The Pittsburgh Penguins made it official yesterday. Sidney Crosby will not participate in Sunday's NHL all-star game. The face of the league will not be available to play because of the concussion that he sustained at the Winter Classic. He is hurt thus the NHL can't make him play. However, some have suggested that Gary Bettman give Sid a call saying he needs to be in Raleigh for the festivities surrounding the game. He needs to fraternize with the fellow all-stars, he needs to take part in autograph sessions, he needs to be introduced to the crowd. Why? Its crappy for those going to Raleigh hoping to see Sid play that he won't, but what about people in other places where the Penguins have been since Sid is out. They've had to deal with it and sadly this time so will the NHL. Some have suggested Sid is intentionally staying away from Raleigh so that more discussion on headshots will occur. If that is the case, I'm OK with it too. Headshots need to be eliminated from the game. I don't know if that will ever happen because of the size differential between some, but it has to be reduced severely. To me, whether or not Sidney Crosby shows up and shakes some hands and signs some autographs isn't what determines all-star weekend to be successful. The league is trying to promote its product. I don't necessarily think the all-star game is a way to do that because its not hockey with its no defence style, but some feel its a great way to promote the game. OK! On this matter, I'll give Sid a pass. He doesn't need to be there. He needs to be healthy for a Stanley Cup run. I think everyone will agree on that one.
The power of Twitter in the mainstream media has really shown up over the Jay Cutler "injury". Ten years ago, we wouldn't have heard the backlash from fellow players about the knee injury the Chicago quarterback sustained that knocked him out of the NFC Championship game. We are now though. Many current and former NFL'ers questioned Cutler's toughness after he was sent to the sidelines. The Bears didn't come out and say Cutler was injured seriously until well after this firestorm had started. It was learned yesterday that Drew Brees played six weeks with a torn MCL which is what supposedly happened to Cutler. I don't know how this will end up, but if the Bears go next season with Cutler as their starting quarterback, I will be surprised. I think the Bears have to cut ties with him after what has gone on. Everything just seems to be a little too fishy here and the team's defence of him is something they have to do. If Cutler does leave, I would expect many current Bears to start piping up as to what might have really gone on.
The Edmonton Oilers are a better hockey team this year than they were last, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the standings. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi are the beginning of the youth movement that is happening in northern Alberta. All three have shown they are more than capable of playing the NHL game and Hall has established himself as a rookie of the year candidate---one that I don't think Eberle will win now because of his injury. The only team worse than Edmonton right now are the Devils and they have picked their game up of late. Its starting to look as if another lottery pick will be on the horizon. If that is the case, where does Edmonton go. They have good young forwards, they have some youth on the back end in guys like Jeff Petry and Taylor Chorney that they think will be good NHL'ers in the next couple of years. There aren't any goalies out there who are top 5. If I were Steve Tambellini, I would probably look at Swedish defenceman Adam Larsson with the number one pick. Then again, if someone really covets a guy like Gabriel Landeskog who is the consensus number one pick, Tambellini could pull the trigger on a trade and get youth and experience. The next few months will be interesting in Oilerville ---especially if they do win the lottery again.
I saw Avril Lavigne's new video on MuchMusic yesterday. She isn't a skater boi anymore. She's looking more like a Victoria's Secret model in this video---at least the first 30 seconds. Is she the next teen singer to become trashy or has she already reached that stage. Watch the video and you can decide.
I've started playing Madden NFL Superstars on Facebook. Why did I do that? Its starting to become addicting. Perhaps this will take me through those upcoming weeks without football. As I build my roster, I am winning games with Rex Grossman as my quarterback. Rex Grossman!!!
If you are a baseball fan in Regina, you are going to like what you hear coming from Baseball Saskatchewan tomorrow.
I have no idea who is going to win Sunday's Royal Rumble. I usually have some idea as to now as to who will win, but not this year. Whoever it is, I just hope they take the belt away from "The Miz" at Wrestlemania. I don't if I hate that guy more or his protege Alex Riley. When is Michael Cole going to get tossed around the ring? That needs to happen. Perhaps a Jerry Lawler-Michael Cole match is in the works for WM. Wrestling fans, you are more than invited to weigh in with thoughts as to who will win.
A friends wife told me she got scared half to death the other night. It got me to wondering what would happen if she gets scared half to death again...you know what two halves equal!