Belligerence beckons Leafs

GARY LOEWEN, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

We're still waiting for the Maple Leafs to break in their new slogan this season: Keep on Truculentin'.

Maybe tonight.

With enforcer Jay Rosehill called up to cover their backsides, the Maple Wallflowers are feeling challenged to demonstrate their pugnacity, belligerence, testosterone ... and blah, blah, blah.

With big bully Daniel Carcillo and the Philadelphia Flyers in town, the taunting and trash-talking is getting thick.

So, are we in for a frenzy of fisticuffs at the Air Canada Centre?

Or will it be all talk no action?

Get a pull cart

Tiger Woods is going to have to give back his Caddie.

No, not Steve Williams ... unfortunately. (He’s more of a Gremlin than a Caddie).

Instead, we’re talking about the Cadillac Escalade that Woods drove into the rough while trying to escape his wife, Elin Nordegren, in November.

General Motors is ending an arrangement with the golfer that allowed him free access to its vehicles.

Two questions:

a) Did Woods at least pay to repair the windows that were broken when Elin teed off?

b) We know he’s losing sponsors left and right, but could Tiger not afford his own car?

Drugs and drags

During a week when Mark McGwire divulged that he had used steroids during his baseball career, a junior football player with the Chateauguay Raiders was given a four-month sanction for apparently smoking marijuana.

McGwire claims he took steroids for medicinal purposes only, to help him recover from injuries, not to build forearms like Popeye.

Maybe the Raiders’ Alex Robichaud smoked pot for medicinal purposes, too.

Robichaud’s anti-doping violation stemmed from a urine sample that had “an adverse analytical finding for cannabis,” according to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.

The arbitrator in the case said he was satisfied that the athlete had no intention to enhance his performance.

Well, other than enhancing his pizza-inhaling performance.

Losing streak

You’ve heard of race-walking, how about rambling in the raw?

A British man has been arrested more than a dozen times for his frequent naked cross-country walks.

Stephen Gough, 50, has been put back into custody after walking naked from a Scottish prison where he had just served a 12-month sentence on a similar charge.

Gough this week was offered bail if he got dressed. He refused, suggesting he potentially could spend his life in jail for nudity.

Either that or eventually it’ll be “case clothes-ed.”

Trigger happy

So, at what venue did the Washington Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas reach a season high (28) for shot attempts?

“Well, duh,” says Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: It was at the Target Centre.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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