Sports Juice

So what’s happening with the Boston Bruins? How can they expect to be competitive when they trade away young talent like Johnny Boychuk, Dougie Hamilton and Tyler Seguin (Remember him?). Well, they can’t and they aren’t and the way it looks now, they won’t be. Is it time to hit the panic button in Beantown?


Fourteen goals against allowed by Boston goalie Tukka Rask in three games – the worst in the entire National Hockey League (NHL) – isn’t helping either. Too bad. So sad.

Much ado about less than nothing: It is upsetting to see the shine being taken off the Blue Jays’ win yesterday by the discussion about manager John Gibbons’ decision to take  starting pitcher R. J. Dickey out of the game with two out in the fifth inning, with Dickey a ere one out away from becoming the pitcher of record in the game the Jays actually WON,image regardless of a out-rightly smelly relief performance by David Price.

As Dickey (pictured below in his pre-Jays days) said, in a post-gameimage pointe de presse, it’s amazing what a team can do when the issue of who gets credit is taken out of the equation. As far as I’m (JC) concerned, this is a non-issue and should never have ever been brought up. End of story.

Stick a fork in the Alouettes, they’re done. In the aftermath of Monday’s Thanksgiving Day loss to the Toronto Argonauts, at home in Montreal, our team can now only make the play-offs as a cross-over. All depends on who finishes the most strongly amongst the Als, BC and Winnipeg.

This could be the first time in about ten years that the Alouettes finish out of the play-offs and I hold out little hope for the team as long as they go with the likes of Tanner Marsh and that other guy – not Cato, the other guy who played in Monday’s game and proved himself unable to hit the broad side of a barn door, that guy – are playing quarter-back, although in this case, “nickel”-back would appear to be a more apt description. Rakeem Cato has potential if he could only stay out of sick bay.

And I’d rather see Anthony Calvillo suit up than have the Als trying to get their hands on the apparently-available Kevin Glenn. At about forty-three years old, the All-World All-Star who is presently playing the role of co-offensive coordinator of the team, Calvillo, looks to be in decent physical condition while Glenn is a proven loser.  As for Tanner Marsh, he was intercepted five times vs. Ottawa sometime in September, which proved to be the last time he saw any game action before yesterday, when he turned the ball over twice more, actually the first two times he got his grubby little mitts on it, in the wake of Cato getting hurt. Although under Marsh, the Als almost pulled the game out of the fire – they trailed by eight points and were at the Toronto seven yard line when time expired on a glorious Thanksgiving day afternoon – Tanner doesn’t appear to have what is required for success as a quarterback in the CFL (Canadian Football League).

Keep looking, Jim Popp, who would have more time and energy to cut into that task if he were to stop coaching and hire someone who knows what they’re doing behind the bench, as it were. To see Popp, almost pleadingly arguing with the officials –  with the game having already been declared as over by said officials – that there was still one – no make it two, two – minutes left, was pathetic.

Shout-out and a question: Peter Marmorek, what’s the difference between the Habs and the Leafs?

Answer: Where shall we start? Defence, offence, goal-tending? What?

Mike Babcock, our featured shot-of-the-day, the Leafs’ $50 million man, is the new kid on the TBO (The Big Onion) block. Supposedly hired to turn things around in Toronto with virtually the same mess (pun intended) of players to “work” with, Babcock finds the team winless in three starts, having garnered one measly point which puts it ahead of the eight teams in the entire League who have zero points as of Tuesday morning.

Not a very promising start but the season is in its very embryonic stages.











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