Leafs supporters polite to a fault

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

Maple Leafs fans will be put out of their misery tonight at the Air Canada Centre, another unsatisfying season in the books.

The Leafs won't be booed off the ice, though, will they?

No, unlike fans of the Blue Jays or Toronto FC, the upright folks at the ACC will applaud politely for a job well done, satisfied they received solid entertainment value in exchange for their hard-earned money.

Sigh.

Cwazy wabbit

Just in time for Easter:

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin signs a sponsorship deal with Energizer.

"Alex is known throughout the league to play with incredible energy, determination and intensity, a perfect fit with the Energizer Bunny," a company news release says.

Ah ... so that explains why Ovechkin keeps hopping up against the glass, giving us that toothy grin and holding his paw up next to his floppy ear.

Drink for success

The secret is out concerning Tiger Woods' success.

It's a beverage, called Gatorade Tiger.

The commercial says it is "designed with athletes in mind, helping them to be as mentally tough as they are physically."

Sheesh, no wonder Woods can putt.

Sadly, the drink won't be available in Canada in time for golf season.

I'm afraid you'll have to hit the driving range instead.

Daly hits Augusta

You can be pretty sure that John Daly wasn't guzzling Gatorade Tiger that night when he passed out at the bar, which led to the golfer's six-month suspension from the PGA Tour.

Daly is at Augusta this week, nonetheless -- not playing, but selling his line of clothing.

Anybody want the shirt of his back?

Didn't think so.

But this is a new Daly, according to golf.com. Someone from the website spotted him unloading boxes of hats and shirts from his bus, parked about a three-minute walk from Augusta National.

The big palooka apparently has shed 40 pounds.

Could it possibly be that no Daly doubles are being ordered at Hooters?

Star is born

Golfer Rory McIroy always was destined for stardom.

After all, McIlroy, who turns 20 next month, was born in Hollywood.

That's right, Hollywood -- in Northern Ireland, about 12 kilometres from Belfast.

Sabathia stats

Believe it or not, there are some baseball fans who don't like the New York Yankees and their free-spending ways.

CC Sabathia, who is making as much money as 10 Blue Jays, knows he can't do much worse in his second start than he did in a rather unkempt Yankees debut.

The left-hander gave up six runs and five walks in 41/3 innings.

To put that into perspective, Sabathia:

Gave up six earned runs, total, in his final four starts in 2008 for the Milwaukee Brewers;

Gave up five walks, total, in his last 352/3 innings with the Brewers.

If he doesn't snap out of it, we'll have to start calling him FF Sabathia.

GARY.LOEWEN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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