The Bluejays improved their outfield situation by trading J.A. Happ to Seattle for Michael Saunders. That is a fact. But why did all the news stories read "Canadian-born outfielder Michael Saunders..."? Why not "Lefthanded hitting outfielder Michael Saunders"? After all, that's what the team needed, right? Did anyone out there say "We've got to get another CANADIAN player on the roster"? Does it even matter?
The entire sporting weekend was crazy. The Bluejays acquired Josh Donaldson and got rid of Brett Lawrie. The Leafs crushed the Caps. McMaster had the game winning field goal blocked and the Hamilton TiCats almost won the Grey Cup. Too bad Brandon Banks left everything on the field and wimped out for the final 35 seconds of the game.
Today is a crummy day. Viktor Tikhonov, Murray Oliver and Pat Quinn all died within 24 hours of each other this weekend. Oliver and Quinn were best friends. Both grew up in Hamilton and played their junior hockey at the old Hamilton Forum, a.k.a. the Barton Street Barn. Oliver died of a heart attack early Sunday morning. Quinn passed later in the evening. Of all the stories I heard about Pat Quinn, the one he told me about the Bobby Orr hit was the greatest.
There are certain traditions I love about hockey. I love the announcement of the 3 Stars at game's end. And, at the conclusion of a playoff round, the handshakes between the two teams. But now there's the more recent "tradition" of the winning home team gathering at centre ice at the end of the game and "saluting" the fans by waving their sticks. This act must be eliminated, and the Toronto Maple Leafs decided last night to be the first one's to "kill" this absurd behaviour.