Give ball to Bishop

JIM HUNT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:06 AM ET

Some Tuesday morning musings on some of the things that amuse, confuse and even amaze a fellow in the wonderrful world of fun and games.

A NICE PROBLEM

The Argos won yesterday with quarterback Damon Allen sitting on the bench. Now, the dilemma for coach Pinball Clemons is what he does for their next game.

Does he stay with Michael Bishop, who did a fine job yesterday, or does he give veteran Allen his job back?

Ol' Hunt would be inclined to stick with Bishop, who is younger and stronger.

Yesterday's victory was a big one for the Argos. It just about locks up second place and gives them home-field advantage for the first playoff game.

A LOCK AT HOME

The Argos have an 11-1 record in their past dozen games at the SkyDome.

It isn't too often you can win a game without scoring a touchdown. But the Argos managed just that, thanks to a super defence and the golden toe of Noel Prefontaine, who kicked five field goals.

I'm sure the fans enjoyed the game, but it would have been better except for so many penalties. Some of them were pretty cheap calls. Commissioner Tom Wright should call in his officials and tell them to stop calling so many cheap penalties.

It's ruining a good spectacle.

BASEBALL LUCKED OUT

Who could ask for anything more than the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox playing for the American League pennant?

This one figures to be better than the World Series.

I have a hunch this is the year the Red Sox finally shed the curse of the Bambino and beat the Yankees. They have the better team, except strange things happen to Boston when they play the Yankees.

The St. Louis Cardinals, the best team in the regular season, should win the National League. A World Series between the Cards and Red Sox would be a great one.

This time I think the Red Sox will find a way to win.

JAYS IN TROUBLE?

If you believe general manager J.P. Riccardi, it will be a long time before the Jays are winners again.

He keeps pushing back the deadline every year -- now it's 2010 and counting.

I wonder how long it will be before Jays' management loses patience with Ricciardi and tells him to get on with it.

We're tired of waiting.

DOES ANYONE CARE?

I played golf last week with a man who plays in a recreational hockey league. He said the night before, after their first game of the season, no one even menioned the NHL lockout.

If hockey players don't seem concerned, then who is?

I appreciate that Americans couldn't care less about the lockout. But if Canadians don't care then the game is in trouble.

I don't think either Gary Bettman or Bob Goodenow realize it. But they should.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I'm still not convinced the New England Patriots, despite wining 19 in a row, belong with the great teams in NFL history. I'm thinking of those superb Pittsburgh Steeler and San Francisco 49er teams of years past. But the Patriots are making a strong case and they soon will be in the top echelon of NFL history ... One of the surprise teams of the NFL has been the Detroit Lions. I was there when the Lions won their last championship, in 1957. I was beginning to think I wouldn't live long enough to see them win another. Now there's hope I just might make it.


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