Well, with the Argonauts winning the 100th Grey Cup, TFC hiring Kevin Payne as their President & GM and the Leafs becoming the first NHL team to be valued at $1 billion, it’s been another eventful seven days on the Toronto sports scene. Here’s our top pictures and stories of the week:
1) Showing that even a lockout can’t stop them thriving off the ice, Forbes.com reported that the Maple Leafs were the first NHL team to be valued at $1 billion (US):
Ironically, a lot of the fans that question how this is possible, contribute by continuing to pay outrageous prices for tickets and merchandise.
In fact, Maple Leaf fans remind me of a needy boyfriend trying desperately to cling onto his flashy girlfriend by plying her with money. And yet, like the Leafs, if you take away the bleach-blonde hair, fake tan and false breasts, there’s actually not really anything that special about them.
2) I was going to tell you all how sorry I felt for Justin Bieber after he was booed during the half-time show at the Grey Cup. I mean he is just a kid at the end of the day. However, then I saw this photo, taken while he was in Toronto:
Let’s just say I will now also be booing Bieber if I ever see him. The guy really doesn’t help himself does he.
3) In fact, here’s Amir Johnson and Drake trying their darndest not to physically assault him:
4) The Raptors have been on a tear of late, losing six straight games. Baring the brunt of the fans frustration is Andrea Bargnani, largely centring on his 2-19 shooting performance in the double-overtime defeat to the Spurs.
However, you try shooting the ball when some inconsiderate git has his hand right in front of your face:
5) I think it’s safe to say Steve Nash is getting frustrated with being stuck on the sidelines watching his Lakers teammates flounder along. He’s even beginning to annoy and insult other people:
I don’t know who Nash is giving grief to, but I’m guessing it’s not Shaquille O’Neal. (Think about it………..)
6) Sticking with the Lakers, Ricky Romero did what any good brother would do and took his sisters to watch the Lakers in action on Tuesday night:
The Lakers even went as far as to make Romero feel right at home, losing 79-77 to the Indian Pacers. (Okay, fine. That was a bit of a cheap shot. Romero’s a good guy. I genuinely hope he can revert back to his form of previous seasons in 2013.)
7) Everyone has been dealing with the NHL lockout in different ways. For example, P K Subban is using the time to be a hockey analyst for Sportsnet, while Joffrey Lupul is plying his trade in Russia.
However, I’m concerned that not everyone is coping as well. Take Phil Kessel for example, who appears to be morphing into a combination of a train spotter and slightly overweight version of ‘Where’s Waldo’?:
8 ) This week provided a dream ending to the 100th Grey Cup festivities as the Argonauts emerged triumphant and took to the streets on Tuesday for a victory parade. About the only downside to the proceedings was the appearance of Rob Ford:
I think the look on the dude’s face to the right sums it up perfectly. Even Ford’s declaration that November 27th was to be known as ‘Argonauts day’ has to be treated with suspicion. I’m guessing he’s just attempting to drum up support from the general public in light of his current legal issues.
9) Still on the Argonauts, and the CFL in general, it grinds my gears about how critical people are of the league. Yes, it’s not as big or as successful as the likes of the NFL, NBA and MLB, but keep in mind that it’s never likely to be, given that it is purely a Canadian game.
However, the CFL is doing just fine. In fact, I’ll leave it to some Calgary Stampeders fans who attended the game at the Rogers Centre to sum the situation up:
10) And finally, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with sports, I feel compelled to add my nickel’s worth to the Toronto Sun’s reader’s choice awards.
What stood out most was how many awards Citytv won. For the most part, I have no problem with this as I regularly half-watch the show while writing. For example, Dina Pugliese, who was voted sexiest woman, is definitely on my ‘to do’ list.
However, Kevin Frankish as sexiest man? Really?!?! Is this the best Toronto has to offer? Even as a bloke, I can see that he’s nothing special. Actually, if Frankish is capable of winning this award, I’m putting forward my early candidacy for next year’s ‘Sexiest Male’ award.
I just hope you’re able to ignore the fact that:
a) My entry picture is blurred
b) I’m drinking an Oreo cookie cocktail
c) I’m not even on television (with good reason) and it’s debateable that I even have a personality
d) I might, just might, have had to post the picture as part of a bet that I lost
Enjoy your weekend!
- By paul.taylor
- November 30, 2012