So the NHL not only voided Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-year $102 million deal with the New Jersey Devils, but are now said to be looking at other front-loaded deals like Roberto Luongo's. Marian Hossa's and others. Ridiculous. Going back after teams have been paying players out and operating through season's under those terms is total bush league. I'm all for fixing mistakes, but if you allowed ridiculous deals under the CBA, tough to roll them back mid-stream, no? If you're the Vancouver Canucks, you probably want that deal voided, no?
Chelsea's bid to defend its English Premier League title just took a huge blow with arguably their best defender Ricardo Carvalho off to - where else? - Real Madrid. John Terry is in for a tough year with his saftey blanket gone. In a bit of funny EPL news, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says teammate Joe Cole is better than Barcelona's Lionel Messi. I dig Cole, but that is laughable. Stevie G will have a solid post-football career in comedy if the D.J. thing doesn't pan out. Oh, wait...
Heard on the Jim Rome Show: there's a slo-pitch team called "The Step Dads". Why? "We'll beat you and you'll hate us." Only in slo-pitch.
The New York Knicks went into the tank for two years to clear enough cap space to get into a room with LeBron James for a couple hours only to be rejected and subjected to another couple years of mediocrity at best. The NHL has seen teams run ridiculous deals to circumvent the cap since it came in. Don't tell me it is the solution to a sports problems when it creates as many. As Seth Everett of Baseball Today says: the problem in baseball isn't the lack of a salary cap, it is the lack of a salary floor that has let teams like Florida, Pittsburgh and KC profit greatly while taking huge money in revenue sharing and not putting it back into their teams.
An amateur hoops game played in The Bronx on Saturday saw Corey Fisher score 105 points. Who was guarding this guy? Jose Calderon? Yep. Jose Calderon. Just not the Toronto Raptors version. Maybe it is just the name? Nah.
Toronto FC are in New York tonight at beautiful Red Bull Arena to face - who else? - the Red Bulls. GBVH tells me TFC are +429 for the win. Awfully tempting, even with their weak road performances for the most part this year.
If you can get a lady to a ball game, good for you. But at least if a foul ball is headed your way, don't bail away from her leaving her to get cranked with the ball. Love him saying he lost the ball in the lights. Seems to me he saw it just fine before alligator arming it.
Wondering what sparked that wild brawl in Cincinnati last night between the Reds and Cards? Seems the Cards didn't like being referred to as "little bitches" by Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips.
And in today's skewering of a sport, we take on soccer. I'll get it started momentarily.