Hall of Famer holds on to his cap

GARY LOEWEN

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

Andre Dawson wants to go into the Baseball Hall of Fame wearing a Chicago Cubs cap, rumour has it.

Dawson spent more than a decade in Montreal and only six seasons at Wrigley Field, so some Canadian baseball fans are sensing a snub.

In Dawson’s defence, he is American and the Cubs are a famous franchise. Plus he doesn’t really want to have to explain to his grandchildren what an “Expo” is.

I say forget the cap, he should go into the Hall wearing a knee brace.

Tiger’s women

Comedian George Lopez, in announcing the nominees for favourite actress at the People’s Choice Awards this week, said: “I have the honour of naming the five white women in America that Tiger Woods has not slept with.”

Winner Sandra Bullock, in her acceptance speech, said jokingly: “It’s only four women up here who have not slept with Tiger Woods.”

Crash for clunkers

So, you’re a gear-head who wasn’t quite ready for the prime-time ChampCar series.

How about the ChumpCar World Series instead?

The racing series is looking for grassroots teams with $500 cars — Bondo and duct tape optional.

The series is set to open this weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

The 22 scheduled stops include one in Canada, at Shannonville on May 22-23.

“So,” we’re asked on the racing series website, “do you think you’ve got what it takes, chump?”

Sure ... have Chevy Celebrity, will travel.

Concert listing

Given the success of Van Morrison’s throwback Astral Weeks tour, Bob Dylan is planning to go on the road playing only songs off his Blonde on Blonde album. Joining him on stage: Tiger Woods.

Ballot stiffing

Tracy McGrady, who has played all of six games this season, is running second in NBA all-star balloting at guard, just ahead of Steve Nash.

Hmm, have the voters for the Baseball Hall of Fame now turned their attention to the NBA?

Trash talk

The NHL has sent out a memo asking team personnel to curb their use of profane language when talking to the media, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

This would be a blow to Maple Leafs beat reporters, as coach Ron Wilson’s rants are often more entertaining than the team.

For Wilson, it is no longer acceptable to say he is “p----- off” by the Maple Leafs’ effort.

Recommended instead:

a) Golly, gee willikers, we looked flat out there.”

b) Gosh darn, Phil Kessel’s play makes me feel so unpleasant.”

By the end of next week, it’s anticipated that all coaches will sound like young Howie Meekers.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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