Exhibition results can be Lion

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Before folks get too carried away with the Maple Leafs' impressive start, or overwrought about a flood of fighting during exhibition games, it's important to embrace this:

What happens in the pre-season stays in the pre-season.

Need evidence?

The Detroit Lions are 7-1 in their past eight pre-season games.

Buffalo shuffle

The Bills are home for another 4 p.m. start on Sunday and we trust that Canadian and American supporters can sit side by side, cheer, consume cool beverages and behave. They are, after all, playing the Saints.

Here are further responses from readers about items this week regarding alcohol-fuelled arrests after games at Ralph Wilson Stadium:

a) “I went to college in Chicago and was fortunate to attend a few Bears games a year. The atmosphere and general rowdiness was similar if not the same (as Bills games). Don’t worry, just because there hasn’t been a pulse at a Leafs game in a decade does not give you the right to slam a fan base that lives and breathes the games its team plays (no, the suits don’t count).”

b) “Game after game there is some Canadian being an annoying idiot around me. How do I know they are Canadian? Simply by them using ‘eh’ five times in a sentence, opening and smoking one of those damn slim packs of cigarettes or still talking about how great Doug Flutie is. Stick to hockey. Stay out of our country and I’ll stay out of yours! If/when the Bills do indeed move to Toronto I will not only not root for them but I will be against them.”

Too pooped? Scoop

A new tool on the market, the Scramble Scoop, is designed to take some of the exertion out of golf.

Y’know, to help you avoid spilling your beer or burning yourself with your cigar as your ride along in a power cart.

The Scoop is like a shortened ball retriever with a seven-inch net on the end.

If you’re playing in a scramble, you can pick up your ball without even hitting the brakes — just do a drive-by scooping.

It eliminates the strain and the hassle of getting off your butt, and overtaxing your back as you bend to pick up a ball.

Just a guess, but the Scoop probably isn’t going to work too well if you keep hitting the ball into the shrubbery.

Blame Canada

Instead of migrating as they used to, Canada geese are blamed for settling in at a school in Knoxville, Tenn., and ruining the athletic field with their droppings. As a result, phys-ed programs are in disarray.

Another blemish on us poor Canucks.

Hey, they renamed “swine flu” ... can’t we call these birds the H1N1 geese?

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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