So, how many ways can you say the word 'crazy'?

GARY PROUSE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

Wired. Rim pigs (copy editors) get that way scanning the wires for stories that fill the space around the ads in our sports section. The ramblings we see run from stupidity, humour, arrogance and greed to occasional sensibility. Everyone has an opinion.

So, these are bits and bites, dribs and drabs that you can expect to see once a week ...

First to the plate has to be Who's Your Daddy. That, of course, is Pedro Martinez, who can now tell Yankee fans that who his daddy is doesn't matter. That World Series ring should have an inscription: 'I am Daddy!'

Then there's ManRam ... World Series. Game 1.

THE QUOTE: "I caught my spike in a hole. I shouldn't have dove for the ball. If I don't, I catch it."

THE RESPONSE: Oh, isn't that a big if? That's the lumbering Manny Ramirez, who patrols left-field real estate for the BoSox and his stumblin' bumblin' drop of a sinking Larry Walker ball. In Game 2, two more errors. To this we say ... World Series MVP? To that we say ... Damon, Ortiz, Pedro, Schilling, Lowe. Next to Ichiro Manny may be the best man in baseball with a bat in his hands, but MVP ... pleazzzze!

UNDER THE HEADING: MORE PLAYER REVOLT, MORE FANS SCREWED AGAIN ...

Hockey fans take it in the gut. Now NFL fans take a one-two to the melon. The NFL's players are really feeling ripped off.

THE WIRES SAY: Gene Upshaw, the NFLPA executive director, meets Detroit this week with owners on the league's management council. He is expected to outline a proposal that would add revenues to the television and base ticket sales now used to determine player salaries. "We're concerned about the growing disparity between the haves and the have-nots," Upshaw said. "And we're concerned that a lot of revenue that should go to players is not being included in the pool."

THE RESPONSE: Rich get richer. If you're an American playing in the Canadian Football League turn the page. Forget you read this. You're asking yourself 'Why am I here and not there?' You know the answer is: (a) you're probably not good enough; (b) I was in the wrong place at the wrong time; (c) My agent sucks. Maybe all three. Then, you say: 'What do I do AFTER the CFL.' Go home, give back to the community, hope you still have friends there - with deep pockets.

THE WIRES SAY: It has been a difficult year for the family of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. In December, Brett's father, Irvin, died from a heart attack. His wife Deanna's brother, Casey Tynes, 24, was killed three weeks ago in an ATV accident on Brett's property near his home in Oak Grove, Mississippi. Favre was told about his wife's cancer on Oct. 14 and he left practice to be with his family for a day before the Packers' game against Detroit on Oct. 17.

THE RESPONSE: And this guy is still showing up every Sunday, taking his licks ... and winning (last Sunday, anyway)? Hard asses are hard to find in any sport these days. Kudos to a throwback.

And, while we're at it ... Reggie Wayne, the brain freeze who popped off at Peyton Manning last Sunday, meet Brett Favre. Now, Reggie, what did you say? Nuthin' Brett. Nuthin'.

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Oh, and if you like granite countertops and boxing, hear this ... Quite possibly the next heavyweight champion of Canada will be a portly thug going by the name of Patrice (Granite) L'Heureux. And how did he acquire the tag 'Granite'? Well, he's a granite hauler from Shawinigan, Que. Works for pops, and word is he has hands of ... yeah, stone.

Next Thursday, more craziness.

Be there.


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