Damon in the Hall of Fame?

BILL LANKHOF -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

Damon Allen in the pro football hall of fame?

That's just silly talk!

Three things have to happen first: He has to pass Warren Moon's career pro record of 70,533 yards, not to mention the CFL has to become part of the NFL and Canada has to become America's 51st state.

Other than that, he's good as in.

WALL FLOWER COUNTRY?

Chris Bosh, of the Raptors, is "frustrated" at his lack of playing time with Team USA at the world championships.

Welcome to Canada, Chris.

Now you know how we feel about every world championship that isn't decided with a hockey stick or curling broom.

VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS

Sebastian Bourdais and Alex Tagliani have called for Paul Tracy to be booed at the Champ Car race in Montreal.

Tracy implied they were French 'fraidy-cats.

Not sure how this plays out, but we'll let you know as soon as we find the province's Champ Car series fan so we can get his opinion.

POP QUIZ

The Detroit Tigers are assured of finishing at least .500 for the first time since 1993.

What team has the longest sub-.500 streak?

FINALLY, JUST LIKE TED

Former Blue Jays outfielder Jesse Barfield is recovering from head injuries after he was pushed down a stairway following an argument with his youngest son, Jeremy, at the Houston family home.

Jeremy, a ninth-round draft pick of the New York Mets in June, was arrested and could be charged with a misdemeanor.

Josh Barfield, Jesse's oldest son and a second baseman with the San Diego Padres, said:

"It has been tough ... but it felt good talking to my dad last night. He was back to being dad and coach."

When he played with Toronto, Barfield built a 21-foot-long floor-to-ceiling trophy case in his house displaying his Gold Gloves, a bat stand holding his Silver Slugger, the bat he used to hit his 40th homer, his all-star bat, as well as Willie Mays and Dick Allen bats.

"But," he said, "there's room for more."

A couple more trips down the stairway and the next thing on exhibit could be Jesse himself.

Freeze dried.

Finally, every hitter's dream -- to be just like Ted Williams himself.

GAVEL GAZING

Reports from New Jersey say Vince Carter and his wife, Ellen Rucker, have initiated divorce proceedings.

So far there's no confirmation, but it does fit with the scouting report on Carter:

"Always could score, but weak defensively and prone to getting caught with pants down."

Details later.

BITS 'N' PIECES

Did you see that Little Leaguer from Saudi Arabia: 6-foot-8 and 260 lbs? Says Toronto comedian Frenchie McFarlane: "You've got to wonder what his parents feed him. Other, that is, than the furniture." ... Quiz answer: The Pittsburgh Pirates, whose last winning season came in 1992 ... The 10-team Rogers junior national baseball championships continue today in Guelph at Pearson Fields. At 11:30 am, British Columbia meets Ontario, represented by St. Thomas. The Ontario team plays New Brunswick at 5:30 p.m. The gold medal game is set for Sunday at 8 p.m. ... The Yankees, with a $195-million US payroll and a pending $1.2 billion stadium, are nonetheless a money-losing operation, general manager Brian Cashman says. So it's true what they say about a fool and his money ... Pitching for Long Beach of the Golden Baseball League, Jose Canseco debuted by hitting four batters and walking five in 41/3 innings. Said Canseco: "Overall it felt pretty good. I'd love to throw a shutout or no-hitter or whatever." Right. Meantime, I'd love to discover the cure for cancer. But we all know that's not happening either.

WORDSMITHS INC.

Dwight Perry, Seattle Times: "You can purchase a sofa from NFLshop.com in the official colours of your favourite NFL team, complete with logo. The Houston Texans model, no doubt, goes well in any basement."

SMART 'N' SASSY

One female fan sent Andy Roddick her underwear.

Said Roddick: "My new address isn't listed, so my parents get a lot of my mail. My mom will open some of it and read it and say, 'Not with my son, you won't.' "


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