One wish fans may wind up regretting

JIM HUNT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:07 AM ET

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

HAVE WE BEEN SPOILED?

I'd like to think a new outdoor stadium will solve the Argos' problems. I'm not so sure. As my colleague Ken Fidlin pointed out in yesterday's Sun, we tend to forget what sitting outdoors for football games is really like.

Anyone who was at the 1982 Grey Cup game at Exhibition Stadium won't forget what a miserable experience it was. It convinced Bill Davis, then the premier, and Paul Godfrey, the Metro chairman, that we had to build a new stadium. The result, $600 million later, was the SkyDome, which, for all its warts, isn't that bad a place, especially on a bad day.

John Avery, who had a miserable time holding onto the ball Saturday in Calgary, blamed it on the weather. He'd prefer to play indoors, and so would most players.

I wonder if the fans haven't been spoiled. They're used to sitting indoors on a bad day. You have to wonder if they'll go back to the bad old days when watching a football game was an endurance contest.

Sure, the Argos get jacked around by the SkyDome. But unless they beat Hamilton Thursday, they may not have to worry about losing a home playoff date. They may not have one.

FORGET THE CURSE

I think it's about time we put the curse of the Bambino to bed. It's a convenient excuse for the Boston Red Sox, but it's not why they keep losing to the Yankees.

I was there in 1986 when Bill Buckner let a ground ball go through his legs and allowed the Mets to beat the Red Sox. The truth is, it wasn't the curse, but stupidity on the part of Boston manager John McNamara. He left Buckner in the game instead of removing him for someone who could play better defence. The Red Sox keep doing dumb things in the post season, especially when they play the Yankees. But blaming it on the curse has become a bore.

TSN TOOK A GAMBLE

TSN went head-to-head with the mighty National Football League Sunday and won. Its early game, in which B.C. beat Montreal 32-29, attracted a national audience of 477,000 viewers, making it the second highest rated CFL game on TSN this season. Game 2 -- in which Saskatchewan beat Edmonton 40-16 -- attracted 582,000 viewers, the season's highest-rated CFL game.

The Buffalo-Miami game paled in comparison to the Als-Lions contest, a possible Grey Cup preview. The Bills are a pretty sad team. It's hard to figure how they can draw a sell-out crowd to see them play Miami, another sad-sack team.

RUDGE OUT ON A LIMB

Chris Rudge, the boss of the Canadian Olympic Committee, is really shooting for the moon. He'd like to see Canada be the No. 1 team at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. He's calling for 35 medals, twice as many as we won at the last Games in Salt Lake.

It's asking a lot. Let's hope we we win at least one gold medal, something we didn't do when we hosted Olympics at Montreal and Calgary.


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