Mr. Katz, I have another way to spend your money

DAVID CAMERON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

Dear Mr. Katz,

Crash here.

I just thought that since almost every citizen of Edmonton has been more than willing to spend your money -- or, at least, Oilers fans, which may be the same number -- I thought this race fan could throw in his two cents. Literally. (Thankfully, today's payday.)

My suggestion: buy City Centre Airport.

Look, the city has declared it is closing it down, so you should be able to work a deal. People are dreaming or scheming that they want to use this land for a housing development.

Get your accountants to show them how much it will cost to reclaim the soil that sits underneath the 60 or 80 years' worth of airplane spillings.

That's where you put that new arena you want.

You tuck it up in the north end of the site, with a grand facade that can be seen for miles. On the Airport Road in behind, there can be the row of clubs and restaurants that gives the site life on game days and concert nights.

Lots of room for parking. Maybe even some tailgating, should the Oilers ever find themselves playing into June again.

And there's probably enough room to build a 10,000- to 20,000-seat stadium/athletic facility at the south end. Oh, yeah -- a Rexall superstore, too.

In between? That's where racing comes in: a permanent track -- which includes some permanent grandstands, eliminating one of the biggest annual expenses for hosting this little Indy shindig.

And you can even leave a runway open. You know, for that little private jet of yours.

Just trying to help, pal.

Match of the century

The year 2007 was a memorable one for Dutchman Robert Doornbos.

The Formula One test driver was in the right place at the right time when he made an early season splash in a ChampCar ride in 2007.

And the tennis-player-turned-racer was in the right place to witness one of that sport's greatest-ever matches.

Wimbledon: the dominating Roger Federer holds off hotshot No. 2 Rafael Nadal in a three-hour, 45-minute five-set epic for his fifth straight Wimbledon title.

"Awesome," said Doornbos, who's returned to North America, racing in IndyCars for Newman/Haas/Lanigan.

"I have a friend who works there and he got me a ticket."

Doornbos acknowledges the greatness of the Swiss master, Federer.

"Nadal, very impressive to watch. The way he's very aggressive on the court, I like that. You don't see that a lot."

But -- as is similar with racers -- although aggressiveness may be more visually exciting, the greats always have a smoothness that results in economy of motion.

"Man, how Federer moves and gets the job done every time -- very impressive.

"To see both of these players fight -- Nadal the aggressive one, running for each ball. Then you see Federer also running for each ball, but it looks a lot more slow motion because it's so elegant."

It hasn't inspired Doornbos to change ... uh ... racquets again.

"I love still playing tennis. But I'm not at the level I was."

Doornbos is a multi-sport guy. When he puts on his orange racing suit, fans of the world game of football ("Do you mean soccer?" Doornbos responded, politely deferring to the North American term) will recognize the colour of the colourful Netherlands' national team.

Wright's write stuff

Spoke to Patrick Wright yesterday, the executive director of Racing for Kids as Indy rookie Mike Conway and Indy Lights driver James Hinchcliffe -- the motormouth/motorhead from Oakville, Ont. -- visited Stollery Children's Hospital.

Wright is a former sportswriter from Detroit, so you know he loves hockey.

Wright said he once had the immense pleasure of spending a two-hour flight next to Gordie Howe.

He says there's a book there, one that may never be published, with the real stories about No. 9's Hall-of-Fame career.


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