Sharks swimming in a C of trouble

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

The San Jose Sharks have stripped Patrick Marleau of the captaincy and taken the "A" from Joe Thornton.

Marleau and Thornton would seem to be the scapegoats for the Sharks' annual lack of teeth during the playoffs.

The Sharks are expected to appoint a new leadership group during training camp.

But here's who the Sharks really need as captain: Quint, from the movie Jaws, who uttered this memorable line: "If ya don't get it right, squirt, I throw your ass out the little round window on the side."

Strange brew

If Western folk want to take a shot at Torontonians, we can take it.

There's not a Maple Leafs joke we haven't heard at least a dozen times.

But to use anti-Toronto humour to sell beer, well, that's crossing the line.

A billboard in Vancouver is displaying a picture of a beer can (the brewery rhymes with Boors) and the words "Colder Than Most People From Toronto."

That's about as tasteless as the beer itself.

Back to the past

So, aging flip-flopper Brett Favre finally has decided to take a liking to the Vikings.

One more short-lived retirement by the grizzled quarterback and IHOP will name a waffle after him.

Daly doubled over

Slumping golfer John Daly is ranked 435th in the world but he can still poke fun at himself.

Writing on twitter about his long-time caddie, Peter Van Derriet, Daly says: "My caddie Peter for over 22 years -- he's looking for work on the weekends lately. LOL."

Then again, you'd expect self-deprecating humour from a guy who wears zebra-striped pants in public.

Name Annika's kid

Retired golfer Annika Sorenstam, who is pregnant and expecting a daughter in the fall, is asking visitors to her website to vote on a name for the baby.

The candidates are: Julia 14%; Nicole 8%; Jessica 9%; Ava 32%; Madelyn 21%; Anne 9%; and Other: 7%.

Hmm, does that mean "Niblick" is out of the question?

Todd on tour

During a time when the auto industry in Detroit has hit the skids, the Red Wings go out and sign a truck, Todd Bertuzzi.

By the way, this is Bertuzzi's sixth NHL stop in a little over three years: The Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames and back with the Wings.

Throw in the occasional visit to Gary Bettman's office in New York, and you might figure the big fella is about one-quarter of the way through an NHL farewell tour.


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