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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

4:20

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star says Toronto Argos and BC Lions owner David Braley is contemplating blacking out home games in a bid to increase attendance. Guess Braley doesn't know all the Argos fans are already in attendance and those watching at home aren't likely to attend anyways. Maybe he meant blacking out Lions games in Ontario? Only that would be more laughable than a guy owning two teams in an eight team league.

Maybe the Toronto Blue Jays contemplate blackouts? There's a very real chance they draw fewer than the Kitchener Rangers will tonight in their OHL Eastern Conference Final as they host Windsor in the 5,700 capacity Auditorium. The Jays set another record low last night with just over 10,000 in attendance. Does anybody know what their season ticket base is?

What ever happened to Jaroslav Halak? The guy that was a stud the final months of the regular season for the Montreal Canadiens and stole the top job is now a shell of his former self, as the Washington Capitals took a 2-1 series lead last night after Halak gave up four in short order in the second period. Seems that Carey Price will be in the pipes to start next game.

One concern that the New York Yankees had going into this season was how the heavy workload of last season, including the playoffs, would wear on Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. Through three turns in the rotation the answer is "not much at all", or at least, not yet. The trio is 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA.

Ben Roethlesberger's suspension is expected to be announced tomorrow. With the NFL schedule set to be unveiled tonight, I'm guessing Steelers fans - along with their rivals - will be scrambling to see if their team faces the Steelers in the first few weeks of the season.

Just because I'm sure some miss the fights that are a "part of the game" in hockey come playoff time, here's a look back at the Top 10 fights of this past NHL season, complete with video. No idea how Evander Kane's knockout of Matt Cooke isn't top ranked just for the victim alone. Interesting factoid from frequent reader BigHeadedJerk: Kane was named after Evander Holyfield. Presumably the fighter version, not the breeder, though they are one in the same.

The Boston Red Sox used their four best starters against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays in a series that wrapped up yesterday. The result? A four game sweep by the Rays.

Word is Milwaukee Brewer Prince Fielder wants a $200 million contract. If the Brewers were to cough up that much cash, it would be just $34 million less than owner Mark Attanasio paid for the team in 2004. Can't imagine a $200 million investment in an overweight guy likely to break down over the years is a sound investment, and his agent Scott Boras doesn't have the Yankees and Boston Red Sox to pull into a bidding war. If he gets $200 million, what is Albert Pujols worth with a better bat and glove at the same position?

Finally, in honour of 4:20 and all the burners out there, always good to reset this gem of a video from The Price is Right.

3 comments:

Kristian said...

3000! Well at least last year, it seems, so perhaps lower this year.

According to this article:

http://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/mlb/bluejays/article/727840--blue-jays-fan-cries-foul-ball-over-price-hike

99.2% of season ticket holders would renew at same rate but 2 dozen (i.e. 24) ST holders' would see an increase. 24 devided by 8 is 3, multiplied by 1000 is 3000.

Not sure how accurate that might be though.

Kristian said...

Thought Holiday at $120 was a good contract, but Boras' decided to outdo himself. Thank God Boras doesn't represent Pujols, though still scared about what he might command.

Great news for the Cards! Going to be even more Red Sox rejects to pick up at the middle or end of the season...

BigHeadedJerk said...

Evander Kanes dad was a boxer, and trained Evander to box since he was a child. Bet Matt Cooke wishes he knew that beforehand...

Another interesting fact:
Rick Rypien, fighter in at #10 on the hockey fight countdown, is the cousin of Mark Rypien, the first canadian born qb to start in the nfl, and win a superbowl...

Rick Rypien is also listed at 5'11" 170lbs, and destroys some of the top heavyweights in the NHL...