Some Tuesday morning musings on some of the things that amuse, confuse and even amaze a fellow in the wonderful world of fun and games.
OUR CINDERELLA MAN
Somehow it seems fitting that George Chuvalo was honoured on Canada's Walk of Fame. Much of the talk these days is about the movie Cinderella Man concerning James Braddock, who rose from poverty to the heavyweight championship.
Chuvalo had just as amazing a career, if not more. Muhammad Ali claimed Chuvalo was the toughest man he ever fought. George fought them all and never backed down. His personal life has been a tragedy. Somehow he keeps going despite setbacks that would send a lesser man down for the count.
No one deserves being honoured by the Walk of Fame more than Chuvalo. Sometimes I think because he's one of us we take him for granted.
I hope this honour will make us appreciate George, who truly is one of a kind.
HENDERSON DESERVES IT
I still can't believe Paul Henderson isn't in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He scored the biggest goal in Canadian hockey history. What he did during those September days in Moscow in 1972 should make him a shoo-in for the Hall.
Certainly none of the candidates being considered this year have Henderson's credentials.
While I'm on the subject, Leo Cahill belongs in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. I can't understand why he has been overlooked. Sure Leo annoyed a lot of people, but that shouldn't be enough to keep him out. On June 15, they are having a roast for Leo at the Monte Cassino Hotel in North York (Tickets $125, call Brad Lynn at 416-341-2718).
Let's hope the Hall selectors get the message and vote him in.
There's not much doubt that the highlight of the weekend on TV was the final of the French Open.
This was as good as tennis gets as two young stars battled each other. The winner was Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal, who showed poise far beyond his years.
His opponent, Mariano Puerta, wasn't far behind. He made a match of what was thought would be a mere walk over. What a contrast to the women's final, where Justine Henin-Hardenne whipped Mary Pierce in a match that took only 61 minutes to play. The gals insist they deserve equal prize money with the men. They sure didn't make much of a case in this final.
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS
The Argos appear to have solved their most pressing problem. Michael Bishop is back at quarterback. This gives the Argos insurance in case Damon Allen is injured. They may not repeat as champs, but the Argos are going to be tough to beat ... Danica Patrick didn't win the Indianapolis 500 but you wouldn't know it from the post-race coverage. It was Patrick who makes the cover of Sports Illustrated. Now NASCAR, the good ol' boys circuit, is talking about finding a woman driver ... I can understand why Mike Weir wants the weekends off. He already has made a million dollars thus far this year. But you wonder if missing the cut is the way to get more free time.