|Manny Pacquiao (above) and Floyd Mayweather should shut their traps and go into the ring together, writes Steve Buffery. (Reuters)
Further proof that we shouldn’t care what athletes think.
Boxing great Manny Pacquiao says he doesn’t support same sex marriage, though he apparently supports gay people.
His rival, Floyd Mayweather, answers via Twitter that he supports gay marriage. On the other hand, Mayweather has a history of domestic violence and soon will be going to jail for battery on his ex-girlfriend.
This is all very confusing. Personally, I love both guys as fighters. But I don’t support Pacquiao’s anti-gay marriage stance and I don’t support Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend-beating-up stance.
All I want is for Manny and Floyd to clam up, stop engaging in crazy crap outside the ring, and fight each other.
If they were UFC fighters, they would have gotten it on a long time ago.
Of course, they would been ripped off by Dana White, but at least they would have fought.
DON’T GET TOO EXCITED YET
Kudos to the Toronto Marlies for advancing to the AHL’s Western Conference final. Now, before everyone gets overly excited about the future of the Maple Leafs, remember this: Would guys like Jake Gardiner and Matt Frattin be in the AHL playoffs if the Leafs were a playoff team? Then again, Marlies goalie Ben Scrivens continues to prove he has a future with the Leafs. Scrivens played well in limited time with the Leafs this season, during the regular season with the Marlies (.926 Pct, 2.04 goals against average) and has been absolutely lights out in the AHL playoffs (.944 Pct. and 1.61 GAA). The Leafs have to give Scrivens every chance to make the big team. Maybe the solution to their goalie woes is closer than they think. Maybe Brian Burke doesn’t have to give up assets to get a veteran goalie.
THE SPORT OF KINGS?
Perhaps if the Lakers and Clippers get eliminated in the NBA playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings will finally get some respect at home. Further proof that the shinny boys take a back seat to their Staple Center tenant-mates in Tinseltown came this week when NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate used the wrong logo for the hockey Kings, placing the NBA’s Sacramento Kings logo on the screen. They later apologized and said they are “red-faced” over the blunder. They then proceeded to put up the logo of the Barangay Ginebra Kings of the Philippine Basketball Association on the screen. When asked about yet another blunder, the station’s program said, “What? Isn’t that it?”
A HAIR-RAISING PREDICAMENT
Did you see that item on the web? A red-headed kid in Texas has been ordered by his school to shave off his Matt Bonner haircut because school officials consider it a distraction. Bonner jumped into the fray, suggesting that they move the kid to the back of the class, then nobody would see it, and it wouldn’t be a distraction. To which Bonner’s coach Gregg Popovich replied: “Matt can jump?”
WEENIE OF THE WEEK
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for dumping on Great Britain for not granting him permission to attend the London Olympics this summer. “(The British) have issues with my presence,” Ahmadinejad said. When asked if that was the case, a British foreign affairs spokesman replied with an emphatic: “Duh.”
WHILE I’M AT IT
The IOC has turned down a request to have a moment of silence at the London Games to mark the 40th anniversary of the Munich terrorist attack in which 11 Isrwaeli athletes were killed. What’s the problem? Are they afraid of offending other terrorists?
Yan Gomes is the first Brazilian born player to appear in a MLB game. The last big-time Brazilian athlete to play in Toronto was Rafael Araujo. Actually that’s not true. Araujo was never a big-time athlete.
Radio guy Doug MacLean had a good idea for the writers covering the Rangers-Devils series on Hockey Central on Thursday afternoon. Don’t show up for John Tortorella’s post-game press conferences.