Leafs' sked looks loaded

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

The debate continues: Are the Maple Leafs a Saturday night institution?

Or should those of us who watch them faithfully on Hockey Night in Canada be institutionalized?

While CBC is threatening to reconsider televising the faltering Leafs nationally most Saturdays, the schedule tilts in Toronto’s favour.

It would be problematic to bounce the Leafs from the national telecast over the next dozen Saturday nights given they meet a string of popular opponents: They’re up twice against Montreal, Washington, Boston and Calgary, as well as facing Detroit, Pittsburgh and Vancouver (tonight).

The Saturday night matchups for the Canadiens and Senators aren’t nearly as compelling. Coincidence?

Opposing viewpoints from readers:

George Burdick: CBC is a taxpayer-funded broadcaster and the fans of Ottawa and Montreal have as much right to see their team playing teams beside the Leafs on the CBC as anyone else. I tune out the Leafs games and watch anything else: Baseball, NASCAR or soccer.

Rui Borges: It’s a joke, right? The little joy that we get on Saturday nights and now someone wants to add more misery. For what, Anaheim Night in Canada?

Well, if that were the case, we could call it Hockey Not in Canada.

Angels and anglers

Some surprising news: Jose Cervera, 29, who took a dip in the rocky waterfall beyond the outfield during the Yankees-Angels ALCS game on Thursday night, apparently was sober.

He will face charges of trespassing but not public drunkenness, Anaheim police said, adding that he didn’t pose a danger to himself or others.

That information came as a blow to wiseguys who were ready to nickname him Jose Cerveza, or Jose Cuervo.

Said an online jester: Maybe he was just trying to catch a Kevin Bass or a Steve Trout.

Added another: How dare you omit Tim Salmon?

Well, maybe he was fishing, but I didn’t see him carrying A-Rod.

Sorry story

An item here yesterday quoted forward Jamal Mayers referring to the Maple Leafs as a “storied franchise.”

They were a storied franchise ... decades ago.

Notes reader Larry Millson: “Jamal Mayers was misquoted: What he really said after going through the Toronto-based dailies is that the Leafs are an “over-storied franchise.”

Reefer Ross

Ross Rebagliati, who won a gold medal in snowboarding at the 1988 Olympics, is getting into politics.

Rebagliati is aiming to win the federal Liberal nomination in a B.C. riding.

What the heck has he been smoking?

And, no, that news didn't waft in second-hand.

Pet peeve

During Sunday Night Football games, do we really need the SNF promo running across the screen every few moments, reader Frank Yorke asks?

“Does anyone else get annoyed by this? We know we’re watching football and we know it’s Sunday night. It’s overkill.”

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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