The mere suggestion that racism was involved in the selection of Steve Nash as NBA MVP is irresponsible and preposterous.
Nash was picked as the MVP because he was the most influential player on the league's most improved team, because he is an unselfish leader and because he is one of the game's most effective point guards.
It has nothing to do with the colour of his skin or Shaquille O'Neal's.
Both players had great seasons, both deserved to win and only one could. Nash won a democratic vote and Shaq was gracious in defeat.
Then some columnist has to come along and put a damper on what was one of the greatest Canadian sports achievements of all time by making it a race issue.
That people even have to make note of the fact the two players are of different skin colours is a sad statement about North American society.
You'd really like to think we were past that.
I know, I know, it is about colour. As in, what colour is the sky in my world?
PLAYOFF FEVER: Apparently the hockey buzz is back in Winnipeg and here's hoping it lasts a long time. It wasn't an easy buzz for the Manitoba Moose to create, but that's what hard work and guts -- not to mention a few victories -- in the playoffs will get you in this town. Let it be said that the Moose are one gutsy hockey team. The way they are winning close games with late goals and overtime goals and great goaltending kinda reminds you of the 1993 Montreal Canadiens and 2004 Calgary Flames. Kinda ... Still can't fathom how Rick Nash got away with hooking a ref and shoving a linesman in an international hockey game. That's a guaranteed 20-game suspension in the NHL and everyone in Canada knows it. Any opponents that wanted Nash kicked out of the tournament have a perfectly legitimate point. At very least Nash should have been given two minutes for obstruction ... If Canada wins a gold medal, won't it be just a little tainted? ... Enjoyed the Kentucky Derby, even though my supposedly-favoured horse "Soon To Be Glue" or whatever his name was, finished well back in the office pool. It was a bad week, because I also had money on William (The Fridge) Perry in a cake-eating contest and he came in last ... Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is a new Hit Parade favourite after he told Terrell Owens to stick it. The way he's talking, Owens has about has much chance of getting a new contract as Sidney Crosby has of growing a bushy playoff moustache ... How good is the upcoming Memorial Cup going to be? The best player since Gretzky (Crosby), the best team in decades (London) and either the defending champs (Kelowna) or the Brandon Wheat Kings (they were playing last night) will all be there. Just one more reason why we don't miss the NHL.
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