Allen deserves MVP honours

JIM HUNT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

Some Tuesday morning musings on some of the things that amuse, confuse and even amaze a fellow in the wonderful world of fun and games.

DAMON'S YEAR

Damon Allen, despite his accomplishments in the CFL, has never won the award as the league's outstanding player. This is the year he could and should win it.

That was a masterful performance over the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday as Allen out duelled Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo. The win was a big one for the Argos, who have just about earned home-field advantage in the playoffs. A home playoff game does not only come with its competitive advantages but also financial as a home game is sure to sell out.

CANADIANS LOVE IT

There's not much doubt that Canadian hockey fans are in favour of the new-look NHL. The only ones who seem to complain are the coaches.

The Leafs' Pat Quinn is not in favour of the changes but will have to live with them. Last I heard the NHL's new look was not meant to please the coaches but the people who pay their salaries. But while hockey has returned in Canada the same cannot be said for the U.S. Boston, which used to be a hockey hotbed, can no longer sell out its games.

RAPTORS LEFT OUT

In its basketball issue Sports Illustrated has the Raptors in second-last place in the Eastern Conference. SI, though, did have a few good words for rookie Charlie Villanueva.

Villanueva and the Raptors both were ripped by analysts when Toronto picked him at last summer's draft. Villanueva has played well in the pre-season and brings rebounding ability to a team that lacked boards last season.

For Rob Babcock to have any hope of keeping his job he better hope that Villanueva and fellow rookie Joey Graham come through in a big way. Veterans Jalen Rose and Morris Peterson also will have to step up if the Raptors are to have any hope.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The World Series does not have the glamour teams -- New York, Boston and even Atlanta -- that it had in prior years. But by the looks of it, the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros will continue to provide exciting games ... It no longer is news when Tiger Woods wins. But it is news when he misses the cut as he did this past weekend in Orlando. I expect that Tiger has grown tired of the PGA Tour so late in the season. The money the tour provides no longer is an issue for Woods, who only is interested in winning majors.


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