Bud, this job wasn't for you

STEVE SIMMONS

, Last Updated: 1:04 PM ET

Like most of Bud Selig's announcements, there will be a lengthy wait before anything of substance -- if you excuse the pun -- happens.

Bud Lite is quitting: Just not soon enough. He's quitting when his contract expires, three long years from now. He's stepping away from a job he never should have had -- baseball commissioner.

He's walking away as the "yeah but" commissioner, popular and unpopular, and now we have three years to dissect exactly what he accomplished and what (hold the laughs) he tripped over. Yeah, he did this, but he did that ...

Selig was never a Paul Tagliabue, never a Pete Rozelle, never a David Stern, never the kind of commissioner who left the impression that he was completely in charge and in control and consistent in his thoughts.

The three-year wait for him to leave can't come soon enough.

This and that: All his life, Pat Quinn dreamed of winning the Cup. Now he gets his chance: Only it's Spengler, instead of Stanley ... What's this we hear about Andrew Raycroft seeing his own goaltending coach and not the one whose contract was just extended by the Leafs? ... Forgotten in time: What a huge contribution John LeClair made to the 1993 Stanley Cup championship, the last one won by the Canadiens. Now, an NHL statistic, LeClair has cleared waivers ... Glenn Healy has the perfect resume to broadcast games for TSN from ice level. He spent half his career watching from the bench ... Weird stat: Chris Pronger has more assists than Sidney Crosby ... If this week was last week, would the Leafs have announced a one-year extension for John Ferguson Jr.? In the midst of what Bill Watters aptly calls "a market correction"? ... Can someone please explain how Bryan McCabe has twice the number of all-star votes than Tomas Kaberle? Are fans voting by size of contract?

HEAR AND THERE: The concept of Toronto in the NFL is enticing. The reality, if there is any, is ridiculously expensive. If this does ever happen, expect seat licence prices to begin in the $10,000 a ticket range ... Some people in the know insist that Jim Balsillie is privately hoping the casino bid in Pittsburgh blows up so he can move the Penguins to Western Ontario ... With Cal Ripken a sure-thing, first-ballot Hall of Famer, attention once again will be paid to his record consecutive-games streak of 2,632. And while the numbers seem nowhere close, the 232 straight starts by quarterback Brett Favre -- almost 15 seasons without missing a game -- is the greatest ironman streak of them all.

SCENE AND HEARD: We always knew Ron Stewart had pretty nifty moves. But it took the Auditor General to define just how nifty ... Today in the NFL: Bush vs. Gore ... Jim Popp looked in the mirror and hired the best available candidate to coach the Montreal Alouettes, himself ... Why the NFL is more fun than reality television: In New York, Michael Strahan called out Plaxico Burress on radio; blew up at the media; his coach, Tom Coughlin, went crazy at a defensive lineman; retiring running back Tiki Barber keeps bad mouthing the coach. And that's just in the last few minutes ... Quick flash: Andrea Bargnani and Joey Graham are starting to look like real players with the Raptors. Another quick flash: Free-agent signing Fred Jones isn't the answer and we say that not knowing what the question is ... This week in the NBA: A star player got engaged to a Desperate Housewife.

AND ANOTHER THING: Baseball writers won't vote for Mark McGwire to get in the Hall of Fame because he apparently took steroids. In the meantime, O.J. Simpson remains in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and hardly anyone seems to object ... The Yankees have some interest in signing former Jay shift-disturber Shea Hillenbrand and splitting his work between DH and first base ... Not a day goes by when I don't find myself missing my old friend, Jim Hunt ... True story: If Quincy Carter doesn't test positive for drugs, Tony Romo never ends up with the Dallas Cowboys ... Why it's hard to take the Canadiens completely seriously: Radek Bonk has been one of their better players ... And this from Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle: "Just when he re-established his reputation as a character guy, Frank Thomas fled his perfect retirement stop for Toronto, a mismanaged franchise that won't ever catch the Yankees or Red Sox and plays on turf. See you on the disabled list, big guy." ... Life lesson from recently released Cowboys kicker Mike Vanderjagt: What goes around, comes around ... And hey, whatever became of Vic Washington?


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