Finally, a win for Toronto. With the city’s half-dozen professional sports teams in a wee bit of a slump, T.O. clearly has earned the title of Loserville, Canada.
But is Toronto in contention to be Loserville, North America?
The folks at the Washington Post suggest that their city would put up stiff competition.
“As sports towns go, Washington has become Loserville, U.S.A.,” Paul Farhi writes.
“None of Washington’s franchises in the three most popular team sports — football, baseball and basketball — leads in anything except futility.”
True, the Redskins are bad, the Nationals are worse and the Wizards are somewhere in between.
Hey, but sports fans in D.C. can plug into the Capitals!
“Yes, there’s hockey,” Farhi writes. But the Caps haven’t made much noise in the playoffs for more than a decade.
One sore point in Washington: The owner of the biggest team in town, the wildly popular and profitable Redskins, is blamed for being interested mainly in making money — that the team is run as a business more so than a passion.
Hmm, sounds familiar.
The Maple Leafs are doing their best to deflate the assumption that Phil Kessel will make an immediate impact on the team upon recovering from shoulder woes.
Then there are the negative nabobs who say Kessel can’t come close to matching the offence he generated with the Boston Bruins because he doesn’t have Marc Savard to set him up.
Then there’s Doug MacLean’s positive take.
“Savard, on 36 goals by Phil Kessel last year, was responsible for six of them,” MacLean said on The Fan 590 yesterday.
“He was involved in six of Kessel’s goals, only.”
MacLean didn’t explain his research.
For the record, Savard drew assists on 22 of Kessel’s goals last season, according to the Boston Bruins.
An ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday featured a T-shirt with the Phillies logo and the phrase “Back to Back World Series Champions.”
Yes, those same Phillies who were down three games to one to the New York Yankees at the time.
Either somebody made a big mistake or Kreskin is working for the Inquirer.
One positive development with the Buffalo Bills getting pummelled Sunday by the Houston Texans, was that there was less tomfoolery at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Just 14 arrests were made around the stadium, about half the usual number for a Sunday home game, the Buffalo News reports.
Half of the 14 arrested were Canadians, including three gents who “borrowed” a golf court to drive through the parking lot before the game.
That was a clear case of “don’t think, and drive.”