Double kudos for the Maple Leafs

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Kudos to the Maple Leafs for reeling in the Monster.

General manager Brian Burke's persistence paid off as he was able to sign goalie Jonas (Monster) Gustavsson to a free-agent contract yesterday.

Wait a minute, whaddya mean "Monster" in Swedish means "Sieve?"

Meddle winner

Also, kudos to the Leafs for not throwing a tamper tantrum about the NHL probing coach Ron Wilson's comments about forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

The night before the Sedins became free agents, Wilson said on The Fan: "There is a real possibility, I would think, that we would be going after the Sedins. Let's just speculate there."

Hmm. There is a real possibility, I would think, that wishy-washy Wilson's words, let's just speculate here, hardly constitute tampering.

Timeless tennis

It took four hours and 16 minutes for Roger Federer to knock off Andy Roddick in the men's final at Wimbledon.

Fortunately for the fans, they didn't have to pay by the hour.

Consider that 98 years ago in the women's final, Dorothea Lambert Chambers disposed of Dora Boothby 6-0, 6-0 in a record 25 minutes.

Obviously, they couldn't have been playing on grass.

Halladay rapping

There is some good news about J.P. Ricciardi listening to offers for Roy Halladay:

If the Blue Jays were to deal their ace, it certainly wouldn't be Ricciardi pulling the trigger.

Ricciardi, in the eighth year of his plan to build a contender, isn't going to get the authority to pull off a major trade without the go-ahead from CEO Paul Beeston and manager Cito Gaston.

The Jays supposedly will be competitive in 2010. How do they accomplish that without their best player?

How about: Halladay stays; J.P. gets a long-term vacation.

Relatively speaking

Argos coach Bart Andrus, seems like a nice fella but I haven't seen hair that rigid since John Ferguson Jr's brush with the Maple Leafs.

It's reminiscent of the 'do worn by lieutenant commander Data of Star Trek The Next Generation.

One Andrus, one android.

Seat cushion

A baseball fan who was kicked out of a Yankees game because he left his seat during God Bless America is getting $10,000 US as a settlement with New York City.

What can the lucky fan be saying now, other than: "What a great country, God bless America!"

It's a bacon wrap

The AHL has suspended operations of the Iowa Chops.

In other words, they're pulled pork.

It's all in the Woods

A company news release lauded the win by Tiger Woods at the AT&T National on Sunday.

"Once again Woods' driving performance stood out," the release said.

"He hit 41 out of 56 fairways during the week, thanks to the winning combination of his Nike SQ DYMO driver and Nike ONE Tour ball."

It's so simple, apparently ... all you need is the right equipment.


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