Surely Leafs won't strike out

GARY LOEWEN

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

Will there be joy in Budville tonight?

We’ll see duelling six-packs at the Air Canada Centre: The winless Maple Leafs, losers of a skunky half-dozen, versus the New York Rangers, with six consecutive victories.

While the Leafs are due for success, which of these five options might occur first?

a) The Leafs, finally, getting the opening goal;

b) Mike Komisarek taking a careless penalty;

c) GM Brian Burke cracking a smile;

d) A fan yelling “Bring back McCabe!”;

e) Every one of the spectators in the platinum section actually managing to get to his seat.

Road improvements

Construction work is being done on the “Road Hole” at St. Andrews.

The famous 17th at the Old Course is being lengthened.

It will now be called the “Highway Hole.”

Chasing balls

Funny how foul balls are so treasured you sometimes see a mini-version of The Running of the Bulls at ball games.

A story in the Boston Globe talked to fans who revelled at the opportunity to grab a stray baseball.

“I’ll brag that the ball has been touched by the greats,’’ Melissa Richards said. “Hey, we’re at Fenway. We’re in Red Sox Nation. I’m just enjoying the euphoria of it all.’’

(Let’s not get carried away, Melissa, the Sox were playing the Blue Jays that day.)

Another lucky ball snagger was Alec Lazieh, 9. As the Jays’ Lyle Overbay walked to the dugout, he tossed Alec a ball.

Alec’s father said the boy went to bed with the ball tucked next to him.

Aww.

On the other hand, you have the golf fans.

When a player’s drive is wide of the fairway, the spectators give chase.

Then they huddle up and surround the ball, leaning in like they’re warming their hands over a campfire. Why?

Funding the NHL

Quebec City, hoping to get another NHL team, has announced plans for a $400-million arena.

Or rather, Quebec City has announced plans to have taxpayers ($175 million provincial, $175 million federal) pay the bulk of the cost of a $400-million arena.

Hmm, how desperate are we to “make it seven?”

Horseplay

Let this be a warning to Maple Leaf Spurts of Entertainment Ltd. regarding its plans to install natural grass at BMO Field:

Escaped horses have ripped up a soccer field in Des Moines, Iowa, causing $100,000 in damage at a stadium that has been undergoing $1.8 million in repairs.

“These are brand new fields. We haven’t even played on them yet,” a Des Moines park and recreation employee said.

Horses were found on the same field a few years ago, too.

So, the message is clear: Forget soccer, play polo.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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