They're Wilson's Leafs, not Cherry's

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GARY LOEWEN

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

Sock 'em, shock 'em jock Don Cherry's persistent pot-shots at Ron Wilson earn an A for entertainment value.

But let's hope his remarks on Coach's Corner are tongue in cheek.

Maple Leafs coach Wilson -- that's Napoleon to Cherry -- has been ripped for being too harsh with his players, such as benching Tomas Kaberle for a period or for making the Leafs practise at 8 a.m. after a game the night before in Phoenix.

Would Cherry prefer the Leafs players be coddled?

Certainly the Canadian soldiers whom Cherry regularly embraces would love to face the working conditions and hours that the Maple Leafs must endure.

AVERY'S SLAUGHTERHOUSE

Here's a potential team for Sean Avery: The Iowa Chops of the AHL.

Avery is serving a six-game NHL suspension for a foul comment about his former girlfriends.

Seeing as the Dallas Stars forward seemingly treats his women like meat, and the Chops cheerleaders are known as the Baby Backs.

T.O. IS P.O.'D AGAIN

It's not like Terrell Owens to have problems with his quarterback (hello Jeff Garcia and Donovan McNabb) but, according to espn.com, the Dallas Cowboys receiver is resentful of the buddy-buddy relationship between Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten.

Witten has 64 catches this season, Owens 55. T.O. can't fathom how he should have to take a back seat to another receiver, let alone a tight end.

Not only does he have issues with current Cowboys but ex-Cowboys drive Owens nuts, too.

Still with espn.com, Owens took shots at former Cowboys receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who is "jealous" of Owens because "he's in the booth because of me."

Owens suggested that ESPN commentators Johnson and Emmitt Smith launch a show called Dumb and Dumber.

A thought: Throw Owens into the mix, too, and call it Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest.

PALIN RINK PALS

If you're not a hockey parent, you probably know someone who is permanently be-tuqued and dressed in a hockey jacket and who has a hand permanently formed into a C-shape from years of gripping a takeout coffee cup.

The following, submitted by a reader, suggests you a serious hockey parent when:

1) You base the next purchase of your vehicle on whether it will hold six kids, six sticks, and six hockey bags.

2) You know the location of every Tim Horton's within a 600-kilometre radius.

3) You know every kid on every team your child has ever played on ... but don't have a clue who his school mates are.

4) Your spouse waits until you decide where to sit and then chooses a spot on the opposite side of arena.

5) You ground your kids for a week (except for hockey practice).

6) You can rationalize spending $159 on a stick for a nine-year-old but won't spend $5 on a birthday card for the wife.

7) When someone asks how old your children are you respond, "I have a '94 and a '97."

8) You take out a home loan to pay for all the equipment and expenses.

9) You know a few five-year-olds who are good but "lack focus".

10) You have had kids ask if Christmas is "home or away."


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