T.O. teams drop the ball

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

During the past few weeks the Maple Leafs have played paintball and dodgeball.

The Raptors have gone bowling.

The Blue Jays were supposed to have been playing Moneyball.

And the Argos, who knows what game they’re playing.

If the shu fits

Two unique sporting events are on tap in the GTA: A martial arts world championship at Ricoh Coliseum, and international curling at Mississauga’s Hershey Centre, including the 2006 Olympic men’s champion.

So you have your choice: Wushu or Gushue.

The media relay

Some folks are looking askance at the announcement that 27 broadcasters from Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium have been tabbed as torchbearers on the Olympic torch relay team.

Those carrying the torch will include the likes of Brian Williams, Jennifer Hedger, Michael Landsberg and the CTV Toronto duo of Christine Bentley and Ken Shaw.

The CTV national news will air a daily "torch watch" and the Globe and Mail, the Official National Newspaper of the 2010 Olympics, will publish a torch relay section.

Some critics suggest that having "official" media and the Olympics in bed together on a mattress stuffed with money isn't the best thing optically.

Any thoughts of jealousy aside (no, I'm not), it wouldn't be the first time the torch relay was used to create a bit of propaganda. Recall that the dormant relay actually was revived at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, as Adolf Hitler tried to create a link between the mythic classical Greeks and his own Nazi machine.

Surely, the reviews of that torch relay were fabulous.

Ducks 'n' duds

Former Leafs no-so-great Justin Pogge has been recalled by the Anaheim Ducks to fill in for injured goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Imagine if Pogge stuck with the Ducks till next Monday when the Leafs — and former Duck boss and Pogge critic Brian Burke -- visit Anaheim.

it’d be a delightful matchup ... c'mon, Randy Carlyle, make it happen.

Ducks coach Carlyle, meantime, may have produced the most dubious injury report in sports history when asked about Giguere's ailment.

It's "a body injury," Carlyle said.

For the record, it's a strained groin.

Mullets optional

An announcement is expected today that Bon Jovi will play the opening concert at the new $1.6-billion home of the New York Jets and Giants.

What, this is going to be another 1980s-style stadium?

Tennessee tuxedo

Jeff Fisher, coach of the 0-6 Tennessee Titans, took a shortcut to becoming a winner on Tuesday.

Fisher wore an Indianapolis Colts jersey at a charity function, saying “I just want to feel like a winner.”

Yesterday, he said he was sorry, sort of.

“I really apologize if I offended anybody, but if you’re offended over the nature of that type of thing, then I think you need to rethink things.”

Like whether you really want to be Titans fan.

Say what?

"Penguins clinch playoff spot with eighth win."

— Headline on satirical website sportspickle.com

"He doesn’t take calls, he doesn't return calls, he doesn’t text."

-- Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron to the Buffalo News, explaining, in part, why he hasn't spoken to quarterback Trent Edwards since Sunday, when the quarterback suffered a concussion.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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