Blue have too many holes to fix

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:25 PM ET

Back from holidays and lots to rant about. So away we go ...

MISSING LINKS: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a lot like my golf game.

Whenever one thing starts going right, everything else goes wrong.

On the links, it's a case of making 10-foot putts and then having the next drive go 200 yards into the bush, or pitching it handsomely on the green only to putt like Alice.

The point is, there's always just enough wrong with my golf game to keep me from becoming a decent player.

Same goes for the Bombers. There are just too many things that can go wrong for the team to become a contender this season.

Every member of the organization has duffed at least one shot en route to the 1-6 mess the team is currently wallowing in.

It's so bad, that not even today's date with winless Hamilton is a gimme.

GREAT MISTAKE: It's gonna be Coyote ugly.

Wayne Gretzky has made very few bad decisions in his career, but coaching a lost cause certainly qualifies as one.

The Phoenix Coyotes are the very franchise that has not won a playoff round since 1987 and has won only two series since the days when Jimmy Mann policed the 'Peg.

The Great One could prove to be a marvelous coach and mentor, but it more likely will tarnish his impeccable status in the game when he fails to succeed for the first time.

Gretzky is the greatest ambassador for the game and hockey would be better served with him continuing in that capacity, perhaps even as commissioner of the new, improved NHL.

Instead he's becoming a pawn of the NHL and the Coyotes, stepping behind the bench to help sell a struggling team and sport in the U.S.

You can't argue with his claim that he has a burning desire to make hockey a part of his every-day life once again.

You just wish it didn't seem so much like a promotional cash grab.

DOWN WITH THE SHIP: Saw a boat in the Gimli Harbour the other day called the Miss Blue Bomber. Pretty sure I could just barely see the heads of Jim Daley and Brendan Taman as the ship was going under ... How embarrassing is it going to be for the Bombers when they actually have to nominate Jon Ryan as their most outstanding player ... It says here Russ Michna should start a game for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers soon, even when Kevin Glenn is healthy. You never know when you are going to find a gem in a backup quarterback and if you don't believe me, look at the careers of Jeff Garcia, Dave Dickenson, Ricky Ray, Danny McManus, Khari Jones and Anthony Calvillo ... Daley obviously still believes in the much-maligned Tee Martin. Then again, some people believe that Rafael Palmeiro tested positive for second-hand stanazolol ... The province has issued a health alert about West Nile Virus, but we're pretty sure departing Bombers receiver Kamau Peterson doesn't have to worry. He never caught anything while he was here ... The Toronto Maple Leafs have Jason Allison and Eric Lindros. Who's next on their must-sign list? Steve Moore? ... Dolphins running back Ricky Williams is looking awfully thin these days. Must be what happens when you cut out weed and the accompanying Twinkies ... Thanks to an independent arbitrator, Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers was suspended for essentially two starts for assaulting a cameraman. What an absolute sham. Apparently under new rules, the next player who beats up on a member of the media will get one game and be ordered to watch the movie Anger Management six times.

POOR BERT: To hear the Vancouver fans tell it, you would think Todd Bertuzzi was a helpless victim.

"He's suffered enough," one fan told the Vancouver Sun, after Bertuzzi was reinstated by the NHL after serving only a 20-game suspension for breaking the neck of Colorado's Steve Moore in an unprovoked attack from behind.

"It makes me sick (Bertuzzi) had to stand up in front of the public and cry for that," added another fan. "He took the fall for it."

Huh? Bertuzzi's actions were criminal and were an ultimate black mark on the game of hockey.

Twenty games and $500,000 in lost salary is barely a punishment. He should have received at least 10 more games to start this season and Vancouver fans should be very thankful that he got off easy.


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