Leafs add layer of paint to exterior

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:16 AM ET

The Maple Leafs were scheduled from some paintball action yesterday at their northern retreat.

Given that these are the new testosterone-fuelled Leafs, shouldn’t that have been paintbrawl?

Serious football

Some heated football rivalries are on tap for the coming days:

a) Michigan against Michigan State;

b) The Green Bay Packers again Brett Favre;

c) The Argos against the Montreal Alouettes. Okay, maybe this one doesn’t count so much.

The Wolverines and the Spartans — who scored a rare win in the grudge match last year — are saying all the right things in advance of their matchup Saturday.

But Detroit Lions linebacker Larry Foote, a Michigan alumnus, put it into perspective: “(The Spartans) are just like a little nagging little brother. You just gotta put them in their place.”

The Packers and Vikings are ancient rivals, so Favre signing with Minnesota this year was traitorous in the eyes of Green Bay fans.

Packers fans can gain some payback at a bar in Eau Claire, Wis., which is planning some fiery halftime entertainment for the Monday night game.

Patrons are invited to bring their old Favre jerseys, posters and memorabilia from his Green Bay days and hurl them into a flaming barrel. The bar will donate $10 to charity for each piece burned.

For Packers fans, it will be kind of a weenie roast.

As for the Argos: Well, the embattled quarterback gets a vote of confidence from the embattled coach, who gets a vote of confidence from the team president, who is probably wondering why he took this job.

Do the Argos deserve a vote of confidence from the fans? Discuss amongst y’all.

Gunning for victory

If you intend to visit an Arizona sports bar to watch a game you might want to root very quietly for your team, so as not to upset one of the locals.

Starting today, patrons are allowed to carry concealed weapons into Arizona’s 5,300 drinking establishments.

Part of the deal is that if you’re packing heat you’re not allowed to drink in the bar.

But maybe the guy who is carrying a concealed weapon is also carrying a concealed mickey.

Anyway, while watching the game be sure to avoid the temptation to yell “Shoot!”

A star is born

Swedish defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom yesterday was named Ambassador of Honour for his home county of Dalarna.

It’s a rare award — the Detroit Red Wings defenceman is only the second person so honoured.

The other: Would you believe singer Kris Kristofferson?

Kristofferson's grandfather emigrated to the U.S. from the same county.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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