Quit yer griping about Nash

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

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Other things to think about after you're done wondering which is the bigger sports myth: That the CFL has a salary cap or that referees call travelling in the NBA:

Cripes, Steve Nash is just the second white guy to win the NBA's MVP award in the last 27 years and people are trying to play the race card?

Sorry, Miami writers can kiss up to Heat fans all they want, but the discrimination argument is as tired today as it was when Larry Bird was taking cheap shots in 1983.

Or two years ago, when Rush Limbaugh said Eagles QB Donovan McNabb is overrated because of HIS colour.

You remember the Limbaugh firestorm.

"The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well,'' said Limbaugh, an ESPN pre-game analyst at the time. "I think there's a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he really didn't deserve.''

There was so much uproar, extending all the way to presidential candidates tripping all over themselves to be politically correct, that Limbaugh had to resign.

So why is it OK to throw out the same suggestion, that the media supported Nash because he's white?

There's your double standard.

DESERT STORM: Wayne Gretzky coaching the Phoenix Coyotes is like Michelangelo overseeing a crew that's painting the High Level Bridge. Will this be like Michael Jordan playing out his career in Washington, or Gretzky proving again, like he did with the Olympic program, that anything he touches turns to gold? Who knows, but with 99 at the helm it'll be interesting to see how much longer it takes Mike Comrie to quit.

HUNGRY FOR THE TITLE: It's hard to believe blubbery James Toney was on steroids for his April 30 fight with John Ruiz. Just a hunch, but I bet his defence is going to be cross-contamination, that steroids were somehow mixed in with his doughnuts ... And speaking of lard, how about the feel-good story that is William (The Refrigerator) Perry? From Super Bowl champion and multimillion- dollar endorsement superstar to celebrity boxing and competitive eating. Geez, and blowing a fortune on parties, fur coats and hangers on seemed like such a good idea at the time.

A LEAGUE NAMED SUE: So the Ottawa Renegades owners are thinking about suing the CFL. Let's see, if the governors and commissioner sold them a franchise based on a salary cap they knew didn't exist, and the team drowned in debt they never saw coming, it almost sounds like they might have a case ... And why should CFL commissioner Tom Wright want his position clarified before he renews his contract? The job is the same as it's always been: puppet.

TEED OFF: We shouldn't be doing cartwheels every time Tiger, Ernie, Phil and Retief show up at the same tournament, like this week's Byron Nelson. We should be treated to showdowns like this every weekend. They're tour players, they should be playing the tour, like Vijay Singh, instead of bunkering down at their private practice resorts and picking through the schedule like a fruit salad.

URINE TROUBLE: We don't want to accuse Vikings receiver Onterrio Smith of lying, but very high on the list of things I won't do "for my cousin'' is smuggle six vials of dried urine and a kit for beating drug tests through airport security. Original Whizzinator? How bad was the name they didn't pick?

THIS JUST IN: Apparently, Greek sports journalist Kosta Nikolakopoulo offended the wrong athlete. While walking home from work this week he suffered serious head injuries after being attacked by four hooded men with iron bars and brass knuckles ... Um, I was just kidding about that James Toney stuff. 


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