Sports Shorts: MJ-Favre, Shootout Trophy, Kings Colors, Goalie Chirps, and the Commonwealth Games Snub.
To me, it seems that the most recent incarnation of Brett Favre (that is, the Minnesota Vikings version) seems a lot like the most recent playing incarnation of Michael Jordan (Washington Wizards edition); both former superstars in their prime (Jordan best basketball player ever, Favre arguably one of the better quarterbacks in recent history), now playing in/beyond the twilight of their career, playing for an obscure team not likely of much success, putting up decent enough numbers to say that they’re contributing, but not in a “championship contender” kind of way. Oh, and they both danced the retired/unretired/retired/unretired-legacy endangering sonata, with Mike finally bowing out, and Brett (supposedly) finally winding down after this year as well. I know it’s gotta be hard to leave the game for a lot of different/mostly selfish reasons; it’s all they’ve ever done, all their friends are doing it, what else would they do, they’re really good at it, winning championships is fun, self-worth and identification, etc. But I think the mark of a really great player in any sport is being good enough at it, and earned enough respect through the years to be granted the ability to leave their game on their terms. Too many players who’ve had good careers abuse this right, lose the privilege, and are eventually told there’s no longer room for them (Mike Modano), or are told just to leave altogether (Chris Chelios). Not that Modano nor Chelios possess the legacy in hockey that Jordan or Favre do in basketball or football, but you get the point.
How is there still not a side points bracket for shootout goals/saves in the NHL? With such a pivotal interlude in the game that literally wins or loses games, you’d think the people responsible for the results could get some sort of recognition. Their stats don’t need to count towards Rocket Richard or Vezina Trophy balloting, but why shouldn’t there be a trophy for most shootout goals in a season? Or shootout saves for that matter? The best rookie (Calder), defenceman (Norris)/ a forward ”being good at defensive aspects” (Selke), and most gentlemanly player (Lady Byng) all get one and have their acheivements recognized; you’re telling me the guy responsible for winning the most games in the season shouldn’t get something?
I have to admit, I like the retro LA Kings jerseys; they might even be my favourite throw-back uniform so far. I think the purple and gold look better than they get credit for, and I also think they got way too much heat for looking bad back when they were the starting jerseys. Also, nice work on the brown pads, glove and blocker.
A few goalie chirps… how many 2nd chances on how many different teams is Jose Theodore going to get to be good again? How long before the lustre/protection of a Vezina/Hart Trophy win in 2002 wears off? 10 years max?
Can you imagine if Cory Schnieder bumped $64 mil Roberto Luongo out of the Canucks’ starting goalie spot? Lu should be careful with his “…the team decided to give Schneids the night off” comments, they might just come back to haunt him, pemanently.
I’m secretly cheering for Carey Price (not the Habs, just Price) to have an awesome year and shut everyone in Montreal up. He’s got it rough playing in front of that kind of heat (Habs fans). Obviously the fans wanted Halak to stay, and no one blames them. Price getting traded probably would have been the best thing for him, but alas here he is.
Speaking of heat, with all the hubbub about Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh over the summer, the Miami Heat pretty well have to win the NBA title this year if they’re going to show their faces in the league after this season, right? Ok, good talk.
Do the Commonwealth Games seem a little snooty to anyone else? 54 countries are invited to participate, while at the Olympics, 200 are invited. Do the results not seem a little skewed when you only compete against ¼ of the world’s sporting community? Sure it’s nice to win stuff and be better than other people at sports, but I wouldn’t have too long of a parade when I get home for winning one of those medals. Tough to brag much about winning when athletes from countries like China, Russia, Germany, and the USA aren’t invited or anywhere near the premises. Congratulations, you beat competitors from a bunch of other average nations at this event….