J.R. shot can't be recanted

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:26 AM ET

Jeremy Roenick would have us believe he got a bum rap after his profanity-laced tirade was aired on sports networks across North America.

J.R. claims his words were taken out of context because media outlets didn't show the entire interview and only focused on the negative things he said.

We've got news for our American friend. Once you've told the fans to kiss your a--, it really doesn't matter what else you say.

Just one more great ambassador for a disgraced profession.

BAD SIGN: The Canadian Curling Association got all kinds of bad press because of their embarrassing TV deal with CBC last winter and the last thing it needed was more negative publicity in the off-season.

So what do the deep thinkers at the CCA do? Hand down a $300 fine to an icon of Canadian curling for committing the heinous offence of spending too long signing autographs at the Scott Tournament of Hearts in St. John's, Nfld.

Say what you will about Colleen Jones, but there is no more accommodating women's curler in this country with the fans and the media, and she doesn't deserve to be punished for it.

It boggles the mind that the CCA would bring all this fallout on itself over a matter of $300.

In fact, we'd suggest it's the most outrageous thing to happen in curling since Joe Frans claimed he tested positive for second-hand coke.

BUTT KICKING: Saw a funny picture in The Sun last week of Serena Williams taking a shot with her skirt flying high and her undergarments exposed. Just wondering why she had her name written on there? So her opponents could see whose butt they were kicking? ... Memo to Chris Walby: After all these years at CBC, isn't it about time you stopped referring to the media as "they." You've been one of us for a long time ... Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers broke a bone in his hand recently after punching the water dispenser in the dugout. Guess you could say a cooler head prevailed ... Not to be outdone, Oliver Perez of the Pittsburgh Pirates took out his frustrations on a laundry cart and broke his toe. Haven't these people learned anything from watching Lou Piniella all these years? For the love of Pete Rose, people, when you're angry, throw something ... Rogers apparently took that advice a couple days later, trying to toss first a TV camera and then a cameraman. For his next trick, The Gambler will throw something even more valuable -- his career, as in away.

BOOTS ARE MADE FOR BLOCKING: Pitcher Kyle Denney was shot in the leg last year but was largely uninjured because he was wearing cheerleader boots as a result of a rookie initiation. Last weekend while pitching at AAA Buffalo, he got hit in the head with a line drive and spent three days in hospital, claiming that the liner hurt more than the bullet. Any way to modify those cheerleader boots into a helmet? ... Next time you see one of those scuzzy-looking guys holding up tickets and saying "psst, buddy, I got a deal for ya" outside a football game, say hello to Mike Tice for me ... Last week we suggested the Winnipeg Blue Bombers would surely exceed low expectations this season. Here's hoping lot's of people were expecting a one-win season ... Women can now earn beads and possibly $1,000 for flashing their boobs at Ottawa Renegades games. The other way to win, sources say, is to put your hands in Lonie Glieberman's pockets.


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