December 4, 2009
Leafs work on Elvis impersonation
By GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA
Good seats are still available for the Maple Leafs skills competition on Sunday — in the stands and, frankly, on the bench, too.
The Leafs will be competing in the usual events: Fastest skater, hardest shot, greatest truculence ... that sort of thing.
In addition to individual glories, there is a team competition — Blue versus White — with the winning side receiving the annual trophy — a bust of Elvis.
Just wondering: Considering we’re talking about the Leafs and the King, would a Blue Christmas be a good thing or bad thing?
Jiri is out
Maple Leafs farmhand Jiri Tlusty has been traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. This is good news on two fronts for the 21-year-old winger:
a) He’ll have a better shot at playing in the NHL this season;
b) He’s moving to a warmer place where winter clothing is optional.
Eagles and bogeys
Wildlife officials in Florida say a female bald eagle has attacked another female eagle in an apparent attempt to steal the bird’s mate and home.
The way things are going in Florida, you half-expect one of those birds to be named Elin.
Help for Isles
The New Islanders playoff hopes are on the verge of getting a boost.
Rick DiPietro, who has been sidelined for almost a year after knee surgery, is slated to start in goal tomorrow for the Islanders farm team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
He practised with the AHL team yesterday and if all goes, ah, soundly, he could be back in the NHL soon.
An aside: The nickname Sound Tiger is a reference to the Long Island Sound, which separate the Islanders’ home base from Bridgeport, Conn.
There isn’t actually a beast called a Sound Tiger but at least it helps distinguish from, say, an unsound Tiger.
As the Tiger turns
Now it’s suddenly so much clearer why Tiger Woods always has been so keen on privacy. And we’re not talking about his boat, which happens to be named Privacy.
Rachel Uchitel, alleged mistress No. 1, cancelled her scheduled press conference yesterday. Apparently, she was set to confess to the fling — a real Uchitel-all.
Wonder who, what or how much, convinced her not to talk?
Woods has agreed to pay his wife “a hefty seven-figure amount” immediately if she doesn’t walk out on their marriage, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Their pre-nuptial agreement also is being reworked.
The fire hydrant that Woods rammed with his Escalade has been replaced. Woods will be billed $600.
“You can get knee replacement surgery, you can have rotator cuff surgeries, but you can’t get a new brain.”
— Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, on the wisdom of sitting out last Sunday, having suffered his fourth concussion in four years.