Here's the good news and the sad

GARY LOEWEN

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

This is one of those times when a guy doesn't know whether to laugh or cry.

The old good news, sad news has come at us in waves -- one moment as buoyant as Brian Burke's bank account, the next like a ragged pair of high school gym shorts at a Lululemon convention.

Sad news

Defenceman Luke Richardson has been placed on waivers by the Ottawa Senators. My, how those two decades have flown by.

Richardson was the Maple Leafs' key Luke -- a first-round pick in 1987 -- before this year's first-rounder, Luke Schenn, was even born.

GOOD NEWS

The Cleveland Cavaliers are on a nice 12-3 run, lending hope that if the team continues to show promise LeBron James will be tempted to stay in the small-market city when he becomes a free agent in 2010.

We don't need him going to the New York Snickerbockers ... hopefully the organization will do all it can, including, if need be, renaming the team the Cleveland LeBrons.

SAD NEWS

The Pistons' newly acquired Allen Iverson talked to reporters in Detroit the other day about the importance of practices in building team chemistry.

"The most important thing is getting more practice time," he said.

Well, Iverson didn't show up at practice on U.S. Thanksgiving. He will be fined and, perhaps, benched.

Apparently, Iverson isn't good at chemistry.

Or will he blame geography? "Gee, coach, I'm still new to Detroit and my GPS wasn't working and I couldn't find the practice gym."

GOOD NEWS

The modern pentathlon is being reduced to four events ... which hardly makes it a pentathlon but try telling them that, they're keeping the name, so there.

They're also keeping three events: Fencing, swimming and horse jumping.

The other two events, running and shooting, are being combined.

And you wondered what had happened to football's old run-and-shoot offence.

This change is good because it will speed the event up. If you're running behind and want to move up a couple notches, well, heck, you have a pistol in your hand.

It might have been more fun to combine horse jumping and pistol shooting ... give it more of a Wild West flavour.

SAD NEWS

I hate the Detroit Lions.

Actually I love 'em ... but I really hate them during some decades. I yearn for the glory days of the Wayne Fontes era, when a 7-9 finish was something to be proud of.

The Lions never have been on coast-to-coast TV much, so when U.S. Thanksgiving rolled around, that was our day.

As Lions fans, it was our annual Super Bowl. Remember Barry Sanders scoring twice in a 40-27 romp against Denver in 1990? Now that was something. You can keep your Super Bowls.

Most fans aren't old enough to remember when the Lions were actually consistently good. Or they won't admit they're that old.

This season the Lions are 0-12, coming off a 47-10 loss to Tennessee, their worst loss in Turkey Day history.

They're just gobble awful.

GOOD NEWS

Shaquille O'Neal was asked how he would react if he gets a cool reception upon his return to Miami in the new year.

"Boo me," the Phoenix Suns' Big Saguaro said. "You can't hurt my feelings because my feelings don't get hurt. Because I don't have any feelings. I'm a Martian."

Beam me up, Bill Lee.


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