Hockey's dog days bite

GARY LOEWEN

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

Suffering from hockey withdrawal, yet?

Here's the good news: It's only nine weeks and four days until the Maple Leafs open their pre-season schedule.

Sheesh, and we've hardly had summer.

Oh, argh, Argos

Were the Argos not thinking crisply when they scheduled their home opener during the Honda Indy racing weekend?

Getting to the Rogers Centre this afternoon will be complicated by road closures and auto action at the CNE.

On the other hand, with a forecast of thunderstorms, it may turn out to be a stroke of genius should race fans switch gears and relocate to an indoor event.

'Cause no matter how hot and humid and wet it gets, race fans, Danica Patrick isn't going to put on her Sports Illustrated bikini.

Rain and shine

On the subject of weather, ever since Usain Bolt became sprinting's reigning king, he has been running in the rain.

He ran a 150-metre event in Manchester, England, in wet weather. Ditto for a 100-metre run in Toronto.

Then came a 200-metre race in a downpour in Lausanne, Switzerland, last week.

Talk about a Bolt of lightning.

D'oh! nuts

Some Americans are skeptical that the foray by Tim Hortons into New York City will be a success.

While Hortons will take over 13 Dunkin' Donuts stores, some people claim New Yorkers are dedicated to buying American and won't accept Canadian-style coffee and crullers.

C'mon, you New Yorkers, doncha know that the great Tim Horton played in the Big Apple in 1970 and '71?

And who the heck did Dunkin' Donut ever play for?

High-sticking

A golfer in Kent, Wash., has been sentenced to 11/2 years in prison for hitting another golfer over the head with a 6-iron in a clash over slow play.

He'll be released after six months if he demonstrates good behaviour and willingly gives up golf in favour of hockey.

No small change

Bryan Colangelo orchestrated a four-team trade this week that brought the Raptors Hedo Turkoglu among others.

One thing about Colangelo, he'll never be nicknamed Stand Pat.

The GM joined the Raptors on Feb. 28, 2006.

Their lineup included: Antonio Davis, Matt Bonner, Eric Williams, Jose Calderon, Mike James, Morris Peterson, Darrick Martin, Alvin Williams, Joey Graham, Pape Sow, Rafael Araujo, Charlie Villanueva, Chris Bosh and Loren Woods.

Three years later, Bosh and Calderon remain.

How about Quick Draw Colangelo?

This and that

The Leafs will make free tickets available for the Sept. 16 pre-season opener against Boston. Contests begin Friday ... You think hockey season starts early? Sears stores in the U.S. are selling X-Mas merchandise this month ... A November golf tournament in Australia is virtually sold out. Tiger Woods is in the field, thanks to a $3-million appearance fee. Organizers have limited tickets to 20,000 a day. Wonder how many will show up if Tiger misses the cut? In which case, does he pay a disappearance fee?

GARY.LOEWEN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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