Can upstart hurt the Leafs?

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

Hey, Michael Vick, that new NFL team you signed with?

It’s possible you made a mistake ... they’re not the Philadelphia Beagles.

Look out, Leafs

Someday, we will be able to forget about this long-winded battle between Jim Balsillie and Gary Bettman and just settle back and watch the Kontinental Hockey League.

The KHL is getting serious — in a light-hearted way — filming commercials as the league enters its second season.

The first clip involves former NHLer Robert Esche — a KHL all-star last season with SKA St. Petersburg.

While pushing a shopping cart through a grocery store, Esche — wearing no equipment except a murse (a.k.a. man-bag, outside wallet) — makes spectacular saves on a variety of flying beverage containers.

Esche calls the commercial “fun and dynamic” while playing down the possibility of a future acting career.

Esche worked under Ilya Shilovsky — a famed Russian screenwriter and director, who was brought in to helm the commercial.

We wish the KHL success ... but not too much success lest Maple Leaf Sports and Expropriation Ltd. declare that the league is within its territorial zone.

Traffic crawl

Swimming star Michael Phelps was in a car accident in Baltimore, but he wasn’t deemed to be at fault.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that Phelps stayed in his lane.

Rog-podge

Granted it’s tough, anytime, to avoid eye or ear contact with the Rogers Communications brand.

It’s a knottier issue this weekend, with the men’s Rogers Cup wrapping up in Montreal while the women’s Rogers Cup gets rolling here.

And in a few days the Blue Jays return to the Rogers Off-Centre.

But I figure the company is missing out on a couple of sponsorship opportunities.

a) Would it be too much to ask the ace of men’s tennis to call himself Rogers Federer?

b) Perhaps the Jays could sweeten the pot for Roy Halladay, in exchange for the pitcher agreeing to become Roy Rogers.

Big John in tune

John Daly, whose golf career seems to faltering again — he withdrew after the opening round of the PGA Championship — may have to fall back on his singing and songwriting skill.

Daly has twittered a song he has written called Lost Soul.

“I’m a lost soul and I’m growing ol’,” Daly sings.

He laments the loss of his late mother, and mentions how “my wife had to go to the pen.”

So, “now I’m raising all these kids of mine on my own.”

With lyrics like that it’s destined to be a hit on country radio.

Tuning out

Remember when Adam Scott was going to be the next big thing in golf?

He has missed the cut in four of the past five majors, having shot 82-79 at Hazeltine this week.

Hey, J.D., any openings in the music business?

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


Videos

Photos