Leafs beaten to the punch by Jays

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

It has been a Brian Burke kind of a week — a truckload of truculence in various sports.

And all before the Maple Leafs even played their first pre-season game.

(An aside: The Leafs forgot to put Knuckle Sandwich on the menu at the new Air Canada Centre snack bar, Burkie’s Dog House.)

The Blue Jays beat the Leafs to the punch with an infrequent exhibit of testosterone, tussling with the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

We saw Serena Williams’ profane explosion, aimed at an official at the U.S. Open — about as close as you’ll ever get to pugnacity in tennis.

And, oh yes, Roger Federer cursed. Gee whiz.

As for belligerence, what’s with the Buffalo Bills fans(?) spray-painting an obscenity on Leodis McKelvin’s lawn?

Wonder if they were capable of spelling the word correctly.

Off the bench

Regarding the Blue Jays-Yankees bench-clearing rhubarb, a reader wonders why MLB hasn’t banned basebrawls.

“Why do they ‘encourage’ everyone to empty the dugouts?” John from Georgetown asks.

Most of these squabbles merely end up in a group hug, anyway.

MLB probably could end the combat by making the managers and coaches wear suits and ties instead of polyester pinstripes. They might think twice about risking their custom-made Hugo Boss ensemble before dashing out of the dugout to protect their players.

After all, it’s those old guys who usually get hurt. Yankees manager Joe Girardi was one of the few who got bloodied in the fracas with the Jays.

Rewind to the most absurd basebrawl of all: The 2003 ALCS, when the Boston Red Sox’ Pedro Martinez sent 72-year-old Don Zimmer into orbit.

Now, that was truculence.

If bench-clearing brawls spread to other sports, here are a couple we’d like to see:

a) Serena Williams leading the charge during a team tennis match;

b) Steve Williams, Tiger Woods’ caddie, as the lead casualty in a dust-up at the Presidents Cup.

Enemy territory

Receiver Chad Ochocinco, whose Cincinnati Bengals play in Green Bay on Sunday, says he’ll do a “Lambeau Leap” into the arms of opposing fans should he score a touchdown.

“If (Packers fans are) going to accept one individual out of all the NFL teams to embrace if he got into the stands, I think I should be that one,” Ochocinco said.

But wouldn’t any fan who did that be an Ochofinko?

NOT SO WILY

While the Phoenix Coyotes were playing an exhibition game in Glendale, Ariz., in front of about 2,000 fans on Tuesday night, the out-going team owner Jerry Moyes was being snubbed by Glendale council.

Moyes asked the mayor if he could speak, but was told that he wasn’t scheduled.

“I wish they would have listened to me,” Moyes told the Arizona Republic outside council chambers.

“The city of Glendale would be better off without hockey.”

So, now you tell ’em.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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