If ever I needed any further proof that Toronto is a Leafs town first and foremost, it comes in this week’s column. Toronto FC’s and the Blue Jays seasons’ may well be in full swing (pun partially intended) and the Argonauts might be about to kick off their campaign as defending champions, but there was still an abundance of Leafs sightings on social media.
Actually, given the results of the Jays and TFC so far in 2013, it might not be such a bad thing if fans are still being distracted by the Leafs. Let’s get to our top athlete sightings of the last seven days:
1) NAZEM KADRI
We start off with Nazem Kadri, who was in Watchfinder looking to buy a watch, which might not be the best of ideas. It’s probably the last thing Kadri (and his teammates) needs after all the clock-watching they did during the last ten minutes of game 7 against the Bruins.
2) CHAD OWENS
This weeks free pass goes to Chad Owens of the Argonauts, partly because he had such a great season last year. However, it’s more to do with the advice 9f my lawyer, who was worried about what I might write about his companion in the picture above.
3) BEN SCRIVENS AND MIKE KOSTKA
That awkward moment when you take your wife out, bump into teammate Mike Kostka and realise he has more panache when it comes to pulling off the long hair look. Some advice Ben, try not to think too much about why Mrs Scrivens want the lights dimmed lower than usual tonight……………
4) JOSE BAUTISTA
Here’s a first; an athlete non-sighting of the week, which took place on Monday during the Blue Jays fog-delay game in Chicago. In all honesty, it’s most probably the best thing that could have happened to Jose Bautista, after his display of petulance the previous day, when he was ejected from the game against the Rangers.
In fact, I’m sure the Blue Jays as a whole wish they could just hide from the fans, given how results have gone so far this season.
5) MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI
Tyler Bozak is currently in negotiation with the Leafs over a new contract. Apparently, one potential roadblock is the centre’s insistence on wanting Mikhail Grabovski-type money.
If this is the case, Bozak could do worse than show Leafs management the above photo of a rather drunk looking Grabovski enjoying last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
6) MIKE ZIGOMANIS
This week’s most impressive athlete sighting goes to the Marlies Mike Zigomanis, who decided to go on a full day hike around Machu Picchua in Peru. However, despite having all the respect in the world for what he did, even when you’re 7,970 feet above sea level, it’s still possible to notice someone’s bad taste in sweaters.
7) MATT DEVLIN
Apparently these fans bumped into Matt Devlin and had a long chat about the NBA Finals. And of course, there’s no one better qualified to talk about this than someone who commentates on the Raptors and has previously covered the Charlotte Bobcats and Memphis Grizzlies.
8 ) DION PHANEUF
And finally, this weeks Dion Phaneuf sighting comes to us from a fan who spotted the Leafs defenceman while walking home from school. Funny how Elisha Cuthbert never seems to be with Phaneuf in any of these photos.
Enjoy your weekend!
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