I was shocked and sickened upon getting to the airport to greet the Riders after their heartbreaking loss to the B.C. Lions in the 2004 Western Conference final and finding out what had happened at the home of Paul McCallum. Just to refresh your memory, McCallum had missed a chip shot field goal that resulted in the Lions advancing to the Grey Cup. Some idiot decided to drive by the McCallum home and threaten his wife while dumping manure on his driveway. It put a real black mark on Rider fans---some who do take the game too seriously. It has happened again--this time in the NFL.
Bills kick returner Leodis McKelvin returned to Buffalo this morning to find his house had been vandalized. An obscenity had been spray-painted on his lawn as was the final score. It was McKelvin's fumble on a kick return with less than two minutes to play that allowed New England to win the first Monday Nighter of the year.
What possesses someone to do this? People like this take the game just a little too serious. I can sit here and rant about a Rider loss or a Seahawk loss or a Cubs loss or an Oilers loss or whatever. I go to bed and while I may toss and turn, the sun does come up the next day and my life goes on. So does yours. A win or a loss does not change the way life operates. Yeah, you might be a little happier if your team wins, but if they don't for some strange reason, do you snap. If you do, have someone find you a therapist a-s-a-p. If your life is centred on whether or not your favourite team wins or loses, then you my friend have a serious, serious problem.
I would think Jim Hopson or Eric Tillman or someone high up in the Rider organization has placed a phone call to CFL commish Marc Cohon asking for some clarification following this article by the Globe's Dave Naylor.
It would seem to me after reading that that the CFL offices should be cutting the Riders a cheque. I wonder who the two players were that didn't want to go on the nine game list.
The 2009 baseball season isn't even over yet and the sked for 2010 has been released. Jays fans in these parts can go to Minneapolis or Seattle again or they can go to Denver as Toronto will play three against the Rockies at Coors Field in mid-June.
The Old Spice commercials where the guy proclaims "I'm a man" takes the honor of being the dumbest one on TV right now.