News is big for Leafs, Cowboys

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

The Maple Leafs have unveiled off-season improvements to the Air Canada Centre.

They’re touting the rink as being “bigger and better.”

As for the Leafs themselves, well, they’ve made off-season changes, too.

So far, they’ve completed the “bigger” part.

That’s heavy

A new song by the band Free Reign — which includes three members of the Dallas Cowboys — will be unveiled tomorrow during the telecast of the Dallas-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game.

Offensive linemen Marc Colombo, on guitar and vocals, Cory Procter, on drums, and Leonard Davis, on bass, and non-football player Justin Chapman, a guitarist, make up Free Reign, a heavy metal band.

How heavy are they?

Well, Colombo, Procter and Davis weigh a combined 986 pounds.

As for Chapman, he’s the size of a punter.

Left of centre

Chicago Bears groundskeepers have gone offside.

The Bears logo on Soldier Field was drawn on the 45-yard line instead of the 50, a photo on the website Deadspin shows.

And here we thought that kind of mistake could happen only at the Rogers Off-Centre.

Luckily for the Bears, they open the season in Green Bay tomorrow. So there is plenty of time to apply the em-Bear-assing error.

Duds and suds

While the Blue Jays may be chagrined about their dwindling attendance — they had crowds of just over 11,000 at two games this week — consider the poor Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates drew just 10,899 to their most recent home game, reader Ron St. Louis points out.

They are averaging 19,254 per home date, 4,000 fewer than the Jays, plus they have to live in the shadow of two league champions, the Penguins and Steelers.

On the bright side, the Pirates have a deal for their crying-in-their-beer fans — a 21-ounce brew costs $4.75, the cheapest in the majors.

Blass blasts

While the Pirates are having a miserable season, there is good news for former Pirates ace Steve Blass.

Blass had two holes-in-one in the same round during the Pirates alumni golf tournament, on 154- and 175-yard holes.

It’s nice to see Blass has rediscovered his aim. Blass won Game 7 of the 1971 World Series but inexplicably lost his control two years later, walking 84 in 88 innings, eventually forcing him into retirement.

The affliction came to be known as Steve Blass Disease.

Talkin’ and hackin’

An update on golf-commercial guy Jim Van Horne, who keeps hitting awful shots on that radio ad that has been running all summer long: By my count, he’s sitting 7 on the 15th hole and needs to par out to break 150.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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