Sour Grapes? -- Cherry also 'arrogant'

GARY LOEWEN

, Last Updated: 3:35 AM ET

Hockey broadcaster Don Cherry isn't enthralled with the way Ron Wilson is coaching the Maple Leafs.

Wilson can be caustic, and isn't shy about publicly criticizing his players.

Cherry, speaking on The Fan 590, called Wilson "arrogant." Coincidentally, that's a word that has been applied to Hockey Night in Canada's Upholstered One more than once.

Plenty of sports figures get called arrogant, fairly or not. In some cases, they may just be self-confident. Or sullen.

Here is a random list of a dozen such people who have been called arrogant, and the number of times their name and that word appeared in a Google search:

- Manny Ramirez, 86,200

- Tiger Woods, 57,200

- Barry Bonds, 46,300

- Roger Clemens, 23,000

- Terrell Owens, 14,700

- Jeff Gordon, 12,800

- Bill Belichick, 11,800

- Curt Schilling, 11,400

- Don Cherry, 8,760

- Phil Mickelson, 4,490

- Ron Wilson, 1,430

- Greg Millen, 157

YANKEE DOLLARS

There is one advantage to the New York Yankees missing the playoffs for the first time since 1994 -- they can get a head start on scheduling their annual foolhardy spending spree.

Forget the global financial crisis, these are the Yankees and they are going to spend, spend, spend their way through it.

The Yankees had the highest payroll in Major League Baseball this season at about $209 million US. This summer, they'll have some spare cash to blow on free agents because Jason Giambi ($23.4 million in 2008), Bobby Abreu ($16 million), Mike Mussina ($11 million) and Carl Pavano ($11 million), among others, aren't expected back in 2009.

The Yankees are thought to be interested in signing two free-agent pitchers from a group of CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Ben Sheets, while bringing back Andy Pettitte. That should cost them about $60 million.

They also like first baseman Mark Teixeira -- ka-ching, that's $20 million.

Manny Ramirez has indicated he wants to play for the Yankees but has said he will go to the highest bidder. That's usually one and the same.

A couple of concerns: The Yankees don't need another mid-30s guy; and can you imagine Man-Ram, A-Rod and Mad-Cicc (another free agent, better known as Madonna) in the same area code?

One other note: Alex Rodriguez could become the majors' first 30-30-30 player. Thirty homers, 30 stolen bases and $30 million.

RINK RAT

Zamboni Palin has a bit of a ring -- or rink -- to it, don't you think?

U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin -- who has been dropping pucks at ceremonial faceoffs as quickly as the Republican ticket of John McCain and Palin has been dropping in the polls -- says that if she were to have another son, she'd like to name him Zamboni.

Palin already has five children -- Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig.

"I always wanted a son named Zamboni," Palin told People magazine, while ignoring perfectly good names such as Dweezil and Moon Unit.

Either Palin is overplaying this hockey-mom bit, or she isn't skating on a clean sheet. She's no J. Danforth Quayle.


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