New media policy for Trail Blazers

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

The idiots who run the Portland Trail Blazers -- and believe me, they are idiots -- never have been able to control themselves, let alone their unruly players.

So now they have gone one stupid step forward.

They are attempting to control the news.

The Trail Blazers have put in a media policy, which will last about as long as it takes to read this sentence, whereby they are requesting that all interviews with players and team executives be taped and questions in some cases must be submitted in writing prior to the interview.

They say they are doing this for their own protection.

You could argue they are doing this to salvage what little is left of their ridiculous reputation.

This coming from a team that last year authorized internal searches of its employees' cellular phone records, office voice mails and computer hard drives in order to determine who in their office was, apparently, leaking information to the media.

Typically, the Trail Blazers have yet to find the enemy -- but they have picked a fight here with one they cannot beat.

THIS AND THAT

Mats Sundin loves making proclamations without actually speaking. His recent determination to blow off a Toronto reporter who flew all the way to Sweden to sit down with him is his way of not stating his unhappiness with the Maple Leafs but once again implying it ... Has Ted Rogers ever watched his Blue Jays on his own network? And if he has, has he ever stayed awake to the sixth inning of one of those broadcasts? ... When Shawn Horcoff was starring at Michigan State, his goaltender just happened to be Ryan Miller ... Never mind a four-game suspension for Russ Springer for plunking Barry Bonds. How about a hearty handshake ... Bonds can't pass The Babe in this department: Ruth had two 20-win seasons pitching for the Boston Red Sox while hitting homers ... Something doesn't smell right about this Adrion Smith retirement story. An all-star cornerback, who loves and lives to play, doesn't suddenly retire to join the team's community relations department unless someone is pushing him off the field.

HERE AND THERE

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SCENE AND HEARD

The likely signing of Ricky Williams in Toronto will make him the fourth Heisman Trophy winner to sign with the Argos. The others: Doug Flutie, Eric Crouch and Rashaan Salaam. For the record, Salaam signed but never showed up to play a down ... Other big U.S. names to sign with the Argos include Rocket Ismail, Terry Metcalf, Joe Theismann, Anthony Davis, Eric (The Flea) Allen and Jim Stillwagon ... Best Argos back and probably best ever player was Cookie Gilchrist ... The Yankees can't be laughing too hard at the state of A.J. Burnett. They're shutting down Carl Pavano for the second year in a row after signing him to a four-year $39.5-million US contract ... If this is the end for Joe Montford, are the Hamilton Tiger-Cats considering retiring his number? ... Now we know why Michael Peca was resting through November, December, January and February .... Wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see Patrik Elias, Ed Jovanovski and Nicklas Lidstrom all under contract before free agency begins in the NHL.

AND ANOTHER THING

Birth certificates never meant much to Danny Almonte, the overage pitcher of infamy from the Little League World Series. Now, 19 and a high school senior, Almonte recently married a 30-year-old woman ... The statute of limitations has to be running out on Josh Towers, big heart and all ...The website baseball-reference.com not only provides career statistics for any player, but career comparisons: When you type in Vernon Wells' name, the comparison players are Ellis Valentine, Andre Dawson and Billy Williams. Nice company ... True story: Lynn Swann is running for governor in Pennsylvania and one-time teammate Franco Harris is campaigning for his opponent ... As good as Chris Bosh's season was, it was only good enough to get one out of 378 votes as an NBA all-star forward. He finished 14th in the voting for forwards and the betting is, his third-place mention came from a Toronto voter ... The only Triple Crown I truly care about was last won by Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 ... And hey, whatever became of Jerry Korab?


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