game on Saturday, ABC ran an ad for a NASCAR race and then showed the Nextel Cup standings. It prompted Griese to ask where driver Juan Pablo Montoya was and then surmised "He must be eating a taco." Griese later apologized for that comment, but some are wondering why saying we are a little too politically correct at times and that we need to relax. I can see both sides of the argument. The funny thing is Montoya is Colombian and not Mexican meaning shouldn't he be too busy importing cocaine into the country (ITS A JOKE!!!!!). It will be interesting to see if ABC/ESPN punishes Griese in any matter this week. If he had slurred Montoya in any fashion by calling him a name, then do what you want, but sometimes I do think we take things just a little too far.
The decision by Hockey Canada to have green jerseys honouring the Riders has made it way to US sports blog site "Deadspin". Take a look.
If you watch RAW later tonight, you will see John Cena. He won the one hour iron-man match with Randy Orton. This is supposed to be the end of the Cena-Orton feud. I see Orton getting into a program with Ted Dibiase Junior leaving me wonder who Cena's next foe will be. Triple H? Will Cena and Edge renew their hostilities. How about someone new. Just not Kofi Kingston!
Oh yeah, its time to start watching the new Melrose Place. Why is that you may ask???
That's it. Have a good Monday.