December 17, 2009
Burke's rings of fireLeafs coach: Too many wings
By GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA
So, general manager Brian Burke is going to carry the Olympic torch on Saturday in Toronto.
Fine, go ahead.
It’ll be an easier task than lighting a fire under his U.S. hockey team at the Vancouver Games.
Y’know, really, the Americans are just playing for the silver.
A jolly bedfellow
Tiger Woods has been named athlete of the decade by the Associated Press.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking: Golfers are not athletes, so should not be eligible for this prize.
But it’s not just his skill on the golf course that earned Woods the award, it’s the way he has honed his craft as a champion bed racer.
Balking at Buffalo
Tomorrow night, the Maple Leafs play in Buffalo — apparently not one of coach Ron Wilson’s favourite destinations.
But perhaps the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce and Sabres fans will roll out of the red carpet in the wake of Wilson’s comments to the Sun’s Terry Koshan last weekend.
“Buffalo can be a little depressing,” Wilson said, pointing out that the Leafs prefer to travel there on the day of the game, rather than the night before.
“You can only eat so many chicken wings.”
Hate to see the coach land in the hot sauce.
The Leafs seem to be getting wiser and, inevitably, older. Jeff Finger tomorrow becomes the Leafs’ seventh 30-something, two weeks after Niklas Hagman hit 30.
Finger was coy when the Sun’s Lance Hornby asked him about hitting the three-decade milestone.
“I don’t know if you’d call ‘22’ significant,” the defenceman said.
Heading to the World Cup in South Africa next year?
You might want to pack a tent.
An outfit in Durban (cheapdurban2010.com) is offering camp sites, at about $35 a night, on several school campuses. There are bathrooms, beer rooms, running water and big-screen TVs showing the games. So we’re told.
The campgrounds are seven kilometres from the stadium where seven World Cup games will be played.
They’re also close to sandy beaches ... y’know, for those soccer fans who appreciate diving.
Thomas Greilinger, a 28-year-old left winger, is the leading scorer in the German elite hockey league with 42 points in 28 games, Bill Meltzer of nhl.com reports.
A couple of years ago, the five-foot-10 Greilinger was out of shape and out of hockey, his weight ballooning to 286 pounds.
Now, 71 pounds lighter, and a candidate for the Olympic team, Greilinger has turned his life around faster than you can say Valerie Bertinelli.
“I’ve seen him go from a raw, very athletic, likable 18-year-old to a guy that’s played and had a great career,” Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said about the team’s new free-agent acquisition, Mike Cameron.
So, he’s no longer raw or 18 years old ... but does it also mean he is no longer very athletic or likable?