Let’s just pause for a moment and give thought to poor Dany Heatley’s plight ... go ahead, wipe away that tear.
Heatley says he figured he was to be an integral part of the team when he signed a six-year, $45-million deal with the Ottawa Senators.
“Over the last two years ... I feel my role was diminished,” Heatley said yesterday, rationalizing his public trade demand.
What we have here is a chicken-or-egg scenario — more accurately, chicken-or-rotten-egg scenario.
What came first: Heatley’s diminished role, or his diminished performance?
Here are his point totals for the past four seasons: 103, 105, 82, 72.
Would the Senators award such a fat contract with the intention of diminishing the player’s role?
Here is a thought Dany: Why not suck it up and try to earn an “integral” role with the team?
Clearly, Heatley would be better off elsewhere — should the Sens be able to unload him — but If he can’t be an “integral part” of a mediocre team like the Sens, how could he possibly earn a key role with a good team?
Rather, Heatley seems suited to being a big fish in a stagnant pond, like Atlanta or Phoenix.
Which brings us to the Olympic team.
Why is Heatley among the 46 players invited to the orientation camp?
He’s not quite good enough to be an “integral” player at the Olympics.
So, in the end, he’ll only be unhappy.
Further, choosing Heatley as an Olympian would send the wrong message to Canadian kids: That you can whine your way out of a problem instead of working your way out.
Trivia not so trivial
Even as a youngster, Jeff Diamond would pore over the sports pages and commit stats and facts to memory.
His mother got concerned.
“My mom told me that sports trivia wouldn’t get me very far but I proved her wrong,” the 24-year-old from Kitchener said.
In fact, Diamond’s sports knowledge will take him all the way to the Bahamas, to the Sports Legends Challenge, Sept. 14-17.
Diamond is the only Canadian among a group of 18 who finished at the top of the heap in the NTN Buzztime sports trivia championship.
More than 141,000 players battled it out. Diamond finished first in one of four continental regions.
The Legends Challenge is a poker and golf event that will feature former athletes such as Sugar Ray Leonard and Bobby Hull.
Nash and cash
Basketball star Steve Nash appeared this week on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Nash answered one question and won $50,000 for his foundation.
Wait, isn’t he already a millionaire?
No major championships this year for Tiger Woods, but that’s okay, having entered the Barclays next week it shows he’s gunning for the real jewel on the PGA Tour, the FedEx Cup.
You’re going to owe Tiger big-time for this, Tim Finchem.
“Cuban women should be showing off their beautiful faces, not getting punched in the face.”
— boxing coach Pedro Roque, on Cuba refusing to field a women’s boxing team at the 2012 Olympics.