In honour of the NHL lockout, here's something else that's easy to ignore, the musings and meditations on the world of sports.
? Those with a keen memory may recall the 2006 season when Geroy Simon and Stam-peders receivers Nik Lewis and Jeremaine Copeland engaged in a dandy war of words.
Fast forward to 2012 and it appears Lewis wants to start it up again. True, it's like the two old guys on The Muppets now but, in the wake of the Stamps' epic win over the Roughriders in the Western semifinal, Lewis fired the opening salvo in what promises to be an interesting week.
"I know (the Lions) were all in a prayer meeting (Sunday) morning hoping Sask won. They were probably sitting around singing Kumbaya (!) when Sask scored at the end of the game, thinking it was over."
Go on, Nik. Speak freely. It is your inalienable right.
"The best thing is we're going to be underdogs (in the Western final) ... Next week for a change we're not supposed to win. But guess what? We will."
Just so you know, copies of Lewis's commentary were placed in the Lions' lockers on Monday.
When asked about his old sparring partner, Simon said Lewis has been a great CFL player but, "We realize his off-the-field actions and comments don't matter. We won't pay him any attention. We have to play, not talk, on Sunday."
OK, but we've got five more days to go until Sunday so, by all means fellas, talk.
? This tweet from Larry Brooks, the longtime hockey columnist at the New York Post, pretty much sums up the lockout farce.
"Every day the lockout continues the NHL dies a small death. Not a news flash but even the most committed fans are fed up. Insanity. And those of us reporting bits of info, we're pretty much only talking to each other."
? In a similar vein, every time Gary Bettman's otherworldly intelligence is brought up, we're reminded of Jack Nicholson's classic line from Prizzi's Honor.: "If Marxie Heller is so f-bombing smart, how come he's so f-bombing dead?"
If Bettman really is that smart, why is the NHL so f-bombing dead right now?
? Talk to 50 different people connected to the CFL and you'll get 50 different opinions about David Braley and his influence within the league. But this much is certain. Braley stepped up to the plate when the league was flatlining and saved the B.C. Lions. More than a decade later, he stabilized an Argos franchise that was staring into an abyss.
The CFL now encounters a situation where the two teams in the Grey Cup - B.C., and Toronto - could be owned by the same man and that's more than a little awkward. But if the conventional standards of professional sports ownership applied to the Canadian league, it would have expired long before the 100th Grey Cup.
Whatever else he's done, Braley gave the league a chance to build on its utterly fantastic history and grow into its current popularity. As far as legacies go, that's not a bad one.
? Pat Quinn, the co-chair of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, was asked on Monday if he felt a sense of pride over three members of the HOF Class of 2012.
"I don't know if it's pride," said hockey patriarch. "I just feel really fortunate to have known them."
Quinn, of course, had close ties to three of the inductees from Monday night. He coached Pav-el Bure in Vancouver, Mats Sun-din in Toronto and Joe Sakic in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics.
Here's Quinn's takes on the three.
Bure: "Pavel lit up our homes. You don't do much coaching there. You just make sure you don't snuff that light out."
Sakic: "The best game I've ever seen a Canadian play (for Team Canada) was Joe in the gold-medal game in Salt Lake (at the 2002 Olympics)."
Sundin: "His ability to perform at a high level night after night was just incredible."
Adam Oates was also ushered into the hallowed halls this year.
? You won't read or hear as much about the other man who was honoured on Monday night, but in my world Roy MacGregor is every bit as respected as Sakic or Sundin.
He's chronicled the game for over 40 years and almost as many publications, writing at an impossibly high level, writing in a gentle, informed voice that captures the best aspects of this game and this country.
Well done MacGregor. It couldn't happen to a better person.
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