Broken Bowl one for books

TED WYMAN

, Last Updated: 1:14 PM ET

Before it becomes a distant memory, let it be said that Winnipeg and the Blue Bombers did a fine job of hosting the 2006 Grey Cup.

It was a first-class event which drew the kudos of visitors from across the nation.

The parties injected some much-needed life into downtown and the pre-game and halftime festivities -- everything from the Snowbirds flyover to Nelly's jiggle-fest -- were top notch.

The only downer was the game itself. As soon as the ball was kicked off it was like all the helium going out of the Goodyear blimp.

It wasn't a great match-up to begin with and the game was a complete snoozer which few people would remember if it hadn't been for a little-known offensive lineman named Kelly Bates.

The most interesting thing that happened at the game itself was the breaking of the Grey Cup. We've all seen players hoisting the Cup over their heads before -- many, many times, in fact -- but never two players at once, standing five feet apart.

That made the game unusual and memorable. Toronto has the Fog Bowl and the Mud Bowl and now we've got the Broken Bowl.

An unforgettable title and a great party to look back on.

ALL BROKEN UP: In terms of international perception, the Grey Cup coming apart was pretty hack. The CFL gets TV exposure south of the border once a year around Grey Cup time and when the hallowed trophy snaps during the celebrations, it really doesn't look so good ... Of course, the big break-up would have been a bigger deal if it had been the actual Grey Cup. Earl Grey's hallowed mug is safely tucked away in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. The one they used last Sunday to present to the B.C. Lions is apparently made from spare parts by some dude named Bob and kept in Tom Wright's basement.

CANADIAN CONTENT: This just in: Canadians are good at stuff. Justin Morneau's unlikely win in the voting for the MVP of baseball's American League has added to the mystique of Canucks in pro sports.

Morneau is the third reigning MVP of a North American pro sports league who happens to hail from Canada, joining the NBA's Steve Nash and NHL's Joe Thornton.

Really, what are the odds? In the NHL we can understand it, but in the NBA and Major League Baseball, Canadians represent about 2% of the workforce.

Morneau winning the MVP in baseball is akin to an American winning the MVP in the NHL and that's never happened, unless you count Brett Hull, who was born in Canada. Nash winning the NBA MVP is more like a Mexican winning the Hart Trophy.

The odds of three Canadian MVPs happening again? I'd take my chances with the lottery.

PAY-PER-VIEW? Having tubed its latest plan to air a hypothetical tell-all interview with O.J. Simpson because of public backlash, American broadcaster Fox is searching for a new tasteless idea for a November sweeps special. How about locking O.J. and Michael Richards in a room and seeing what happens? ... Moises Alou signed with the New York Mets -- who already have 48-year-old Julio Franco -- this week, most likely because it's the only place where a 40-year-old outfielder qualifies as one of the young guys ... The Score will use Manitoba Bisons coach Brian Dobie as a pre-game analyst today during the Vanier Cup broadcast. Currently the betting focuses on whether or not the affable but usually long-winded Dobie can wrap up his comments by halftime ... Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp says he has been poisoned on the road at least three times. This of course, is nothing in NFL terms, where Terrell Owens has him easily beaten -- he's poisoned every locker-room he's ever been in.

Ted Wyman is the Sun's sports editor.


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