Typically Canadian, we're not thinking big enough

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

It's time to get greedy.

If RimJim's "make it seven" campaign gets an NHL team for Hamilton, great, but why stop there?

"The greatest sports league in the world, Premier soccer, has five teams that play in London alone, a city of about eight million," reader Dave Lundy says.

"If you were trying to copy that model, Toronto should have three NHL teams with more in a not-so-far-off city ... perhaps Hamilton. I believe the hockey fans of Ontario should be as well served as the soccer fans in England."

Wouldn't that be a burr in Count Bettman's shorts?

Names that defame

A group of Native Americans wants the Supreme Court to rule whether the Washington Redskins nickname is offensive.

It's a renewal of a decades-long bid to have the Redskins trademarks declared invalid.

The Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians also have come under fire for using offensive stereotypes, while numerous U.S. colleges have changed their nicknames for the same reason.

It makes one wonder how the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL seem to escape such scrutiny.

Following are some schools that have switched names with their old names in parentheses:

Dartmouth Big Green (Indians).

Dickinson State Blue Hawks (Savages).

Elon Phoenix (Fighting Christians).

Fumbling defence

Leodis McKelvin was Buffalo's scapegoat for fumbling a kickoff return with a little more than two minutes to play against the New England Patriots on Monday night. But how about a Bills defence that bent and broke like a rusty paper clip, giving up more than 110 yards of offence in less than five minutes?

The Buffalo defence could have used Suzy Kolber to keep tabs on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Kolber, a plucky sideline reporter, hustled hard after the game to keep pace with Brady, who wouldn't stop for an interview. So, Kolber jogged/walked alongside Brady for about 30 seconds, firing questions along the way.

Hey, maybe Kolber is no Gisele Bundschen, but Brady could have given her a few seconds of his time.

Bad news Alex

Alex Rios hasn't been doing so hot since he got picked up on waivers by the Chicago White Sox five weeks ago.

The former Blue Jay is hitting .144 in 90 at-bats with the Sox, despite occasional glimpses of being multi-skilled.

"He's a teaser," a scout told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. "He can get you fired."

And doesn't J.P. Ricciardi know it.

Honouring Ernie

Announcer Ernie Harwell, who has inoperable cancer, will be honoured tonight by the Detroit Tigers and Sunday by the Detroit Lions.

With Harwell doing baseball on the radio, you could almost see the game -- his cadence and narrative was that sharp and consistent. He's second to none.

GARY.LOEWEN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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