I realize that Vancouver is part of Canada, but you can't convince me, or millions of sports fans in Southern Ontario that the appointment of Trevor Linden as President of the Canucks is a big deal. It's not. We don't live in Vancouver. We don't follow the Canucks. We've got other things to concern ourselves with. Besides, Vancouver is a lousy sports town.
Toe Blake was much more than a punchline from the movie "Slapshot". Far from it. He won 11 Stanley Cups. Ten with the Montreal Canadiens over 33 years as a player and coach, and one with the Montreal Maroons. After he retired from coaching, he'd spend time at the watering hole that bore his name, "Toe Blake's" on St. Catherine Street in Montreal. That's where the man himself ejected me from the premises.
Until someone tells me that Tiger Woods was "just joking" when he announced that he wouldn't be playing in the Masters this year, the greatest April Fool's joke perpetrated on an unsuspecting fan base took place in Montreal on April 1st, 1980. The radio listeners in Montreal that morning were surprised, shocked and ultimately duped thanks to yours truly and a couple of future Hockey Hall of Famers.
There's no way the 2014 Toronto Bluejays can be worse than last year's team. No way will they win less than 74 games this season. Not with the hitting lineup they have and with the caveat "If they can stay healthy". That's a real issue with a team that's already fragile and has a pitching staff full of guys whose arms could fall off at a moments notice.