Cowboys, Jets create nice diversion

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

Pigskins are in, pucks are out for the Maple Leafs.

After completing their scheduled practice in the Dallas area today, the team will congregate in a swank private box at Texas Stadium for this afternoon's Thanksgiving Day NFL tilt between the host Cowboys and the New York Jets.

As one of the lone Jets fans on the team, defenceman Bryan McCabe will be creeping into hostile territory, one patrolled by the likes of 'Boys backers John Pohl and Andrew Raycroft.

"Caber is going to be among enemies," Pohl said jokingly.

"I like the Cowboys. Besides, Tony Romo is my fantasy quarterback."

Said Raycroft: "It's going to be awesome. I'm pumped. I'm for the Cowboys and am looking forward to seeing them beat down on the Jets."

For Darcy Tucker, it will be an opportunity to assume the role of fan for a change.

"Maybe we can yell and scream at guys on the field instead of the other way around," Tucker said, a clear reference to the boos the Leafs have absorbed on home ice this season.

The always wry Wade Belak wishes he was sitting in the stands instead of the suite "so I can throw stuff at those hooligans."

As for Sunday's Grey Cup, Belak, a good old Saskatchewan boy, has placed a friendly wager with teammate Alex Steen, who grew up in Winnipeg.

"He has to wash my car naked," Belak said, attempting to keep a straight face.

Let's hope he's joking. There have been enough jokes about nude Leafs making the rounds in the past couple of weeks.

Belak predicted a 20-17 victory for the Saskatchewan Roughriders over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, a prognostication Ian White hopes will be far off the mark.

White, a native of Steinbach, Man., is supporting the Bombers and is planning to go to the game at Rogers Centre Sunday.

"Our flight back (from Phoenix) leaves at 8 a.m., so we should be back in time," White said.


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