As far as a sports city, T.O.'s No. 36

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

We're No. 36!

Toronto is ranked 36th out of 399 in the Sporting News' Best Sports Cities list -- finishing No. 1 in Canada.

"On any given day, sports fans in Toronto can see any number of major professional sports, and now you can add the occasional NFL game to the mix, too," Sporting News chief of correspondents Bob Hille said.

Wow, not only do we crack the top 10%, but they think our dubious franchises are "professional" too.

Toronto finished just ahead of Oklahoma City and Austin, Tex. Woo-hoo!

Pittsburgh ranked first, followed by Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The ranking system assigned points to, among other things: Number of teams, regular-season records, playoff berths, championships and fan fervour.

Other Canadian cities in the overall ranking:

39. Vancouver (Points for roller-blading, luge and yoga?)

42. Calgary (Country's finest chuckwagon racing)

45. Montreal (Loses marks for Jacques Martin's hairstyle)

53. Edmonton (Rating dropped when snubbed by Dany Heatley)

54. Ottawa (It is a city, right?)

309. Oakville (Retirement home for ex-NHLers)

313. Winnipeg (Would do better if it had a CFL team)

325. Hamilton (Only 318 behind Phoenix)

Other notables:

6. New York

10. Detroit

22. Cleveland

40. Buffalo

51. Green Bay

284. Dunedin, Fla.

396. Winooski, Vt.

Touchy Canucks

It all seems rather petty, this tampering charge by the Vancouver Canucks against Brian Burke.

Burke, speaking at a pre-draft meeting that was taped and shown recently on the Maple Leafs website, told his scouts that the Canucks were angling for the No. 2 pick overall.

The incident likely would have passed quietly if the Canucks hadn't drawn attention to it and raised the tampering issue.

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis was quoted as saying it was another example of the Leafs "trying to upset our team."

So, that would explain the Canucks' lamentable start to the season.

Gillis might be better served tampering with his lineup.

Booze 'n' losin'

After losing a thriller in extra innings to the Minnesota Twins, the Detroit Tigers and their fans needed a stiff belt after the game Monday night. Or, in Miguel Cabrera's case, maybe even earlier than that.

Cabrera, you may recall, got home Saturday at the crack of dawn from a drinking binge, then had a lousy weekend at the plate.

In other words, "too late, too little."

Red light

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has threatened to sue a taekwondo athlete who plans to finance his 2012 Olympics bid with the proceeds from a brothel. Logan Campbell opened a brothel with a friend in Auckland earlier this year.

As the saying goes: No sex before Games.

LeBron rules

Hey, Braylon Edwards, that'll teach you to get in a scrap with a friend of Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.

Edwards was traded yesterday by the Browns, two days after allegedly punching Edward Givens at a Cleveland bar.

You just don't mess with King James' disciples, especially in his own backyard.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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