Someone in Mississippi must have done some cross-border shopping on Boxing Day and bought the last Angry Birds shirt in all of Alabama, because I’m certain there’s no other explanation for what you are about to see. (The officiating couldn’t possibly have been that bad, could have it?!?)
All hell broke loose with five minutes to play in Friday’s Southern Professional Hockey League game between the hometown Huntsville Havoc and the visiting Mississippi Surge – home to former Estevan Bruins forwards Payden Benning and Anthony Collins. (Fight starts at the 3:00 mark. Collins makes his debut around 5:15, throwing punches from the bench at Huntsville’s Corey Fulton. Benning somehow managed to keep his nose clean during this debacle.)
I don’t care who you are, that was funny.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ 52-0 assasination of what remained of the Blue Bombers’ dignity in the Labour Day Classic was funny, clearly, to legions of Roughriders fans who waited over a month-and-a-half for a win.
Funny, probably, to legions of Blue Bombers fans who listened to GM Joe Mack compare himself to Abraham Lincoln earlier in the week and are now eagerly waiting for Mack’s superiors to make like Lincoln themselves and replace a problematic general.
Former (deep breath) Saskatoon Blades/Red Deer Rebels/Prince Albert Raiders/Medicine Hat Tigers/Bay County Blizzard/Muskegon Fury/St. Jean Mission/Charlotte Checkers/Jacksonville Barracudas/Hartford Wolf Pack/Quad City Mallards/Providence Bruins/Edmonton Oilers/Florida Panthers/Rochester Americans/Pittsburgh Penguins forward Steve MacIntyre (now of the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in the AHL) probably won’t be elected mayor in his hometown of Brock anytime soon after showcasing his dispute resolution skills in a Sunday game against the Springfield Falcons.
Of course it could be worse for MacIntyre – if he were forced, for example, to run against the Falcons’ play-by-play man who (no surprise here) completely stole the show with gems like these:
- “Steve MacIntyre has lost his marbles!”
- “He needs a pair of handcuffs on him right now!”
- “The linesmen trying to control MacIntyre. He’s gone bananas!”
- There’s been a lot of talk lately about the reasons Andy Fantuz “should” stay with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. One of the main arguments seems to be the fact that he can be at the centre of the community here – a local celebrity on par with the Premier or Theresa Sokyrka. (OK, maybe the last one was a bad example.) With all due respect to those who like the “fishbowl” atmosphere of our province (hell, I’m one of them), who’s to say this is something that appeals to Fantuz? Maybe Fantuz DOESN’T want to be a rock star. Maybe Fantuz wants nothing more than to catch for 150 yards and go home to eat a cereal with someone else’s face on the box. Saskatchewan’s a great place but it’s not for everybody, and if Fantuz left on those grounds it would be hard to fault him.
- Khari Jones doesn’t see his move from offensive coordinator in Hamilton to quarterbacks coach in Saskatchewan as a demotion. He sure seems sincere when he says it, and it’s not a stretch to believe him either. Management isn’t for everyone.
- If I were in charge of a local sports team and had a couple ounces of common sense, and my front office person had an affair with the coach and several players, everyone involved would be on the first bus out of town. It’s a no-brainer, right?
- Not Saskatchewan-related, but too deadly to ignore: How about Brendan Gallagher last night? Seven points for the Vancouver Giants in an 8-4 win. Holy shit.