Whoever the people are who are trying to revive the new WHA, they should listen to Sidney Crosby. The 17-year-old multi-millionaire, who just signed a lucrative endorsement deal with Reebok, is begging the WHA to get going.
He wants to play pro next year. He doesn't want to be an NHL replacement player. He'll go to Europe, if he has to.
He admits the WHA is an option.
Get it going, boys. You've already wasted the perfect opportunity with the lockout this year, and now the most coveted player in hockey wants to play in your league.
Cobble together a few bucks and buy him, like the old WHA owners bought Bobby Hull.
Our guess is, that would get your league off the ground and end the NHL lockout pretty quick.
TRASH TALK: The news item this week was that NHL labour talks are back on. In other news, everyone is invited to my house to watch the paint dry in my kitchen ... People in Toronto are worried about the Sports Illustrated cover curse after members of the Blue Jays appeared on the front of the magazine's most recent issue. We're concerned too. The curse may cause the Jays to finish fifth in the AL East this season instead of fourth.
HE'S GAY, NOT GAY: Did you know that when a professor from Louisiana State University wanted to buy a jersey of one of her former students who now plays in the NFL, she was turned down because the name on the back was a banned word? The player, from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, was defensive back Randall Gay. The NFL has since removed its head from the sand and removed the word 'gay' from a list of 1,159 banned words ... A number of Canadian women's hockey players, including star Cassie Campbell, were reported this week to be boycotting the national championship because it's too much like "a beer-drinking party." To which most male hockey players in the country have responded: "Hey their game is just like ours." ... Next item up for bid on EBay: the leftovers from Diego Maradona's tummy tuck ... Judging by the Cardinals high-profile signings of Emmitt Smith and more recently Kurt Warner, we have come to the conclusion that Arizona is indeed a fine retirement community ... What's the world coming to? These were actual signs held up by high school girls at the recent Winnipeg High School Hockey League division championships at MTS Centre. "If you score, you'll score," and "We love Porno." Their parents must be so proud ... What's the world coming to, part II: The stepfather of a Montreal bantam hockey player dies of a heart attack after his son was spit on by opposing parents. And the game continues on? Did the opposing parents continue harassing the player or was he allowed to at least finish the game in peace?
BIG HEAD BARRY: While discussing steroids recently, Barry Bonds said he has suffered no gigantism (a possible side effect of performance enhancers) and his head is exactly the same size it was when he first started in pro ball. Not sure about the whole hat size thing, but if he's talking about his massive ego, we believe him 100% ... Serena Williams recently quit the semifinal of a tournament because she claimed the tennis balls they were using aggravated her shoulder injury. Come on, everyone knows the only time the ball is at fault for someone losing is when I'm playing golf ... Once a highly touted pitcher who became more wild than Courtney Love on a talk show, lefty Rick Ankiel has given up trying to make the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff and will now try to become an outfielder (do you suppose he'll beat out Larry Walker?). Does anyone else see a potential future Goldeye here? ... OK, I promised myself I wouldn't write about curling this week, but this is a tidbit that has to be shared. The shot Jennifer Jones made to win the Canadian championship has been marvelled at by people across the country, including the likes of Wayne Gretzky. But did you know it even made news south of the border? Jones was interviewed on National Public Radio in the U.S. last week. Next stop ESPN, baby.