Carter needs to be patient

BILL LANKHOF -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 5:00 PM ET

Vince Carter is expressing frustration at how long it is taking Raptors management to get him dealt someplace where he will be more appreciated. Unfortunately, they don't play NBA games in his mommy's living room.

Vince says he has to look out for No. 1 and that the fans should understand that.

So why is he barking like the Junk Yard Dog at a busy fire hydrant when Raptors general manager Rob Babcock does the same thing? The fans aren't the only ones who have to understand something. Maybe Vince has to understand that Babcock has to look out for No. 1, too -- that would be his team, not Vince.

Carter happily signed that long-term contract and nowhere does it say in there that it comes with a guarantee of an NBA championship.

So, to put it in a manner which Vince might understand: The Raptors are working as hard at trading him as Carter used to work on playing hard defence.

TRAVELLING IN FRACTION

Reebok is recalling 140,000 of its Allen Iverson toddler shoes because they might present a choking hazard.

So far no choking incidents have been reported -- although some people think what happened at the Olympics might qualify. Not that we know any people like that. But we've heard ...

CRASH GORDON

NASCAR driver Robby Gordon bumped Greg Biffle. He was responsible for crashing Jeremy Mayfield and Tony Stewart. After the accidents he made obscene gestures to observers.

The bad news is it could cost him his job with Childress Racing. The upside is, he now has all the qualifications to become a driving instructor in Toronto.

WHEN PIGS FLY

And now for something completely different: This weekend, the unbeaten and division-leading Detroit Lions ... Hold it! We interrupt this item to announce that hell has just frozen over.

The previous time anyone has been able to say this about a Lions team, the Edsel still seemed like a good idea.

RANT OF THE DAY

The NHL is dead. Gone. And, in this case, imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery.

Item 1: This week a new NHL hockey video game hit the market with marketing geeks pronouncing it to be as "hard-hitting" as the real thing.

Right. Mats Sundin often has gone down with dreaded carpel tunnel syndrome of the controller thumb.

Item 2: There are whispers of television networks broadcasting European league games, featuring players with almost as many vowels as teeth gone missing.

Finally something to drive us to watch beach volleyball.

Item 3: Welcome to the curiosity sometimes referred to as the Original Stars Hockey League. Scientists spend all those years looking for the Black Hole and it turns up at their neighbourhood arena. Who knew?

All are attempts to fill the void left by the NHL. None will work. It is like trying to fill the Grand Canyon with a teaspoon. There are some things, such as the Mona Lisa, the Desiderata, Winston Churchill and, yes, the NHL, that cannot be imitated or copied.

It still may be possible to see NHLers play, but it is not possible to see them play like NHLers.

So, how 'bout those St. Mike's Majors, eh ...

NAME GAME

Richie Incognito, an all-America centre for the Nebraska football team, apparently will transfer to Oregon. Question is, if he lives up to his name, how would anyone know?

FORE!!!!!

Tiger Woods withdrew from the PGA Tour event in Farmington, Pa., claiming he was too tired.

Evidently, he also was too tired to pick up a dictionary and look up the definition for "commitment."

Woods lets organizers of the event promote the tournament for months saying he would be in attendance.

Instead he shows up in New York, where he wasn't too tired to introduce his new video game.

And pro athletes wonder why people think they are unreliable, self-absorbed whiners with egos dwarfed by only their bank accounts.

SMART 'N' SASSY

Spotted on a T-shirt at the Gravity Games in Cleveland, as reported by the Plain Dealer: "If idiots could fly, this place would be an airport."

HEY FANS! Do you have a quirky sports item? Include your name and city and e-mail it to me at: bill.lankhof@tor.sunpub.com or fax it to: 416-947-2454

Videos

Photos