Clueless Coyotes

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

Former rocker Gene Simmons has been named grand marshal of the Honda Indy Toronto.

What, Chaka Khan wasn't available?

Nik knock

Former Maple Leafs not-so-great Nik Antropov has high hopes of cashing in on free agency.

Reports out of New York suggest the lanky forward wants $5 million US per season.

Last season, Antropov made $2.15 million -- and that seemed high.

There's one move general manager Brian Burke got right.

Knee whacking

On this day in 1994, Tonya Harding was stripped of her U.S. figure skating title and banned for life because of her role in an attack on her rival, Nancy Kerrigan.

So, Harding is now a member of the, ah, 15-year club.

Night and day

Blue Jays pitcher Brian Tallet, who got knocked around on Sunday by the Philadelphia Phillies, doesn't do his best work when he is on the dayshift.

The left-hander has a 5.65 earned-run average in day games, allowing 42 hits in 43 innings.

At night, he has a 3.48 ERA, allowing 39 hits in 512/3 innings.

Tallet's spot in the rotation will come up this weekend, as the Jays play a series of day games in New York against the Yankees.

Perhaps he could wear really dark glasses.

Set objects

Some glamorous, but unknown, females have appeared on Wimbledon's Centre Court this year, raising the question as to whether attractiveness plays a role in scheduling matches.

An All England Club spokesman was quoted as saying that good looks are a factor in deciding which female players are scheduled on Centre Court. He later denied saying it.

The BBC isn't complaining.

"It's advantageous to us if there are good-looking women players on Centre Court," a BBC source told The Daily Telegraph.

"Our preference would always be a Brit or a babe as this always delivers high viewing figures."

A New York Daily News poll would support that.

Readers were asked: Do hotter women on Centre Court make you want to watch more tennis.

The results:

- Yes, sex sells 78%.

- No, the better players deserve the prime spots 22%.

In other words, it is likely there would be a market for beach tennis.

Bad marketing

Coyotes season ticket subscriber Dave Forman is tired of hearing that Phoenix isn't a viable hockey market.

"The Coyotes organization is clueless on marketing to the public and the various youth hockey leagues," Forman writes to the Phoenix Business Journal.

"They have done nothing to promote hockey ... Hockey is not well attended because the Coyotes couldn't care less."

The cluelessness at marketing just might be an offshoot of their cluelessness at running a winning hockey program.


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