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VOTE FOR RORY
Don't know who came up with it or who is sustaining it but love the story of the write-in campaign to get spare part defenceman Rory Fitzpatrick voted to play in the NHL all-star game. It isn't often a sport, or those who play it, get a chance to poke a little self-deprecating fun at itself. Here's hoping the NHL has a sense of humour about this.
It's never a blessing to have your best player injured, but the longer Chris Bosh is out of the Raptors lineup, the better it may be long-term for the team. The reason? With Bosh absent, first pick Andrea Bargnani gets more quality minutes, more chances to develop his game. The sooner Bargnani develops into a star, the better it will be for Toronto basketball.
All Mike Kitchen did was his job. He coached before the lockout, not sure if he had a job afterward. He coached last season in St. Louis, a team with no talent. He coached this season when the best acquisitions were likely candidates to smash a dorm room. He had no chance of success. A good man like Kitchen deserved a better opportunity.