Raps receive a three-way boost

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

It has been just a swell month for sports in Toronto:

a) Underachieving Blue Jays players snipe at their manager.

b) Underachieving Argos snipe at their head coach.

c) The Maple Leafs coach snipes at the media for stirring up a goaltending controversy.

Sheesh, the Raptors are starting to look stable.

Moustache milked

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Clay Zavada are among 18 finalists for the 2009 Robert Goulet Memorial Moustached American of the Year, to be presented later this month.

Hmm, Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston gets snubbed again.

Cito's stache certainly is professional calibre -- possibly the best on the Toronto sports scene.

As for the Jays players, well, maybe that's where we have a problem. While Gaston can get bristly, the Jays (baby-faced Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay come to mind) haven't looked macho since Sal Fasano left town.

These guys need some of Brian Burkes testosterone.

Rough on the diamond

In response to a question yesterday about why (a hungover?) Miguel Cabrera was at first base for the Detroit Tigers Saturday 12 hours after registering a blood-alcohol reading of 0.26, reader Ron St. Louis responds:

a) Management felt it would know where he was for a few hours.

b) He could not be merely the designated hitter ... his wife was previously committed to that starting role.

c) The fact he stranded six batters during the game merely was caused by confusion was he supposed to be the designated driver or the designated drinker?

Say what?

"I didn't think it would last because they are both too alike. They are both high-profile, narcissistic people."

Greg Norman's ex-wife, Laura Andrassy, on the Norman-Chris Evert nuptials flaming out after a mere 15 months.

Narcissistic? The fact that the clothes Norman wears display his name and logo might be the first clue.

Favre shows 'em

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was voted the most overrated NFLer in a poll of 239 players conducted by i>Sports Illustrated.

Shame about the timing. The poll was released yesterday on the heels of the Vikings going 4-0 with a Monday night win over Green Bay.

Favre got 13% of the vote, followed by Tony Romo (10%), Terrell Owens (8%), Eli Manning (7%) and Ben Roethlisberger (5%). The poll was taken two weeks ago.

Minnesotans didn't take kindly to Favre being dissed.

An ensuing poll on twincities.com asks which sports media outlet is most overrated.

Sports Illustrated is running first at 57.27%, followed by ESPN The Magazine (31.45%), CBS Sportsline (6.57%) and NFL.com (4.69%).

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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