Retire Iggy's jersey and Nieuwy better be beside him

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

If Jarome Iginla retired at season's end, would you vote to have his No. 12 jersey raised to the rafters?

If so, you'd also have to raise Joe Nieuwendyk's No. 25 as the former Flames captain has identical numbers to the current one, not to mention a Stanley Cup crown here.

But where do the Flames stop?

Surely Al MacInnis' No. 2 is next on the list of retired numbers, followed closely by all-time leading scorer Theo Fleury, who wore No. 14.

After that, the Flames won't need to honour anyone else in such fashion until Miikka Kiprusoff is four or five years removed from his career. That's only if he stays here at least three or four more years and continues to dominate.

As good as Hakan Loob, Kent Nilsson, Gary Suter, Gary Roberts, Doug Gilmour, Sergei Makarov and even Hall-of-Famer Joe Mullen were here, none are worthy of such consideration.

Now for more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a sports world wondering how on earth the New York Aces' upset the Seattle Naughty Dogs at the World Paintball Championships airing on TSN.

AROUND THE HORN:

Despite the fact Canadians earned MVP honours this year in the NBA (Steve Nash), NHL (Joe Thornton) and the American League (Justin Morneau), the winner of the Lou Marsh Award today for top Canadian athlete can be none other than Cindy Klassen. Not only did her five speed skating medals in Turin far exceed anything any Canadian Olympian has ever accomplished, each one made every one of us stand a little taller and feel a little prouder .... You don't have to be a boxing fan to get pumped up for the fight May 5 between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. That's because De La Hoya's trainer is Floyd Mayweather Sr., the estranged father of Golden Boy's opponent. "A disobedient son who has disrespected his father year after year will finally get his ass whipped," Mayweather Sr. told USA Today. "At the end of the day, my son will be saying, 'I wish I had my daddy in my corner.'"

PARTING SHOTS:

Just a theory on why the Flames were able to manhandle the Stanley Cup champs here last week: The day before the game, Justin Williams drew rave reviews from his teammates by supplying everyone in the 'Canes dressing room with hamburgers and poutine from Harveys after practice ... Monday Night Football's Tony Kornheiser after Joe Theismann trotted out another mind-numbing sports cliche about a running back "keeping his feet underneath him." "Where else would he keep them, Joe?" ... Not enough has been said about the gutless nature of Alex Ovechkin's blindsiding of Daniel Briere as the Sabres stud was caught off-guard while heading to the bench for a change. Had anyone other than Ovechkin administered the potentially crippling hit, a suspension would have been in order ... Speaking of cheap shots, go to thewizardofodds.blogspot.com and scroll down to see candidates for football's biggest cheap shot of 2006 ... The Flames had a perfect record last year when Shean Donovan (8-0-0), Chris Simon (7-0-0), Craig MacDonald (3-0-0) or Bryan Marchment (1-0-0) scored. Incidentally, all four are now gone ... A British darts player was suspended eight weeks after testing positive for marijuana and Macau's ping pong team was disqualified from the Asian Games after 'dangerous' levels of glue were found on the men's paddles. Yet, eight Cincinnati Bengals have been arrested this year for various indiscretions and they could be rewarded with a Super Bowl.


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